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Miami Marlins
Baseball current event.svg 2020 Miami Marlins season
Established in 1993
Marlins team logo.svg Marlins cap insignia.svg
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations

Current uniform
Retired numbers 42 (Retired by MLB)
  • Midnight black, Miami blue, Caliente red, Slate grey [1] [2] [3]
Other nicknames
  • The Fish
Major league titles
World Series titles (2)
NL Pennants (2)
East Division titles (0)None
Wild card berths (2)
Front office
Owner(s) Bruce Sherman
Derek Jeter (non-controlling)
Manager Don Mattingly
President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill

The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. They 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 being 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 2012 season at what was originally called Joe Robbie Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Since the 2012 season, they have played at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. The new park, unlike their previous home (which was criticized in its baseball configuration for poor sight lines in some locations), was designed foremost as a baseball park. [4] [5] 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. [6] They also adopted a new logo, color scheme, and uniforms. [7] [8]

The Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in every postseason they have qualified for to date, having won the World Series in 1997 and 2003 as National League wild card team. They also have the distinction of being the only franchise in the major four North American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to have never lost a playoff round. They defeated the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series, with shortstop Édgar Rentería driving in second baseman Craig Counsell for the series-clinching run in the 11th inning of the seventh and deciding game. In the 2003 season, manager Jeff Torborg was fired 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.

Through the end of the 2019 season, the franchise holds the second longest postseason drought in the MLB, only behind the Seattle Mariners, and the third longest in the four major North American professional sports.

Franchise history

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 qualified for the postseason and won the World Series in 1997 and 2003, but both titles were followed by controversial periods where the team sold off all the high-priced players and rebuilt. Although they followed their 2003 World Series win with a stretch in which the team posted winning records in four of the next six seasons, along with a surprise 2006 season in which they greatly exceeded expectations and stayed in the postseason race until September, the team has had the least number of winning seasons of any Major League Baseball franchise, with just six (1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009).

In 2012, the team moved to Marlins Park in downtown Miami, replacing the football-oriented Sun Life Stadium. As a condition of the move, the team was renamed the Miami Marlins, and adopted a new logo and colors.

World Series championships

The Marlins are the only team to win a World Series in their first two winning seasons (1997 and 2003); in fact, they are the only team to even make the playoffs in their first two winning seasons. In those two seasons, they managed to make a surprise run to the World Series, both times as heavy underdogs. They are also the only team to never lose a postseason series.

SeasonManagerOpponentSeries ScoreRecord
1997 Jim Leyland Cleveland Indians 4–392–70
2003 Jack McKeon New York Yankees 4–291–71
Total World Series championships:2



Miami Marlins 2020 spring training roster
40-man rosterNon-roster inviteesCoaches/Other











37 active, 0 inactive, 17 non-roster invitees

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* Not on active roster
Suspended list
Roster, coaches, and NRIs updated February 18, 2020
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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

Retired numbers


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 had 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 instead, and opened number 5 to circulation. 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 Marlins player to wear the number. [12]

After José Fernández's 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's number 16 has yet to be officially retired. [13] [14]

Baseball Hall of Famers

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

Andre Dawson

Trevor Hoffman
Tony Pérez

Mike Piazza
Tim Raines

Iván Rodríguez

  • Players and managers listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Marlins cap insignia.
  • * Miami Marlins listed as primary team according to the Hall of Fame

Ford C. Frick Award recipients

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.

Florida Sports Hall of Fame

Marlins in the Florida Sports Hall of Fame
Wayne Huizenga Owner1993–1998
10 Gary Sheffield OF/3B 1993–1998Born in Tampa
18, 19 Jeff Conine 1B/LF 1993–1997
30, 32 Tim Raines LF 2002Born in Sanford
8 Andre Dawson OF 1995-1996Born in Miami

Minor league affiliations

The Miami Marlins farm system consists of seven minor league affiliates. [15]

Triple-A Wichita Wind Surge Pacific Coast League Wichita, Kansas
Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Southern League Jacksonville, Florida
Class A-Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads Florida State League Jupiter, Florida
Class A Clinton LumberKings Midwest League Clinton, Iowa
Class A Short Season Batavia Muckdogs New York–Penn League Batavia, New York
Rookie GCL Marlins Gulf Coast League Jupiter, Florida
DSL Marlins Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Santo Domingo

Radio and television

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 remained with WQAM for the 2007 season. On October 11, 2007, the Marlins announced an agreement 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. [16] 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. The last "free TV" broadcast of a game was on WPXM-TV in 2005.[ citation needed ]


Marlins Mermaids on June 19, 2009 Marlins Mermaids 2009.jpg
Marlins Mermaids on June 19, 2009

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. [17] In actuality, the Cubs would end up getting swept in four games by the New York Mets in the NLCS, the Marlins failed to make the postseason, and the 2015 World Series was between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets, with the Royals winning in five games. Also, both the Cubs and Marlins are part of the National League, rendering a World Series matchup between the two teams impossible.

The Marlins were the first team in Major League Baseball to have a dance/cheer team. Debuting in 2003, [18] 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.[ citation needed ] In 2008, the Florida Marlins debuted "The Marlins Manatees", Major League Baseball's first all-male dance/energy squad, to star alongside the Mermaids. [19] 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. [20]


Best finishes in franchise history

The following are the five best seasons in Marlins history:

Regular season Post-season Awards
Finish [a] Wins [b] Losses Win% GB [c]
1997 1997 2nd9270.5689Wild card winner, World Series Champions,Liván Hernández (World Series MVP)
2003 2003 2nd9171.56210Wild card winner, World Series Champions Jack McKeon (MOY); [21] Dontrelle Willis (ROY);, [22] Mike Lowell (Silver Slugger), Josh Beckett (World Series MVP)
2009 2009 2nd8775.5376Hanley Ramírez (Silver Slugger/NL Batting Title); Chris Coghlan (NL Rookie of The Year)
2008 2008 3rd8477.522Hanley Ramírez (Silver Slugger)
2005 2005 3rd8379.5127Miguel Cabrera (Silver Slugger), Luis Castillo, Mike Lowell (Gold Glove)

Worst finishes in franchise history

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

Regular season Notes
Finish [a] Wins [b] Losses Win% GB [c] Awards and Honors
1998 1998 5th54108.33352Worst Record in MLB History for defending WS Champion
2013 2013 5th62100.38334First season under manager Mike Redmond
1999 1999 5th6498.39539
1993 1993 6th6498.39533Inaugural (first) season
2018 2018 5th6398.39126.5First Season under Jeter- Sherman group ownership
J. T. Realmuto

(N.L. All-Star, Silver Slugger Award - Catcher)

Opening Day starting pitchers

Opening Day lineups

2019 Lewis Brinson CF Brian Anderson 3B Starlin Castro 2B Garrett Cooper RF Martín Prado 1B Jorge Alfaro C Miguel Rojas SS Rosell Herrera LF José Ureña P
2018 Lewis Brinson CF Derek Dietrich LF Starlin Castro 2B Justin Bour 1B Brian Anderson 3B Garrett Cooper RF Miguel Rojas SS Chad Wallach C José Ureña P
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

Home attendance

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
YearTotal AttendanceGame AverageLeague Rank
1993 3,064,84737,8387th
1994 1,937,46733,6959th
1995 1,700,46623,95013th
1996 1,746,76721,56518th
1997 2,364,38729,19011th
1998 1,730,38421,36322nd
1999 1,369,42116,90628th
2000 1,218,32615,04115th
2001 1,261,22615,76529th
2002 813,11810,03829th
2003 1,303,21516,08928th
2004 1,723,10521,53926th
2005 1,852,60822,87128th
2006 1,164,13414,37230th
2007 1,370,51116,91930th
2008 1,335,07616,48230th
2009 1,464,10918,07529th
2010 1,524,89418,82628th
2011 1,520,56219,00729th
Home Attendance at Marlins Park
YearTotal AttendanceGame AverageLeague Rank
2012 2,219,44427,40118th
2013 1,586,32219,58429th
2014 1,732,28321,38627th
2015 1,752,23521,63228th
2016 1,712,41721,40527th
2017 1,583,01420,29528th
2018 811,10410,01430th

[23] [24]


Opening Day salaries

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

Opening Day Salary
YearSalaryMajor League Rank
1993 $18,196,54525th (of 28)
1994 $20,275,50025th
1995 $23,670,00025th
1996 $30,079,50015th
1997 $47,753,0007th
1998 $41,864,66720th (of 30)
1999 $32,360,00028th
2000 $19,900,00029th
2001 $35,762,50026th
2002 $41,979,91725th
2003 $45,050,00025th
2004 $42,143,04225th
2005 $60,408,83419th
2006 $14,998,50030th
2007 $30,507,00029th
2008 $21,811,50030th
2009 $36,834,00030th
2010 $47,429,71926th
2011 $57,695,00024th
2012 $118,078,0007th
2013 $39,621,90029th
2014 $46,440,40029th
2015 $67,479,00030th
2016 $84,637,50026th

Annual financial records

The annual financial records of the Marlins according to Forbes since 2001. [26]

Annual Snapshot of Miami Marlins finance
YearFranchise Value (millions)Revenue (millions)Operating Income (millions)Player Expenses (millions)Wins-to-player cost ratio
2001 $128$67$7$34161
2002 $137$81$1$46137
2003 $136$76$ -14$53134
2004 $172$101$ -12$66162
2005 $206$103$3$58131
2006 $226$119$ -12$9191
2007 $244$122$43$31255
2008 $256$128$36$44182
2009 $277$139$44$45227
2010 $317$144$46$48219
2011 $360$143$20.2$58167

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Preceded by
New York Yankees
Anaheim Angels
World Series champions
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
San Francisco Giants
National League champions
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San Diego Padres
St. Louis Cardinals