Greatest Marlins

A look at the greatest Marlins players of all time.

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No list of the greatest Marlins of all time would be complete without Mr Marlin, Jeff Conine. The fan favorite was a member of the first Marlins team, won two championships in Florida in 1997 and 2003. Conine officially retired in 2007 and now works in the Marlins' front office.
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Pitcher Kevin Brown only spent two seasons with the Marlins, but he made quite an impression. He went 17-11 in his first season, finishing second in Cy Young voting with an MLB best 1.89 ERA. In 1997, he threw a no-hitter and helped the Marlins win their first championship over the Indians.
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Hard-throwing pitcher Robb Nen established himself as one of the premiere closers of the 1990s with a nasty fastball and an even nastier slider. Nen still holds the record for most career saves as a Marlin at 108 and retired with 314 career saves. A World Champion with the 1997 Marlins, he was one of several players who were part of the infamous fire sale after that season.
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Gary Sheffield brought his big swing and even bigger ego to the Fish in 1993 as part of the Trevor Hoffman trade with San Diego. Sheff put up some big numbers in 1996, hitting 42 homers and driving in 120 RBI. Also a member of the 1997 World Championship team, Sheffield now plays for Detroit and sits one home-run shy of 500 for his career.
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Big Livan Hernandez has been nothing if not consistent throughout his career, frequently pitching over 200 innings every year. Hernandez may have never had blow-away stuff, but he had just enough in the 1997 World Series as he captured the MVP award in the Marlins' victory over the Indians.
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Preston Wilson made an immediate impact in Miami when he came over from the Mets in the Mike Piazza trade in 1998. In 1999, he led the team in home runs and RBI as a rookie. In 2000, he joined the 30-30 club. Wilson announced his retirement on Feb. 14, 2009.
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A Marlin from 1997-2002, Cliff Floyd established himself as a left-handed power threat, averaging over 20 home runs per year as a Marlin. Though he's been limited by injuries, Floyd is still playing with the Padres.
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Speedy center fielder Juan Pierre tore up the basepaths as a member of the Marlins stealing 167 bases in the span of three years. Pierre also helped out with his bat, leading the NL in hits in 2004. Pierre also played in all 162 games for the Marlins in his three years here.
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Josh Beckett has solidified his status as one of the best postseason pitchers of this era while with the Red Sox, but it all started for him as a member of the 2003 World Champion Marlins. Working on short rest, Beckett threw a complete-game shut out in the clinching Game 6 over the Yankees, winning the World Series MVP. He was traded to Boston in 2005.
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Hurler A.J. Burnett just scored a huge contract with the Yankees, but he emerged as a strong righty as a member of the Marlins from 1999-2005. Though he was hampered by injuries, Burnett still pitched over 200 innings and won 12 games for the Fish in both 2002 and 2005.
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You may be surprised to know that Luis Castillo holds many of the Marlins career hitting records, including runs, hits, singles, triples stolen bases and walks. Castillo may be best known for his 2002 hitting streak of 35 games, tied for eleventh longest in history.
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With his high leg kick and hat pulled down low, Dontrelle Willis won the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year award en route to the magical Championship season. He was a Cy Young runner-up in 2005 when he went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA. Willis is currently the Marlins' career leader in wins, strikeouts, innings, complete games and games started. He was tradded to the Tigers after the 2007 season.
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Miguel Cabrera began his career with the Marlins at age 20 in 2003, when he hit a respectable .268 with 62 RBI while batting cleanup. By 2005 he hit .323 with 33 homers and 116 RBI. In 2008 he led the AL with 37 home runs as a member of the Tigers.
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