Maybe it’s the familiarity factor, but “Donnie Baseball” has more of a ring to it than “Donnie Karate.”
That said, the Miami Marlins may have to consider altering manager Don Mattingly’s nickname after his latest inspirational performance.
The 55-year-old skipper was an active participant in the clubhouse presentation by Radical Reality, a motivational speaking group from Northern California who favors some extreme methods. They all crushed it — and by it, we mean the cinder block smashed with a sledgehammer over Mattingly’s chest.
Didn’t someone say there’s no cinder block-breaking in baseball?
As a non-expert on martial arts breaks and motivational tactics, it’s tough to criticize the approach. This seems unnecessarily risky, but Mattingly made it through the ordeal unscathed, so perhaps the peril isn’t as great as it appears.
Or maybe the motivational team is able to give superhuman-type strength to its audience. They did help Marlins first baseman Justin Bour snap a baseball bat in half with his bare hands, after all.
The Marlins 2016 spring schedule includes visits to Jupiter by the New York Yankees (March 8), Boston Red Sox (March 22) and Detroit Tigers (March 19). The Red Sox also come to Roger Dean Stadium to face the St. Louis Cardinals (March 21).
The Marlins begin their spring schedule with an exhibition at Roger Dean Stadium against the University of Miami on March 1.
The first workout for Marlins pitchers and catchers is Feb. 19, with position players reporting and holding their first full-squad workout on Feb. 22. The Cardinals’ pitchers and catchers will report to Jupiter on Feb. 19, and their first workout will be the following day. The rest of the Cardinals will arrive by Feb. 24. Their first workout will be Feb. 25.
March 1 – University of Miami, 1:05 p.m.
March 3 – at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.
March 4 – Washington, 1:05 p.m.
March 5 – St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.
March 6 – at Detroit,, 1:05 p.m.
March 7 – at Washington, 1:05 p.m.
March 8 – New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
March 9 – at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.
March 10 – Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.
March 11 – at Minnesota, 1:05 p.m.
March 12 – at Boston, 1:05 p.m.
March 13 – New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.
March 15 – New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.
March 16 – Washington, 1:05 p.m.
March 18 – at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.
March 19 – Detroit, 1:05 p.m.
March 20 – at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.
March 21 – at New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.
March 22 – Boston, 1:05 p.m.
March 23 – at St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.
March 24 – Minnesota, 1:05 p.m.
March 25 – Washington, 7:05 p.m.
March 26 – at Houston, 6:05 p.m.
March 27 – St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.
March 28 – at Washington, 1:05 p.m.
March 29 – at New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.
March 30 – St. Louis, 1:05 p.m.
March 2 — Florida Atlantic, 1:05 p.m.
March 3 — Miami, 1:05 p.m.
March 4 — at Houston, 1:05 p.m.
March 5 – at Miami, 1:05 p.m.
March 6 – Washington, 1:05 p.m.
March 7 – New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.
March 8 – at Minnesota, 1:05 p.m.
March 9 – Miami, 1:05 p.m.
March 10 – at New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.
March 11 –Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.
March 12 – Houston, 1:05 p.m.
March 13 – at Washington, 1:05 p.m.
March 14 – Minnesota, 1:05 p.m.
March 16 – at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m.
March 17 – at Detroit, 1:05 p.m.
March 18 – Detroit, 1:05 p.m.
March 19 – at Boston, 1:05 p.m.
March 20 – Miami, 1:10 p.m.
March 21 – Boston, 1:05 p.m.
March 23 – Miami, 1:05 p.m.
March 24 – at Washington, 1:05 p.m.
March 25 – at New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.
March 26 – Washington, 1:05 p.m.
March 27 – at Miami, 1:05 p.m.
March 28 – New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.
March 29 – Washington, 1:05 p.m.
March 30 – at Miami, 1:05 p.m.
March 31 – at New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Season parking passes are available for both the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training seasons. These passes are $120 and include 15 Marlins games or 15 Cardinals games. The Spring Training Parking Pass grants you access to the Abacoa parking garage (Season Pass Garage) located immediately to the West of Roger Dean Stadium (see map above). Please contact the Roger Dean Stadium Ticket Office at 561-630-1828 to purchase your pass today.
Individual Game Parking
Preferred Parking: Single-game parking passes are available in the Abacoa parking garage (Season Pass Garage), and in three grass lots to the West and North of the stadium (Lots C, D & E). Parking in these areas is $10 per game (CASH only). Individual parking passes may be purchased at the Roger Dean Stadium ticket office, online at Tickets.com (Keyword: Roger Dean Stadium Parking) or by phone at (561)775-1818.
Overflow Parking: Additional parking lots will be utilized as needed. These lots include the Florida Atlantic University parking lot (Lot A on Map), two Abacoa Parking Garages (Lots F & G on Map), and three surface lots (Lots H, I & J on Map). Signage and personnel will be utilized to direct guests to these facilities as needed based on attendance levels.
Guests with Disabilities Parking: Parking is available on a first come, first served basis, on Main Street, located along the West side of the Stadium, and on Avenue A located along the North side of the stadium. There is also disabled parking available in the Abacoa Parking Garage (Season Pass Garage) to the West of the Stadium and in the front row of the two grass parking areas (Lots D & E).
Guest Drop Off / Pick-Up Area: A drop-off area is located directly in front of the Stadium outside of Gate B. This drop-off area is ADA accessible.
Bus / RV Parking: Buses may drop off their guests at Gate B, then park in the Florida Atlantic University overflow lot (Lot A) for $25. RV’s and other oversized vehicles may park in the grass lots (Lots D & E) for $25. Parking passes for all oversized vehicles are available for sale by calling the Roger Dean Stadium Ticket office at 561-630-1828.
Parking Policies and Procedures
* Tailgating is permitted in the grass parking lots only (Lots C, D & E).
* No open-flame cooking is permitted.
* Pop up tents are permitted as long as they are not staked into the ground and do not take up additional parking spaces (Additional spaces will be charged at owner’s expense)
* No overnight parking is permitted in any of the parking lots.
* All vehicles are parked at the owner’s risk.
* Any articles left in vehicles are at owner’s risk.
* Roger Dean Stadium reserves the right to have any vehicles moved to another section of the parking lot.
* No attendants will be present after regular event hours.
* No re-entry allowed.