Marlins’ New Stadium Approved

TUESDAY, 1:26pm: Mike Berardino of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says the new stadium should mean Hanley stays put and the team raises payroll, among other things.

MONDAY, 10:43pm: Get ready for the Miami Marlins.  According to's Joe Frisaro, Miami-Dade county commissioners voted in favor of a new retractable-roof stadium for the Fish.  The goal is to have the new facility open by 2012, at which time the team will be renamed the Miami Marlins.

Hanley Ramirez is signed through 2014, so hopefully he'll still be the face of the franchise when the new stadium opens.  The Marlins figure to become a more consistent threat in the NL East if they establish a reasonable payroll.

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