How The Marlins Can Benefit From The Ichiro Signing

Ichiro Suzuki has reportedly signed a one year $2 million deal with the Miami Marlins. He’ll be their fourth outfielder of a very young and promising outfield behind Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. This move couldn’t make more sense for the Marlins because the team finally gets a much needed fourth outfielder and Ichiro is on the cusp of baseball history. He’s just 156 hits away from 3,000 Major League hits and the possibility of history being made is just what the Marlins need. The Marlins have been struggling to attract fans because the team’s lack of success. Now with Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez leading the team, the attendance has gotten better, but it’s still not great. With Ichiro chasing 3,000 hits and if the team is struggling in the dog days of August, then Ichiro will become the focus in south beach. I don’t think the Marlins will be irrelevant late in the season, but even last year when the Marlins were above expectations, they couldn’t draw fans. They were 26th in average attendance per game last year so team success isn’t the only thing that’s going to attract fans. The Marlins didn’t just sign Ichiro for his bat in the lineup or glove in the field, but a way to improve attendance. This move was less of a baseball move and more of a business move.

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