Derek Jeter is going to do anything he can to get people coming to Marlins games again, short of putting a competitive team on the field.
If that means bringing in mermaids and old friends, so be it.
Jeter and the Marlins announced Tuesday morning they had plucked Curtis Granderson out of free agency and signed him to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Jeter, now the Marlins CEO, played four seasons with Granderson on the Yankees before the outfielder left for the Mets in free agency after the 2013 season.
But signing an ex-teammate who will be 38 when the season begins was not Jeter’s only innovation to be revealed Tuesday.
MLB Network reported on Twitter the team will attempt to improve its lagging attendance numbers by focusing on the “in-game experience.”
That “experience” apparently will include an in-game host and Marlins mermaids. It was unclear whether Jeter would personally audition the mermaids.
He’ll have to do something, though, because the Marlins were dead last in attendance in 2018, failing to crack even 1 million. Miami was the only organization in the league that failed to reach that benchmark, falling well short with 811,104 fans in seats.
But after losing 98 games and finishing 26 ½ games out of first place in the NL East, it may take more than a former All-Star turned journeyman and some mythical creatures to turn things around – unless of course Jeter can bring in some Sirens to lure Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. That might do it.
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