Marlins Park, home to the most expensive beer in baseball at $8 according to BusinessInsider.com, trimmed its prices on Friday to $6 for fans willing to walk over to the stadium’s bars.
If fans go over to the regular concessions, it will still cost them $8 for the same 16-ounce beer. Part of the new push to make beer more affordable includes a special Happy Hour on Fridays where between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. beers cost only $4 at the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar.
“We’re always taking a look at all our concessions — what we offer, the size of our offerings, the price of our offerings,” team president David Samson said.
“We felt there were two opportunities with beer we wanted to do. We wanted to see if we could get a lower-price beer, which we got. And we wanted to see if we could do a happy hour — because we want people to get out here before the game starts.”
According to BusinessInsider, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians sell the cheapest beer in the majors at $4, the Los Angeles Angels sell the cheapest 16-ounce beer for $4.75, and the Boston Red Sox sell a 12-ounce beer for $7.75.
Marlins utility man Jeff Baker used the word “foolish” to describe the throw pitcher Henderson Alvarez made to him at first base that pulled Baker off the bag and got him hurt in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Phillies.
Baker bruised his right shoulder after he collided with Domonic Brown, who hit a hard comebacker to the mound that Alvarez stopped easily but took his time throwing over to the bag for the putout. Baker had to stretch out and into Brown to make the cach.
“We lucked out he wasn’t running as hard or he could have separated my shoulder,” said Baker, who was still expected to be available to pinch-hit for the Marlins on Friday. “That can’t happen. ... You have to go after it.”
Marlins manager Mike Redmond agreed. “I think we got to do a better job fielding the ball and getting rid of it,” Redmond said. “... Nobody should get hurt on a comebacker.’’
• Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney made his Triple A debut on Thursday and pitched well, striking out seven and giving up just one earned run on seven hits over five innings. The left-hander took a hard grounder to the shin in his final inning but was fine according to Redmond. Heaney threw 84 pitches and 56 went for strikes.
Although most top prospects nowadays make the leap to the big leagues straight from Double A, the Marlins wanted Heaney to face some more experienced hitters, Redmond said.
• Redmond said second baseman Rafael Furcal (hamstring, groin) is on pace to start playing in extended spring training games on Monday.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (0-2, 6.59 ERA) vs. Milwaukee Brewers RHP Wily Peralta (4-3, 2.18), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Sunday: Marlins LHP Randy Wolf (0-0, 1.80) vs. Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (2-3, 3.51), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.