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MLB Betting Online: The Florida Marlins entered Major League Baseball as an expansion franchise in 1993. The team is located in Miami and is a member of the National League East Division. The Marlins play their home games at Sun Life Stadium, which also serves as the home venue for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami football team.
Starting in 2012, the Marlins will move into a new stadium in Little Havana called Miami Ballpark. They will also officially change their name to the Miami Marlins. The new stadium is projected to cost $515 million.
The Marlins desperately need a new venue to attract fans. They are notorious for low attendance, ranking 13th or worse in MLB every year since 1998. For one game in the early 2000s, which was cancelled and rescheduled as a weekday day game, the announced attendance was in the thousands but there were actually fewer than 350 people in the stands.
It’s amusingly ironic that some of the Marlins mottos over the years have been linked to selling tickets, not winning pennants. Here are a few: "Be Here When It Happens"; "Get Back In The Game"; "You Gotta Be Here!"; "It's Where You Wanna Be!"; "Catch Our Moves!".
But despite struggling at the ticket windows and being in existence for just 18 years, the Marlins have won two World Series titles. The first championship came in 1997 and the second in 2003.
In both instances, Florida reached the postseason as the Wild Card participant and the team has still yet to win the NL East. The Marlins are the only current professional sports team to have won a championship every time they qualified for the playoffs. They are tied with the Blue Jays and Mets for the most World Series among expansion teams.
The year after the 1997 championship, the Marlins finished in last place with a 54-108 record, becoming the only team in MLB history to lose 100 games after winning the World Series.
The 1997 title campaign was a one-year miracle spurred by key moves at the trade deadline and veteran signings. Former All-Stars such as Mike Piazza, Bobby Bonilla, Moisés Alou, Rob Nenn, Kevin Brown, Livan Hernandez, Edgar Renteria, Gary Sheffield and Trevor Hoffman composed the lineup.
In 2003, the 72-year-old "Trader" Jack McKeon replaced manager Jeff Torborg after the Marlins got off to a 16-22 start. Josh Beckett would enjoy a breakout season, Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis were called up from the minors and Ugueth Urbina was acquired from the Texas Rangers. Add it all up and you have Florida’s second World Series ring.
The Fish had an estimated value of $360 million according to Forbes Magazine in 2011. The organization has traded away high-profile names like Beckett, Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez, but there is still young talent in the system. Players such as Hanley Ramírez, Mike Stanton and Josh Johnson are the future of the franchise.
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