There shouldn’t be much to fear in the Miami Marlins lineup that’s only been around since 1993. While there might be a bunch of current names on the team, they’re all playing on current teams and arguably doing better than they were in Miami. Among them, Christian Yelich has gone from the second best outfielder on the team to an MVP in just one offseason. The rest of the lineup features a few veterans that played key roles during both the 1997 and 2003 World Series runs.
1. Luis Castillo, 2B (S)
2. Christian Yelich, LF (L)
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS (R)
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF (R)
5. Mike Lowell, 3B (R)
6. Jeff Conine, 1B (R)
7. Marcell Ozuna, CF (R)
8. J.T. Realmuto, C (R)
9. Josh Johnson, P (R)
Manager: Jack McKeon
2014-18: 255 Runs, 59 HR, 243 RBI, 31 SB, .279 BA/.327 OBP/.442 SLG
A current member of the Phillies franchise, J.T. Realmuto was a big part of the Marlins team in recent years and has quickly made himself known as one of the best catchers in the league. He was famous for being the final piece of the franchise after new owner, Derek Jeter, decided it was time to tear down the team and start from scratch. He’s quickly rising to stardom and was touted as the best all around catcher in the game. His defense was solid, he could hit, and surprisingly he had good base running skills.
Honorable Mentions: Charles Johnson, Mike Redmond
1993-97, 03-05 : 447 Runs, 120 HR, 553 RBI, 15 SB, .290 BA/.358 OBP/.455 SLG
Jeff Conine spent his time in the bigs split between two different teams though he’s best known for his two separate stints for the Marlins. Back in the Florida Marlins days, Conine was one of their best bats. He consistently displayed power numbers and functioned as an RBI specialist. While he was an All Star only twice, there’s no doubt that Conine was an integral part during their 1997 World Series run. He’s going to be a good bat in the Marlins lineup but will likely be replaced once the franchise gets a bit older.
Honorable Mentions: Derrek Lee, Kevin Millar, Justin Bour
1948-57: 627 Runs, 242 HR, 586 RBI, 25 SB, .276 BA/.360 OBP/.500 SLG
After a few mediocre seasons with the Marlins, Luis Castill broke out in his mid twenties and became one of their best players. He began hitting right around .300 every season and became a huge source of steals. While he did get caught quite a few times, he compiled 143 steals over the course of three seasons at one point. He’s the ideal leadoff man for this team as he can get one base and steal, almost too much at times. On the defensive side, he’s a 3 time Gold Glove winner and shouldn’t have a problem fielding second.
Honorable Mentions: Dan Uggla, Dee Gordon
2006-12: 666 Runs, 148 HR, 482 RBI, 230 SB, .300 BA/.374 OBP/.499 SLG
While the past few seasons haven’t treated him very well at all, Hanley Ramirez was once the face of the Marlins franchise and will headline the infield for this team. During his time with the fish, he proved to be a five tool shortstop who showed flashes of greatness and could seeming hit anything. A fixture in the Florida lineup for years, Ramirez will be out ideal #3 hitter who we can count on to do just about anything. He would go on to join the Dodgers in later years and put up similar numbers though after the 2014 season, he fell apart.
Honorable Mentions: Edgar Renteria
1999-05: 477 Runs, 143 HR, 578 RBI, 21 SB, .272 BA/.339 OBP/.462 SLG
Another player from the past Florida Marlins teams, Mike Lowell was another power righty that we’ll feature in this lineup. He played the hot corner for 7 seasons with Florida and was put up very respectable stats each year. Besides stealing, you can’t really hate anything about his game. He provided a decent amount of power, scored a good amount, knocked a bunch of runs in, and always found a way to get himself on base. Lowell earned himself 3 All Star appearances, a Silver Slugger, and a Gold Glove during his time with the Marlins while also helping them win their last World Series back in 2003.
Honorable Mentions: Miguel Rojas, Martin Prado
2013-17: 369 Runs, 59 HR, 293 RBI, 72 SB, .290 BA/.369 OBP/.432 SLG
Last year’s reigning MVP Christian Yelich has a chance to repeat his star caliber skills this year as he looks to repeat as one of the best players in baseball. Too bad the Marlins traded him away to the Brewers before the 2018. During his time in Miami, Yelich was showing signs of greatness and was one of their most consistent hitters in the lineup. The lefty always hit for a good average while his power numbers were slowly increasing each year. The steals and defensive stats were also very good which makes him a great #2 hitter for this team.
Honorable Mentions: Cliff Floyd, Josh Willingham
2013-17: 453 Runs, 143 HR, 521 RBI, 26 SB, .276 BA/.330 OBP/.459 SLG
The second installment of the former Marlins outfield is current Cardinal, Marcell Ozuna. While he’s regulated to left field duties nowadays, Ozuna was much more athletic during his time in Miami and served as their third best outfielder during that time. While he does have a bunch of raw power, he lacks plate discipline and the ability to be elite defensively. Nevertheless, the Miami lineup needs some pop and Ozuna’s the guy to give them a bit extra. He’ll be a good player but his 2017 breakout season looks to be a fluke even two years later.
Honorable Mentions: Cody Ross, Juan Pierre, Preston Wilson
2010-17: 576 Runs, 267 HR, 672 RBI, 36 SB, .268 BA/.360 OBP/.554 SLG
Rounding out the outfield is the former face of the franchise, Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger was one of the most feared power hitters for a while but injuries have essentially cut his season to only 9 games thus far. Formerly known as Mike Stanton, he led the league twice in homers and has shown that the power is no joke. While the other aspects of his game have flaws, having power seemingly makes up for a lot of things in today’s MLB. That’s exactly what we’ll hope Stanton brings to the team that doesn’t have a whole lot of talent and will look to count on their stars having big games.
Honorable Mentions: Gary Sheffield, Brian Anderson, Mark Kotsay
2005-12: 56-37 Record, 3.15 ERA, 8.2 K/9, 3.0 BB/9
This pick was a bit hard to make not because there are a lot of great options but because there aren’t. Josh Johnson is the pick here as he’s been named to a pair of All Star Games and was fairly close in the Cy Young race back in 2010. While he did show flashes of success in a few different seasons, he could never quite put everything together. Following his breakout 2009 and 2010 performances, he was sidelined with an injury for most of 2011. The following years, he never looked right and was out of the bigs after the 2013 campaign.
Honorable Mentions: Dontrelle Willis, Kevin Brown, Jose Fernandez
For a franchise that’s barely been around compared to most, the Marlins have had quite a few different managers already. Taking the helm will be Jack McKeon who, in just his first year, helped the marlins win their second title. He also has the highest winning percentage as manager in Miami history at 53.8%. He won his second career Manager of the Year award in 2003 though would retire just a few seasons later. While they had just won the title in 2003, the Marlins began performing poorly in the years after and McKeon resigned before they had a chance to fire him.
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