Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 1/15/13

The Miami Marlins are continuing to alienate what is left of their loyal fan base.On Monday, a team spokesperson revealed that the team won't be holding their annual FanFest event this season. Fans will get the chance to attend a scaled down version at Marlins Park instead. "It will be accurate that there will not be an event named FanFest,” Marlins vice president of marketing Sean Flynn said.“We have an event that we will announce soon that will have some of the similar characteristics of a FanFest. It’ll be different and more fan friendly,” he said.Fans will still get the chance to purchase tickets and interact with players, but the extent of how "different" and "fan friendly" the event will be is still left to be seen.And as if that alone wasn't enough to grind the gears of ticked off fans, the club also revealed it won't be holding its annual player caravan this year, either. Traditionally, players and coaches have made appearances around the Miami-area community at schools, shops, and restaurants. Flynn suggests that they will have a week where they allow fans to come mingle inside the ballpark along with fans instead. In essence, fans of the Fish will have to make their way down to Marlins Park rather than having the players come to them. This could prove problematic considering how many folks may have forgotten how to get there. Although Miami ranked in the middle-of-the-pack in MLB attendance last season, due largely in part to their new stadium, fan interest and attendance fell off sharply toward the end of the campaign.Picked by many as preseason World Series contenders, the Marlins sputtered to a disappointing 69-93 record and last place finish in the division. The front office decided to implode the team by firing manager Ozzie Guillen and trading away the likes of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson, among others, to Toronto.Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and pitcher Ricky Nolasco have since criticized the team's management for their bold moves. The announcement on Monday will do little in helping to regain and/or repair fan interest. In fact, it is yet another blow to the existing fan base, and a potentially costly one at that.Via The Palm Beach Post

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cubs trade for Chapman a risk, but potential payoff too hard to ignore

White Sox fan wears a fantastic taped-up Chris Sale jersey

Wisconsin kicker will wear 27 to honor Nebraska's Sam Foltz

Dennis Schroder wears disguise to play in German streetball tournament

Browns indicate they will give Josh Gordon another chance

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery

Eagles want Carson Wentz to be 'starter ready' Week 1

Report: 49ers concerned Anthony Davis will quit again

Did Manning hurt NFLPA's case in HGH investigations?

Report: Steinbrenner won't allow fire sale, wants to make playoffs

Report: Dion Waiters agrees to one-year deal with Heat

Dion Waiters' deal signals the end of the 2016 money grab

Tom Jackson could leave ESPN after almost three decades

Cavs sign coach Tyronn Lue to a five-year extension

More than 10,000 people registered for Jaguars Pokemon Go night

NFL issues new concussion protocol

Angels listening to offers on Hector Santiago

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

Kevin Durant’s OKC restaurant will be closed, rebranded

Lamar Odom said to be held back by one 'toxic friend'

Mario Balotelli crashes Liverpool fans' wedding

Michael Vick: I used to feel I was 'dominating too much'

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker