30 September 2011
After the Marlins final game as the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium, a 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, the team had a large celebration looking back at the past 19 years. During the ceremony they announced the teams top 10 moments and also the All-Time Marlins team. Below is the list, the guys who seemed to get a pit of a snub are Juan Piere, Dan Uggla and Ricky Nolasco, but I have no real problem with the list. My only really question about the list is; is Alfredo Amezaga really an all-time player?
Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez
On a one-year contract, Pudge came to South Florida in 2003 hoping to win a title. His memorable moment came during the National League Division Series when Giants' J.T. Snow rammed into him at home on Jeff Conine's throw from left field for the final out.
First Base: Derrek Lee
A wizard defensively, Lee earned a Gold Glove in 2003. He hit 129 homers as a Marlin.
Second Base: Luis Castillo
Castillo spent 10 seasons with the Marlins. He was a three-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner. His 35-game hit streak in 2002 remains a franchise record.
Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez
A three-time All-Star, Ramirez won the 2009 National League batting title with a .342 average.
Third Base: Mike Lowell
In seven seasons with the Marlins, Lowell went to three All-Star games, collected a Silver Slugger Award in 2003 and a Gold Glove in '05. He holds the franchise record for homers and RBIs.
Outfield: Gary Sheffield
Sheffield was an All-Star twice in his six seasons with the Marlins and won a Silver Slugger Award in 1996. He blasted 122 homers and drove in 380 runs with Florida.
Outfield: Jeff Conine
Mr. Marlin was a member of both the 1997 and 2003 World Series teams. He won the '95 All-Star Game MVP with his go-ahead pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning.
Outfield: Miguel Cabrera
Cabrera was a midseason callup from Double-A Carolina in 2003 and hit a walk-off homer in his Major League debut. He went on to hold the franchise record with a .313 batting average. In five seasons with the Marlins, he was an All-Star four times.
Bench Player: Alfredo Amezaga
A fan favorite, Amezaga spent parts of five seasons, including this year, as a utility player for the Marlins.
Pitcher: Josh Johnson
A two-time All-Star, the Marlins' current ace held the lowest ERA among National League pitchers last season (2.30).
Pitcher: Al Leiter
Leiter threw the franchise's first no-hitter in 1996 and was part of the '97 team. In two stints with the organization, the lefty went 30-28.
Pitcher: Kevin Brown
Brown recorded the franchise's second no-hitter in 1997 and finished the season 16-8 with a 2.69 ERA in 33 starts.
Pitcher: Robb Nen
Nen is the all-time saves leader in Marlins history with 108. In five seasons, he posted a 20-16 record with a 3.41 ERA.
Pitcher: Dontrelle Willis
The midseason callup from Double-A Carolina -- and eventual NL Rookie of the Year -- in 2003 became the organization's wins leader with 68 over five seasons. The D-Train won 22 games in 2005.
Pitcher: Livan Hernandez
Hernandez was a rookie in 1997 when he was named World Series MVP. He won Games 1 and 5 of the Fall Classic.
Pitcher: Josh Beckett
Beckett's shutout against the Yankees in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series gave the Marlins their second title.
Manager: Jack McKeon
The winningest manager in franchise history (280), McKeon helped guide the Marlins to the title in 2003 when he took over the team in May. He retired after Wednesday's 3-1 loss the Nationals.