By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
After the 2015 baseball season came to an end in the early morning hours of Monday, the first week of the true offseason has brought a lot of news for both the Jacksonville Suns and their parent club the Miami Marlins.
Monday was an exciting day at the Baseball Grounds, where the Suns announced the 2016 schedule and new more affordable ticket prices. Now bleacher/berm seats are only $5, reserved seats $9, and dugout box seats $18.
You can watch the entire press conference with Suns owner Ken Babby and general manager Harold Craw here:
Meanwhile in Miami, the Marlins also held a press conference on Monday to announce that Don Mattingly is the new manager.
Mattingly comes to Miami after managing the Los Angeles Dodgers to five straight winning seasons and three straight division titles. Mattingly was a legendary player with the New York Yankees, winning the 1985 American League Most Valuable Player Award, and he racked up 2,153 hits during his 14 major league seasons.
Mattingly talked about his new role with the Marlins on MLB Network’s Hot Stove with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian on Wednesday:
While professional baseball games have come to an end (congratulations to the Kansas City Royals on their World Series title), games continue in the Arizona Fall League, where former Suns are performing well against the game’s top prospects.
2015 Suns shortstop J.T. Riddle is hitting .318 through his first six games in the AFL, and earlier this week he visited with MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo:
Also, huge congratulations to our sister organization the Akron RubberDucks on winning the very prestigious Larry MacPhail Award!
Here are today’s #FishFriday links, hope everyone has a great weekend!
The Florida Times Union: New Jacksonville Suns owner promises lower ticket prices, major revamps to operations
The Florida Times Union: Suns announce lower ticket prices, $5 general admission for 2016 season
MiLB.com: Suns GM on MiLB Diversity Symposium Panel
Marlins.com: 5 issues facing Marlins after hiring Mattingly
Marlins.com: Watch Marlins prospect Dean in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game
Marlins.com: Marlins likely to go trade route for rotation help
Miami Herald: Greg Cote: Don Mattingly seems like good hire for Miami Marlins, but the Loria Lens colors everything they do
Sun Sentinel:Marlins will shop for bargains in free-agent sweepstakes
Yahoo! Big League Stew: The Rays and Mariners swapped six players in first trade of the offseason
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Here’s what Petco Park looks like as a nine-hole golf course
ESPN: MLB Future Power Rankings: What could go wrong with the Cubs?
Sports on Earth: 2015 MLB Tortured Fan Base Rankings