The Florida Marlins, after years of playing in the cavernous Sun Life Stadium (or Pro Player Stadium, or Joe Robbie Stadium, or Dolphin Stadium, or Landshark Stadium, whatever you want to call it) in front of empty crowds, are moving into the state-of-the-art Marlins Stadium for the 2012 season. It is a greatly needed move for a franchise in desperate need of a drastic move to reignite local interest.
While a new stadium may help bring in fans at first, a competitive ball club is what is needed to keep those fans in the seats. Not only do they need it for the fans, but prior to the 2011 season, the Marlins were coerced into agreeing to increasing payroll.
In this slideshow, I outline who the Marlins should go after and what they must do to pique local interest and produce a winning club on the field.