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After 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 Marlins in the bottom of the 11th inning. Lining a shot up the middle, Craig Counsell was able to score from third on a 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 hoping to improve their record in 2018. He is reunited with Derek Jeter, the former Yankee great who purchased a stake in the team and currently serves as the CEO. Hoping to take a page of the Yankees playbook, the Marlins are hard at work towards capturing another title.
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. JT Realmuto, Justin Bour, Miguel Rojas are all young players, while Starlin Castor and Martin Prado are the seasoned veterans. The outfield is comprised of second year players in Brian Anderson and Lewis Brinson, with Derek Dietrich serving as the elder statesman in left field.
Losing Giancarlo Stanton to a mega-trade with the New York Yankees in the offseason, it is evident that this team isn’t afraid to make tough decisions if they think it will eventually pan out for them. Don’t be surprised if the front office of the Miami Marlins makes some more 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.