|Within its first four years of existence, the Miami Marlins hit the ground running, racking up wins and clinching its first World Series title. Even though it isn’t the most storied ball club in Major League Baseball, the team has left fans and rivals in disbelief with exciting plays and incredible upsets. Clad in bright orange, yellow and blue, the team’s uniforms are just about as colorful as Little Havana - where Marlins Park is located. If you want to see some great baseball, purchase your Miami Marlins tickets today.
A new franchise
The groundwork to get a professional baseball team to south Florida began in 1990 after H. Wayne Huizenga, the former owner of Blockbuster Video and the Miami Dolphins, announced that he wanted to bring an expansion baseball club to the state.
Within the year, the billionaire got his wish and the Miami Marlins, then known as the Florida Marlins, were added as the latest team to the National League roster, and by 1991 renovations were already made to the former Joe Robbie Stadium to get ready for pro baseball. By 1992, the new team was already holding its first tryouts, and on April 5, 1993, the team played its first game, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 in front of a sell-out crowd. More than 3 million people attended a Marlins game during the opening season.
1997 World Series
The relatively green team would have its best season yet and the first to get it to postseason play in 1997. After winning the National League pennant, the Marlins went on to face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series and left fans gasping and on the edge of their seats. Shock came after Marlins shortstop Edgar Renteria hit the ball in bottom of the 11th inning, giving his team a win for game seven and clinching the 1997 World Series title for the four-year-old franchise. The victory made the Marlins the first wild card team to ever win a World Series.
2003 World Series
After five lackluster seasons following its 1997 World Series win, the Marlins made a grand comeback with a new manager, Jack McKeon, who was 72 at the time. With the the lowest ranking in the National League, the team would again get the chance to be a wild card in the postseason. The players used the status to their advantage again, beating the Chicago Cubs for the National League pennant and meeting the New York Yankees in the World Series.
The Marlins beat the Yankees in six games, making it the first time the Yankees were ousted from the postseason on their home field.
2011 was a year of big changes for the team as it moved from Sun Life Stadium, formerly known as Joe Robbie Stadium, to a new baseball-centric field called Marlins Park. With the city of Miami paying for the new facility in its Little Havana neighborhood, the Marlins also switched their name from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins we know today.