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MLB Franchise Notes: Rays' Sternberg Calls For More St. Petersburg Support
Published January 30, 2013
IMAGE REHAB: In Miami, Douglas Hanks reports the Marlins yesterday “announced the hiring of a new public relations firm,” Miami-based JeffreyGroup, “to help with the team’s battered image.” The company “replaces RBB and founding partner Bruce Rubin, a longtime friend of owner Jeffrey Loria whose Coral Gables firm represented the team since it won the World Series in 2003.” JeffreyGroup President Mike Valdes-Fauli “declined to get into the details of the planned strategy for reviving the Marlins’ image.” But he “conceded his firm of about 100 employees has some work to do with their new client’s messaging” (MIAMI HERALD, 1/30).
FASHION PLATES: YAHOO SPORTS’ Mark Townsend reported the Brewers on Sunday “announced the winner of their ‘Design a YOUniform’ contest.” Richfield, Minn. resident Ben Peters’ winning design included a “cream-colored button-up jersey and navy blue cap,” as well as a “fancy patch with the barrelman logo that will go on the left sleeve.” All in all it “really is a nice uniform,” and the Brewers “will look good sporting it during two of their exhibition games this spring.” The first will be on March 22 against the Cubs, when “Peters and one guest will be flown in to attend.” The other “will be on March 30 at Miller Park" when the Brewers face the White Sox (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/28).