Perfect in the postseason. That’s the Miami Marlins, who in their brief history can claim the distinction of winning a World Series championship in the only seasons in which they qualified, doing so in 1997 and again 2003 — on both occasions as the National League Wild Card. Under the direction of CEO/part owner Derek Jeter in Miami, where the franchise annually showcases some of the best young talent in the game (think Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, Livan Hernandez, Edgar Renteria, Mike Stanton, Josh Beckett, Dontrelle Willis, etc.), manager Don Mattingly’s club continues to fight its way back toward the top of the always competitive NL East.
Miami Marlins Team Info
Derek Jeter wasted little time putting his imprint upon the Miami Marlins. Fans/sports scribes cried foul when the former New York Yankees great — he of 3,000 hits, five World Series rings and 14 All-Star nods — split up one of Major League Baseball most promising (albeit high-priced) outfields, sending Giancarlo Stanton to his former home in the Bronx, Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, and future MVP Christina Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers. But it’s tough to argue with a man who’s never known anything but success in his professional career. After all, Jeter — a central figure of the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s — made his Major League debut at 21 and finished his career as the Yanks’ all-time career leader in hits, doubles, games played, stolen bases, times on base, and at-bats. “We are going to invest in building this organization the right way so we can, year in and year out, be able to compete,” Jeter said.
Miami Marlins History
The Miami Marlins were originally founded as the expansion Florida Marlins in 1993. In the franchise’s brief existence, the Marlins have already broken through for two World Series titles, in 1997 and 2003. In 2012, the Marlins moved into the 36,742-seat Marlins Park and changed their named to the Miami Marlins, opening another exciting chapter for the team.
Miami Marlins Greatest Moments
The 2003 Marlins were a special team led by some of the sport’s most touted young up-and-comers, including Miguel Cabrera and Josh Beckett. Beckett, in particular, would catch fire in his first postseason appearance, pitching a complete game shutout in the NLCS to help the Marlins get back to the World Series, where they defeated the New York Yankees. Beckett wound up pitching on short rest in Game 6 in Yankee Stadium, tossing his second complete-game shutout of the playoffs, wrapping up the series and helping deliver the Marlins’ second world championship.
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