At the time thatthey appeared on the Major League Baseball schedule in 1993, the Marlins were known as the Florida Marlins. The team dropped the Florida in its name after the 2011 season and took Miami, which better reflected its city. The team has qualified for the postseason just twice, in 1997 and 2003, but won the World Series in each of these seasons.
The Marlins play at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. Previously, the club had shared Sun Life Stadium (which went by a host of names) with the NFL's Miami Dolphins and the NCAA's University of Miami Hurricanes. Marlins Park has an official capacity of 37,442 and is known for its modernist design, ornate outfield statue and nightclub featuring a swimming pool. The stadium is the sixth park in Major League Baseball to boast a retractable roof.
World Series Championships
The Marlins have experienced impressive highs and challenging lows in their short history. In addition to their pair of World Series titles, the team has failed to win 65 games on three occasions. In 1998, a year after their championship season, the team made news headlines by losing 108 games, setting the MLB record for the world season by a defending champion.
Miami Marlins Roster
A pair of members of the Baseball Hall of Fame once wore the Marlins uniform. Andre Dawson closed out his 21-year MLB career with two years with the Marlins at the ages of 40 and 41, while Tony Perez managed the team in 2001. Since their inception, the Marlins roster has included MLB stars such as Jose Reyes, Dontrelle Willis, Gary Sheffield, Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Delgado.
The Marlins Spring Training facility is Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL. The park, which opened in 1998 and was the former Cactus League home of the Montreal Expos, has an official capacity of 6,871. The Marlins Minor League Baseball affiliates are the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs, Double-A Jacksonville Suns, Advanced-A Jupiter Hammerheads, Class-A Greensboro Grasshoppers, Short-Season A Batavia Muckdogs and rookie league Gulf Coast League Marlins and Dominican Summer League Marlins.
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