JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Mike Lowell grew up in Miami, helped the Marlins win a World Series and knows all too well about the franchise's tradition of humble payrolls and modest crowds.
Back in uniform this week as a special instructor, Lowell says the team can win again and win back fans, but it will take time. And he sympathizes with fans angry that the Marlins this season will likely have baseball's smallest payroll - again.
The return to a tight budget comes after a brief spending binge and only one year in the long-sought new ballpark that was supposed to transform the franchise.
Even so, Lowell's rooting for the Marlins, in part because his close friend Mike Redmond is the new manager. They were teammates on the Marlins' 2003 World Series champions.
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