The Miami Marlins became an organization in 1991 as the Florida Marlins. They transitioned to the Miami Marlins in 2012. They have two World Series titles, the first was in 1997 with the other one being in 2003. The franchise has no retired jersey numbers besides the league-wide retirement of Jackie Robinson‘s jersey number 42. Here is a potential all-time starting lineup for the Miami Marlins including a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher.
1. Hanley Ramirez, Shortstop (2006-2012)
Hanley Ramirez had some of the best seasons of his career with the Marlins. He won Rookie of the Year in 2006. That year, he played in a single-season high 158 games and slashed .292/.353/.480. Ramirez went on to make three All-Star games with the team while winning two Silver Slugger awards along the way. He also finished second in the NL MVP voting in 2009 when he hit 42 doubles and had 106 RBIs.
2. Cliff Floyd, Left Field (1997-2002)
Although Cliff Floyd played for seven different teams, his six seasons with the Marlins was his most of any team. In 637 games played with Miami, he had a slash line of .294/.374/.523. He hit 110 homers, 167 doubles and drove in 409 RBIs in his time there. Floyd also made his only career All-Star roster as a Marlin in 2001. That year, he hit 31 long balls, 44 doubles and had a career best 103 RBIs.
3. Giancarlo Stanton, Right Field (2010-2017)
Giancarlo Stanton played eight seasons with Miami, playing in at least 100 games in seven of them. The right fielder won two Silver Sluggers and made four All-Star appearances in his time there. He hit 267 homers and had over 30 dingers in four seasons there, including a current career high of 59 in 2017. Stanton also won MVP that season where he had a 1.007 OPS and 132 RBIs.
4. Jeff Conine, First Base (1993-1997, 2003-2005)
Fisrt basemen Jeff Conine played eight seasons with the Marlins across two stints. His first few seasons with the Marlins were some of the best of his career. He got third place in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1993. Then, he made his only two All-Star games the next two years in 1994 and 1995. Conine was also a member of both of the Marlins teams that won the World Series.
5. Mike Lowell, Third Base (1999-2005)
Similar to other players on the list, Mike Lowell had a lot of his career accolades in his time with the Marlins. He is a one time winner of both a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award, both with the Marlins. Also, three of his four All-Star appearances came when he was with the Marlins. Lowell finished in a career best 11th place in the 2003 NL MVP voting in a year where he hit a single-season high 32 home runs.
6. Christian Yelich, Left Field (2013-2017)
Christian Yelich is faring much better on the field as a Brewer, but he still had some solid stats with Miami. He had a career .800 OPS in 643 games played with the Marlins. Yelich hit a single-season high 38 two-baggers in 2016 which is the same year he won his first Silver Slugger award. He also had 98 RBIs and a .859 OPS that season.
7. J.T. Realmuto, Catcher (2014-2018)
Like Yelich, J.T. Realmuto is another player that played well in Miami, but is doing better since their departure. The catcher played in parts of five seasons with the Marlins. In his time there, he won a Silver Slugger award and made an All-Star game, which both came in his last season with the team (2018). Realmuto hit at least 10 homers in each season since 2015, including 21 in 2018.
8. Luis Castillo, Second Base (1996-2005)
Second basemen Luis Castillo debuted with the Marlins and stayed there for 10 seasons. He made three career All-Star games, all ranging from 2002-2005. He also won three Gold Glove awards in a row from 2003-2005. Castillo contributed offensively by having a career .370 on-base percentage with Miami. Castillo scored over 70 runs in each of his last seven seasons with the Marlins, including a career high 101 in 2000.
9. Jose Fernandez, Starting Pitcher (2013-2016)
In Jose Fernandez’s shortened career, he had four solid seasons with Miami. He had a career 2.58 ERA, and never had an ERA over 3.00 in a single regular season. In his rookie season, he won Rookie of the Year and finished in third for the NL Cy Young award. Fernandez had a 2.19 ERA that year, and allowed a league best hits per nine innings pitched amongst qualified pitchers at 5.8. Fernandez was also a two-time All-Star.
Relief Pitcher- Robb Nen (1993-1997)
Robb Nen pitched on the Marlins for parts of five seasons. He had a rough first season with the team, posting a 7.02 ERA in 33 1/3 innings pitched. Nen settled in after that year, keeping his ERA below 4.00 in his final four years with the team. He posted a 1.95 ERA in a single-season high 83 innings pitched in 1996. Nen was also a World Series champion in 1997 with the Marlins.
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