Fantasy Baseball 2009 - Florida Marlins by isaacr33

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									Fantasy Baseball 2009 - Florida Marlins

Florida Marlins, a professional baseball team and one of five teams in the East Division of the
National League. Named for a large fish that live in the waters bordering Florida, the Marlins
play at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida, and wear uniforms of aqua and white.

In 1997 Marlin pitchers Kevin Brown, Alex Fernandez, Livan Hernandez, and Al Leiter
combined for 53 of the club’s 92 regular-season victories and led the club to the NL wildcard
berth. In this year the Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians for the World Series championship,
4 games to 3.

The Marlins’ first manager was Rene Lachemann, a former catcher who had previously
managed the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers. Lachemann kept Florida out of the
Eastern Division bottom during the 1993 season as the team finished the year five games
ahead of the last-place New York Mets. After the Marlins finished last in their division in 1994
and fourth in 1995, Lachemann was replaced as manager halfway through the 1996 season
with the Marlins’ director of player development, John Boles. After only one season Boles then
returned to his previous position as director of player development, and former Pittsburgh
Pirates manager Jim Leyland was hired to lead the club in 1997.

Leyland led the Marlins to a 92-70 win-loss record and a wildcard berth in the NL playoffs.
Johnson again turned in a solid performance and became the only starting catcher in NL
history to play an entire season without committing an error. Third baseman Bobby Bonilla,
outfielder Moise Alou, and shortstop Edgar Renteria also contributed to the team’s success
as the Marlins topped San Francisco and Atlanta in the NL playoffs. Florida then defeated
Cleveland in seven games to become the first wildcard team in major league history to win
the World Series title.

In the next year Huizenga dismantled the team by trading off most of the club’s most talented
players. Among them, Alou was traded to the Houston Astros, Bonilla was traded to the Los
Angeles Dodgers, and Brown was traded to the San Diego Padres. The Marlins’ record in 1998
slumped to 54-108, making them the first club ever to win a World Series and then lose more
than 100 games during the following season. Leyland resigned as manager in October 1998,
and Huizenga sold the club to businessman John Henry during the off-season.

Under a new owner, the franchise slowly rebuilt the team. In 2003 the Florida Marlins made
the playoffs as a wild card team. Florida then defeated the San Francisco Giants, Chicago
Cubs, and New York Yankees in consecutive series to win its second world championship in
11 years.

Active Roster
Burke Badenhop
Jay Buente
Jose Ceda
Kris Harvey
Josh Johnson
Hunter Jones
Dan Meyer
Andrew Miller
Leo Nunez
Renyel Pinto
Brett Sinkbell
Taylor Tankersley
Ryan Tucker
Chris Volstad
Rick VandenHurk
Tim Wood
Sean West
John Barker
Brett Hayes
Ronny Paulino
Emilio Bonifacio
Jorge Cantu
Wes Helms
Jorge Jimenez
Hanley Ramirez
Gaby Sanchez
Dan Uggla
Brett Carroll
Chris Coghlan
Scott Cousins
Cameron Maybin
Jai Miller
Cody Ross

								
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