History of the Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins, one of major league baseball's younger teams, has won the World Series twice in its 20 year playing history. Both times they won a position in post-season play by winning the National League Wild Card.

The Marlins became a major league franchise team in 1991. They drafted their first roster in 1992 and hired Rene Lachemann as manager. The Marlins played and won their first game on April 5, 1993. The team struggled in their first years and Lachemann was fired in 1995.

The Marlins ended the 1996 season in third place in the National League division. At the end of the season, Jim Leyland became the new manager of the Marlins. Under Leyland's leadership and with new players, including Bobby Bonilla and Moises Alou, the Marlins won the National League Wild Card. They then went on to defeat the San Francisco Giants in the National League division playoffs and the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship series. Finally, the Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians to win the 1997 World Series.

After the 1997 World Series win, the owner of the Marlins, H. Wayne Huizenger, traded the team's best players and led the Marlins down the road to defeat. They ended the 1998 season with a 54-108 record and 1999 with a 64-98 record. The 2000 and 2001 seasons were better with a third place finish in the National League East in 2000 and a fourth place finish in 2001.

In 2001, the Florida Marlins were sold to Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Montreal Expos. Loria transferred the Expos' coaches and management to the Marlins and hired a new general manager, Larry Beinfest, and Jeff Torborg as manager. The Marlins still had a losing record (79-83) in 2002, but they won the National League Wild Card in 2003. They again defeated the San Francisco Giants in the division series, beat the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship series and won the World Series against the New York Yankees.

The Marlins' next few seasons were not bad but they couldn't win the National League East division or the Wild Card in a strong division. In 2005, the team lost key players, including Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Carlos Delgado, in trades. They started the 2006 season with many rookies and the lowest team salary in the major leagues. At the end of the season, they hired Fredi Gonzalez as manager. Under Gonzalez's leadership, the Marlins started strong, but struggled in the second half of the 2007 and 2008 seasons, ending in last place in the National League East in 2007 and in third place in 2008. This year, under new manager Mike Redmond, the Marlins record is even poorer, and they will most likely end the 2013 season in fifth place in the NL East and quite possibly in last place in all of major league baseball.

Source for Information
Wikipedia - Florida Marlins