Marlins All-Time Team v.2012

Last year's squad can be seen here.

Since we made these lists, the Marlins have switched cities and constructed one of the most flamboyant sports attractions in history.  If you don't believe me, you can check out the home run structure in action.

A 1993 expansion team, the Marlins have won two World Series in their short existence.  Over the years, the team has employed the talent of veterans such as Moises Alou, Bobby Bonilla and Darren Daulton while growing young talent like Dontrelle Willis, Josh Beckett and Giancarlo Stanton.  Gary Sheffield spent more time with the Marlins than any other franchise he played with (if he ends up in Cooperstown, he could be the first to don the Marlins cap).

Due to changes in format, we had to add an infielder, an outfielder and two starting pitchers to our original squad.  Decisions like these are always tougher when you are dealing with teams like the Marlins that don't have considerable history.  The debate between tenure and talent is always harder when you don't have a huge pool of players to pull from.  Thankfully, we had a couple of names that we really wanted to add last year which made this process a little easier.

For our infielder, we made amends to a regretfully painful decision that we had to make last year by adding Luis Castillo to this squad.  Luis ranks first in franchise history in hits and deserves to be on this team.  We were also able to add Jeff Conine to the team as our fourth outfielder (although he's known as a first baseman, he spent the majority of his time in Florida playing the outfield).  Both players spent considerable time in Florida and contributed to Championship winning teams.

Adding to the pitching was much tougher.  The Marlins only have two pitchers in their history with over 1,000 innings pitched.  We agreed upon Josh Beckett rather quickly - his numbers won't blow anyone away but he belongs on this team because of his contributions in 2007 when he won the World Series MVP award.  The last spot on this team came down to Kevin Brown, AJ Burnett and Ricky Nolasco.  We went with the guy with more wins and innings pitched as a Marlin than any other pitcher in Marlins history.  If you wondering who that is, check out the roster below.

C - Charles Johnson
1B - Derrek Lee
2B - Dan Uggla
SS - Hanley Ramirez
3B - Mike Lowell
IF - Luis Castillo
OF - Miguel Cabrera
OF - Gary Sheffield
OF - Cliff Floyd
OF - Jeff Conine
SP - Dontrelle Willis
SP - Josh Johnson
SP - Josh Beckett
SP - Ricky Nolasco (all-time franchise wins leader)
RP - Robb Nenn

1 comment:

  1. I recommend Mike Stanton over Gary Sheffield and Kevin Brown over Josh Beckett.


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