No one – and we mean no one – is safe in the Miami Marlins’ camp. News of the firing of the man behind the mascot “Billy the Marlin” has sparked backlash throughout the Marlins’ fanbase. Officials from the team confirmed that they have not done away with the beloved mascot, but have indeed fired the man who wore the suit for more than 14 years.
The news was broken as the Marlins and their enthusiasts prepare for Saturday’s FanFest at Marlins Park.
It does not help the controversy that the Marlins’ office has not given a reason for firing the 14-year team mascot veteran.
Living baseball legend Derek Jeter is the Marlins new owner. He’s heading up their front office and causing heads to roll. Fan favorites and team leaders such as Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, and Christian Yelich have been chopped.
On Tuesday, the Marlins will reveal a new celebratory logo and hold a special 25th anniversary event on Tuesday for those who have held season tickets since their inaugural season in 1993. Mr. Jeter will be there along with Charlie Hugh, who threw the very first pitch in Marlins’ history.
The event begins at 4 p.m. on February 13 at Marlins Park.
The Marlins open their spring training on February 14th in Jupiter. The regular season is scheduled to begin on March 29th when the Marlins play at home in Miami against the Chicago Cubs.