Marlins prepare for fourth visit to the troops

Miami, FL – The Marlins organization is set to visit U.S. troops stationed in Japan, Guam and Hawaii from December 1 – 15, 2011. The tour, organized by Armed Forces Entertainment, will mark the Marlins’ fourth visit to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. In 2010, the Marlins became the first Major League Baseball team to take active players to visit U.S. troops. At that time, the group 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, Billy The Marlin, the Mermaids and front office staff will participate in activities such as baseball clinics, dance clinics, meet and greets, participate in an adult softball game and tour Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Hiroshima, Japan.

Representing the Marlins will be catcher Brett Hayes; Outfielders Mike Stanton and Bryan Petersen; Vice Chairman, Joel Mael; VP and General Counsel, Derek Jackson and Game Presentation & Events Supervisor, Luis Dones. The Club also will be sending team mascot Billy The Marlin as well as Ashley, Jackie and Stephanie of the Mermaids.

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