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Marlins to be Focus of Showtime Series
MIAMI (AP) -- With their profile on the rise, the Miami Marlins are getting a TV show.

This season the Marlins will be the focus of Showtime's documentary series, ''The Franchise.'' That means unprecedented exposure for a team that has finished last in the NL in attendance each of the past seven seasons.

Showtime and Major League Baseball Productions announced the decision Monday and said the Marlins were an appealing choice as a team in transition. They hired Ozzie Guillen as manager and spent $191 million to sign All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, and they anticipate sellout crowds nightly this year as they move into a new ballpark.

''The Franchise'' made its debut last season by focusing on the San Francisco Giants.

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