January 2014

Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the Miami Marlins renovate high school baseball field

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Students from Hialeah Gardens High School, including members of the local RBI program, joined MLB Grounds Crew members from across the league, representatives from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, executives from the Miami Marlins, Hialeah Gardens High School faculty and local dignitaries in a ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the newly renovated field Tuesday, January 28 at Hialeah Gardens High School.

Funds for the renovation were granted by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the Miami Marlins.  Donations were made by MLB Groundskeepers Conference sponsors, The Toro Company, Turface Athletics and Covermaster Incorporated, as well as local vendors.

“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is honored to collaborate with the Miami Marlins, MLB Groundskeepers, The Toro Company, Covermaster and Turface Athletics in a field renovation to support the growth of youth baseball,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.  “We are pleased to support not only the Hialeah Gardens High School and local RBI teams, but all players who will benefit from a safe, quality field.”

“The Miami Marlins are proud of the partnership that made this baseball field renovation possible,” said Marlins President David Samson.  “This is another great example of Major League Baseball having a lasting presence in South Florida.”

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Marlins prepare for fifth visit to the troops

Team will visit Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates during seven day tour

The Marlins organization is set to visit U.S. troops stationed in Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates from January 27 through February 3, 2014. The tour, organized by Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE), will mark the Marlins’ fifth visit to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. This will be the second time the Marlins visit Kuwait. In 2010, the Marlins became the first Major League Baseball team to take active players to visit U.S. troops deployed overseas. At that time, the group visited military bases in Iraq and Kuwait. In early 2011 players and front office staff traveled to Bahrain, Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Later that year, the Marlins visited Japan, Guam and Hawaii during a 12-day trip.

Representing the Marlins on this tour will be former Marlins Outfielder & 1997 World Series Champion Cliff Floyd, former Marlins Catcher & 1997 World Series Champion Charles Johnson, Marlins Vice President & General Manager Dan Jennings, Executive Vice President of Ballpark Operations & Events Claude Delorme, Director of Community Outreach Angela Smith and two members of the Marlins Energy Team.

The Marlins Visit to the Troops is part of an organization-wide effort to partner with the military. The Marlins recognize the great service our countrymen and women do for our nation every day and have coordinated a variety of military-friendly promotions and initiatives. These include the South Florida Heroes Mondays presented by Outback Steakhouse where military servicemen and women, veterans, police officers, firefighters and all local first responders with proper I.D. can claim free tickets at Marlins Park north ticket office. As part of South Florida Heroes Mondays, the Miami Marlins honor a current police officer, first responder, and armed forces member during games. Also, Marlins offer ticket savings to military and first responders through the Gov X Ticket Offer. The Miami Marlins also team up with Bunkers in Baghdad to provide golf equipment to military stationed overseas as well as wounded warriors and veterans at home. The Marlins are also partnering with Savannah’s Soldiers in bringing back the Letters to the Troops campaign. The Marlins also sponsor Pros vs. G.I. Joes where Miami Marlins Players play Call of Duty on XBOX 360 versus active service men and women overseas.

Throughout the tour, Marlins players, the Marlins Energy Team and front office staff will participate in activities such as baseball clinics, Energy Team Performances, meet and greets and participate in a softball game with U.S. soldiers.

Fans and media can follow the Marlins overseas at the Marlins’ “Beyond the Ballpark” blog at beyondtheballpark.mlblogs.com, website at marlins.com/troops and through the @MarlinsAyudan account on Twitter, as well as through other official Marlins social media channels: facebook.com/marlins and @marlins on Twitter.

The Inaugural Jack Mckeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic

Join former Marlins Skipper Jack McKeon and current Manager/ Event Chair Mike Redmond for a day of golf with the 2014 Miami Marlins team


The Marlins Foundation announces the Inaugural Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic to be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Crandon Golf Course Key Biscayne. Previously known as the Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic, the Marlins will pay tribute to Marlins former Manager John “Jack” McKeon, a two-time National League Manager of the Year and 2003 World Series Champion.

Marlins personalities scheduled to attend include: President David Samson, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, Vice President and General Manager Dan Jennings, Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, along with Marlins players and other community leaders.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Miracle League of Miami-Dade County; a Marlins Charity Partner. The Miracle League is a nationally recognized baseball program for children with special needs.  The mission is to provide children with developmental, intellectual, mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball on special custom designed rubber turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

“We look forward to honoring Jack for his contributions to baseball in South Florida. Thanks to the generous donations of individuals and organizations, we can continue to impact the lives of children through baseball,” said Mike Redmond, Marlins Manager and Event Chair. “This event will give participants the opportunity to play alongside Marlins players as well as donate to a worthy cause.”

The daylong event will follow the below agenda:

Registration: 9:00 AM. – 10:30 AM

Shot Gun Start: 11:00 AM

Awards Dinner: 4:00 PM

Event registration is available online at http://www.marlins.com/golf. For more information please contact the Marlins Foundation at (305) 480-2550 or email foundation@marlins.com.

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Compression for Life program with bullpen catcher Jeff Urgelles.

Program includes healthy eating and exercise seminars, CPR training and certification 

The Marlins Foundation is pleased to announce the second cycle of Compression for Life, a program that teaches heart health and provides CPR and first aid training to the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade.

In 2012, the Marlins Foundation and Catcher Jeff Urgelles launched a CPR class for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Miami Dade.  This program was inspired by news of Urgelles’ vital role in saving the life of a young woman who had collapsed with cardiac arrest during a Marlins away game in Arizona.

“The Compression for Life Program helps our kids understand and learn the importance of CPR.” shares Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade. “We’re thankful to Jeff and the Marlins for helping make our community a safer and healthier place.”

During the first year of the program, Compression for Life taught the importance of heart health to over 100 youth at the Boys & Girls Club Hank Kline Campus, and provided CPR certification for twenty Boys & Girls Clubs employees. This year, the program will continue with additional support from the local American Heart Association and 911 Education Consultants to offer Compression for Life at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade Kendall Campus.

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Class Schedule

Heart Health – Monday, January 27, 2014                             4:00 PM

Teaching the importance of healthy eating and exercise and how both aspects contribute to positive heart health.

CPR Training – Monday, February 3, 2014                            4:00 PM

Teaching the skills needed to provide CPR, AED and First Aid.

CPR Certification Class – Saturday, February 8, 2014            9:00 AM

Certification Ceremony – Monday, February 10, 2014           4:00 PM

Location – Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade – Kendall Campus

9475 N Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176

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Marlins Park

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Loving these winter days, beautiful day out at the park 🙂


Event Staff and Part-Time Positions Available

Have you ever dreamt to work along side your favorite MLB team? Well here’s your chance! The Marlins will be hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, January 30th from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. at Marlins Park located at 501 Marlins Way Miami, FL  33125.  As the Marlins prepare for the 2014 baseball season, the Club will be looking to fill numerous Event Staff and Part-Time positions.

The Marlins together with their partners Contemporary Services Corporation, Levy Restaurants and Pritchard Sports will have many employment opportunities available. The Marlins will have opportunities in Guest Services, Ticket Operations, Retail Operations, Premium Services, Foundation, Sales and Security.  Their partners will have positions available in the areas of concessions, janitorial and event services.

The Marlins objective is to continue to create an environment where a team of business professionals can perform to their full potential, generating economic growth, strength and contributing to the well-being of a diverse community.

Attire to attend the Job Fair will be Business Professional and the public is encouraged to bring several resume copies.

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44th Annual Three Kings Day Parade to honor Jose Fernandez as the Grand Marshall

Floats, musical, bands, giant balloons, exotic animals, folkloric groups and characters flooded the streets of Calle Ocho this past Sunday, Jan. 12 at the 44th Annual Three Kings Parade to honor National League Rookie of the Year, Jose Fernandez, as the Grand Marshall. Univision Radio, Miami radio stations, WAMR – Amor 107.5 FM, WAQI – Radio Mambi 710AM, WRTO – MIX 98.3 FM and Univision America – 1140 AM featured entertainment for fans of all ages.  Other special guests present at the parade were “Despierta America” host and winner of “¡Mira Quién Baila!” Johnny Lozada and Disney’s most loved characters, Mickey and Minnie, among others.

Sponsors  included South Florida Ford Dealers as presenting sponsor, Viva Travel, South Dade Toyota, Baptist Health South Florida, Gus Machado Ford, Leon Medical Centers, Goya,  CAC and Careplus, Headquarter Toyota,  Simply Healthcare,  Kendall Toyota, Coral Gables Hospital,  411 Pain, Metro PCS, Post Cereal, Molina Healthcare,  Mahatma,  Arsht Center-Flamenco Festival Miami, Institute of Nutrition, Toyota of South Florida, Milca Soda Roja, Ambar Motors,  Wellmax Medical Center and US Blood Bank.



Open auditions for the Miami Marlins ‘2014 Energy Team’

ATTN: All dancers, cheerleaders, gymnasts and break dancers come out and show off your skills

Think you got the moves to steal the spotlight? If so, come out and audition to be part of The Miami Marlins Energy Team! The Miami Marlins are searching for talented female and male dancers, cheerleaders, gymnasts and break dancers to be part of the team. Open auditions will take place at January 25, 2014 at the Marlins Park.

The Miami Marlins Energy Team is a high-energy squad with a unique mix of gymnastics, hip-hop, acrobatics, modern jazz funk and break dancing.  These fabulous dancers bring excitement and entertainment to the Miami Marlins home games and appearances throughout the community.  All positions are paid.

Not only will the team perform at home games but will also receive exposure through media, high profile events and community relations and receive extensive training in various styles by the best choreographers and coaches in Miami. All rehearsals, games and community appearances are paid events.

Candidates are welcome to reach out to Jose Guerrero at jguerrero@marlins.com or visit http://www.marlins.com for more information.


The Marlins Foundation is now accepting applications to be a 2014 Marlins Charity Partner

Four local charities selected will receive $25,000 and be designated 2014 Marlins Charity Partners

The Marlins Foundation is seeking to partner with charity organizations for the 2014 Charity Partner Empowerment Fund. The organization chosen must provide direct and unique programming for kids through education, arts and baseball related facilities.

Four organizations will be selected and each will receive a $25,000 donation along with season long benefits. These benefits include volunteers from Marlins Ayudan, recognition throughout the season at Marlins Park, exposure with media partners and player involvement.

“During the first two years at Marlins Park, the Marlins Foundation invested over $1.9 million in philanthropy in South Florida and over 14,000 hours of volunteer service was completed through Marlins Ayudan.” said Miami Marlins President, David Samson.

In addition to the $100,000 Charity Partner Empowerment Fund, the Marlins Foundation will continue to support South Florida charities, schools and neighborhood organizations throughout the year with other programs and fundraising initiatives.

Listed below is a timeline for the Marlins Charity Partner Empowerment Fund

•             Pre-proposal live (online): Friday, January 10, 2014.

•             Pre-proposal due (online): Friday, January 31, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

•             Notification and invitation to full-proposal: Friday, February 21, 2014.

•             Announcement of 2014 Charity Partners: Opening Night @ Marlins Park, Monday, March 31, 2014. 

If you are interested and would like more information on how to apply, please visit marlins.com/empowermentfund