1990-1992: When Major League Baseball announced its plans to expand by 1993 H. Wayne Huizenga began aggressively pursuing one of those teams to place in Florida. On June 10, 1991 Florida, which for years was used for spring training, finally got a team of its own when baseball announced that Miami would get one of two 1993 expansion teams. To build the online sports betting Marlins, Hazing hired Carl Barger from the Pittsburgh Pirates as the club's very first president. Barger would oversee the search for a General Manger, and the building of the Minor League System as well as the expansion draft held on November 17, 1992 In that draft the online sports betting Marlins tabbed Nigel Wilson form the Toronto Blue Jays as their first pick, among the 36 players the Marlins selected that day. Finally the team was in place, and the countdown to the inaugural season was on. Sadly, Carl Barger would never see Opening Day, dying on December 9, 1992 after collapsing during the owners' meetings due to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.
1993: On April 5th, the Marlins win their first game 6-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers, in front of a sold out crowd at Joe Robbie Stadium. The game is highlighted by a spectacular catch by Center Fielder Scott Pose, as Charlie Hough started and won the game. The online sports betting Marlins were serious about putting a good team together and shortly before midseason acquired All-Star OF Gary Sheffield from the San Diego Padres. Sheffield, along with reliever Bryan Harvey would go on to be the online sports betting Marlins first representatives at the Mid-Summer's Classic. The online sports betting Marlins would go on to finish their first season with a 6th Place 64-98, while drawing 3,064,847 spectators to Joe Robbie Stadium.
1994: The Marlins see a dramatic drop in attendance in their 2nd season, and were in last place with a 51-64 record when the season ended due to a player's strike on August 12th.
1995: While their expansion partners the Colorado Rockies were making the playoffs the online sports betting Marlins were still struggling, placing 4th with a 67-76 record. However, Jeff Conine would make the team proud by hitting a game winning HR at the All-Star Game, earning MVP honors.
1996: The Marlins try to improve their team with the signings of pitcher Kevin Brown, and Al Leiter. However the online sports betting Marlins get off to a slow start despite stellar pitching performances for both including a May 11th No-Hitter by Leiter. Two Months later with the online sports betting Marlins still struggling the team would fire Manager Rene Lacheman, replacing him with front office man John Boles. Under Boles the online sports betting Marlins actually play better, and end up finishing 3rd with an 80-82 record. The strong finish encourages management to make one run at the World Series by Moises Alou, Bobby Bonillia, and Alex Fernandez. To make the team gel better on the field the online sports betting Marlins also hire Jim Leyland long thought of as one of baseball's best managers. Although the team was losing money the club's payroll was one of the highest in baseball, as Owner Wayne Huizenga sought to bring the World Series to Florida.
1997: The online sports betting Marlins acquisitions seem to work the online sports betting Marlins are strong contenders from the start of the season. However it does not translate to attendance, as the online sports betting Marlins struggle to draw 20,000 a game, at the newly renamed Pro Player Stadium. Amidst the disappointing attendance figures Owner Wayne Huizenga begins making rumblings that to stay in Miami a new ballpark is needed, and when the city refuses Huizenga begins to make rumblings that the online sports betting Marlins will sell off all their players at the end of the season. Despite the distractions of the team possibly be broken up the online sports betting Marlins finish with a strong 92-70 record, good enough for the NL Wild Card. In the NLDS the Marlins face the San Francisco Giants. In the first 2 games of the series the online sports betting Marlins get the jump on the Giants winning both games on singles in the bottom of the 9th. With the series moving to San Francisco the online sports betting Marlins would complete the sweep with a 6th Inning Grand Slam from OF Devon White. The online sports betting Marlins would move on the face the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. The two teams split the first 4 games, setting up a must win situation for the online sports betting Marlins at home in Game 5. With Kevin Brown suffering through a stomach ailment, and Alex Fernandez out for the rest of the playoffs with an elbow injury the online sports betting Marlins were forced to have Livan Hernandez who got the win in Game 3 make an emergency start. Hernandez would come through better then expected striking out an LCS record 15, while beating the Braves 2-1. The online sports betting Marlins would go on to win the series in 6 games as Brown pitched through his stomach pain to get the online sports betting Marlins into their first World Series. The online sports betting Marlins, who were the first Wild Card ever to make the World Series, were matched up against the Cleveland Indians in the Fall Classic. In front of packed Pro Player Stadium, who expanded their capacity by selling seats normally covered up with tarp, the online sports betting Marlins win the 1st Game 7-4 behind a 3-run Homer from Moises Alou. After the Indians won Game 2, the online sports betting Marlins won a wild Game 3 played in the snow 14-11, after scoring 7 runs in the top of the 9th, after the two teams battled through 8 innings tied at 7. After losing Game 4 played in 15-degree wind chill in the coldest World Series game ever played, the online sports betting Marlins bounced back to win Game 8-7 behind Livan Hernandez, who got his 2nd series win. After losing Game 6, the online sports betting Marlins trailed 2-0 in the 7th Inning of Game 7 before Bobby Bonillia would get the Marlins on to the scoreboard with a solo HR. Still trailing in the 9th Inning the online sports betting Marlins would tie the game on a sac-fly by Craig Counsell, to send the game to extra innings. In the 11th online sports betting Marlins would become the fastest expansion team ever to win a World Series when Edgar Reneteria drives home Counsell with 2-outs.
1998: Despite drawing over 500,000 fans during the postseason, Owner Wayne Huizenga begins to sell off the players, claiming he is no longer able to afford. This would prevent the online sports betting Marlins from defending their Championship, and would dampen the spirits of South Florida whose World Championship Celebration was cut way too short. On opening Day March 31st the online sports betting Marlins raise their World Championship Banner. However, most of the players responsible are gone. While 1B Darren Daulton retires, Dennis Cook, Al Leiter Rob Nen, Devon White, Kevin Brown, Jeff Conine, and Moises Alou are all traded for minor league prospects. 6-weeks later the online sports betting Marlins would unload Bobby Bollix, Gary Sheffield, and Charles Johnson in a stunning trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers to acquire star Catcher Mike Piazza. However, Piazza would just be a Marlin for a week, as he too was dealt for prospects to the New York Mets. The online sports betting Marlins would go on to finish dead last with an awful 54-108 record.
1999: The purge continued through the off-season as Manager Jim Leyland left, and SS Edgar Renter was traded away. Also gone was Wayne Huizenga who sold the shell of a team to John Henry. The online sports betting Marlins began Opening Day on an up note as Alex Fernandez pitched for the first time since the 1997 NLCS, and shut down the New York Mets, but it was short lived. Fernandez would battle injuries all year, as the purge continued with Livan Hernandez being dealt away. The online sports betting Marlins would go on to finish in Last again with a 64-98 record.
2000: With the only 3 players remaining from the World Championship team, the online sports betting Marlins young pitchers show some promises guiding the team to a 3rd Place 79-82 record. One of the last remaining players from 1997 Antonio Alfonse wins the Fireman Award, as the NL's best Reliever.
2001: The online sports betting Marlins young pitchers continue to show promises, and the club plays solid baseball for most of the season before fading at the end to finish in 4th Place with a 76-86 record. After the season talks of contraction began, and the online sports betting Marlins became an immediate candidate. Meanwhile Owner John Henry bought the Boston Red Sox leaving the online sports betting Marlins without an owner, or anyone to run the club. While baseball fought in court for the right to contract, it became apparent the online sports betting Marlins would still be playing in 2002, and possibly beyond, as Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Montreal Expos sold his team to Major League Baseball, and bought the online sports betting Marlins. Loria would bring most of the Expos front office, and Manager Jeff Torborg down south to run the online sports betting Marlins, as the deal was completed just before the start of spring training in 2002.
2002: The online sports betting Marlins are one of a number of teams that have to deal with rumors of contraction as Owner John Henry abandons his plans to rebuild the online sports betting Marlins so he could buy the Boston Red Sox. Taking Henry's place would be Montreal Expos Owner Peter Loria who sold the Expos to the other 29 owners. While in Montreal, Loria constantly reneged on agreements for a new stadium, leaving the Expos in limbo, while toying with emotions of fans in Montreal. With the prospects of the same happening in Florida, online sports betting Marlins fans seemed to lose interest in the team, as Pro Player Stadium resembled a ghost town all season, despite a young up and coming pitching staff. However, the signs of doom were still all around despite a 79-83 season that could be built on, as Ryan Dempster and Cliff Floyd were both traded away following the All-Star break. Following the season Preston Wilson would be dealt to the Colorado Rockies for speedster Juan Pierre as the online sports betting Marlins decided to build around speed and pitching.
2003: With a new direction of speed and pitching the online sports betting Marlins hoped to be competitive entering the season. However, through the first 6 weeks of the season the online sports betting Marlins floundered in last place, making matters worse one of their young pitchers A.J. Burnett was lost for the season due to an elbow injury. The injury caused pitching coach Brad Arnsberg lots of criticism as they say he was not handling the young arms correctly. The criticism would eventually lead to his ouster along with Manger Jeff Torborg on May 11th with the online sports betting Marlins holding a 16-22 record. As Torborg was on his way out another young pitcher Dontrelle Willis was making his debut and his enthusiasm would energize the team. Replacing Torborg would be 73-year old Jack McKeon; most scoffed at hiring and expected the online sports betting Marlins to be reading themselves for another fire sale. However, some magic began to happen as the energy from Willis, and Juan Pierre began to have a contagious effect on the rest of the ball club. Willis would become a nationwide sensation, as fans that were still ignoring the online sports betting Marlins would flock to see him pitch. Meanwhile the online sports betting Marlins were quietly creeping towards .500. The online sports betting Marlins finally climbed above .500 on July 1st as Willis earned a spot on the NL All-Star Roster. Throughout July the online sports betting Marlins continued to play well as they quietly snuck into to the race for the NL Wild Card, when July ended the online sports betting Marlins sent a single that they were not selling off rather they were going for it as they acquired Ugueth Urbana for extra bullpen support at the non-waiver trade deadline. The move seemed to energize the online sports betting Marlins as they won 10 of their next 15. However the online sports betting Marlins would hit rough waters in the later part of August as they lost 8 of 9 games while losing Mike Lowell to a broken hand. To replace Lowell the online sports betting Marlins reacquired Jeff Conine a fan favorite from the team's first game to the 1997 World Series. The acquisition of Conine would pay off as the online sports betting Marlins eventually climbed into the wild card spot with Conine having several key hits in games against the Philadelphia Phillies down the stretch, which allowed the online sports betting Marlins to pull away and win their earn their second playoff berth with a 91-71 record. Though he struggled at times in the second half Dontrelle Willis would win NL Rookie of the Year honors while their elder statesmen Jack McKeon who was initially laughed at won Manger of the year as the online sports betting Marlins posted a league best 75-49 record after he took over. Entering the playoffs few gave the online sports betting Marlins any chance at all as they were shut down in the first game of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants 2-0 by Jason Schmidt. However the resilient online sports betting Marlins would rebound to win Game 2 to send the series back to Florida even at a game apiece. In Game 3 the online sports betting Marlins would jump out to an early 2-0 lead on a homer by Ivan Rodriguez. However the Giants would rally to tie it and sent the game to extra innings taking a 3-2 lead in the 11th. However in the bottom of the 11th the online sports betting Marlins capitalized on an error by Jose Cruz to start a rally as Rodriguez got a 2-out single with the bases loaded to win the game 4-3. The following day brought more heroics from the catcher affectionately known as Pudge as he bowled over Yorvit Torrealba knocking lose the baseball and allowing Derek Lee to score an insurance run to give the online sports betting Marlins a 7-5 lead heading into the 9th Inning. There Pudge would come up large on the other end of a home plate collision as he held on to the ball after be running into by J.T. Snow as the online sports betting Marlins held on to win 7-6 advancing to the NLCS.
2003: In Game 1 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs the online sports betting Marlins got off to a shaky start as they fell behind 4-0 in the first inning. However, Ivan Rodriguez remained on fire driving home 5 runs as the online sports betting Marlins rallied to take an 8-6 lead in the 9th inning. However the Cubs would come right back on a 2-run HR by Sammy Sosa, but the online sports betting Marlins would get the last laugh as Mike Lowell returned from his hand injury and hit a game wining pinch hit Homer in the 11th. However the Cubs would rally to win the next 3 games putting the online sports betting Marlins on the brink. Down 3 games to 1 the online sports betting Marlins keep their hopes alive with a 2-hit complete game shutout by Josh Beckett. However in Game 6 in Wrigley Field the online sports betting Marlins were the ones being frustrated by good pitching as Mark Prior had them tied up for 7innings as the Cubs entered the 8th with a 3-0 lead. The online sports betting Marlins appeared to be going down quietly again in the 8th as Luis Castillo popped up to Left following a 1-out double by Juan Pierre. However Cubs LF Moises Alou was interfered with by a fan and Castillo had new life, as he reached base on a walk. The fan interference seemed to shake up the Cubs as the online sports betting Marlins went on to an 8 run outburst to force a seventh game. The online sports betting Marlins carried over the momentum over their dramatic rally into Game 7 as the scored 3 runs in the first on a Homer Run by Miguel Cabrera. However the Cubs would rally and take a 5-3 lead in the 3rd. However, the resilient online sports betting Marlins would rally again scoring 3 runs in the 5th on a double by MNLCS MVP Ivan Rodriguez. The online sports betting Marlins would bring in Josh Beckett to protect the lead, which they would pad, winning the game 9-6 to advance to their second World Series. In the World Series against the New York Yankees once again the online sports betting Marlins were not given a chance. However behind a solid effort by Brad Penny and the scrappy base running of Juan Pierre the online sports betting Marlins stole Game 1 in Yankee Stadium 3-2. The Yankees would rally to win the next 2 games setting up a must win Game 4 in Florida. The online sports betting Marlins would jump out to a 3-0 lead, as Carl Pavano kept escaping jams throughout the game. However the Yankees would rally to tie the game off Ugueth Urbina to send the game to extra innings. The online sports betting Marlins appeared to be on the ropes in the 11th inning as the Yankees had the bases loaded with 1 out. Braden Looper would come on to bail the online sports betting Marlins out striking out Aaron Boone to keep the game tied. The game would remain tied until the 12th Inning when Alex Gonzalez hit a line drive home to the left of the teal tower to give the online sports betting Marlins a 4-3 win that evened the series. The online sports betting Marlins would take advantage of the banged up Yankees in Game 5 as several key layers were unable to play in a 6-4 win that gave the online sports betting Marlins a 3-2series edge heading back to New York. In Game 6 the online sports betting Marlins would scratch out 2 runs which was just enough as Josh Beckett tied up the Yankees all day striking out 9 while allowing just 5 hits as he out dulled Andy Pettitte to give the online sports betting Marlins a 2-0 win which clinched their 2nd World Championship in the one of the biggest upsets in the 100 year history of the World Series. For his Game 6 heroics Josh Beckett would be named World Series MVP becoming an instant superstar. However the joy in Florida would be short lived again as the online sports betting Marlins were unable to re-sign Ivan Rodriguez, as Owner Jeffrey Loria continued to plea that the online sports betting Marlins success will not last unless they get funding for a new ballpark.
2004: Despite being forced to allow stars like Ivan Rodriguez, Derek Lee, and Juan Encarnacion getting away the online sports betting Marlins remained a strong contender thanks to their solid core of young pitching led by Dontrelle Willis and Josh Beckett who became overnight superstars. However both would struggle all season as Willis posted a disappointing 10-11 record while Beckett spent time on the DL and was just 9-9. However with Carl Pavano picking up the slack the online sports betting Marlins were in first place at the end of April with a 15-8 record. After a mediocre May the online sports betting Marlins would struggle through June and July. With their playoff hopes in trouble the online sports betting Marlins reacquired Encarnacion from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with All-Star Catcher Paul Lo Duca in a deadline trade for Brad Penny, as strong August put the online sports betting Marlins into the Wild Card picture heading into September. However, with Florida getting pounded with 3 Hurricanes in rapid succession the online sports betting Marlins would have several games rained out as they sought shelter and helped the community recover from the devastation. However, the online sports betting Marlins would be unable to recover themselves as they struggled down the stretch and finished in 3rd place with an 83-79 record. With talks of a new ballpark heating up with a possible 2010 eviction from former Owner Wayne Huzingea who now controls Pro Player Stadium, which would be renamed Dolphins Stadium the online sports betting Marlins added to their payroll bringing back Al Leiter while signing slugging 1B Carlos Delgado.
2005: With the addition of Carlos Delgado the online sports betting Marlins were able to come out strong post a solid 14-8 record in April that had them in first place in the NL East. Also starting strong was Dontrelle Willis who after a sophomore slump in 2004 started posted a 5-0 record in April on his was to a solid season that saw him finish second in voting for the Cy Young as he posted a 22-10 record with a 2.63 ERA. However, with the arrival of May the online sports betting Marlins season started to go in the wrong direction as they posted a mediocre 13-14 record in each of the next two months. In July it was more of the same as the online sports betting Marlins were 13-13. However, in a competitive NL Eastern Division in which all 5 teams finished .500 or better they were still in the playoff picture. Entering September the online sports betting Marlins had a 70-63 record, and still had the playoffs on their minds, as late season call up Jeremy Hermida hit a Grand Slam in his first Major League at-bat on August 30th becoming the first player to do so in almost 110 years. Entering a big 4-game series with the Houston Astros the online sports betting Marlins captured the first 2 games and took the lead in the NL Wild Card Race. The Astros would comeback to win the next 2 games and retake the lead from the online sports betting Marlins by half game. Those two losses in Houston would be the start of the online sports betting Marlins demise as they never recover losing 12 of 14 to fade out of the race, and nearly into last place. Along the way the team seemed to turn on Manager Jack McKeon led by Free Agent to be A.J. Burnett who was sent home in the final week of the season. While McKeon himself, was let go following the season. The online sports betting Marlins would close the season with three straight meaningless wins over the Atlanta Braves as they finished in a tie for 3rd place with an 83-79 record. During the season the online sports betting Marlins had seen another stadium proposal defeated, which meant the future for baseball in South Florida would remain bleak and get even bleaker as Owner Jeff Loria, experienced in ripping teams apart when he was with the Montreal Expos gave Marlin fans a horrifying sense of deja vu as all the online sports betting Marlins top players were put on the trading block. Burnett was allowed to walk away and sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, World Series hero Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell would be traded to the Boston Red Sox. Alex Gonzalez would later join them. Juan Encarnacion would sign with the St. Louis Cardinals while their top of the line up spark plugs Luis Castillo and Juan Pierre ended up going to the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs. In addition the online sports betting Marlins would ship Carlos Delgado and Paul LoDuca to the New York Mets in separate deals as the online sports betting Marlins stripped bear only had Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera remaining, and only doing so because they were both young and had not reached arbitration yet, as the online sports betting Marlins payroll became an embarrassing $14.3 Million.
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