Though the Miami Marlins have been somewhat of an underdog team throughout the years, there have been some great players who have passed through this World Series-winning Florida team. If the best of them could play together, they would make quite a team.
Though time travel is not yet possible and many of these players are either retired or now play for a rival team, below are some historically great Miami Marlins:Left Fielder:
Josh Willingham: In 2007, he made just three errors in 223 total chances. He also hit 63 home runs in three years for the Marlins. He's just an overall good player, making him a solid choice for the team.
Preston Wilson: He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 1999, his first year in the majors. He hit 104 home runs with the Marlins, making him a valuable player.
Mike Lowell: Lowell's a player who steadily improved over his first few years, though by no means did he start off weak. He made the All-Star team three times in a row while with the Marlins and won a Gold Glove.
Hanley Ramirez: He was Rookie of the Year with the Marlins in 2006, after spending a few years in the minor leagues. A better hitter than a shortstop, he's still a good overall player and an asset to the team.
Luis Castillo: He proved himself to be major league material. He's a good second baseman and has also led the NL in stolen bases a few times. Though he didn't hit many home runs, he was a Gold Glove winner and was been invited to play in the All-Star game three times.
Charles Johnson: I'm attached to him partly because he is a University of Miami alum (go Canes!). Like some of the others on the list, he steadily improved throughout his career. He' was a good catcher and batter, even though his batting was initially not his strongest point.
Josh Beckett: Josh Beckett helped the Marlins win their second World Series in 2003 as a pitcher. He's a reliable pitcher and has been throughout his career. He was the 2003 World Series MVP, which is a good indication of how important he was to the team's win.
Brad Penny: Penny was also there for the 2003 World Series win. At a respectable 6 feet 4 inches, he's an imposing pitcher, both in statistics and in size, who would routinely strike batters out. He's also a two-time All-Star. Over his career, he stuck out over 1,200 hitters.
Carl Pavano: He kept his ERA to below 1.50 in the 2003 postseason, and was another World Series pitcher for the Marlins that year. His 2004 ERA was 3.00, a very solid number and the best of his career. He was also 2004 All-Star, and though he's pitched almost 1,800 innings, he's allowed less than 1,000 runs.
Josh Johnson: At 6-7, Johnson makes Penny look short. His career ERA is 3.16 with an amazing 2.10 in 2010 and 1.64 in 2011, though that year he was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Though he's pitched 839 innings, he has only allowed 317 runs. At only 28, he's already a two-time All-Star.
Livan Hernandez: Hernandez had a great rookie season with the Marlins, which happened to also be the year they won their first ever World Series. Good timing, and he was instrumental enough in the win to be named World Series MVP. Not only that, but throughout his career he's been a Silver Slugger winner and as a two-time All-Star.
Dontrelle Willis: Like Hernandez, Willis had a great 2003 rookie season. He was named Rookie of the Year and made the All-Star team. They also won a World Series that year, the team's second ever. Though his ERA has gone up and down throughout the years, he's got an impressive career-best of 2.63 in 2005, the same year he completed seven games and had five shutouts. Not bad at all.
Juan Oviedo: Oviedo, who went by the name Leo Nunez at the beginning of his career, didn't have a great first season, but he's been improving ever since. He's been with the Marlins for three seasons now and has had 186 strikeouts in that time. Though he's currently on suspension for lying about his identity and age, if he can get back on his feet and stay out of trouble, he has a solid career ahead of him. He's my wild card pick for the team, as he isn't as vetted as the other players.
Braden Looper: Looper was with the Marlins for five years, including their 2003 World Series-winning season. He's finished 315 games, 170 of them with the Marlins. He allowed only 30 home runs in his 388 innings pitched with the Marlins, making him a good choice for the team.
Three Bench Players:
Jeff Conine: He was with the Marlins for eight years, though not consecutively. Over that time he hit 120 home runs and had 552 RBIs. He's a two-time All-Star, both times while he was with the Marlins.
Gaby Sanchez: Gaby Sanchez is another former Cane, which earns a lot of bonus points with me. He was also the only Marlin on 2011 All-Star team. He's having a rough year in 2012, but his rookie numbers show that he has potential and he's still young enough to turn it around.
Ivan Rodriguez: He was a major-league catcher for 21 seasons, and is record holder for games caught. He was also a good hitter as well, hitting 16 home runs in his 2003 season with Florida, the year it won the World Series.
Though Lucrezia Wise currently lives in New York, she lived over 10 years in the South Florida area and is a loyal Marlins (and Hurricanes) fan.
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