A Virtual Preview of the New 'Marlins Ballpark'

A Virtual Preview of the New 'Marlins Ballpark'

The Phillies have the Liberty Bell and the Marlins have a....uh....well, this.

The much-maligned home run structure -- complete with marlins, flamingos and palm trees -- will indeed be present behind Miami's center field wall on their April 4th Opening Day, but it could be injected into your video games consoles as early as March 6th.

Welcome to the MLB 12: The Show video game. Usually we provide clips in the offseason of a virtual Roy Halladay breaking virtual faces with his virtual cutter, but with all the fan fare (and none of the actual fans!) surrounding the opening of the new Marlins Ballpark, we present to you (via Operationsports.com) The Show's first-ever rendering of that monstrosity of a home run "thing" -- oh, and the rest of the park, too.

Take special note of the Greg Dobbs sighting at the 38-second mark, Placido Polanco getting fanned about 10-ticks later and Jose Reyes going yard immediately thereafter:

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We have the feeling that if we do end up purchasing a copy of the game, we'll be trying our hardest to play small ball on the road in Miami.

Also, we were going to make this joke, but NBC's HardballTalk beat us to it:

"Fun stuff, though I have to say that the folks at Sony are obviously very optimistic about the Marlins’ attendance for this season."

Alright PS3heads, who's buying so we can come over and play?

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.