It’s fair to say that the current campaign isn’t going to plan for the Miami Marlins given they find themselves rooted to the bottom of the National League East division. Having played over 100 games already, winning just 41, it is safe to say they are not tipped to the World Series.
You would be forgiven for switching your attention to the looming NFL season, even though the Dolphins aren’t exactly a top pick as NFL playoff favorites. Still, we encourage you to stick with the Marlins and remember the better times.
To help you out, we’re not going to talk about the present issues, instead we’re going to put a smile back on the faces of Marlin fans everywhere with our top five who have ever donned the fish stripes.
5 – JEFF CONINE
You can’t have a top player list without Mr Marlin included. Conine spent two, well officially three, spells with the fish stripes; the first was between 1993 and 1997 during which time he appeared in two All-star games and was part of the team to win the 1997 World Series. Conine was then traded away where he spent time with the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles before an emotional return in 2003 where, once again, he formed part of a World Series winning team. After leaving the Marlins for a second time in 2005 he bounced around a few teams before signing a ‘short term good will’ contract with the Marlins purely so he could retire as part of their franchise.
4 – IVAN RODRIGUEZ
Rodriguez only spent one year with the Marlins, but boy did he leave a mark. The catcher arrived an experienced head into an inexperienced side and lead them to glory in the World Series. In addition to that he was named MVP of the National League Championship Series as well as setting numerous single season records; in the March he became only the tenth ever Marlin to hit a home run on the opening day of the season and then a week later, in a match against the New York Mets, he drew a record number of five walks. One year a Marlin, forever a legend.
3 – JOSH BECKETT
Beckett became a Marlin after being picked at number two in the draft and went on to cement his place in the hearts of fish stripe fans across the globe. He spent a total of five seasons in Miami and left with a terrific pitching record but is most fondly remembered for the 2003 campaign. During that year Beckett became the youngest starting pitcher in Marlins history and he finished it as the World Series MVP—not bad for a young gun.
2 – LIVAN HERNANDEZ
The Marlins were the first US home for Hernandez after he fled poverty in his native Cuba and the fans went on to fall in love with him during his four-year stint. Whilst he proved to be Mr Reliable over his time in Florida it was his rookie year that won him most of the plaudits as he proved an integral part of the team that won both the World Series and the National League Championship Series with Hernandez being named MVP in both.
1 – MARCELL OZUNA
Ozuna made his Marlins debut in 2013, which was also his first taste of the major league, but it was the next year when he really came to the party and he put his name in the history books during September of that season with a four game streak of homers–a Marlins record.
The following year saw a huge dip but Ozuna showed great mental strength to come back stronger in 2016 and his performances saw him named an All-star.
2017 followed a similar pattern as he secured another starting spot in the All-star game as well as scooping the Silver Slugger and Golden Glove awards. At the back end of that year Ozuna left and joined the St Louis Cardinals but his place as a Marlin is forever assured.
There you have it, a look back at five of the best to ever represent the Marlins. Hopefully, the reminiscing keeps you happy even when the current crop is struggling.