Jeffrey Loria revealed in an interview with ESPN.com posted Thursday that the Marlins are having a statue of deceased former ace Jose Fernandez made that they plan to place outside Marlins Park in the near future.
"We're having a big sculpture of Jose made for the plaza or maybe in front of the stadium," Loria told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. "William Behrends is doing it. He did the Willie McCovey and Willie Mays sculptures out in San Francisco. I went through hundreds and hundreds of photographs with the sculptor and gestures of Jose's face to try and make it perfect."
Marlins president David Samson confirmed the details of the sculpture that Loria stated in the ESPN article.
“We’re looking at two places for it either the West Plaza or the East Plaza [outside the ballpark],” Samson said. “[Loria] went through many different pictures of Jose with the sculptor and that’s the one being worked on. I actually haven’t seen it. I assume it’s going to be him in a wind up or pitching, but I really don’t know.
“This is something Jeffrey wanted to do personally for Jose, his family and his fans and something that will permanently represent what Jose was and who he was.”
Loria went on to say that the statue will be cast in bronze and will feature a red-orange painted glove like the one Fernandez used when he pitched for the Marlins.
Loria said he expected to see the statue completed in about six months and wants it to be about 9 to 10 feet high.
When asked why the chosen size of the sculpture, Loria said: "Because Jose was larger than life."
Loria did not discuss any details regarding the potential sale of the Marlins.
Loria was asked, however, about the toxicology reports that showed Fernandez was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine on the night of the accident that claimed his life and the lives of two other passengers.
"I know Jose to be a different kind of person," Loria said. "I know there were reports. I know a different person. I know a kid who was fun-loving. I didn't know a kid who was involved with anything bad. The only thing bad he was involved with was trying to beat your ass right off the plate. That's the only thing I ever saw."
Loria was asked if he was skeptical of the reports.
"No, I'm not skeptical. I accept what I read. But that's not the person I knew."
Before Giancarlo Stanton hit his first two home runs of the season Wednesday night, he and Christian Yelich made an entertaining appearance on MLB Network’s daily show "Intentional Talk."
Stanton wore a King Tut-style outfit with sunglasses, hat and black tank top during the interview, a choice of attire he said he borrowed from teammate Marcell Ozuna, who hit two home runs the night before.
"I had Ozuna’s outfit for the day," Stanton said after the game. "I said I needed two homers like him, and I got him."
The difference in Stanton’s homers in terms of distance was minimal as the first traveled 397 feet and the second 396.
But the two had much different trajectories.
Stanton’s first homer tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the third and bounced off the top of the wall in left field and just out of Inciarte’s reach reaching a height of 144 feet according to MLB’s Statcast tracking system. Stanton sent the second speeding about 116 mph and only as high as 48 feet off the ground according to Statcast.
Stanton, who raised his average to .290 with six RBI after Wednesday’s game, said he’s been committed to his approach at the plate this season regardless of day-to-day results. Stanton went 2 for 3 with a walk and recorded the 19th multi-home run game of his career.
"You trust what you see and plan to hit," Stanton said. "Sometimes you're going to swing out of the zone, sometimes you're not. But as long as you stay there [with your approach]. It's something different if you have your approach and it doesn't work and you try a whole new one today. That's when you start digging yourself a hole."
Friday: Marlins LHP Adam Conley (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.69), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
Saturday: Marlins RHP Edinson Volquez (0-1, 3.27 ERA) vs. Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.50), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.