Free tickets, autographed baseballs, even access to a 12-person suite - the Florida Marlins will happily give any of them away to fans.
Just help send the Marlins to the All-Star Game.
The Marlins have unveiled a slew of promotions designed to coerce fans into becoming ballot-stuffers for the next few weeks, all with hopes that one of baseball’s poorest-drawing teams can find a way to overcome the fact that there are a lot more voters punching cards in other stadiums around the National League.
“Other teams do this,” said Sean Flynn, the Marlins’ vice president of marketing. “We’re not the only team.”
Still, they are one of the more aggressive at ballot-stuffing initiatives.
Some in-stadium promotions include giving away two tickets for filling out 200 All-Star ballots, available at any of 30 locations around Sun Life Stadium. For the in-stadium offer, there’s two caveats: All eight Marlins on the ballot must be voted for every time, and the ballots need to be turned in by the conclusion of the sixth inning.
The Marlins are offering smaller prizes for 50 or 100 completed ballots, such as a Hanley Ramirez figurine.
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