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Marlins play last game in Sun Life stadium today

September 28, 2011 04:50PM

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The Florida Marlins are currently playing their last game in the stadium at 2267 NW 199th Street, now known as Sun Life Stadium. The Marlins will move to a new, $600 million stadium at 1501 NW 3rd Street, the former site of the Orange Bowl, and change their moniker to the Miami Marlins for next season.

The Marlins started playing at Sun Life Stadium, then known as Joe Robbie Stadium, in 1993. In 19 seasons they’ve compiled 1,434 wins, 1,574 losses and two improbable World Series Championships in 1997 and 2003.

Baseball fans will remember the stadium as it will appear tomorrow — completely empty. Only Oakland and Tampa Bay attracted fewer fans on average than the Fish’s 18,809. On many summer nights there would be fewer than 10,000 fans.

Charlie Hough was the first pitcher to start in the team’s inaugural game in 1993 and, fittingly, tossed the ceremonial first pitch today. [CBS Miami]

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