|2017 Miami Marlins season|
|Established in 1991|
|Major league affiliations|
|Major league titles|
|NL Pennants (2)|
|East Division titles (0)||None|
|Wild card berths (2)|
|President of Baseball Operations||Michael Hill|
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 as an expansion team 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 Miami, 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 an 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.
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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.
|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|
|Edinson Vólquez||June 3, 2017||Diamondbacks||3-0||Marlins Park|
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.
|Marlins in the Florida Sports Hall of Fame|
|18, 19||Jeff Conine||1B/LF||1993-1997
|AAA||New Orleans Baby Cakes||Pacific Coast League||Metairie, Louisiana|
|AA||Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp||Southern League||Jacksonville, Florida|
|Advanced A||Jupiter Hammerheads||Florida State League||Jupiter, Florida|
|A||Greensboro Grasshoppers||South Atlantic League||Greensboro, North Carolina|
|Short Season A||Batavia Muckdogs||New York-Penn League||Batavia, New York|
|Rookie||GCL Marlins||Gulf Coast League||Jupiter, Florida|
|DSL Marlins||Dominican Summer League||Boca Chica, Dominican Republic|
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.
The Marlins' flagship radio station from their inception in 1993 through 2007 was WQAM 560 AM. Although the Marlins had plans to leave WQAM after 2006, they ultimately remained with WQAM for the 2007 season. On October 11, 2007, it was announced that the Marlins had entered into a partnership with WAXY 790 AM to broadcast all games for the 2008 season. Longtime Montreal Expo and current Marlins play-by-play radio announcer Dave Van Horne won the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting in 2010. He shares the play-by-play duties with Glenn Geffner.
Games are also broadcast in Spanish on Radio Mambi 710 AM. Felo Ramírez, who calls play-by-play on that station along with Luis Quintana, won the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
Marlins games are televised by Fox Sports Florida. FS Florida's slogan in 2008 was "You Gotta Be Here." For the 2009 season the new slogan is "It's where you wanna be." There are no games available over-the-air, with the exception of games broadcast on Fox Saturday Baseball; the last "free TV" broadcast of a game was on WPXM-TV in 2005. Rich Waltz is the play-by-play announcer.
In 1989, 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 were the first team in Major League Baseball to have a dance/cheer team. Debuting in 2003, the "Marlins Mermaids" influenced other MLB teams to develop their own cheer/dance squads; this was inspired in part by similar squads from the NFL and NBA. In 2008, the Florida Marlins debuted "The Marlins Manatees", Major League Baseball's first 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.
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)|
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|
|1993||1993||6th||64||98||.395||33||Inaugural (first) season|
|2012||2012||5th||69||93||.426||29||First season as Miami Marlins w/ new ballpark|
|2017||Dee Gordon 2B||J.T. Realmuto C||Christian Yelich CF||Giancarlo Stanton RF||Justin Bour 1B||Marcell Ozuna LF||Derek Dietrich 3B||Adeiny Hechavarria SS||Edinson Vólquez P|
|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|
|Opening Day Salary|
|Year||Salary||Major League Rank|
|1993||$18,196,545||25th (of 28)|
|1998||$41,864,667||20th (of 30)|
|Year||Salary||Major League Rank|
|Annual Snapshot of Miami Marlins finance|
|Year||Franchise Value (millions)||Revenue (millions)||Operating Income (millions)||Player Expenses (millions)||Wins-to-player cost ratio|