The Miami Herald's Douglas Hanks reported Tuesday the Marlins received approval from Miami-Dade County (Florida) to remove the team's home run sculpture from center field. The sculpture will instead sit outside the stadium.
Some are sad to see the unique piece go:
Andy Martino @martinonyc
This sculpture is a work of art by Red Grooms. Beauty is subjective but to discard this work is so small-minded. Baseball is middle school, and Grooms’ work was deemed uncool. Art dealer Jeffrey Loria, for his flaws, knew what he was doing here. Ugh ugh ugh https://t.co/IKO5Fg633Y
The sculpture's days were numbered as soon as Jeter and his ownership group took control of the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria.
"I just don't think they're all that crazy about it," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in January regarding the group's attitudes toward the artwork, per Hanks. "I'm not a fan. We're looking at it. ... We'll see if anything can be done."
It's too bad the Marlins are doing away with what was one of the trademark features of its stadium. The sculpture wasn't to everybody's tastes, but it helped Marlins Park stand out.