Florida Marlins

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The history of the Florida Marlins

Information about the MLB team Florida Marlins.

In the world of pro baseball, the Florida Marlins are one of the teams, and they are based in Florida's Miami Gardens. Put up in 1993 as one of the expansion franchise entities, the Marlins are recognized as part of the Eastern Division of the Major League Baseball's National League competition. The name "Marlins" comes from the species of the fish, and "Fish" is a monicker they have received from people.

History of the Florida Marlins: An overview

The Marlins are known for clinching the World Series in 1997 and, most recently, in 2003. The team had won even if they did not win 1st place in their respective division. They advanced to the playoffs in both times via the Wild Card.

As of late, the Florida Marlins' owners have wanted a new stadium; they had a "meeting of the minds" with the commissioners of the Miami-Dade and the city officials. They agreed to build a $515M park on the grounds of the Miami Orange Bowl. Part of this agreement is that the name of the franchise would become "Miami Marlins," and if everything falls into place, the last season at the Gardens would be in 2010.

History of the Florida Marlins: The franchise

On June 10, 1991, the National League gave a Miami-headquartered franchise to Huizenga to the tune of $95M. The owner then announced intentions of turning the Joe Robbie Stadium from a football-exclusive arena to a multi-faceted one. Renovations cost them an arm and a leg -- $100M to be exact. Huizenga trimmed down the arena's capacity from 67,000 to just below 44,000 to have a more intimate ambience. In 1994, Huizenga later on bought the Dolphins and even the stadium.

Marlins' games are almost always on the evenings of summer months, as the summers of South Florida can tend to become humid and hot.

The team chose catcher Johnson with the first ever 1st round pick during the draft of 1992. In that same year, Marlins President, Barger, died in the hospital of the Humana University. Marlins soon after retired number 5, as tribute to Barger's favorite, Joe Dimaggio.

The first manager of the team was Lachemann, who used to be a catcher himself and an ex-base coach for Oakland Athletics team. The Marlins crushed the Houston Astros in the inaugural game (spring training). Conine made Florida's 1st homer as 6,696 spectators watched the action. The team won the first contest on April, 1993, versus the Dodgers, and Conine went four to four in this game. The team concluded the year 5 games ahead of the bottom-dweller, the New York Mets.

History of Florida Marlins: 1996-97

In 1996, the Marlins had their moments of glory on the mound, also behind the plate. Their 3.95 ERA was 3rd in the National League, many thanks to Kevin Brown, a strong athlete who finished that season with 17-11. In May, Leiter made the first no-hitter in the history of the Marlins. Charles Johnson was "summa cum laude" with a .995 fielding percent, and he got a 2nd Gold Glove Award. Ex-Pittsburgh Pirates manager Leyland got hired by the franchise in 1997.

The Florida Marlins took the World Series in 1997. They got the services of baseman (3rd) Bonilla, pitcher Fernandez, and outfielder Alou. They also got their second no-hitter from Brown. During the regular season, their overall performance was like clockwork, and this performance was due to Fernandez, Leiter, Brown, and Robb Nen.

The Marlins finished 9 games behind the Division Champions (Braves), but notwithstanding this, they got the wild card. Additions to the roster, Darren Daulton and Eisenreich gave crucial hits for the team. The team swept the Giants in the NL Division, then later on, defeated the Braves (4 to 2).

The Marlins ultimately faced the favored Indians in the 1997 World Series, and the Marlins succeeded in seven games. On the last game, Counsell's sacrifice fly at the botton of 9th had the game tied. With the bases loaded, with two outs on the bottom of the 11th, Renteria's ball touched off Cleveland's Nagy's glove, giving the victory to the Marlins.

History of Florida Marlins: 1998-2002

After the victory, Huizenga "melted" the team, asserting financial losses. What he did was he traded the majority of the strongest players of the team, which many people say was a giant fire sale in the history of the sport. First, Alou was sent to the Astros for Mark Johnson, Barrios, and Oscar Hernandez. Kevin Brown went to the Padres. In 1998, the Marlins traded Barrios, Eisenreich, Charles Johnson, Gary Sheffield, and Bonilla to the Dodgers of LA for Zeile and Mike Piazza. If ever there was an upside, the trades resulted in promising newbies in the persons of Burnett and Derrek Lee.

The Marlins' performance in 1998 went to 54-108, which was the worst record that year, and still is. The Marlins are the only squad to lose a hundred games in just one year after clinching the Series title. Huizenga sold the entity to John Henry, a Boca Raton trader. They concluded the year 1999 with another ugly record, 64 to 98.

Just a month before the regular season, the Marlins hired David Dombrowski as the President, and he became both the president and the general manager of the team. They had the 1st overall pick for 2000, and they chose Adrian Gonzales, who was just 16 years old. For this year, things went better -- they finished 79 to 82 for a bronze finish of the NL East. The principal reason for this rank was that Preston Wilson committed 31 home runs, and 121 RBIs to boot. Luis Castillo shone too, dishing out a .334 batting average. Alfonseca turned out to be a saving specialist, with an inspiring 45 saves to his name.

In May, Burnett pitched a no-hitter versus the Padres. But that was not the monumental thing; the incredible feat he did was he walked 9 batters and threw 129 pitches, 65 of which were strikes.

Before the 2002 season, the Marlins traded Clement and Antonio Alfonseca for Ryan Jorgensen, Cueto, Willis, Tavarez of the Cubs. The shining moments for this season was when Castillo established a record of 35-game hitting run, and when Millar had a 25-game streak. The Marlins ended up 79-83, the second best in the history of the team (at that point).

History of the Florida Marlins: Departure of the greats

In the off-season after the 2nd World Series title, the Marlins made a dubious move: Lee got traded to Chicago for Mike Nannini (pitcher) and Hee Seop Choi. Urbina and Ivan Rodriguez also left the team. The upside for them at this point in their history was that Dontrelle Willis claimed the Rookie of the Year honors, and Jack McKeon was given recognition for his manager's capacity.

History of the Florida Marlins: Moment of the rookies

In the start of 2006, the team salary reached $21M, which was the smallest in the whole of MLB. But here is the funny thing: Alex Rodriguez' salary is greater than the whole team combined. MLB history was enhanced when the team started 6 rookies in the opening day. The Marlins lost game after game, but Miguel Cabrera and Uggla got picked to grace the All Stars. Mike Jacobs, Willingham, and Uggla were the first rookies (of one team) to hit no less than 20 home runs, in just a single season of playing.