With a 6-3 homestand that saw the Washington Nationals take three of four from the Miami Marlins, and two of three from San Francisco’s Giants, before splitting two with the Los Angeles Angels, Dusty Baker’s Nats wrapped up the nine-game stretch with a 35-25 record at home in the nation’s capital this season. “It went well,” Baker told reporters after the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Angels in the final game of the homestand, “but you tend to remember your last game. Away from Washington this season, the Nationals are 36-22, good for the second-best road record in the NL (behind only the LA Dodgers, 34-20), and third-best road record in the majors (behind only the Dodgers and Houston Astros, 40-21).
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had plans to construct a statue outside Marlins Park honoring the late Jose Fernandez, but there’s a chance the tribute may never be completed with the team now being sold. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the building of the Fernandez statue is “very much in question” since it will not be completed before the new ownership group, which includes Derek Jeter, takes over. The matter has yet to be discussed with the new owners, who have just finalized the terms of their purchase in the past week. Loria said back in April that the statue should be completed in about six months. “I went through hundreds and hundreds of photographs with the sculptor and
Derek Jeter doesn’t officially own the Marlins yet, but one potential change his ownership group was reportedly interested in making will not be happening. FanRag Sports reported someone connected with Jeter’s group wanted to remove the large “home run sculpture” beyond the wall in left field. Miami-Dade County went on the offensive Thursday, telling the Miami Herald the art installation won’t be going anywhere, regardless of who owns the team. “The County commissioned and purchased the Home Run Sculpture with the public art funds generated by the ballpark project,” Michael Spring, head of the county’s cultural affairs arm, told the Herald in an email. “[It] was designed specifically for this