The four mascot sea creatures that made up the Great Sea Race since the park opened in 2012 will no longer be a part of the festivities for the Miami Marlins.
So long, Bob the Shark, Julio the Octopus, Angel the Stone Crab and Spike the Sea Dragon. We hardly knew ye.
Is nothing sacred to new part-owner and GM Derek Jeter? At least somebody will still be dressed up as Billy the Marlin, though that will be a newcomer. The team recently confirmed that John DeCicco, who long filled the fish costume, was fired by the new regime.
The end of the sixth-inning mascot race was first reported by radio host Andy Slater, then confirmed by the Miami Herald and other media outlets.
Mascot races are popular throughout baseball, with 14 of the 30 MLB teams having a mid-game contest last season, according to the Herald. The Sausage Race in Milwaukee and the Presidents' Race in Washington are among that group.
However, if you're keeping score at home, or even at Marlins Park, you won't be seeing outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich in the home aqua anymore, and Bob, Julio, Angel and Spike will just be fond memories, as well.
--Field Level Media