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Miami Marlins
2015 Miami Marlins season
Established in 1993
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Team logo Cap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
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Retired numbers 42
Colors
  • Black, red-orange, yellow, blue, white[1][2]
                        
Name
  • Miami Marlins (2012–present)
  • Florida Marlins (19932011)
Other nicknames
  • The Fish, The Fightin' Fish, Miracle Marlins
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (2)
NL Pennants (2)
Wild card berths (2)
Front office
Owner(s) Jeffrey Loria
Manager Dan Jennings
General Manager Mike Berger
President of Baseball Operations David Samson

The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. The Marlins are a member of the National League (NL) East division in Major League Baseball (MLB). Their home park is Marlins Park.

The team began play in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins. They played home games from their inaugural season to the 2011 season at Sun Life Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Sun Life Stadium was also called Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, and Land Shark 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.[3][4] 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.[5] 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 Edgar 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[edit]

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[edit]

Season Manager Opponent Series Score Record
1997 Jim Leyland Cleveland Indians 4–3 92–70
2003 Jack McKeon New York Yankees 4–2 91–71
Total World Series championships: 2

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Miami Marlins roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list


25 active, 15 inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 15-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated August 27, 2015
TransactionsDepth chart
All MLB rosters

All-time roster[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • No-Hitters: Marlins pitchers have issued 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.
Pitcher Date Team Result Site
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 Alvarez September 29, 2013 Tigers 1–0 Marlins Park
  • Hitting for the cycle: No Marlin has ever hit for the cycle in franchise history.

Baseball Hall of Famers[edit]

Miami Marlins Hall of Famers
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Florida Marlins

Tony Pérez1

Andre Dawson2

  • Players listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Marlins cap insignia.
  • 1 – inducted as player; managed Marlins
  • 2 – played two seasons as a Marlin. Now Special Assistant to club.

Retired numbers[edit]

42
Jackie
Robinson


All MLB
Honored April 15, 1997

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. The team opened up number 5 for use on February 11, 2012. 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.[6]

Minor league affiliations[edit]

Level Team League Location
AAA New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League Metairie, Louisiana
AA Jacksonville Suns 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

Marlins Park[edit]

Main article: Marlins Park

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.

Radio and television[edit]

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.[7] 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 and Tommy Hutton is the color analyst.

Ford C. Frick Award recipients[edit]

Miami Marlins Ford C. Frick Award recipients
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Felo Ramírez

Dave Van Horne

  • Names in bold received the award based primarily on their work as broadcasters for the Marlins.

Culture[edit]

Marlins Mermaids on June 19, 2009

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.[8]

The Marlins are the first team in Major League Baseball to have a dance/cheer team: "The Marlins Mermaids."[citation needed] Debuting in 2003, the "Marlins Mermaids" quickly gained national exposure, and have influenced other MLB teams to develop their own cheer/dance squads; this is inspired in part by similar squads from the NFL and NBA.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[9]

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).

Finishes[edit]

Best finishes in franchise history[edit]

The following are the five best seasons in Marlins' history:

MLB
season
Team
season
Regular season Post-season Awards
Finish[a] Wins[b] Losses Win% GB[c]
1997 1997 2nd 92 70 .568 9 Wild card winner, WS Champions, Liván Hernández (World Series MVP)
2003 2003 2nd 91 71 .562 10 Wild card winner, WS Champions Jack McKeon (MOY);[10] Dontrelle Willis (ROY);,[11] 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 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[edit]

The following are the five worst seasons in Marlins' history:

MLB
season
Team
season
Regular season Notes
Finish[a] Wins[b] Losses Win% GB[c]
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
1999 1999 5th 64 98 .395 39 Last season in the 20th century
1993 1993 6th 64 98 .395 33 Inaugural season
2012 2012 5th 69 93 .426 29 First season as Miami Marlins w/ new ballpark

Opening Day starting pitchers[edit]

Opening Day lineups[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2015 Dee Gordon 2B Christian Yelich LF Giancarlo Stanton RF Michael Morse 1B Martin 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 Placido 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 Edgar 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 Edgar 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

Home attendance[edit]

Home Attendance at Sun Life Stadium
Year Total Attendance Game Average League Rank
1993 3,064,847 37,838 7th
1994 1,937,467 33,695 9th
1995 1,700,466 23,950 13th
1996 1,746,767 21,565 18th
1997 2,364,387 29,190 11th
1998 1,730,384 21,363 22nd
1999 1,369,421 16,906 28th
2000 1,218,326 15,041 15th
2001 1,261,226 15,765 29th
2002 813,118 10,038 29th
2003 1,303,215 16,089 28th
2004 1,723,105 21,539 26th
2005 1,852,608 22,871 28th
2006 1,164,134 14,372 30th
2007 1,370,511 16,919 30th
2008 1,335,076 16,482 30th
2009 1,464,109 18,075 29th
2010 1,524,894 18,826 28th
2011 1,520,562 19,007 29th
Home Attendance at Marlins Park
Year Total Attendance Game Average League Rank
2012 2,219,444 27,401 18th
2013 1,586,322 19,584 29th
2014 1,732,283 21,386 27th

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Finance[edit]

Opening Day salaries[edit]

Opening Day payrolls for 25-man roster (since 1993):[14][15]

Opening Day Salary
Year Salary Major League Rank
1993 $ 18,196,545 25th (of 28)
1994 $ 20,275,500 25th
1995 $ 23,670,000 25th
1996 $ 30,079,500 15th
1997 $ 47,753,000 7th
1998 $ 41,864,667 20th (of 30)
1999 $ 32,360,000 28th
2000 $ 19,900,000 29th
2001 $ 35,762,500 26th
2002 $ 41,979,917 25th
2003 $ 45,050,000 25th
2004 $ 42,143,042 25th
2005 $ 60,408,834 19th
2006 $ 14,998,500 30th
2007 $ 30,507,000 29th
2008 $ 21,811,500 30th
2009 $ 36,834,000 30th
2010 $ 47,429,719 26th
2011 $ 57,695,000 24th
2012 $ 118,078,000 7th
2013 $ 39,621,900 29th
2014 $ 46,440,400 29th

Annual financial records[edit]

The annual financial records of the Marlins according to Forbes since 2001.[16]

Annual Snapshot of Miami Marlins finance
Year Franchise Value (millions) Revenue (millions) Operating Income (millions) Player Expenses (millions) Wins-to-player cost ratio
2001 $ 128 $ 67 $ 7 $ 34 161
2002 $ 137 $ 81 $ 1 $ 46 137
2003 $ 136 $ 76 $ -14 $ 53 134
2004 $ 172 $ 101 $ -12 $ 66 162
2005 $ 206 $ 103 $ 3 $ 58 131
2006 $ 226 $ 119 $ -12 $ 91 91
2007 $ 244 $ 122 $ 43 $ 31 255
2008 $ 256 $ 128 $ 36 $ 44 182
2009 $ 277 $ 139 $ 44 $ 45 227
2010 $ 317 $ 144 $ 46 $ 48 219
2011 $ 360 $ 143 $ 20.2 $ 58 167

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frisaro, Joe (November 11, 2011). "New-look Miami Marlins make colorful splash". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Frisaro, Joe (November 11, 2011). "Marlins break out new logo, uniforms". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Frisaro, Joe (September 27, 2011). "Sun to set on Sun Life Stadium". Major League Baseball Advanced Media LP. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ Tompkins, Wayne. "Commissioners OK plan to have Marlins change name, spring-training site". 
  5. ^ Frisaro, Joe (November 10, 2011). "New name, but deep-rooted tradition in Miami". MLB.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Frisaro, Joe. "Miami Marlins unretire uniform No. 5 for Morrison". Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Van Horne wins baseball Hall of Fame's Frick Award". FoxNews. December 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ Oz, Mike (10 December 2014). "Reminder: The Cubs won the 2015 World Series in 'Back to the Future 2'". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  9. ^ McCorquodale, Amanda (January 13, 2012). "Marlins Mermaids Replaced By 'Energy Team'?". Huffington Post. 
  10. ^ "Manager of the Year Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. October 30, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  11. ^ MLB Rookie of the Year#National League winners .281949.E2.80.93present.29
  12. ^ [1] Attendance Report
  13. ^ [2] Attendance Report
  14. ^ Cot's Baseball Contracts: 01/19/2005
  15. ^ MLB, union: Florida Marlins need to spend more revenue-sharing money – Florida Marlins – MiamiHerald.com
  16. ^ "In Depth: Baseball's Most Intense Rivalries". 

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