Nickname:
Wayne Huizenga named the team because he was an avid deep-sea fisher, the metaphor he used for the reasoning behind the name "I choose Marlin because the fish is a fierce fighter ."

Colors
:
Black
Teal
Silver
 
Manager:
Jack McKeon 2011-

Stadium:
Sun Life Stadium* 1993-
 
Logo
1993-Present
19th Season
First Game Played April 5, 1993
 
 
 
 
 
Address:
2267 Dan Marino Boulevard
Miami, FL 33028
Phone: (305) 646-7400

Web:
http://www.flamarlins.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stadiums: (1)
Sun Life Stadium* 1993-Present
Marlins Ballparks Opening 2012
*-Known as Joe Robbie Stadium 1993-96, Pro Player Stadium 97-04, Dolphin Stadium 2005-08. Land Shark Stadium 09
 
World Champions: (2)
1997, 2003

World Series Appearances
: (2)
1997, 2003

LCS Appearances
: (2)
1997, 2003

Division Champions:
None

Wild Card
: (2)
1997, 2003
 
 
Hall of Famers: (1)
Andre Dawson OF 1995-1996

 
 
 
 
 
Retired Numbers: (2)
  5 Carl Barger President 1991-1992
42 Jackie Robinson
(Retired by MLB)
 
 
All-Star Games Hosted:
None

All-Star Game MVP
: (1)
1995 Jeff Conine OF
 
 
AWARDS
Manager of the Year: (2)
2003 Jack McKeon
2006 Joe Girardi

Rookie of the Year: (3)
2003 Dontrelle Willis LHP
2006 Hanley Ramirez SS
2009 Chris Coghlan OF

Fireman Award
: (1)
2000 Antonio Alfonseca RHP

Hank Aaron Award:
None

Cy Young:
None

MVP:
None
 
 
LCS MVP: (2)
1997 Livan Hernandez RHP
2003 Ivan Rodriguez C

World Series MVP: (2)
1997 Livan Hernandez RHP
2003 Josh Beckett RHP
 
 
 
 
Best Season:
1997 (92-70)

Worst Season
:
1998 (54-108)
 
 
 
Mascot:
Billy the Marlin
No Hitters: (4)
5/11/1996 Al Leiter
6/10/1997 Kevin Brown
5/12/2001 A.J. Burnett
9/6/2006 Anibal Sanchez

Cycle Hitters:
None
 
On the Air:
Televsion:
Fox Sports Net Florida, Sun Sports

Radio
:
WAXY (790 AM) WAQI (710 AM)-Spanish

Broadcasters
:
Tommy Hutton, Craig Minevini, and Rich Waltz-TV; Glenn Geffner and Dave Van Horne-Radio; Cookie Rojas and Raul Striker Jr.-SAP TV; Luis Quintana and Felo Ramirez-Spanish Radio

Ford C. Frick Recipients: (2)
Dave Van Horne 2001-Present
Felo Ramirez 1993-Present
 
 
 
Spring Training History: (3)
Cocoa, FL 1993
Viera, FL 1994-2002
Jupiter, FL 2003-Present
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Page created on February 20, 2001. Last updated on August 25, 2011 at 12:40 am ET. 
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Managers: (12)
Rene Lacheman 1993-1996
Cookie Rojas 1996
John Boles 1996
Jim Leyland 1997-1998
John Boles 1999-2001
Tony Perez 2001
Jeff Torborg 2002-2003
Jack McKeon 2003-2005
Joe Girardi 2006
Fredi Gonzalez 2007-2010
Edwin Rodriguez 2010-2011
Brandon Hyde 2011
Jack McKeon 2011-Present

 
 
 
On The Farm:
AAA: New Orleans Zephyrs
AA: Jacksonville Suns
A: Jupiter Hammerheads
A: Greensboro Grasshoppers
A: Jamestown Jammers
R: Gulf Coast Marlins
 
 
 
 
Historical Moments:

1990-1992: When Major League Baseball announced its plans to expand by 1993 H. Wayne Huizenga began aggressively pursuing one of those teams to place in Florida. On June 10, 1991 Florida, which for years was used for spring training, finally got a team of its own when baseball announced that Miami would get one of two 1993 expansion teams. To build the Marlins, Hazing hired Carl Barger from the Pittsburgh Pirates as the club's very first president. Barger would oversee the search for a General Manger, and the building of the Minor League System as well as the expansion draft held on November 17, 1992 In that draft the Marlins tabbed Nigel Wilson form the Toronto Blue Jays as their first pick, among the 36 players the Marlins selected that day. Finally the team was in place, and the countdown to the inaugural season was on. Sadly, Carl Barger would never see Opening Day, dying on December 9, 1992 after collapsing during the owners' meetings due to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.

1993
:
On April 5th, the Marlins win their first game 6-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers, in front of a sold out crowd at Joe Robbie Stadium. The game is highlighted by a spectacular catch by Center Fielder Scott Pose, as Charlie Hough started and won the game. The Marlins were serious about putting a good team together and shortly before midseason acquired All-Star OF Gary Sheffield from the San Diego Padres. Sheffield, along with reliever Bryan Harvey would go on to be the Marlins first representatives at the Mid-Summer's Classic. The Marlins would go on to finish their first season with a sixth place 64-98 record in the National League Eastern Division, while drawing 3,064,847 spectators to Joe Robbie Stadium.

1994
:
The Marlins see a dramatic drop in attendance in their second season, and were in last place with a 51-64 record when the season ended due to a player's strike on August 12th.

1995
:
While their expansion partners the Colorado Rockies were making the playoffs the Marlins were still struggling, placing fourth with a 67-76 record. However, Jeff Conine would make the team proud by hitting a game winning home run at the All-Star Game, earning MVP honors.

1996
:
The Marlins try to improve their team with the signings of pitcher Kevin Brown, and Al Leiter. However the Marlins get off to a slow start despite stellar pitching performances for both including a May 11th No Hitter by Leiter. Two Months later with the Marlins still struggling the team would fire Manager Rene Lacheman, replacing him with front office man John Boles. Under Boles the Marlins actually play better, and end up finishing in third place with an 80-82 record.  The strong finish encourages management to make one run at the World Series by Moises Alou, Bobby Bonillia, and Alex Fernandez. To make the team gel better on the field the Marlins also hire Jim Leyland long thought of as one of baseball's best managers. Although the team was losing money the club's payroll was one of the highest in baseball, as Owner Wayne Huizenga sought to bring the World Series to Florida.

1997: The Marlins acquisitions seem to work the Marlins are strong contenders from the start of the season. However it does not translate to attendance, as the Marlins struggle to draw 20,000 a game, at the newly renamed Pro Player Stadium. Amidst the disappointing attendance figures Owner Wayne Huizenga begins making rumblings that to stay in Miami a new ballpark is needed, and when the city refuses Huizenga begins to make rumblings that the Marlins will sell off all their players at the end of the season. Despite the distractions of the team possibly be broken up the Marlins finish with a strong 92-70 record, good enough for the National League Wild Card. In the NLDS the Marlins face the San Francisco Giants. In the first two games of the series the Marlins get the jump on the Giants winning both games on singles in the bottom of the ninth. With the series moving to San Francisco the Marlins would complete the sweep with a sixth Inning Grand Slam from Outfielder Devon White. The Marlins would move on the face the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. The two teams split the first four games, setting up a must win situation for the Marlins at home in Game 5. With Kevin Brown suffering through a stomach ailment, and Alex Fernandez out for the rest of the playoffs with an elbow injury the Marlins were forced to have Livan Hernandez who got the win in Game 3 make an emergency start. Hernandez would come through better then expected striking out an LCS record 15, while beating the Braves 2-1. The Marlins would go on to win the series in six games as Brown pitched through his stomach pain to get the Marlins into their first World Series. The Marlins, who were the first Wild Card ever to make the World Series, were matched up against the Cleveland Indians in the Fall Classic. In front of packed Pro Player Stadium, who expanded their capacity by selling seats normally covered up with tarp, the Marlins win the 1st Game 7-4 behind a three run homer from Moises Alou. After the Indians won Game 2, the Marlins won a wild Game 3 played in the snow 14-11, after scoring seven runs in the top of the ninth, after the two teams battled through eight innings tied at 7-7. After losing Game 4 played in 15-degree wind chill in the coldest World Series game ever played, the Marlins bounced back to win Game 8-7 behind Livan Hernandez, who got his second series win. After losing Game 6, the Marlins trailed 2-0 in the seventh Inning of Game 7 before Bobby Bonillia would get the Marlins on to the scoreboard with a solo home run. Still trailing in the ninth inning the Marlins would tie the game on a sac-fly by Craig Counsell, to send the game to extra innings. In the 11th inning Marlins would become the fastest expansion team ever to win a World Series when Edgar Reneteria drives home Counsell with two outs.

1998
:
Despite drawing over 500,000 fans during the postseason, Owner Wayne Huizenga begins to sell off the players, claiming he is no longer able to afford. This would prevent the Marlins from defending their Championship, and would dampen the spirits of South Florida whose World Championship Celebration was cut way too short. On opening Day March 31st the Marlins raise their World Championship Banner. However, most of the players responsible are gone. While 1B Darren Daulton retires, Dennis Cook, Al Leiter Rob Nen, Devon White, Kevin Brown, Jeff Conine, and Moises Alou are all traded for minor league prospects. six weeks later the Marlins would unload Bobby Bollix, Gary Sheffield, and Charles Johnson in a stunning trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers to acquire star Catcher Mike Piazza. However, Piazza would just be a Marlin for a week, as he too was dealt for prospects to the New York Mets.  The Marlins would go on to finish dead last with an awful 54-108 record.

1999
:
The purge continued through the off-season as Manager Jim Leyland left, and SS Edgar Renter was traded away. Also gone was Wayne Huizenga who sold the shell of a team to John Henry. The Marlins began Opening Day on an up note as Alex Fernandez pitched for the first time since the 1997 NLCS, and shut down the New York Mets, but it was short lived. Fernandez would battle injuries all year, as the purge continued with Livan Hernandez being dealt away. The Marlins would go on to finish in Last again with a 64-98 record.

2000
:
With the only three players remaining from the World Championship team, the Marlins young pitchers show some promises guiding the team to a third Place 79-82 record. One of the last remaining players from 1997 Antonio Alfonseca wins the Fireman Award, as the National League's best Reliever.

2001
:
The Marlins young pitchers continue to show promises, and the club plays solid baseball for most of the season before fading at the end to finish in fourth Place with a 76-86 record. After the season talks of contraction began, and the Marlins became an immediate candidate. Meanwhile Owner John Henry bought the Boston Red Sox leaving the Marlins without an owner, or anyone to run the club. While baseball fought in court for the right to contract, it became apparent the Marlins would still be playing in 2002, and possibly beyond, as Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Montreal Expos sold his team to Major League Baseball, and bought the Marlins. Loria would bring most of the Expos front office, and Manager Jeff Torborg down south to run the Marlins, as the deal was completed just before the start of spring training in 2002.

2002
:
The Marlins are one of a number of teams that have to deal with rumors of contraction as Owner John Henry abandons his plans to rebuild the Marlins so he could buy the Boston Red Sox. Taking Henry's place would be Montreal Expos Owner Peter Loria who sold the Expos to the other 29 owners. While in Montreal, Loria constantly reneged on agreements for a new stadium, leaving the Expos in limbo, while toying with emotions of fans in Montreal. With the prospects of the same happening in Florida, Marlins fans seemed to lose interest in the team, as Pro Player Stadium resembled a ghost town all season, despite a young up and coming pitching staff. However, the signs of doom were still all around despite a 79-83 season that could be built on, as Ryan Dempster and Cliff Floyd were both traded away following the All-Star break. Following the season Preston Wilson would be dealt to the Colorado Rockies for speedster Juan Pierre as the Marlins decided to build around speed and pitching.

2003
:
With a new direction of speed and pitching the Marlins hoped to be competitive entering the season. However, through the first six weeks of the season the Marlins floundered in last place, making matters worse one of their young pitchers A.J. Burnett was lost for the season due to an elbow injury. The injury caused pitching coach Brad Arnsberg lots of criticism as they say he was not handling the young arms correctly. The criticism would eventually lead to his ouster along with Manger Jeff Torborg on May 11th with the Marlins holding a 16-22 record. As Torborg was on his way out another young pitcher Dontrelle Willis was making his debut and his enthusiasm would energize the team. Replacing Torborg would be 73-year old Jack McKeon; most scoffed at hiring and expected the Marlins to be reading themselves for another fire sale. However, some magic began to happen as the energy from Willis, and Juan Pierre began to have a contagious effect on the rest of the ball club. Willis would become a nationwide sensation, as fans that were still ignoring the Marlins would flock to see him pitch. Meanwhile the Marlins were quietly creeping towards .500. The Marlins finally climbed above .500 on July 1st as Willis earned a spot on the National League All-Star Roster. Through out July the Marlins continued to play well as they quietly snuck into to the race for the National League Wild Card, when July ended the Marlins sent a single that they were not selling off rather they were going for it as they acquired Ugueth Urbana for extra bullpen support at the non-waiver trade deadline. The move seemed to energize the Marlins as they won 10 of their next 15. However the Marlins would hit rough waters in the later part of August as they lost 8-of-9 games while losing Mike Lowell to a broken hand. To replace Lowell the Marlins reacquired Jeff Conine a fan favorite from the team's first game to the 1997 World Series. The acquisition of Conine would pay off as the Marlins eventually climbed into the wild card spot with Conine having several key hits in games against the Philadelphia Phillies down the stretch, which allowed the Marlins to pull away and win their earn their second playoff berth with a 91-71 record. Though he struggled at times in the second half Dontrelle Willis would win National League Rookie of the Year honors while their elder statesmen Jack McKeon who was initially laughed at won Manger of the year as the Marlins posted a league best 75-49 record after he took over. Entering the playoffs few gave the Marlins any chance at all as they were shut down in the first game of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants 2-0 by Jason Schmidt. However the resilient Marlins would rebound to win Game 2 to send the series back to Florida even at a game apiece. In Game 3 the Marlins would jump out to an early 2-0 lead on a homer by Ivan Rodriguez. However the Giants would rally to tie it and sent the game to extra innings taking a 3-2 lead in the 11th. However in the bottom of the 11th the Marlins capitalized on an error by Jose Cruz to start a rally as Rodriguez got a two out single with the bases loaded to win the game 4-3. The following day brought more heroics from the catcher affectionately known as Pudge as he bowled over Yorvit Torrealba knocking lose the baseball and allowing Derek Lee to score an insurance run to give the Marlins a 7-5 lead heading into the nibth Inning. There Pudge would come up large on the other end of a home plate collision as he held on to the ball after be running into by J.T. Snow as the Marlins held on to win 7-6 advancing to the NLCS.

2003
:
In Game 1 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs the Marlins got off to a shaky start as they fell behind 4-0 in the first inning. However, Ivan Rodriguez remained on fire driving home five runs as the Marlins rallied to take an 8-6 lead in the ninth inning. However the Cubs would come right back on a two run home run by Sammy Sosa, but the Marlins would get the last laugh as Mike Lowell returned from his hand injury and hit a game wining pinch hit homer in the 11th. However the Cubs would rally to win the next three games putting the Marlins on the brink. Down three games to one the Marlins keep their hopes alive with a two hit complete game shutout by Josh Beckett. However in Game 6 in Wrigley Field the Marlins were the ones being frustrated by good pitching as Mark Prior had them tied up for seven innings as the Cubs entered the eighth with a 3-0 lead. The Marlins appeared to be going down quietly again in the 8th as Luis Castillo popped up to Left following a one out double by Juan Pierre. However, Cubs Leftfielder Moises Alou was interfered with by a fan and Castillo had new life, as he reached base on a walk. The fan interference seemed to shake up the Cubs as the Marlins went on to an eight run outburst to force a seventh game. The Marlins carried over the momentum over their dramatic rally into Game 7 as the scored three runs in the first on a home run by Miguel Cabrera. However the Cubs would rally and take a 5-3 lead in the third inning. However, the resilient Marlins would rally again scoring three runs in the fifth inning on a double by MNLCS MVP Ivan Rodriguez. The Marlins would bring in Josh Beckett to protect the lead, which they would pad, winning the game 9-6 to advance to their second World Series. In the World Series against the New York Yankees once again the Marlins were not given a chance. However behind a solid effort by Brad Penny and the scrappy base running of Juan Pierre the Marlins stole Game 1 in Yankee Stadium 3-2. The Yankees would rally to win the next two games setting up a must win Game 4 in Florida. The Marlins would jump out to a 3-0 lead, as Carl Pavano kept escaping jams throughout the game. However the Yankees would rally to tie the game off Ugueth Urbina to send the game to extra innings. The Marlins appeared to be on the ropes in the 11th inning as the Yankees had the bases loaded with one out. Braden Looper would come on to bail the Marlins out striking out Aaron Boone to keep the game tied. The game would remain tied until the 12th Inning when Alex Gonzalez hit a line drive home to the left of the teal tower to give the Marlins a 4-3 win that evened the series. The Marlins would take advantage of the banged up Yankees in Game 5 as several key layers were unable to play in a 6-4 win that gave the Marlins a 3-2 series edge heading back to New York. In Game 6 the Marlins would scratch out two runs which was just enough as Josh Beckett tied up the Yankees all day striking out nine while allowing just five hits as he out dulled Andy Pettitte to give the Marlins a 2-0 win which clinched their 2nd World Championship in the one of the biggest upsets in the 100 year history of the World Series. For his Game 6 heroics Josh Beckett would be named World Series MVP becoming an instant superstar. However the joy in Florida would be short lived again as the Marlins were unable to re-sign Ivan Rodriguez, as Owner Jeffrey Loria continued to plea that the Marlins success will not last unless they get funding for a new ballpark.

2004
:
Despite being forced to allow stars like Ivan Rodriguez, Derek Lee, and Juan Encarnacion getting away the Marlins remained a strong contender thanks to their solid core of young pitching led by Dontrelle Willis and Josh Beckett who became overnight superstars. However both would struggle all season as Willis posted a disappointing 10-11 record while Beckett spent time on the Disabled List and was just 9-9. However with Carl Pavano picking up the slack the Marlins were in first place at the end of April with a 15-8 record. After a mediocre May the Marlins would struggle through June and July. With their playoff hopes in trouble the Marlins reacquired Encarnacion from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with All-Star Catcher Paul Lo Duca in a deadline trade for Brad Penny, as strong August put the Marlins into the Wild Card picture heading into September. However, with Florida getting pounded with three Hurricanes in rapid succession the Marlins would have several games rained out as they sought shelter and helped the community recover from the devastation. However, the Marlins would be unable to recover themselves as they struggled down the stretch and finished in third place with an 83-79 record. With talks of a new ballpark heating up with a possible 2010 eviction from former Owner Wayne Huzingea who now controls Pro Player Stadium, which would be renamed Dolphins Stadium the Marlins added to their payroll bringing back Al Leiter while signing slugging 1B Carlos Delgado.

2005
:
With the addition of Carlos Delgado the Marlins were able to come out strong post a solid 14-8 record in April that had them in first place in the NL East. Also starting strong was Dontrelle Willis who after a sophomore slump in 2004 started posted a 5-0 record in April on his was to a solid season that saw him finish second in voting for the Cy Young as he posted a 22-10 record with a 2.63 ERA. However, with the arrival of May the Marlins season started to go in the wrong direction as they posted a mediocre 13-14 record in each of the next two months. In July it was more of the same as the Marlins were 13-13. However, in a competitive National League Eastern Division in which all five teams finished .500 or better they were still in the playoff picture. Entering September the Marlins had a 70-63 record, and still had the playoffs on their minds, as late season call up Jeremy Hermida hit a Grand Slam in his first Major League at-bat on August 30th becoming the first player to do so in almost 110 years. Entering a big four game series with the Houston Astros the Marlins captured the first two games and took the lead in the National League Wild Card Race. The Astros would comeback to win the next two games and retake the lead from the Marlins by half game. Those two losses in Houston would be the start of the Marlins demise as they never recover losing 12-of-14 to fade out of the race, and nearly into last place. Along the way the team seemed to turn on Manager Jack McKeon led by Free Agent to be A.J. Burnett who was sent home in the final week of the season. While McKeon himself, was let go following the season. The Marlins would close the season with three straight meaningless wins over the Atlanta Braves as they finished in a tie for third place with an 83-79 record. During the season the Marlins had seen another stadium proposal defeated, which meant the future for baseball in South Florida would remain bleak and get even bleaker as Owner Jeff Loria, experienced in ripping teams apart when he was with the Montreal Expos gave Marlin fans a horrifying sense of deja vu as all the Marlins top players were put on the trading block. Burnett was allowed to walk away and sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, World Series hero Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell would be traded to the Boston Red Sox. Alex Gonzalez would later join them. Juan Encarnacion would sign with the St. Louis Cardinals while their top of the line up spark plugs Luis Castillo and Juan Pierre ended up going to the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs. In addition the Marlins would ship Carlos Delgado and Paul LoDuca to the New York Mets in separate deals as the Marlins stripped bear only had Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera remaining, and only doing so because they were both young and had not reached arbitration yet, as the Marlins payroll became an embarrassing $14.3 Million.

2006
:
Following yet another fire sale, the Marlins were expected to lose 100 games as they started the season with six rookies in the line up and a rookie Manager in Joe Girardi. After a 6-16 April it appeared most of the experts would be right as the young Marlins had trouble competing in the early going. In May they continued to struggle hitting rock bottom on May 21st following a three game sweep at the hands of the Tampa Devils Rays as they held a record of 11-31. However, a funny thing with rookies is they often never give up even when everyone is telling them they have no chance, as they started to turn things around by sweeping the Chicago Cubs, as they won nine of their next 12 games. June would be a great month for the young Marlins as they posted a solid 18-7 record highlighted by a nine game winning streak. After the All-Star Break the Marlins would play even better as they incredibly climbed toward .500 and into the race for the Wild Card Spot. On Labor Day the Marlins hard work paid off as they became the first team who was 20 games below .500 at any point in the season to climb back over .500. Two nights later rookie Anibal Sanchez made history all by himself as he no hit the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0. Sanchez's gem would be the beginning of an end as the Marlins started to run out of gas down the stretch losing 8 of 10 games down the stretch as they ended the year in 4th Place with a record of 78-84. Among the Marlin rookies having great years was SS Hanley Ramirez, who was acquired in the Josh Beckett trade and earned Rookie of the Year honors with a .292 average, 17 homers and 59 RBI. However, it could be argued the award should have gone to 2B Dan Uggla, a Rule V Draft Pick who made the All-Star Team and hit 27 homers with 90 RBI and a .282 average. Meanwhile Manager Joe Girardi earned Manager of the Year honors. However, Owner Jeffrey Loria was not impressed as Girardi squabbled with management and was fired following the season, despite the Marlins surprisingly successful season.

2007
:
Under new Manager Fredi Gonzalez, the Marlins hoped they could continue their success they had under Joe Girardi as they entered the season with a solid core of young talent. However, injuries would play a role in the Marlins fortunes from the start of the season, as Josh Johnson was lost for the season after needing Tommy John surgery on his elbow. The Marlins would also lose Anibal Sanchez to a shoulder injury as the rookie who tossed a no hitter in 2006 made just six starts in 2007. Meanwhile ace pitcher Dontrelle Willis struggled to live up to expectations as he struggled all season posting a ERA of 5.17 while posting a record of 10-15. Despite the depleted rotation the Marlins remained on track to keep up their pace from the previous season as they were hovering near .500 until the end of June, when the Marlins six of seven games. After posting a 42-47 record in the first half of the season the Marlins would go into a second half tailspin that would see them finish the season in last place with a record of 71-91. Following the season the Marlins continued to trade off All-Stars before they became eligible for arbitration or free agency, as both Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera were both dealt to the Detroit Tigers for prospects Cameron Maybin, Mike Rabelo, Andrew Miller, Eulogio De La Cruz, Burke Bradenhop, and Dallas Trahern.

2008: After their latest cut in payroll not much was expected from the Marlins, however, with strong production from all four infield positions Mike Jacobs, Jorge Cantu, Handley Ramirez, and Dan Uggla, each of whom hit 25 or more home runs, the Marlins got off to a decent start, as they spent much of the first two months in first place. However, after Memorial Day the Marlins lost eight of ten, as they slipped out of first place. After a subpar June, the Marlins recovered to post a winning record in July, and were considered buyers at the trade deadline as they were rumored to be discussing acquiring Manny Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox. However, the Marlins limited budget prevented them form pulling off a big deal. Without an added piece the Marlins struggled in August, which all but knocked them out of the playoff race. After dropping to 72-72 the Marlins went on a nine game winning streak in September as they looked to once again play the role of spoiler. Facing the New York Mets on the final weekend of the season for the second straight year the Marlins knocked their division rivals out of the playoffs by taking two of three in New York, including the final game ever Shea Stadium, which the Marlins won thanks 4-2 to back-to-back homers from Cody Ross and Dan Uggla, as they finished in third place with a respectable 84-77 record.

2009
:
The Marlins came flying out of the gate, winning 11 of their first 12 games, as they had a five game lead in the National League Eastern Division early in the season. However, they would get snapped back to reality quickly with a seven game losing streak. Despite the slump the Marlins would spend the entire month of April in first place. As great as April was for the Marlins, May brought nothing but pain, as they struggled with an awful 9-20 record, and dropped from first place to fourth place. In June the Marlins rebounded to get back above .500 as they took two out of three against the New York Yankees in interleague action. However, against the Tampa Bay Rays they would struggle losing five of six games. The Marlins would be in the race for the wild card all season, as their offense was a pleasant surprise, as they had a 14 game stretch where they had ten hits or more. Helping to spark this surge was Outfielder Chris Coghlan, who had 47 hits during the month of August, who would also deliver 50 hits in the final month of the season as he ended the season with a .321 average on the way to claiming the National League Rookie of the Year. The Marlins would go on to finish the season with a solid 87-75 record, which was good enough for second place in the NL East.

2010
:
Coming off a solid season, the Marlins hoped they could be a factor in the playoff chase as they locked up ace Josh Johnson to a four-year deal worth $39 million as they sought to commit to a strong team that would enter their new stadium in 2012 as construction began in earnest at the site of the old Orange Bowl in Miami. However, as the season began on the road against the New York Mets the Marlins got off to a slow start as Johnson was out pitched by Johan Santana 7-1 in the opener. In mid May as the Marlins were threading water signs of internal trouble began to surface as Hanley Ramirez was suspended a game after for not hustling towards a fly ball which cost the team runs and a loss. The Marlins would also be on the wrong side of history in May, as Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a perfect game at Sunlife Stadium beating the Marlins 1-0 as a great effort by Josh Johnson was wasted. On June 23rd as the Marlins held a 32-34 record, Manage Fredi Gonzalez was fired and replaced by Edwin Rodriguez, who was managing the Marlins AAA team in New Orleans. The Marlins publically looked to hire Bobby Valentine, but Rodriguez would remain at the helm for the remainder of the season as a deal with Valentine could not be reached Among the early season disappointments was 2009 Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, who suffered a sophomore slump batting .268 with just five home runs and 28 RBI as he missed most of the second half after suffering a knee injury in a walk off win celebration as he delivered shaving-cream pie in Wes Helms face following a walk off 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on July 25th. The Marlins would also lose Pitcher Ricky Nolasco to a knee injury that occurred while removing his shoes in the clubhouse. The Marlins would have franchise record 57 players on their team, as an 11-5 surge after the All-Star Break was the only time it appeared they may be factor in the playoff chase. However, in the end the Marlins would be sellers down the stretch as Cody Ross who was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants would win the NLCS MVP after leaving Florida, and leading the Giants to the World Series. The Marlins meanwhile would get some solid play from some rookie such as Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison, but in the end the season would be a big disappointment as they finished in third place with a record of 80-82.


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