LITTLE HAVANA (CBSMIAMI)-It’s no secret that big changes are on the way for the Florida Marlins come April, and now the team has changed the names of the streets surrounding their new ballpark, and that’s not all.

As days go the new Marlins stadium is becoming more complete for the 2012 baseball season, and newly named roads have bridged the past with the present and future.

“This is the first step for the grand opening of the Marlins stadium,” City of Miami mayor Tomas Regalado said.

“How can you make people realize the history of where we’re standing?” David Samson, president of Florida Marlins, asked. “The first way is with the naming of the streets.”

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Right in the heart of Little Havana, once home to the Orange Bowl, four new street names are merging a celebrated past with a hopeful future.

The new stadium is surrounded by Orange Bowl Way, Bobby Maduro Drive, Marlins Way and Felo Ramirez Drive.

Ramirez, the long time Cuban baseball announcer, was in attendance Wednesday to help unveil his street.

“I love that for the next 50, 100, 200 years when people are coming to this building they will have no choice but to know and understand Felo Ramirez and what he’s meant to baseball,” Samson said.

Also honored was an icon to baseball, the late Bobby Maduro, one of Cuba’s most distinguished sportsmen.

The city and Marlins Organization selected the new street names and believe they couldn’t be more perfect.

“We said Bobby Maduro is responsible for Hispanic baseball in Miami,” Samson said.

Maduro’s son Jorge Maduro was present to honor his father’s name sake street.

“We really feel that when you see Bobby Maduro you see honesty, you see love… you see courage, which basically is what baseball can bring to a city,” Jorge Maduro said.

The new stadium is expected to open on April 4, 2012.

Comments (9)
  1. Faye says:

    Couldn’t be more perfect huh. When are the Marlins going to figure out catering to the Hispanic community isn’t paying off for them. I don’t care that it sits right smack in Little Havana now, watch once again the fan base in attendance and tell me it’s not time to stop booking acts with names like Tito Feliciano after ball games.

  2. marion douglas peters says:

    another reason not to go my family has lived in miami florida thr unitrd states of america .why dont you just with d]raw from this country and become a new cuba

    1. Nipuni says:

      No bcuease they need all their money to worry about getting some good feilders. I don’t know where you got the fact that they are getting a new staduim in 2010. if you do have a link sned it to me at . Thanks.

  3. Denis says:

    This is America not Cuba! Let cuba name their streets after Felo.Stop the nonsense already.

  4. pretzeldude says:

    I directed traffic before and after Marlins games for many years. Most of the traffic into and out of the stadium went north to Broward and Palm Beach counties.
    If Miami Dade County, City of Miami and the “Miami Marlins” think this stadium will attract more from Miami Dade County GOOD LUCK.
    I could be wrong and I hope I am wrong for the Marlins sake.

  5. edwin spence says:

    banana republic is in full shwing batta batta

  6. Jorge says:

    Nobody wants the stupid people from broward and palm beach, go to tampa. You are all alike.

  7. John says:

    I bet if it was not a latin name it would not have been changed! Miami is going down the drain!

  8. raul says:

    yep american…your name would be george. welcome to the US

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