Miami Marlins

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Miami Marlins
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  • Established in 1993
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Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
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Retired numbers 42 (Retired by MLB)
Colors
  • Midnight black, Miami blue, Caliente red, Slate grey [1] [2] [3]
        
Name
Other nicknames
  • The Fish
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (2)
NL Pennants (2)
East Division titles (0)None
Wild card berths (3)
Front office
Principal owner(s) Bruce Sherman
PresidentVacant
General manager Kim Ng
Manager Skip Schumaker

The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami. The Marlins compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. The club's home ballpark is LoanDepot Park.

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The franchise began play as an expansion team in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins. The Marlins originally played home games at Joe Robbie Stadium, which they shared with the National Football League (NFL)'s Miami Dolphins. In 2012, the team moved to LoanDepot Park (then known as Marlins Park), their first exclusive home and the first to be designed as a baseball park. [4] [5] As part of an agreement with park owner Miami-Dade County to use the stadium, the franchise also changed their name to the Miami Marlins prior to the 2012 season. [6]

The Marlins have qualified for the postseason only three times, but won the World Series during their first two runs in 1997 and 2003. All three of their playoff appearances came as wild card teams, making them one of two MLB franchises (along with the Colorado Rockies) to have never won a division title, as well as the only franchise to have never appeared in back-to-back postseasons. The Marlins were also the first team to win the World Series as a wild card.

Franchise history

Hall of Famer, Satchel Paige pitched for Miami Marlins (AAA) from 1956 to 1958 Satchel Paige pitcher.png
Hall of Famer, Satchel Paige pitched for Miami Marlins (AAA) from 1956 to 1958

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. MLB had announced a few months earlier that it intended to add two new teams to the National League. It was a foregone conclusion that one of them would be placed in Florida; the only question was whether Huizenga would beat out competing groups from Orlando and Tampa Bay. Orlando fielded a very spirited campaign bolstered by its family-oriented tourism industry. Tampa Bay already had a baseball park—the Florida Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg, completed in 1990. However, on June 10, 1991, the National League awarded a Miami-based franchise to Huizenga. The franchise adopted the nickname "Marlins" from previous minor league teams, the Miami Marlins of the Triple-A 's International League from 1956 to 1960, and the Miami Marlins (1962–70) and Miami Marlins (1982–88) teams that played in the Florida State League. [8]

The Marlins' first manager was Rene Lachemann, a former catcher who had previously managed the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers, and who at the time of his hiring was a third base coach for the Oakland Athletics. The team drafted its initial lineup of players in the 1992 MLB Expansion Draft. The Marlins defeated the Houston Astros 12–8 in their inaugural spring training game. Jeff Conine hit Florida's first homer before a crowd of 6,696 at the Cocoa Expo Sports Complex. The Marlins won their first game on April 5, 1993, against the Dodgers. Charlie Hough was the starting pitcher for that game. Jeff Conine went 4-for-4 as well, making him an immediate crowd favorite. By the end of his tenure with Florida, he had earned the nickname "Mr. Marlin." Gary Sheffield and Bryan Harvey represented the Marlins as the club's first All-Star Game selections, and Sheffield homered in the Marlins' first All-Star Game at-bat. The team finished the year five games ahead of the last-place New York Mets and with an attendance of 3,064,847. In that season, the Marlins traded young set-up reliever Trevor Hoffman and two minor-league prospects to the San Diego Padres for third baseman Gary Sheffield. While Sheffield helped Florida immediately and became an all-star, Hoffman eventually emerged as the best closer in the National League. After the 1993 season, Donald A. Smiley was named the second president in club history. The Marlins finished last (51–64) in their division in the strike-shortened season of 1994 and fourth (67-76) in 1995. Lachemann was replaced as manager midway through the 1996 season by director of player development John Boles.

1997: First World Series title

Following an 80–82 record in 1996, former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Leyland was hired to lead the club heading into 1997. [9]

In 1997, the Marlins finished nine games back of the Division Champion Atlanta Braves, but earned the wild card berth. Veteran additions such as LF Moisés Alou, 3B Bobby Bonilla, and trade-deadline additions Darren Daulton and Jim Eisenreich added experience and clutch hits. Talented young stars Luis Castillo (2B) and Édgar Rentería (SS) comprised one of the best double play combos in the NL. The Marlins swept the San Francisco Giants 3–0 in the National League Division Series, and then went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 4–2 in the National League Championship Series, overcoming the loss of Alex Fernandez to a torn rotator cuff, and Kevin Brown to a virus. Brown's place was taken in Game 5 by rookie pitcher Liván Hernández, who struck out 15 Braves and outdueled multiple Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux to a 2–1 victory. The underdog Marlins went on to face the Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series, and won in seven games. In Game 7, Craig Counsell's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at 2, then, with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Édgar Rentería's soft liner glanced off the glove of Cleveland pitcher Charles Nagy and into center field to score Counsell and give the Marlins the win. [10]

2003: Second World Series victory

Shaking hands with manager Jack McKeon, President George W. Bush hosts a visit by the 2003 World Series Champions, the Florida Marlins, to the White House Friday, Jan. 23, 2004. Jack McKeon and George W. Bush.jpg
Shaking hands with manager Jack McKeon, President George W. Bush hosts a visit by the 2003 World Series Champions, the Florida Marlins, to the White House Friday, Jan. 23, 2004.

On May 9, the Marlins called up high-kicking southpaw Dontrelle Willis from the Double-A Carolina Mudcats and helped carry the injury-plagued Marlins with an 11–2 record in his first 17 starts. Miguel Cabrera (also from the Mudcats) filled in well, hitting a walk-off home run in his first major league game, against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Pro Player Stadium. Both Willis and Cabrera would later prove to be essential parts of the Marlin's playoff success. Jeff Conine – an original Marlin and member of the 1997 World Series team – returned from Baltimore, Hall of Fame catcher Iván Rodríguez signed with the Marlins as a free agent [11] and closer Ugueth Urbina arrived from the Texas Rangers. These acquisitions helped to keep the team in contention, and although they finished ten games behind the Braves, the Marlins captured the NL wild card.

On October 15, the Marlins defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to three in the 2003 National League Championship Series, coming back from a 3–1 deficit. Game 6 saw the Marlins play a role in one of baseball's most infamous moments, the Steve Bartman incident. With one out in the eighth inning and the Cubs three runs ahead, Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo hit a pop foul a row into the stands along the third baseline. Cubs fan Steve Bartman reached for the ball, preventing Cubs leftfielder Moisés Alou from making the out and setting off an eight-run Marlins rally. The incident with Bartman and a come-from-behind win in Wrigley Field in Game 7 helped the Marlins capture their second NL pennant, keeping the "Curse of the Billy Goat" alive and well.

In the 2003 World Series, the Marlins defeated the heavily favored New York Yankees in six games, winning the sixth game in Yankee Stadium. Shortstop Álex González helped the Marlins in Game 4 of the series with a walk-off home run in extra innings. Josh Beckett was named the Most Valuable Player for the series after twirling a five-hit complete-game shutout in Game 6. Skipper Jack McKeon became the oldest manager ever to win a World Series title.

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Miami Marlins' primary logo (2012–2018)

2012–present

In 2012, the team moved from the football-oriented Sun Life Stadium (located in Miami Gardens) to Marlins Park in downtown Miami. [12] As a condition of the move, the team was renamed the Miami Marlins, and adopted a new logo and colors. On November 16, 2017, Giancarlo Stanton won the National League MVP, becoming the first Marlin to win the award. [13]

During the 2020 shortened season, the Marlins finished with a 31–29 overall record and 2nd place in the NL East. [14] In the Wild Card Series they swept the Chicago Cubs in 2 games. [15] Miami loss in three games to the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. [16]

On November 13, 2020, the Marlins became the first club in any American major-level sports league to hire a woman to an executive position when Kim Ng was announced as the team's general manager. In addition, she will also be MLB's first Asian American general manager. [17] On February 28, 2022, it was announced Derek Jeter stepped down as CEO of the Marlins. [18]

Uniform history

1993–2002

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Tony Taylor in the original uniforms of the 1990s

The Florida Marlins debuted wearing three different uniforms. The primary and alternate home uniforms shared the same design: "Marlins" (with an underline after the letter "S") in teal with black trim and letters were rendered in black with teal trim, along with teal pinstripes. The alternate home uniforms were sleeveless, and teal undershirts were added to the ensemble. The road uniforms featured "Florida" (with the marlin wrapped around the letter "F") in teal with black trim and letters were rendered in black with teal trim. The primary logo patch was placed on the left sleeve. The Marlins wore three different cap designs, all featuring the "F" insignia in front of a leaping marlin. The all-teal home cap and the black-brimmed teal road cap were initially the primary headwear the team used, with the all-black cap as the alternate.

By the late 1990s, teal was gradually de-emphasized and the Marlins wore black caps and undershirts for the remainder of the uniform's run.

2003–2011

The Marlins introduced new uniforms before its second World Series-winning season. On the home uniforms, teal was relegated to accent color status with black now the primary lettering and pinstripe color. Silver accents were also added to the letters. A sleeved alternate pinstriped home uniform replaced the original sleeveless version, sharing the same design as the primary home uniform except with the "F" logo on the left chest. The "F" logo also took its place on the left sleeve in place of the primary logo. Road uniforms again featured "Florida" but now shared the same script look and color scheme as the home uniform (with an underline after the letter "A"). White accents were added to the letters. In addition, the Marlins began wearing a black alternate uniform, featuring the same "Marlins" script but in silver with teal, black and white accents. Both alternate uniforms lacked the front chest numbers.

In 2010, the Marlins changed its road uniform design, replacing "Florida" with "Marlins". The sleeve logo patches were also removed.

2012–2018

Giancarlo Stanton in the updated home uniforms when the team was rebranded as the Miami Marlins. Giancarlo Stanton (51005436733) (cropped).jpg
Giancarlo Stanton in the updated home uniforms when the team was rebranded as the Miami Marlins.

Rebranding into the Miami Marlins, the team introduced a new color scheme, with orange, black and blue. The "M" insignia is white with orange, yellow and sky blue accents, along with a stylized abstract marlin on top. This logo served as a cap logo as well as a patch on the left sleeve. The primary home, road and black alternate uniforms all feature "Miami" in front, with the first "M" shaped similarly to the cap and sleeve logos. The home and road uniform feature black letters with silver trim, along with orange drop shadows on the numbers, while the alternate black uniform feature white letters with silver trim and orange numbers with silver trim and black drop shadows. The orange alternate uniform featured the team name in white with sky blue accents; however the abstract marlin was located atop the letter "I". Letters were black with silver trim, while sky blue drop shadows were featured on the numbers. The Marlins primarily wore all-black caps, though for a brief period they wore alternate all-orange caps.

2019–present

The Marlins released updated logos and color schemes, replacing orange and silver with bright Caliente red, Miami blue and slate grey. Home and road uniforms contain 'Miami" and letters in black with red drop shadows and blue accents, while the black alternate uniform contain "Marlins" and letters in black with red drop shadows and blue accents. The cap logo, used on the all-black cap, is a stylized "M" with a more realistic marlin on top. The marlin logo also appears on the left sleeve.

World Series championships

The Marlins 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. Between 2003 and 2019, the team's two World Series runs also marked their sole postseason appearances. Their three playoff qualifications and seven winning seasons are the fewest among MLB franchises.

Despite never winning a division title, the Florida Marlins is the only team to make the playoffs and win a World Series in its first two winning seasons.

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

Roster

40-man rosterNon-roster inviteesCoaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders







Manager

Coaches



39 active, 0 inactive, 0 non-roster invitees

Injury icon 2.svg 7-, 10-, or 15-day injured list
* Not on active roster
Suspended list
Roster, coaches, and NRIs updated November 10, 2022
Transactions Depth chart
All MLB rosters

All-time roster

Opening Day starting pitchers

Opening Day lineups

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Dee Gordon, infielder
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José Fernández, pitcher
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Dontrelle Willis, pitcher
Year123456789
2021 Corey Dickerson LF Starling Marte CF Jesús Aguilar 1B Adam Duvall RF Brian Anderson 3B Jazz Chisholm 2B Jorge Alfaro C Miguel Rojas SS Sandy Alcántara P
2020 Jonathan Villar CF Jesús Aguilar 1B Corey Dickerson LF Harold Ramírez RF Brian Anderson 3B Garrett Cooper DH Isan Díaz 2B Francisco Cervelli C Miguel Rojas SS
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
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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
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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

Achievements

Awards

PitcherDateTeamResultSite
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

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Jackie
Robinson

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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 LoanDepot Park, 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. [22]

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 LoanDepot Park in his honor. However, Fernández's number 16 has yet to be officially retired. [23] [24]

Baseball Hall of Famers

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

Andre Dawson [25]

Trevor Hoffman [26]
Tony Pérez [27]

Mike Piazza [28]
Tim Raines [29]

Iván Rodríguez [30]

  • 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 [31]

Dave Van Horne [32]

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

Florida Sports Hall of Fame

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Gary Sheffield
Marlins in the Florida Sports Hall of Fame
No.NamePositionTenureNotes
Wayne Huizenga Owner1993–1998
10 Gary Sheffield OF/3B 1993–1998Born in Tampa
18, 19 Jeff Conine 1B/LF 1993–1997
2003–2005
Known as "Mr. Marlin" for his significant history with the club
30, 32 Tim Raines LF 2002Elected mainly on his performance with Montreal Expos, Born in Sanford
8 Andre Dawson OF 1995-1996Elected mainly on his performance with Montreal Expos, Born in Miami
22, 25 Al Leiter P 1996–1997, 2005

Minor league affiliations

The Miami Marlins farm system consists of six minor league affiliates. [33]

LevelTeamLeagueLocation
Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp International League Jacksonville, Florida
Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos Southern League Pensacola, Florida
High-A Beloit Sky Carp Midwest League Beloit, Wisconsin
Single-A Jupiter Hammerheads Florida State League Jupiter, Florida
Rookie FCL Marlins Florida Complex 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. [34] He shares the play-by-play duties with Glenn Geffner.

Games are also broadcast in Spanish on Radio Mambi 710 AM. Felo Ramírez called play-by-play on that station from 1993 to 2017 along with Luis Quintana, won the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Marlins games are televised by Bally Sports Florida. [35] Paul Severino serves as the play-by-play announcer with Tommy Hutton, J.P. Arencibia, Gaby Sánchez and Jeff Nelson. Jessica Blaylock host's Marlins Live and is the Marlins on site reporter. [36]

Culture

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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. [37] 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, [38] 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. [39] 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. [40] In 2019, the Marlins brought back the Mermaids for the first time since 2012.

The Marlins have had many official anthems over the years, performed by such artists as Pitbull, DJ Khaled, Poo Bear and Creed frontman Scott Stapp. Stapp penned their 2010 anthem Marlins Will Soar. [41]

On July 16, 2022, the Marlins became the second NL team to form a cheering section for fans when it opened "Sandy's Beach" at Section 22 of LoanDepot Park for supporters of team starter Sandy Alcantara. [42] Fans assigned to this section, located near the 3rd base line, wear beach related clothing in an nod to the city's famous beaches whenever Sandy pitchers on select game days.

Finishes

Best finishes in franchise history

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 2nd9270.5689Wild card winner, World Series Champions,Liván Hernández (World Series MVP)
2003 2003 2nd9171.56210Wild card winner, World Series Champions Jack McKeon (MOY) [43]
Dontrelle Willis (ROY) [44]
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)
2020 2020 2nd3129.5174Division 2nd-place finisher; 2020 NLDS Don Mattingly (NL Manager of the Year)

Worst finishes in franchise history

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] Awards and Honors
1998 1998 5th54108.33352Worst Record in MLB History for defending WS Champion
2019 2019 5th57105.35240Second season under Jeter- Sherman group ownership
2013 2013 5th62100.38334First season under manager Mike Redmond
1999 1999 5th6498.39539
1993 1993 6th6498.39533Inaugural (first) season

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 LoanDepot Park was completed for the 2012 season, attendance was only average for the first year, dropping down to second to last by 2013.

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The Marlins' former home at what was then Dolphin Stadium was primarily a football stadium (1993–2011)
First pitch at LoanDepot Park, home of the Miami Marlins, which held its first Major League game on April 4, 2012, between the Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. Marlins First Pitch at Marlins Park, April 4, 2012 (cropped).jpg
First pitch at LoanDepot Park, home of the Miami Marlins, which held its first Major League game on April 4, 2012, between the Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals.
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 LoanDepot 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

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Finance

Opening Day salaries

Opening Day payrolls for 25-man roster (since 1993): [47]

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
2017 $115,406,10120th
2018 $99,510,14323rd
2019 $71,903,31929th
2020 $41,560,81527th
2021 $56,931,75028th

Annual financial records

The annual financial records of the Marlins according to Forbes since 2001. [48]

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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Achievements
Preceded by World Series champions
1997
2003
Succeeded by
Preceded by National League champions
1997
2003
Succeeded by