Greatest Florida Marlins Sluggers of All-Time
The Marlins have only been a franchise since 1993, but have already won two World Series, in 1997 and in 2003. Sadly, the team has reached the pinnacle twice and then dismantled those teams and started over. Still, this franchise does have a knack for developing amazing young talent. Without longevity, most of the players in team history haven't been able to rack up too many home runs in a Marlins' uniform, but there are a few that have done pretty well. Here is a list of Florida's all-time Top 10 in home runs:
Mike Lowell (143)-Third baseman Mike Lowell played for the Marlins for seven seasons, including with the championship 2003 team. He was then traded to the Red Sox along with pitcher Josh Beckett before the 2006 season. Lowell ranks first in Marlins' history with 143 home runs, and his best season there was 2003, when he batted .276 with 32 home runs and 105 runs batted in.
Miguel Cabrera (138)-Cabrera was a rookie on the 2003 Marlins team, and wound up playing there until the end of the 2007 season, after which he was traded to the Tigers along with pitcher Dontrelle Willis. Cabrera remains one of the game's brightest young stars, and in his four full seasons in Florida, averaged 32 homers and 115 RBI. Cabrera ranks second in Marlins' history with 138 home runs, and his best season there was 2007, when he hit .320 with 34 homers and 119 RBI.
Derrick Lee (129)-Before he became a star with the Cubs, first baseman Derrick Lee played for Florida from 1998 to 2003. Lee ranks third in team history with 129 homers, and his best season for Florida was the championship year of 2003, when he batted .271 with 31 home runs and 92 RBI.
Gary Sheffield (122)-Outfielder Gary Sheffield is a journeyman player, and was on the Marlins from 1993 to 1998, helping them win a World Series against Cleveland in 1997. And though Sheffield only played in Miami for a few seasons, he ranks fourth in Marlins' history with 122 homers. Sheffield's best season in Florida was 1996, when he hit .314 with 42 home runs and 120 runs batted in.
Jeff Conine (120)-First baseman Jeff Conine had two tours of duty with the Marlins, from 1993-1997 and 2003-2005. He is the only player to win World Series rings with both Marlins' championship teams. Conine currently ranks fifth all-time with 120 home runs in a Marlins uniform, and his best power season there was 1996, when Conine had a career high in homers (26) and batted .293 while driving in 95 runs.
Cliff Floyd (110)-Outfielder Cliff Floyd is a journeyman slugger who played for the Marlins from 1997 to 2002. Floyd ranks sixth in Florida history with 110 homers, and his best season in Miami was 2001, when he hit 31 home runs with career highs in RBI (103) and batting average (.317). Floyd currently (in 2008) plays for the resurgent Tampa Bay Rays.
Preston Wilson (104)-Outfielder Preston Wilson had some of his best years in Florida, where he played from 1998 to 2002. Wilson ranks seventh for the franchise with 104 home runs, and his best season with the Marlins was 2000, when he hit .264 with 31 homers and 121 RBI.
Dan Uggla (82)-Second baseman Dan Uggla is only in his third season as a major-leaguer, but already ranks eighth in Marlins' history with 82 home runs. Uggla should be topping this list if he stays in Florida for a couple more seasons. He hit 31 homers and drove in 88 runs in 2007, but as I write this in 2008, Uggla is batting .275 and is on pace for 41 homers and 105 RBI.
Alex Gonzalez (81)-Shortstop Alex Gonzalez played most of his career with Florida, from 1998 to 2005. He wasn't known as a power hitter, but in Marlins' history ranks ninth with 81 home runs. Gonzalez' best season was 2004, when he hit .232 with 23 home runs and 79 runs batted in.
Charles Johnson (75)-Catcher Charles Johnson played for the Marlins from 1994 to 1998 and then again in 2001-2002. Johnson ranks tenth in team history with 75 home runs, and his best season in Florida was the championship year of 1997, when Johnson batted .250 with 19 homers and 63 RBI.