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2021 All-Old Friends Team

Which former Marlins players had the best first halves of the 2021 season?

J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates Bryan Reynolds #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates with after hitting a home run in the fifth inning during the 91st MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field
.T. Realmuto celebrates after hitting a home run during the MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field
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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’m taking this opportunity to highlight familiar faces who had success during the first half of the 2021 season. The 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. Kiké Hernández, Jonathan Villar and Sergio Romo, for example, fall short of those thresholds.

Marlins fans, who do you miss the most?

All-Old Friends Team—Position Players

C J.T. Realmuto—.268/.370/.438, 2.5 fWAR in 70 G for Philadelphia Phillies

1B Colin Moran—.280/.345/.414, 0.2 fWAR in 49 G for Pittsburgh Pirates

2B Donovan Solano—.262/.317/.361, 0.5 fWAR in 60 G for San Francisco Giants

3B Derek Dietrich—.220/.418/.407, 6 HR in 40 G for New York Yankees and Washington Nationals Triple-A affiliates

SS Adeiny Hechavarría—.234/.254/.438, 3 HR in 23 G for Chiba Lotte Marines (NPB)

LF Mark Canha—.255/.375/.450, 2.3 fWAR in 74 G for Oakland Athletics

CF Harold Ramirez—.280/.325/.457, 0.7 fWAR in 57 G for Cleveland Indians

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RF Christian Yelich—.241/.399/.369, 1.1 fWAR in 59 G for Milwaukee Brewers

DH Giancarlo Stanton—.270/.364/.484, 1.0 fWAR in 69 G for New York Yankees

UTIL Starlin Castro—.283/.333/.375, 0.5 fWAR in 87 G for Washington Nationals

UTIL Austin Barnes—.208/.327/.328, 0.6 fWAR in 47 G for Los Angeles Dodgers

Reserve OF Jake Marisnick—.238/.302/.476, -0.2 fWAR in 54 G for Chicago Cubs

Reserve C/Honorary Captain/Player-Manager Jeff Mathis—.000/.000/.000, -0.2 fWAR in 3 G for Atlanta Braves

All-Old Friends Team—Pitchers

SP Anthony DeSclafani—2.68 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 2.0 fWAR in 107.1 IP for San Francisco Giants

SP Nathan Eovaldi—3.66 ERA, 2.60 FIP, 3.4 fWAR in 103.1 IP for Boston Red Sox

SP Luis Castillo—4.65 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.6 fWAR in 102.2 IP for Cincinnati Reds

SP Domingo Germán—4.44 ERA, 4.66 FIP, 0.8 fWAR in 81.0 IP for New York Yankees

SP Zac Gallen—4.17 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 0.6 fWAR in 41.0 IP for Arizona Diamondbacks

RP Brad Hand—2.43 ERA, 3.92 FIP, 0.3 fWAR in 37.0 IP for Washington Nationals

RP Drew Steckenrider—2.12 ERA, 2.37 FIP, 1.0 fWAR in 34.0 IP for Seattle Mariners

RP Brad Boxberger—2.87 ERA, 4.01 FIP, 0.2 fWAR in 37.2 IP for Milwaukee Brewers

RP Yusmeiro Petit—3.09 ERA, 3.81 FIP, 0.6 fWAR in 46.2 IP for Oakland Athletics

RP Jarlin García—3.34 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 0.1 fWAR in 29.2 IP for San Francisco Giants

RP Nick Wittgren—4.70 ERA, 4.24 FIP, 0.1 fWAR in 30.2 IP for Cleveland Indians

RP Andrew Miller—3.66 ERA, 4.64 FIP, -0.1 fWAR in 19.2 IP for St. Louis Cardinals

RP Michael King—3.72 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 0.5 fWAR in 48.1 IP for New York Yankees

Honorable Mentions: Andrew Heaney, Caleb Smith, Tyler Kinley, Alex Vesia