The Marlins fourth overseas has come to an end. The latest installment featured players and staff visiting U.S. troops stationed in Japan, Guam and Hawaii from December 1-15. Last year, the Marlins became the first Major League Baseball team to take active players to visit U.S. troops. At that time, the group had visited military bases in Iraq and Kuwait. Earlier this year, players and front office staff traveled to Bahrain, Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Throughout the tour, Marlins players and front office staff participated in activities such as Baseball Clinics, Dance Clinics, Meet and Greets, an adult Softball Game and tours of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Hiroshima, Japan.
The Marlins were represented by catcher Brett Hayes, outfielders Mike Stanton and Bryan Peterson, Vice Chairman, Joel Mael, VP and General Counsel, Derek Jackson and Game Presentation & Events Supervisor, Luis Dones. The Club also sent team mascot Billy The Marlin as well as Ashley, Jackie and Stephanie of the Mermaids.
Check below for all a full recap of the trip featuring news updates, live blogs, photos, videos and more!
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Check out videos, photos, articles, blogs and more from the previous Marlins troop visits to Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
How ironic that our continuing tour of American military bases brought us to Hiroshima on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This was a very special anniversary since the Society of Pearl Harbor survivors is being disbanded this year as most of the remaining men are into their 90âs. This is the [...]
Currently in the beautiful country of Japan, our experience so far with the Miami Marlins âtroops visitâ has been spectacular. Not only has the trip been a real culture shock, it also has been a true blessing to be across the world with such amazing men and women in the armed forces. With Captain John [...]
So far on our journey weâve visited an Air Force base (Yakota AB), an army post (Camp Zama) and a naval base (Yokosuka Naval Base). Although theyâre all run with the military precision weâve come to expect on this tour, they each had their own distinct feel, as if each branch of service has its [...]