The Miami Marlins kept it interesting this season by staying in the race until the very end. 161 games of highs, lows, and heartbreak come to an end with Destin Hood and Tomas Telis both going deep off Max Scherzer on the last day of the season in Washington D.C. The game ended with the Marlins on the short end of a 10-7 decision.
We in Miami have enjoyed our ballclub for 24 seasons now, so to commemorate Miami's upcoming 25th season, we are going to count down the top 100 all-time Marlins, ranked in reverse order by their cumulative WAR rating. First, a quick look at who just missed the cut.
523 players have appeared in a Major League game with the Marlins, between the Florida and the Miami versions of the club. I offer my apologies in advance if your favorite player is not where you think he should be. I'll leave you with a warning, that this list is inclusive, and counts pitching and batting WAR equally, even including a pitchers' hitting WAR. That's because I believe that the WAR rating is the easiest way to compare hitters and pitchers evenly, across all eras of Marlins' baseball.
We'll get started soon, with the number 100 all-time Marlin, a reliever from Miami's inaugural season. The plan is to count down five per week (on weekdays) until we get to the number one Marlin, a current member of the team.