Major League Baseball serves as a source of entertainment and pride for millions of people
every year. In Miami, Florida the hometown heroes are the Miami Marlins. Although a fairly
young team, they have an interesting history, punctuated with some recent changes that
include a brand new stadium.
If you’ve ever had Marlins tickets, you may remember them as the Florida Marlins. Founded
in 1993, the Marlins became a part of the National League East Division. The team began
their franchise playing at Sun Life Stadium, which they shared with local football team, the
Miami Dolphins. On April 5th of their first season, fans who held Florida Marlins tickets
witnessed the first home game in Marlin history. These fans were given an extra special
treat when the new team beat the Los Angeles Dodgers with a score of 6 to 3. Pitcher Jeff
Conine went 4-4 and was eventually given the nickname “Mr. Marlin.”
In 1996, the Marlins had a great year that included several milestones, including a Golden
Glove awarded to catcher Charles Johnson. AL Leiter also pitched the Marlins’ first no-
hitter. However, it was in 1997 that the Marlins first experienced their most exciting season
yet. Those with Marlins tickets had the opportunity to be a part of the Florida Marlins first
Championship season. The fledgling team beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games to take
their first World Series trophy. After this season, team owner Wayne Huizenga sold a vast
majority of the team, citing financial difficulties. For the next few years, the team suffered,
including a season in which they experienced 108 losses. However, in 2003 the Marlins
stunned America when they overpowered baseball giants, the New York Yankees. Fans
who’d spent years supporting their team and purchasing Marlins tickets were rewarded
with the team’s second World Series victory.
After rough seasons in 2004 and 2005, the Marlins started over again by getting rid of
several players for other prospects. Although the Marlins improved, they still struggled to
impress. However, 2012 marks the beginning of another new era for the Marlins. For the
first time, Marlins tickets replaced the word Florida with Miami, the team’s new identifying
location. The new Miami Marlins logo also got a makeover, replacing the old marlin logo
with a colorful M. The colors have changed as well, going from black and teal to an array
of black, yellow, orange and blue. In addition to these changes, Marlins tickets no longer
provided admittance to Sun Life Stadium. Instead, fans now watch games in the brand new
Marlins Park. Marlins Park employs the use of a retractable roof to provide comfort to fans.
The new field was built on the historic site of the original Orange Bowl, but is modern in its
construction, considered by many to be contemporary. The Marlins Park also plays tribute
to the city of Miami with its decorations, amenities, and food.
The walls behind the home plate backstop are an aquarium with live tropical fish, and
there’s a nightclub and swimming pool behind the left field fence that symbolizes Miami’s
exciting nightlife. Those who purchase Marlins tickets this year can expect to see a ballpark
that embraces the future in its use of technology and sustainability. Marlins tickets have
been selling better since the changes were implemented this year, and for good reason. The
new Miami Marlins are sure to excite and bring baseball home to the “Magic City.”
4-14-14: Despite a decent start to the 2014 MLB season, the Miami Marlins have fallen apart lately, dropping seven straight games to sit at just 5-8. Their record is good for dead last in the NL East, as the Marlins have struggled to find offense over the past week - one that includes series losses via three game sweeps to the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. Despite a rough first 13 games, Miami continues to get solid production from Giancarlo Stanton on offense (four homers and 16 RBI’s).
4-7-14: The Miami Marlins were hoping for a modest increase in production after a horrible 2013 season, but what they got instead was a hot 5-2 start that could have easily been a 6-1 start. The Marlins got things started off on the right foot in the first week of the season, as they dominated the Colorado Rockies with a 3-1 series win and narrowly missed out on a sweep of the San Diego Padres. Giancarlo Stanton has been the hot bat to get things started in Miami, as he’s hammered out two homers and 11 RBIs. Jose Fernandez has been on the money so far on defense, taking down 17 batters with strikeouts and earning two wins.
4-1-14: The Miami Marlins weren’t expected to be very good in 2014 after a rough 2013 season that saw them lose over 100 games. At last on opening day, they made fans forget about all of the negativity. Starting pitcher Jose Fernandez set the tone with excellent pitching, as he struck out nine batters in five innings to help the Marlins in their impressive 10-1 win to start the season. The offense was in tip top shape, as well, as the team piled on 14 hits against the Colorado Rockies.
3-27-14: The Miami Marlins will start the 2014 with the lowest payroll in the entire National League with a Opening Day payroll barely over $45 million. The Marlins are still working on getting their start outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed to an extension but Stanton seems unlikely and unwilling to sign long term with the club. The Marlins signed Ty Wiggington to a minor league deal this winter after the infielder sat out the 2013 season and released him prior to Opening Day in 2014 after a lackluster spring training for the 36 year old. The Marlins did add Reed Johnson to their 25 and 40 man roster and informed him that he would make the Opening Day roster after singing with Miami on a minor league deal this winter. The Marlins seem willing to hold onto young pitching, Jacob Turner in specific, and are looking to rebuild for another run at a National League East division title.
3-20-14: The Miami Marlins recently spent a weekend in Panama playing in a quick two game series donned The Legend Series, a series played against the New York Yankees honoring recently retired Mariano Rivera. The Marlins used four pitchers to no-hit the Bronx Bombers in the first game only to almost get no-hit themselves the next day in the Legend Series finale. Giancarlo Stanton made some headlines shortly after the series discussing his future with the Miami franchise saying that he needed one more season to think it over and see the state of the organization before making any decisions about his future. Miami has the second best record in the Grapefruit League this year surprisingly and are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Marlins have yet to name an Opening Day starter as of today but all eyes and bets seem to be on rookie sensation Jose Fernandez.
3-13-14: The Miami Marlins still have Giancarlo Stanton last I checked, that is enough to buy a ticket and head out to see the Marlins this season. The Marlins don't have much to cheer about this coming season outside of Stanton and Jose Fernandez, especially after Logan Morrison was traded to the Seattle Mariners, but the spring training competition is fierce. Almost every position is up for grabs and the young kids in the Miami system are fighting for a shot at a cup of coffee in the big leagues. Miami is playing quite well this spring with a great winning percentage and will even head down to Panama to help the New York Yankees honor recently retired Mariano Rivera with a couple games, should be fun to watch.
3-5-14: The Miami Marlins have made it clear that they are not going to offer their young outfielder Giancarlo Stanton an extension until after the season. Acquisitions that they did make include the signing of right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol to a one year deal worth just over $1 million. The Marlins were not very active in off-season spending but they did add world champion Jared Saltalamacchia to do the catching for the team. They will also look for him to provide leadership.
1-24-14: A season ago the Miami Mar
lins had one of the worst records in the major leagues losing 100 games for the year. This offseason they signed Giancarlo Stanton to a one year $5.6 million deal to avoid arbitration and keeping their slugger happy after his name has been linked to multiple trades in the past.
1-7-14: The Miami Marlins and first baseman Gary Jones have agreed to a two year $7.5 million contract is likely to be used in a first-base platoon this season. Earlier in December the Marlins also sign veteran Rafael Furcal to play second base. The deal is incentive heavy but is reportedly for around $3.5 million. The Marlins also signed Jordany Valdespin to a minor-league contract.
12-9-13: Jeff Loria and his Miami Marlins were rumored to be suitors for Robinson Cano but I Seattle and canola agreed last week Miami is left with basically the same roster that one them only 62 games and finished in last place in 2013. Have been rumors swirling around Miami about the movement of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton who is the best player on the team. Stanton is a 24-year-old right fielder who possesses all five tools and will be coveted by many teams if the Marlins are willing to deal. In an off-season acquisition the Marlins welcomed new catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the world champion Red Sox. The Marlins gave the catcher a three-year deal worth $21 million.
8/21/13 - The Miami Marlins are in last place with a record of 48 – 76 and currently stand 27.5 games out of first. The Marlins are five – five in their last 10 games. Last night the Marlins fell short to the Los Angeles Dodgers at home by a score of six – four. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton recorded three hits with an RBI. Starting pitcher Jacob Turner gave up 10 hits and walked five batters. The Marlins rank dead last in runs scored ,team batting average ,on-base percentage and slugging percentage. After facing the Dodgers they will then post the Colorado Rockies over the weekend.
8/6/13 - The Miami Marlins are in last place in the National League East division. They are 24 games below .500. This week they will travel to Pittsburgh and face the Pirates.
7/18/13 - Once again the Miami Marlins find themselves in last place. At least this year their payroll has been severely reduced. The Marlins are 35 – 58 And a full 18 games out of first place. The Marlins are 4–6 in their last 10 games. The Miami Marlins -89 in terms of run differential. After the break they will face the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee. TheMarlins will face Kyle Lohse in game one of that series.
7/7/13 - Right-hand pitcher Jose Fernandez was the only Miami Marlin selected for the 2013 All-Star game. So far in 2013, the 20-year-old is 5-5 with a 2.83 ERA and 99 strike outs in 98.2 innings pitched.
6/12/13 - After completely revamping their once expensive roster the Marlins have won only 19 games and currently sit in last place. The Miami Marlins rank dead last in runs scored, on base percentage as well as slugging percentage. Juan Pierre leads all starters in batting average hitting only .245. No Marlins pitcher has over 3 wins so far this year and the team ERA is high at 4.00. It seems as though the rest of the division will continue to beat up on the Miami Marlins for the remainder of the season. This week they will go to battle against the Central division’s Brewers and Cardinals.