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    All-male cheerleader team for the Florida Marlins

    Sixteen men will be dancing before an expected 45,000 fans at the Florida Marlins' home opener Monday at Dolphin Stadium. They are the Manatees, Major League Baseball's first plus-size male cheerleaders.

    The Marlins are hoping the squad -- which is named after endangered marine mammals that resemble pale walruses without tusks -- will bring fans into the park. Despite two World Series championships in its 15-year existence, the National League East team had the lowest average game attendance in the majors last year, fewer than 17,000. It posted a disappointing 80-82 season amid rumors, since squelched, that the team was for sale.

    The idea was to connect with fans who are most comfortable watching baseball on a couch near a beer cooler. So when Marlins marketing executives posted a notice on the team website and held tryouts, there were no upper or lower limits on weight.

    The chosen Manatees tip the scales at 225 to 435 pounds

    For all their effort, the guys will get two tickets to every home game, a staff pass to the stadium, free parking, game-day meals, their Manatee uniforms -- for starters, black shorts and long T-shirts -- and other minor perks.

    The squad will perform once per game for the first few weeks, then more frequently if the fans respond.

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    David Adame / For the Los Angeles Times
    Meet the Manatees, the Florida Marlins’ newest cheering squad, practicing for their debut at Monday’s season opener. Jeff Stern, Nelson Clark, Mark Robinson and Joseph Love are part of the 16-man troupe -- Major League Baseball's first plus-size male squad. The Marlins hope the Manatees will connect with the fans who usually watch baseball at home on the couch, and draw those fans into the stadium.


    By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    March 29, 2008 [/color]

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    It's about time us fat guys got some respect for being the sexy beasts we are!
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