No team went through as many changes as the Miami Marlins did this past offseason, and their fans have taken notice. Changes included getting a new name (the Florida Marlins became the Miami Marlins), hiring outspoken manager Ozzie Guillen, moving into a brand-new 37,000-seat stadium (that features an over-the-top structure in center field, see left) and signing prized free agents Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle.
If those moves alone didn't add to excitement among baseball fans, the team has become a sleeper pick to win the National League East Division and possibly the World Series. The team's first test will be the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals on opening night, April 4. The game has created a buzz around the city and has caused Miami Marlins tickets for this game to have a higher average on TicketNetwork.com than any other opening day game this week.
Tickets for the Marlins-Cardinals game have sold for an average of $207, more than 22% higher than any other game. While Opening Night Marlins tickets are carrying a higher price tag, the better part of the season has proven to be much more inexpensive. So far, tickets for games during the rest of the season at Marlins Ballpark have sold for an affordable $36 on average.
The other teams in the league (other than the Athletics and Mariners, who opened in Japan last week) will begin their seasons on April 5 and 6 with plenty of intriguing match-ups including Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees and Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox.