Derek Jeter Makes Another Major Change To The Marlins

Rex Christensen
October 19, 2018

The controversial home run sculpture sitting inside Marlins Park will be given the "Yer outta here!" call.

Red Grooms, who designed the sculpture, opposed the movement of the piece, according to the Miami Herald.

Marlins Park, the home of the Miami Marlins, will soon have a very different look.

The Marlins plan to use the space inside the stadium to create a new multistory, standing-room-only spectator area.

So - just to be sure this is sinking in - the Marlins are reportedly agreeing to pay $2.5 million to move a home run statue if the artist opts to remove his name from it, and this presumably does not account for costs of, you know, physically moving a seven-story work of art.

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"That's a topic of passion when it comes to Marlins fans", Jeter said.

The Miami Herald says that Jeter will remove it, as he continues to scrap anything and everything that signifies Jeffrey Loria's tenure as owner. It also will move at 3:05 p.m. - 's area code is 305 - on game days, and perhaps after victories. The team immediately traded NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, triggering a fire sale that included shipping this year's NL MVP favorite Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers, who are two wins away from the World Series.

The decision to have the sculpture removed has been met with some controversy. But with Grooms against it, the relocation got complicated. As the artist, he has the right to disavow the work when it's moved, which would remove its value on the art market.

The sculpture, which was commissioned for $2.5 million by former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria for when the ballpark opened in 2012, will be part of an art walk outside the stadium.

"[The] design for the Home Run Sculpture depicts an elaborate tableau of bright colors, stylized water and LED lights", the Marlins previously wrote on the team website.

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