MIAMI The St. Louis Cardinals opened a new stadium in 2006. They were fitted for rings in the first season.
The New York Yankees moved into new digs in 2009. They immediately won the World Series.
It remains to be seen what will happen in the first year for Miami in the new Marlins Park. But theres enough history on their side that the Marlins, who open the regular season in their retractable-roof stadium Wednesday against the Cardinals, are feeling pretty good.
I think were a playoff-caliber team, said catcher John Buck, whose Marlins havent been to the postseason since winning the 2003 World Series and were last in the National League East with a 72-90 mark in 2011. If we go out and play to our potential, I think thats definitely a reality. Its something thats not far-fetched at all. I think everybody (on the Marlins) expects that.
Buck said it isnt necessary the facility that could propel the Marlins this season but rather the extra revenue stream it has provided for the tea...