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Miami (Florida) Marlins: Their Recent History

By Edited Nov 2, 2016 0 1

The Marlins enter the 2012 season with new name, a new logo, and new uniforms. The old Florida Marlins are now known as the Miami Marlins, and they will play their games in the new Marlins Ballpark, which opens in March.

Twice in their history, the Marlins have come from nowhere to win the World Series. That has not happened since 2003, however, and the last five seasons have been rough. Since 2007, the team has managed to finish 2nd in the NL East only once, and the team has not had a playoff appearance since beating the New York Yankees in the 2003 Series.

New uniform for the Miami Marlins

2007

Record: 71-91
NL East Finish: 5th
Playoffs: None

Fredi Gonzalez (now the Braves’ manager) took over for Joe Girardi (now the Yankees’ manager) after Girardi had led the Marlins to a losing season in 2006. Things did not improve under Gonzalez as the team finished last in the NL East. The team hovered around the .500 mark until the All-Star break, but the Marlins struggled in July and August and finished 18 games out of first place.

Florida had some young talent on the 2007 team, including 23-year-old shortstop Hanley Ramirez (.332 BA in 154 games) and 24-year-old third baseman Miguel Cabrera (.320 BA with 34 HRs).

All-Star Players

3B Miguel Cabrera

2008

Record: 84-77
NL East Finish: 3rd
Playoffs: None

Florida enjoyed a fast start to the 2008 season and led the NL East as late as May 31. This was impressive given that the team had the lowest payroll in Major League Baseball. However, the team started to slide in June and never regained the top spot in the division. Nevertheless, the Marlins finished with their first winning season since 2005.

Ramirez was once again the team’s leader on offense, hitting .301 with 33 homers. He was one of five different Marlins hit at least 22 home runs, with the others including Dan Uggla, Mike Jabobs, Jorge Cantu, and Cody Ross. Starter Ricky Nolasco had a 15-8 record with a 3.52 ERA, but the other starters struggled.

All-Star Players

SS Hanley Ramirez
2B Dan Uggla

2009

Record: 87-75
NL East Finish: 2nd
Playoffs: None

The Marlins had a tough month of May and was in fourth place as late as June 13. However, the team was able to rebound and was within striking distance of division leader Philadelphia for much of the second half of the season. However, the Marlins could not close the gap to less than 3.5 games, and Florida could not catch Colorado to earn a wild card berth.

Ramirez had another stellar season, hitting .342 with 24 homers and 106 RBI. Starter Josh Johnson had a breakthrough season, recording a 15-5 record with a 3.23 ERA.

All-Star Players

SS Hanley Ramirez
P Josh Johnson

You wish, Dodger

2010

Record: 80-82
NL East Finish: 3rd
Playoffs: None

Gonzalez’s last season as manager did not go as expected, and the team replaced him with Edwin Rodriguez after 70 games. Rodriguez did not fare any better, going 46-46 as manager. The Marlins spent most of the season several games out of first and never moved above 3rd place after the month of May.
Ramirez was less impressive, hitting .300 with 21 homers. The pitching staff was not bad, but nobody stood out. Four pitchers recorded at least 11 wins, but none had more than 14. The team’s ERA of 4.08 ranked 9th in the National League.

All-Star Players

SS Hanley Ramirez
P Josh Johnson

2011

Record: 72-90
NL East Finish: 5th
Playoffs: None

The 2011 season was one to forget for the Marlins. They were tied for the division lead on May 2 but collapsed once the month of June began. Between June 1 and June 24, the team won just two games, and the Marlins found themselves 14.5 games out of first. The team fired Rodriguez and brought back former manager Jack McKeon, who was 80 years old. The team never quite rebounded and finished 18 games under .500.

All-Star Players

1B Gaby Sanchez

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Jun 8, 2012 12:12pm
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A good clear and concise history. Good article.
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