The Marlins have not been particularly loyal to their players through the years—everybody eventually gets traded or unceremoniously released, or if they’re fortunate, makes it to free agency and winds up going to a higher bidder elsewhere. As a result, there’s been a diaspora of former Fish. Nearly every other MLB team employs at least one Old Friend.
At the All-Star break, I highlighted familiar faces who were having success elsewhere. Might as well update the “roster” now that the 2021 regular season has concluded!
This team construction mirrors that of a normal MLB active roster: 26 selections evenly split between position players and pitchers. Eligibility for the All-Old Friends Team goes to individuals who played at least one complete regular season with the Marlins or those who spent at least one full calendar year in the organization as a prospect. Starling Marte and Kiké Hernández, for example, fall short of those thresholds, therefore the pitching staff is much deeper than the lineup.
Marlins fans, who do you miss the most?
C J.T. Realmuto—.263/.343/.439, 4.4 fWAR in 134 G for Philadelphia Phillies
1B Miguel Cabrera—.256/.316/.386, -0.7 fWAR in 130 G for Detroit Tigers
2B Austin Nola—.272/.340/.376, 0.9 fWAR in 56 G for San Diego Padres
SS Donovan Solano—.280/.344/.404, 1.2 fWAR in 101 G for San Francisco Giants
3B Colin Moran—.258/.334/.390, -0.2 fWAR in 99 G for Pittsburgh Pirates
LF Mark Canha—.231/.358/.387, 2.7 fWAR in 141 G for Oakland Athletics
CF Harold Ramirez—.268/.305/.398, 0.3 fWAR in 99 G for Cleveland Indians
RF Christian Yelich—.248/.362/.373, 1.4 fWAR in 117 G for Milwaukee Brewers
DH Giancarlo Stanton—.273/.354/.516, 2.6 fWAR in 139 G for New York Yankees
UTIL Austin Barnes—.215/.299/.345, 0.8 fWAR in 77 G for Los Angeles Dodgers
Reserve OF Jake Marisnick—.216/.286/.375, -0.2 fWAR in 99 G for Chicago Cubs/San Diego Padres
Reserve OF Corey Dickerson—.282/.329/.450, 0.5 fWAR in 46 G for Toronto Blue Jays
Reserve C/Honorary Captain/Player-Manager Jeff Mathis—.000/.000/.000, -0.2 fWAR in 3 G for Atlanta Braves
SP Nathan Eovaldi—3.75 ERA, 2.79 FIP, 5.6 fWAR in 182.1 IP for Boston Red Sox
SP Anthony DeSclafani—3.17 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 3.0 fWAR in 167.2 IP for San Francisco Giants
SP Luis Castillo—3.98 ERA, 3.75 FIP, 3.7 fWAR in 187.2 IP for Cincinnati Reds
SP Zac Gallen—4.30 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 1.5 fWAR in 121.1 IP for Arizona Diamondbacks
SP Domingo Germán—4.58 ERA, 4.31 FIP, 1.3 fWAR in 98.1 IP for New York Yankees
RP Drew Steckenrider—2.00 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 1.3 fWAR in 67.2 IP for Seattle Mariners
RP Brad Boxberger—3.34 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 0.8 fWAR in 64.2 IP for Milwaukee Brewers
RP Alex Vesia—2.25 ERA, 4.22 FIP, 0.2 fWAR in 40.0 IP for Los Angeles Dodgers
RP Ryne Stanek—3.42 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 0.5 fWAR in 68.1 IP for Houston Astros
RP Jarlin García—2.62 ERA, 3.77 FIP, 0.4 fWAR in 68.2 IP for San Francisco Giants
RP Yusmeiro Petit—3.92 ERA, 4.72 FIP, 0.0 fWAR in 78.0 IP for Oakland Athletics
RP Trevor Richards—3.50 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 0.3 fWAR in 64.1 IP for Tampa Bay Rays/Milwaukee Brewers/Toronto Blue Jays
RP Michael King—3.55 ERA, 3.86 FIP, 0.7 fWAR in 63.1 IP for New York Yankees