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The Florida Marlins are a Major League Baseball team based
in Miami, Florida. They are in the Eastern Division of the National League.
Founded: 1993 (National League expansion)
Home ballpark: Pro Player Stadium
Uniform colors: Black, Gray, Aqua, and White; some Orange
Logo design: Circle design with "FLORIDA" and "MARLINS"
written around it; a marlin jumping through the circle and a baseball
in the background.
Wild Card titles won (2): 1997, 2003
Division titles won (0): none
League pennants won (2): 1997, 2003
World Series championships won (2): 1997, 2003
Florida Marlins Franchise History
On June 10, 1991, the National League awarded a franchise to H. Wayne
Huizenga, chief executive officer of Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation,
owner of the Miami Dolphins football team, and chairman of the board of
the Florida Panthers hockey team. The Marlins' first manager was Rene
Lachemann, a former catcher who had previously managed the Seattle Mariners
and Milwaukee Brewers. Lachemann kept Florida out of the Eastern Division
cellar during the 1993 season as the team finished the year five games
ahead of the last-place New York Mets. After the Marlins finished last
in their division in 1994 and fourth in 1995, Lachemann was replaced as
manager midway through the 1996 season with the Marlins' director of player
development, John Boles.
Despite problems in the dugout and on the field, the Marlins
had some bright spots on the mound and behind the plate in 1996. The team's
3.95 earned run average (ERA) ranked third in the NL, led by newcomer
Kevin Brown, who finished the season with a 17-11 win-loss record and
an impressive 1.89 ERA. Catcher Charles Johnson led the league with a
.995 fielding percentage, threw out a league-high 48 percent of base runners,
and collected his second straight Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence.
After a slow start, the Marlins finished the year with an 80-82 win-loss
record to place third in their division. Boles then returned to his previous
position as director of player development, and former Pittsburgh Pirates
manager Jim Leyland was hired to lead the club in 1997
In 1997, the Florida Marlins led by new Manager Jim Leyland won the Wild-Card
finishing 92-70. They swept the San Francisco Giants 3-0 in the Divisional
Series, and then went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in the National
League Championship Series.
The underdog Florida Marlins went to take on the Cleveland
Indians and won the World Series in 7 games, with an amazing extra-inning
single by shortstop Edgar Rentería off of Cleveland pitcher Charles
Nagy, which barely cleared his glove, scoring Craig Counsell to win the
game. Livian Hernandez was named the MVP of the World Series in 1997.
Team owner H. Wayne Huizenga, claiming massive financial
losses which would prove to be mostly false as he reported team and stadium
earnings separately, dismantled the championship team in 1998, and Florida
posted a 54-108 record that season. This angered fans, and Marlins home
Attendance in Miami continued to drop steadily over the
next four years. In 2002, the Marlins drew a franchise low 813,111 fans
to Pro Player Stadium and averaged just 10,038 per game.
Following the World Series victory, Huizenga dismantled the team by trading
off most of the club's most talented players. Among them, Moises Alou
was traded to the Houston Astros, Bobby Bonilla was traded to the Los
Angeles Dodgers, and Kevin Brown was traded to the San Diego Padres. The
Marlins' record in 1998 slumped to 54-108, making them the first club
ever to win a World Series and then lose more than 100 games during the
following season. Leyland resigned as manager in October 1998, and Huizenga
sold the club to businessman John Henry during the off-season.
The club slowly worked back to becoming a respectable ballclub
despite attendance issues, driven by young stars such as A.J. Burnett,
Luis Castillo, and Mike Lowell. From 2000 through 2002, the Marlins consecutively
put up three 75+ win seasons. In 2002, Tony Perez was replaced by Jeff
Torborg as the new Marlin's manager. Torborg put up a 79-83 record in
his first season with the Marlins.
In the offseason, the Marlins acquired 10-time Golden Glove winner Ivan
Rodriguez from free agency and Juan Pierre from the Colorado Rockies after
trading off homerun sluggers Cliff Floyd and Preston Wilson.
The Marlins struggled in the opening stages of the 2003
season, going 16-22. In that span, Florida also lost its top three pitchers,
A.J. Burnett, Josh Beckett, and Mark Redman. On May 11, Florida replaced
manager Jeff Torborg with 72-year-old Jack McKeon. In that timespan, Florida
was at its lowest point, with a major league worst record of 19-29.
Around the same time, Florida recalled the high-kicking
rookie phenom Dontrelle Willis up from the AA minor league Carolina Mudcats,
who carried the injury-plagued Marlins with a 9-1 record in his first
Miguel Cabrera (also from Carolina), Jeff Conine (from
Baltimore) and Ugueth Urbina (from the Texas Rangers were all acquired
mid-season as well to help the Marlins play-off push.
In 2003, Florida clinched the National League Wild Card
for the second time in team history with a 4-3 win over the New York Mets
on September 26, finishing with a overall record of 91-71.
The Marlins clinched the Division Series against the favored
San Francisco Giants going 3 games to 1. In the two Division Series games
at Pro Player Stadium, Florida drew over 130,000 fans. The series ended
with Marlins catcher Ivan Rodriguez tagging out a charging J.T. Snow at
the plate after catching a perfect throw from Jeff Conine which made it
just in time to make the play. It was the first postseason series ever
to end with the potential tieing run being thrown out at the plate. On
October 15, 2003, the Marlins defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to
three in the 2003 National League Championship Series, after falling three
games to one before coming back with the Beckett masterpiece in Game 5,
The Inning in Game 6, and the traditional come-from-behind win in Game
7 to take the series, staking claim to their second NL pennant and advancing
to the 2003 World Series, where they defeated the New York Yankees in
six games. Starting pitcher Josh Beckett was named the Most Valuable Player
for the World Series.
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