Marlins Gain "Acceptance" With News Of 2017 MLB All-Star Game In Miami

The Miami Marlins haven't had the best reputation amongst Major League Baseball executives in recent years, due to the team's history of building and tearing down contenders at the drop of a pin.

However, with the upcoming announcement that Miami will host the 2017 MLB All-Star Game at the relatively-new Marlins Park signals a change in perception when it comes to the new direction of the franchise.

“It’s like acceptance that this is a good franchise,” Marlins broadcaster Tommy Hutton said, via Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post.

To former Marlins manager (and current special assistant to Jeffrey Loria) Jack McKeon, this is a turning point that has brought about by plenty of hard work.

"We spent a lot of hard work trying to get that new stadium and that was a plus,” McKeon said. “Also they are seeing the club is making strides in trying to put together a contender.”

Miami's payroll has been amongst Major League Baseball's lowest over the past dozen years, but the team's recent investments to lock up superstar Giancarlo Stanton and to add talent through trades/free agency could mean the end of the team's run at the bottom of MLB's financial charts and the beginning of a new era in South Beach.

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