Miami Marlins facts for kids
|2019 Miami Marlins season|
|Major league affiliations|
|Retired numbers||16, 42|
|Major league titles|
|World Series titles (2)||
|NL Pennants (2)||
|East Division titles (0)||None|
|Wild card berths (2)||
|General Manager||Michael Hill|
|President of Baseball Operations||David Samson|
The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. The Marlins compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. Their home park is Marlins Park. Though one of only two MLB franchises to have never won a division title (the other is the Colorado Rockies), the Marlins have won two World Series championships as a wild card team.
The team began play in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins and played home games from their inaugural season to the 2011 season at Joe Robbie Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). The stadium was later called Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Land Shark Stadium, and Sun Life Stadium during their tenancy. Since the 2012 season, they have played at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl in Little Havana, Florida. The new park, unlike Sun Life Stadium (which was criticized in its baseball configuration for poor sight lines in some locations), was designed foremost as a baseball park. The new park's name is a temporary one until naming rights are purchased. Per agreement with the city and Miami-Dade County (which owns the park), the Marlins officially changed their name to the "Miami Marlins" on November 11, 2011. They also adopted a new logo, color scheme, and uniforms.
The Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in both seasons they qualified for the postseason, doing so in 1997 and 2003 — both times as the National League wild card team. They defeated the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series, which was notable for shortstop Édgar Rentería driving in second baseman Craig Counsell for the series-clinching run in the 11th inning of the seventh and deciding game. The 2003 season was notable for the firing of manager Jeff Torborg after 38 games. The Marlins were in last place in the NL East with a 16–22 record at the time. Torborg's successor, 72-year-old Jack McKeon, led them to the NL wild card berth in the postseason; they defeated the New York Yankees four games to two in the 2003 World Series.
- Franchise history
- World Series championships
- Marlins Park
- Opening Day starting pitchers
- Opening Day lineups
- Home attendance
Wayne Huizenga, CEO of Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation, was awarded an expansion franchise in the National League (NL) for a $95 million expansion fee and the team began operations in 1993 as the Florida Marlins.
The Marlins would qualify for the postseason and win the World Series in both 1997 and 2003, though both titles were followed by controversial periods where the team sold off all the high priced players and rebuilt.
The Marlins moved into their new ballpark, Marlins Park in 2012, which coincided with a change in the team colors/uniforms and name to the Miami Marlins.
World Series championships
Miami Marlins roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
Bullpen 46 Kyle Barraclough 22 Dustin McGowan 35 David Phelps 58 Dan Straily 25 Junichi Tazawa 62 José Ureña 64 Nick Wittgren 29 Brad Ziegler
Closer 44 A. J. Ramos
Catchers 17 A. J. Ellis 11 J. T. Realmuto
Infielders 41 Justin Bour 32 Derek Dietrich 9 Dee Gordon 3 Adeiny Hechavarria -- Tyler Moore 19 Miguel Rojas
Outfielders 13 Marcell Ozuna 27 Giancarlo Stanton 51 Ichiro Suzuki 21 Christian Yelich
Pitchers 30 Hunter Cervenka 43 Odrisamer Despaigne 49 Brian Ellington 66 Jarlin García 48 Severino González 72 Tayron Guerrero 31 Jeff Locke 20 Justin Nicolino 71 Drew Steckenrider
Catchers 18 Tomás Telis
Infielders 73 Austin Nola 77 Yefri Pérez 14 Martín Prado 78 J. T. Riddle
Outfielders 68 Destin Hood
Manager 8 Don Mattingly
Coaches 26 Lorenzo Bundy (outfield, baserunning) 33 Fredi González (third base) 7 Perry Hill (first base) 4 Frank Menechino (assistant hitting) 47 Juan Nieves (pitching) 23 Brian Schneider (catching) 59 Ed Lucas (administrative coach) 6 Mike Pagliarulo (hitting) 75 Jeff Urgelles (bullpen catcher) 58 Tim Wallach (bench) -- Dean Treanor (bullpen)
25 active, 15 inactive
- No-Hitters: Marlins pitchers have pitched five no-hitters in team regular-season history, four coming against teams in the NL West and one against a team from the American League (AL).
|Al Leiter||May 11, 1996||Rockies||11–0||Pro Player Stadium|
|Kevin Brown||June 10, 1997||Giants||9–0||Candlestick Park|
|A. J. Burnett||May 12, 2001||Padres||3–0||Qualcomm Stadium|
|Aníbal Sánchez||September 6, 2006||Diamondbacks||2–0||Dolphin Stadium|
|Henderson Álvarez||September 29, 2013||Tigers||1–0||Marlins Park|
- Hitting for the cycle: No Marlins player has ever hit for the cycle in franchise history.
- See also: List of Major League Baseball retired numbers § Alternative methods of recognition.
From 1993 until 2011, the Marlins had retired the number 5 in honor of Carl Barger, the first president of the Florida Marlins who died prior to the team's inaugural season. Barger's favorite player was Joe DiMaggio, thus the selection of number 5. With the move to the new ballpark, the team opted to honor Barger with a plaque. Logan Morrison, a Kansas City native and fan of Royals Hall-of-Famer George Brett (who wore that number with the Royals), became the first Marlin to wear the number.
After José Fernández' death as a result of a boating accident on September 25, 2016, the Miami Marlins announced plans to build a memorial at Marlins Park in his honor. However, Fernández' number 16 has yet to be officially retired.
Baseball Hall of Famers
|Miami Marlins Hall of Famers|
|Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum|
Ford C. Frick Award recipients
Template:Ford C. Frick award list
Florida Sports Hall of Fame
|Marlins in the Florida Sports Hall of Fame|
|18, 19||Jeff Conine||1B/LF||1993–1997
The Marlins began construction of a new, state-of-the-art stadium at the Miami Orange Bowl site on July 18, 2009. The now approved stadium was the subject of a protracted legal battle. A lawsuit by local automobile franchise mogul and former Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman contested the legality of the deal with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami. However, Miami-Dade County Judge Beth Cohen dismissed all the charges in Braman's lawsuit.
The seating capacity for Marlins Park is 36,742, making it the third smallest stadium (in capacity) in the MLB. Its first regular season game was April 4, 2012, against the St. Louis Cardinals, the ballpark became only the sixth MLB stadium to have a retractable roof, joining Rogers Centre in Toronto (1989), Chase Field in Phoenix (1998), Safeco Field in Seattle (1999), Minute Maid Park in Houston (2000), and Miller Park in Milwaukee (2001).
As part of the new stadium agreement, the team renamed itself the Miami Marlins on November 11, 2011 along with the unveiling of new uniforms and team logo in time for the move to the new stadium in 2012.
Until a naming-rights deal is reached, the park will be known as Marlins Park.
In 1989, the release of popular movie Back to the Future Part II, had a reference to the Chicago Cubs defeating a baseball team from Miami in the 2015 World Series, ending the longest championship drought in all four of the major North American professional sports leagues.
The Marlins are the first team in Major League Baseball to have a dance/cheer team: "The Marlins Mermaids."
In 2008, the Florida Marlins debuted "The Marlins Manatees", Major League Baseball's first ever all-male dance/energy squad to star alongside the Mermaids.
As of 2012, the Marlins have abandoned the "Mermaids" and "Manatees" for in-game entertainment instead using an "energy squad", a co-ed group of dancers.
In June 2013, the book, "The Forgotten Marlins" A Tribute to the 1956–1960 Original Miami Marlins" was published. Its author is Sam Zygner (published by Scarecrow Press).
In 2016, the Miami New Times reported that the team was involved in contract dispute lawsuits with both season ticket holders and vendors.
Best finishes in franchise history
The following are the five best seasons in Marlins' history:
|1997||1997||2nd||92||70||.568||9||Wild card winner, World Series Champions,||Liván Hernández (World Series MVP)|
|2003||2003||2nd||91||71||.562||10||Wild card winner, World Series Champions||Jack McKeon (MOY); Dontrelle Willis (ROY);, Mike Lowell (Silver Slugger), Josh Beckett (World Series MVP)|
|2009||2009||2nd||87||75||.537||6||Hanley Ramírez (Silver Slugger/NL Batting Title); Chris Coghlan (NL Rookie of The Year)|
|2008||2008||3rd||84||77||.522||7½||Hanley Ramírez (Silver Slugger)|
|2005||2005||3rd||83||79||.512||7||Miguel Cabrera (Silver Slugger), Luis Castillo, Mike Lowell (Gold Glove)|
Worst finishes in franchise history
The following are the five worst seasons in Marlins' history:
|1998||1998||5th||54||108||.333||52||Worst Record in MLB History for defending WS Champion|
|2013||2013||5th||62||100||.383||34||First season under manager Mike Redmond|
|2012||2012||5th||69||93||.426||29||First season as Miami Marlins w/ new ballpark|
Opening Day starting pitchers
Opening Day lineups
|2016||Dee Gordon 2B||Marcell Ozuna CF||Christian Yelich LF||Giancarlo Stanton RF||Martín Prado 3B||Justin Bour 1B||J.T. Realmuto C||Adeiny Hechavarria SS||Wei-Yin Chen P|
|2015||Dee Gordon 2B||Christian Yelich LF||Giancarlo Stanton RF||Michael Morse 1B||Martín Prado 3B||Marcell Ozuna CF||Jarrod Saltalamacchia C||Adeiny Hechavarria SS||Henderson Álvarez P|
|2014||Christian Yelich LF||Jeff Baker 2B||Giancarlo Stanton RF||Casey McGehee 3B||Garrett Jones 1B||Jarrod Saltalamacchia C||Marcell Ozuna CF||Adeiny Hechavarria SS||José Fernández P|
|2013||Juan Pierre LF||Chris Coghlan CF||Giancarlo Stanton RF||Plácido Polanco 3B||Rob Brantly C||Donovan Solano 2B||Casey Kotchman 1B||Adeiny Hechavarria SS||Ricky Nolasco P|
|2012||Jose Reyes SS||Emilio Bonifacio CF||Hanley Ramírez 3B||Giancarlo Stanton RF||Logan Morrison LF||Gaby Sánchez 1B||Omar Infante 2B||John Buck C||Josh Johnson P|
|2011||Chris Coghlan CF||Omar Infante 2B||Hanley Ramírez SS||Giancarlo Stanton RF||Gaby Sánchez 1B||Logan Morrison LF||John Buck C||Donnie Murphy 3B||Josh Johnson P|
|2010||Chris Coghlan LF||Cameron Maybin CF||Hanley Ramírez SS||Jorge Cantú 3B||Dan Uggla 2B||Ronny Paulino C||Cody Ross RF||Gaby Sánchez 1B||Josh Johnson P|
|2009||Emilio Bonifacio 3B||John Baker C||Hanley Ramírez SS||Jorge Cantú 1B||Dan Uggla 2B||Jeremy Hermida LF||Cody Ross RF||Cameron Maybin CF||Ricky Nolasco P|
|2008||Hanley Ramírez SS||Dan Uggla 2B||Mike Jacobs 1B||Josh Willingham LF||Jorge Cantú 3B||Cody Ross CF||Luis Gonzalez RF||Matt Treanor C||Mark Hendrickson P|
|2007||Hanley Ramírez SS||Dan Uggla 2B||Miguel Cabrera 3B||Mike Jacobs 1B||Josh Willingham LF||Joe Borchard RF||Miguel Olivo C||Alejandro De Aza CF||Dontrelle Willis P|
|2006||Hanley Ramírez SS||Jeremy Hermida RF||Miguel Cabrera 3B||Mike Jacobs 1B||Josh Willingham LF||Dan Uggla 2B||Miguel Olivo C||Eric Reed CF||Dontrelle Willis P|
|2005||Juan Pierre CF||Luis Castillo 2B||Miguel Cabrera LF||Carlos Delgado 1B||Mike Lowell 3B||Paul Lo Duca C||Juan Encarnación RF||Álex González SS||Josh Beckett P|
|2004||Juan Pierre CF||Luis Castillo 2B||Miguel Cabrera RF||Mike Lowell 3B||Jeff Conine LF||Hee-Seop Choi 1B||Ramón Castro C||Alex González SS||Josh Beckett P|
|2003||Luis Castillo 2B||Juan Pierre CF||Iván Rodríguez C||Derrek Lee 1B||Mike Lowell 3B||Juan Encarnación RF||Todd Hollandsworth LF||Alex González SS||Josh Beckett P|
|2002||Luis Castillo 2B||Preston Wilson CF||Cliff Floyd LF||Kevin Millar RF||Mike Lowell 3B||Derrek Lee 1B||Alex González SS||Mike Redmond C||Ryan Dempster P|
|2001||Luis Castillo 2B||Eric Owens RF||Cliff Floyd LF||Preston Wilson CF||Mike Lowell 3B||Charles Johnson C||Derrek Lee 1B||Alex González SS||Ryan Dempster P|
|2000||Luis Castillo 2B||Alex González SS||Cliff Floyd LF||Preston Wilson CF||Mike Lowell 3B||Kevin Millar 1B||Brant Brown RF||Mike Redmond C||Alex Fernandez P|
|1999||Luis Castillo 2B||Alex González SS||Mark Kotsay CF||Derrek Lee 1B||Todd Dunwoody CF||Preston Wilson LF||Kevin Orie 3B||Mike Redmond C||Alex Fernandez P|
|1998||Cliff Floyd LF||Édgar Rentería SS||Ryan Jackson 1B||Gary Sheffield RF||Mark Kotsay CF||Charles Johnson C||Craig Counsell 2B||Josh Booty 3B||Liván Hernández P|
|1997||Luis Castillo 2B||Édgar Rentería SS||Gary Sheffield RF||Bobby Bonilla 3B||Moisés Alou LF||Devon White CF||Jeff Conine 1B||Charles Johnson C||Kevin Brown P|
|1996||Quilvio Veras 2B||Devon White CF||Gary Sheffield RF||Jeff Conine LF||Terry Pendleton 3B||Greg Colbrunn 1B||Charles Johnson C||Kurt Abbott SS||Kevin Brown P|
|1995||Quilvio Veras 2B||Alex Arias SS||Gary Sheffield RF||Jeff Conine LF||Terry Pendleton 3B||Greg Colbrunn 1B||Charles Johnson C||Chuck Carr CF||John Burkett P|
|1994||Chuck Carr CF||Jerry Browne 3B||Gary Sheffield RF||Orestes Destrade 1B||Jeff Conine LF||Bret Barberie 2B||Benito Santiago C||Kurt Abbott SS||Charlie Hough P|
|1993||Scott Pose CF||Bret Barberie 2B||Junior Felix RF||Orestes Destrade 1B||Dave Magadan 3B||Benito Santiago C||Jeff Conine LF||Walt Weiss SS||Charlie Hough P|
Other than their first few years as a franchise in the 1990s, the Marlins have consistently ranked as one of lowest attendance teams in the league, coming in last place (30th) several of the past 20 years. Even when Marlins Park was completed for the 2012 season, attendance was only average for the first year, dropping down to second to last by 2013.
|Home Attendance at Hard Rock Stadium|
|Year||Total Attendance||Game Average||League Rank|
|Home Attendance at Marlins Park|
|Year||Total Attendance||Game Average||League Rank|
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