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Nearing a quarter century of Marlins baseball, this Miami-based franchise already has two World Series titles to show for their time in the big leagues. America’s pastime is alive and well, particularly in sunny Florida where the cooperative weather allows kids to play year round. The Marlins have garnered a strong following around South Beach and have used that energy to motivate themselves along the base path.
Originally established in 1993 as the Florida Marlins, the team joined the National League’s East Division. Earning wild card berths in 1997 and 2003, the Marlins went on to championships in both seasons. However, to date they have never won their division.
The most famous play in team history came in the 1997 World Series. Tied at three games apiece with the American League champion Cleveland Indians, the deciding seventh game went into extra innings. Edgar Renteria stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded for the Marlines in the bottom of the 11th inning. Lining a shot up the middle, Craig Counsell was able to score from third on the walk-off single to win the World Series.
The current squad is led by former Major Leaguer Don Mattingly. Following a stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mattingly moved to South Florida to take over the Marlins dugout. Donnie Baseball’s club is looking to move on from last year’s record and the unexpected death of star pitcher Jose Fernandez. A farm system lacking in talent means the Marlins aren’t expected to grow from within. Adding pitchers in free agency should help boost the club, but a lot is dependent upon the health of the current lineup.
Led by Giancarlo Stanton, the starters on this team are young veterans looking to push themselves to the next level. Don’t be surprised if the front office of the Miami Marlins makes some moves, trading current players with the hope of hitting it big with some prospects.
Fans in Miami have been lucky enough to watch some great players in the relatively short time that this franchise has been active. Among those favored in the area are Hanley Ramirez, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Cabrera, Kevin Brown, Josh Johnson, and Jose Fernandez. Click here for additional information pertaining to the history of the Miami Marlins.