The Miami Marlins ended a difficult year with a 10-7 loss to the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Miami began the year with postseason hopes and ends it with a losing record. The Marlins also suffered the loss of Jose Fernandez earlier this week when he tragically passed away in a boating accident.
This marks the seventh consecutive season for Miami without a winning record, which is the longest in all of baseball.
In his last start of the season, Tom Koehler had a disappointing outing. Koehler only lasted three innings and allowed five runs on three hits. The right-hander walked five and heads into the off-season positioned as Miami's number five starter next season.
The Marlins were managed by Martin Prado in the season finale and Jeff Mathis served as bench coach. With the game having no meaning for either team, manager Don Mattingly handed over control of the team to give the players some fun. Prado also started and served as player/manager for part of the game.
There were a couple of positive moments for the Marlins in the loss with two players hitting their first career home runs. Destin Hood and Tomas Telis both went deep for the first time as big leaguers. Hood and Telis will enter spring training vying for roles on the bench.
Miami's 2017 season will start on April 3rd against the Nationals.