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Timeline

  1. 1980s
  2. 1990s
  3. 2000s
  4. 2010s
  1. 1980s

    1985

    Aug. 8: Major League Baseball's new basic agreement permits the National League to expand by two teams to match the American League's 14.

    1987

    Oct. 31: U.S. Senators from eight states, including Florida, announce they have formed a congressional task force to investigate baseball expansion.

    1989

    June 15: Major League Baseball says it will announce a timetable for NL expansion within ninety days of the completion of a new basic agreement between the players and owners.

  2. 1990s

    1990

    Mar. 7: H. Wayne Huizenga announces he has purchased half of Joe Robbie Stadium and 15 percent of the Miami Dolphins for an estimated $30 million. Huizenga states his intention to aggressively pursue an expansion franchise.

    Sept. 13: Dade County Commission repeals an ordinance that had limited Joe Robbie Stadium to 18 events a year.

    Sept. 18: The National League Expansion Committee hears presentations from all three South Florida groups and one from the Miami Beacon Council.

    Dec. 18: The NL unveils a list of six possible expansion sites. South Florida is included, along with Tampa-St. Petersburg, Orlando, Denver, Buffalo and Washington, D.C. From the South Florida interests, Huizenga's group is chosen.

    1991

    Jan. 26: Renovations begin to transform Joe Robbie Stadium into a baseball stadium.

    Feb. 25: The National League Expansion Committee tours Joe Robbie Stadium.

    Mar. 30-31: Joe Robbie Stadium hosts two exhibition games between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles, which draw 125,013 fans. This includes a Spring Training record 67,654 sellout on the first night.

    June 10: Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent announces Denver and South Florida as the two areas chosen by the expansion committee.

    June 12-13: Major League owners meet in Santa Monica, CA and an ownership committee unanimously approves the two ownership groups. National League owners informally ratify Denver and South Florida.

    July 5: Owners unanimously approve the Florida Marlins and the Colorado Rockies as baseball's two newest franchises.

    July 8: Carl Barger, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1987, is hired as the Marlins first President.

    July 18: Marlins unveil their new team logo before approximately 1,700 guests at Turnberry Isle & Country Club.

    Sept. 18: Dave Dombrowski, Montreal Expos General Manager, is named Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Marlins.

    Nov. 7: Fredi Gonzalez is hired as the Marlins first Minor League manager.

    Dec. 10: Marlins obtain an agreement to join the Gulf Coast League's Central Division beginning in June of 1992. Carlos Tosca will manage the team.

    Dec. 11: Marlins sign a one-year agreement with the Erie (PA) Sailors of the New York-Penn League for 1992. The Short Season team will begin play in June of 1992 with a 78-game schedule. Fredi Gonzalez is named to manage the club.

    Dec. 16: Clemente Nuñez, a 16-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, is signed to a minor league contract by scout Edmundo Borrome. The Marlins first player is assigned to the Gulf Coast rookie league.

    1992

    Feb. 28: Marlins hold first-ever tryout camp at Bucky Dent Baseball School in Delray Beach and sign Ryan Whitman, a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher from Palm Beach Gardens, to a Minor League contract. Over 600 baseball hopefuls participate in the camp.

    Mar. 12: Marlins kick off season ticket campaign, with tickets going on sale March 23.

    May 2: LHP Mark Stephens becomes the first player under contract with the Marlins to appear in a professional game. Stephens' contract is optioned to the Salinas Spurs of the California League.

    May 18: WQAM (560 AM) signs a four-year contract to become the official radio voice of the Florida Marlins.

    June 1: Marlins select catcher Charles Johnson of the University of Miami with their first-ever, first round draft pick in the June amateur draft.

    June 15: Erie Sailors play the Marlins first-ever Minor League game, losing 6-5 to the Jamestown Expos in 13 innings. John Lynch throws the first pitch, Brad Clem takes the first at-bat and later collects the first hit, and Lou Lucca drives in Scott Samuels with the first run in Marlins organizational history.

    July 28: The Rookie League Gulf Coast Marlins win their 14th game in a row, the longest streak by any Minor League club during the 1992 season.

    Aug. 20: WCMQ (1210 AM) signs a two-year contract to become the official Spanish radio voice of the Florida Marlins.

    Sept. 3: Erie qualifies for the New York-Penn League playoffs as the wild card entry. They beat the Hamilton Redbirds 5-2 in a one-game playoff and move into the finals where they are swept by the Geneva Cubs 6-3 and 7-4.

    Oct. 19: Marlins sign a two-year agreement with the Edmonton Trappers of the Pacific Coast League (Triple-A).

    Oct. 21: Marlins sign their first Triple-A player in right-handed pitcher Matt Turner. He is assigned to Edmonton and invited to 1993 Spring Training.

    Oct. 23: Marlins announce Rene Lachemann as their first manager. Lachemann, who signed a three-year deal, names his older brother Marcel as his pitching coach.

    Nov. 17: Marlins make OF Nigel Wilson their first pick in the Expansion Draft and select 35 additional players, including Jeff Conine and Pat Rapp.

    Dec. 7: Marlins participate for the first time in the Rule V draft and select RHP Stanley Spencer, LHP Mike Myers and OF Scott Pose. They lose C Jim McNamara.

    Dec. 8: Marlins announce the signing of their first two free agents. Infielder Dave Magadan agrees for two years and veteran knuckleball pitcher Charlie Hough for one.

    Dec. 9: Marlins President Carl Barger collapses during an owners meeting during the baseball winter meetings in Louisville, KY, and dies a few hours later in the Humana University Hospital due to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.

    1993

    Feb. 29: Marlins dedicate their Brevard County training complex. Owner Wayne Huizenga announces the complex will be called the Carl F. Barger Complex at Viera.

    Mar. 5: Marlins defeat Houston 12-8 in their inaugural Spring Training game. Jeff Conine hits Florida's first homer before a crowd of 6,696 at the Cocoa Expo Sports Complex.

    Apr. 5: Florida defeats the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 to win their inaugural game before a sellout crowd of 42,334 spectators at Joe Robbie Stadium. Benito Santiago hits the first home run in Marlins history, a two-run shot off Trevor Wilson at San Francisco.

    July 13: Gary Sheffield and Bryan Harvey represent the Marlins as the club's first All-Star Game selections. Sheffield homers in the Marlins first All-Star Game at-bat.

    Oct. 2: With a crowd of 43,210, the Marlins surpass the three million mark in attendance. The club draws 3,064,847 spectators to Joe Robbie Stadium in their inaugural season.

    1994

    Feb. 21: Donald A. Smiley is named the second President in club history.

    Mar. 4: Marlins open Space Coast Stadium as their new spring home with a 9-6 win over Kansas City. Fans are treated to fireworks, Rocket Man and even a shuttle launch.

    1995

    July 11: Jeff Conine becomes the 10th player to homer in his first All-Star Game at-bat, a solo shot off the Athletics' Steve Ontiveros. Conine's shot proves to be the game winner and he is named MVP.

    1996

    May 11: Al Leiter fires the first no-hitter in club history, an 11-0 whitewashing of Colorado.

    July 7: Rene Lacheman is relieved of his managerial position and John Boles is named as the second manager in club history on the following day.

    Aug. 26: Pro Player, the sports apparel brand of Fruit of the Loom, sponsors the renaming of Joe Robbie Stadium to Pro Player Stadium.

    Oct. 4: Jim Leyland is named as the third manager in Marlins history.

    1997

    June 10: Kevin Brown tosses a 9-0 no-hitter in San Francisco, falling one hit batter from perfection.

    Sept. 23: A 6-3 victory in Montreal clinches the team's first-ever postseason berth.

    Oct. 3: Marlins complete Division Series sweep with a 6-2 win in San Francisco.

    Oct. 14: Florida wins their first pennant by defeating the Braves four games to two in the NLCS.

    Oct. 26: Edgar Renteria's two-out single in the bottom of the eleventh scores Craig Counsell in Game Seven of the World Series to give the Marlins the World Championship.

    1998

    Mar. 31: The World Series Championship banner is raised on Opening Day at Pro Player Stadium. Rings are presented during a pre-game ceremony on April 5.

    June 22: Two Major League teams from Florida compete for the first time at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg with the Marlins defeating the Devil Rays 3-2 in 12 innings. Two days later, the clubs meet in South Florida. Overall, the Marlins win three of the four games.

    Oct. 2: John Boles is named the fourth manager in Marlins history, becoming the first person to have a second opportunity to manage the Marlins.

    Dec. 31: Don Smiley resigns as President of the Marlins.

    1999

    Jan. 13: Major League Baseball owners unanimously approve the sale of the Marlins from H. Wayne Huizenga to John W. Henry.

    Jan. 19: Sale of club is completed and John W. Henry is introduced as Chairman of the Florida Marlins the following day at a news conference at Pro Player Stadium.

    Aug. 7: John W. Henry unveils his vision of a new ballpark and reveals six possible sites: Miami River, Bicentennial Park, Miramar, Davie, Lauderhill and Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

    Oct. 18: Marlins announce that they have narrowed the earlier list of six possible ballpark sites to two: Bicentennial Park and Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

    Dec. 15: Marlins announce they have selected Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami as their site for a new ballpark and name HOK as design architect and architect of record.

  3. 2000s

    2000

    Feb. 3: Marlins announce a continued focus on the Bicentennial site in downtown Miami as the possible location for a new baseball-only ballpark. The team hosts a design charrette to further address concerns relating to the location of the ballpark and begins to develop a site plan that addresses or mitigates core community concerns.

    Mar. 1: David Dombrowski is named the third President in club history, becoming President and General Manager.

    Mar. 4: Marlins announce their funding plan for a new, state-of-the-art, retractable roof ballpark in Downtown Miami. A key component of the proposed plan is the establishment of an independent "trust," empowered to initiate a tax referendum. The legislation allows the right of self-determination for the citizens of Miami-Dade County by assuring that the plan can only be implemented by the vote of the people.

    Apr. 5: Marlins announce they will no longer pursue a Cruise Passenger Surcharge as part of their financing plan for a new ballpark after Florida Governor Jeb Bush states his opposition to the proposal.

    June 5: For the first time, the Marlins have the first overall pick in the first-year player draft and select first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, a 16-year-old native of Bonita, California. The Eastlake High School product agrees to terms with the Marlins that day.

    June 21: The Florida Legislature passes a bill that creates a nine-member Community Improvement Authority in Miami-Dade County to study ways to finance a new ballpark. Two of the members are to be appointed by the Governor, three by the County Commission, two by the City Commission and one each by the Mayors of Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami.

    July 23: Marlins Special Assistant to the General Manager Tony Perez is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Perez is the first Marlins employee to be so honored.

    Sept. 8: Marlins Manager John Boles receives a one-year contract extension through the 2002 season.

    2001

    May 13: A.J. Burnett pitches a no-hitter in a 3-0 victory over San Diego.

    May 28: Manager John Boles is fired. Hall of Famer Tony Perez is named interim manager.

    June 1: Tony Perez accepts manager position for the 2001 season.

    Oct. 6: Manager Tony Perez steps down as manager. He returns to previous role as front-office Baseball Operations assistant.

    Nov. 5: David Dombrowski resigns as President and General Manager of the Florida Marlins and accepts the position as President of the Detroit Tigers.

    2002

    Jan. 16: Major League Baseball Owners approve sale of the Boston Red Sox to current Marlins owner John Henry, pending the sale of the Marlins to Jeffrey Loria.

    Feb. 12: Baseball owners approve the sale of the Florida Marlins to Jeffrey Loria. Loria names David Samson President of the Marlins.

    Feb. 14: Jeffrey Loria names Larry Beinfest the General Manager and Jeff Torborg as the Manager of the club.

    Mar. 27: Marlins trade RHP Matt Clement and RHP Antonio Alfonseca to the Cubs for RHP Julian Tavarez, LHP Dontrelle Willis, RHP Jose Cueto and C Ryan Jorgensen.

    Apr. 16: Trailing 6-0 to the Phillies at home, the Marlins rallied to a 7-6 victory. Overcoming a six-run deficit tied a club record for best comeback.

    May 2: Once again the Marlins matched their greatest comeback. Down 6-0 at St. Louis, the Marlins pulled out a 9-6 victory.

    June 22: Second baseman Luis Castillo's club record 35-game hitting streak is snapped after going 0-for-4 against the Tigers at Pro Player Stadium. Castillo, who was selected to the All-Star Game, had the longest hitting streak ever by a player not born in the United States. His streak is a record for a second baseman, and it matches the 10th longest streak in history. Castillo's streak also was the most since 1987.

    July 11: The Marlins trade OF Cliff Floyd to the Expos for RHP Carl Pavano, RHP Justin Wayne, INF Mike Mordecai, LHP Graeme Lloyd, RHP Don Levinski and INF Wilton Guerrero. The same day RHP Ryan Dempster is dealt to the Reds for OF Juan Encarnacion, INF Wilton Guerreer and LHP Ryan Snare.

    Sept. 20: Outfielder Kevin Millar goes 0-for-3 with two walks at Atlanta, bringing to an end his 25-game hitting streak, which is second best in club history.

    Nov. 18: GM Larry Beinfest announces two blockbuster trades involving eight players and three teams. First, the Marlins acquired pitcher Mike Hampton and center fielder Juan Pierre from the Rockies for catcher Charles Johnson, center fielder Preston Wilson, infielder Pablo Ozuna and pitcher Vic Darensbourg. Immediately after securing that deal, the Marlins sent Hampton to the Braves for relief pitcher Tim Spooneybarger and minor league pitcher Ryan Baker.

    2003

    Oct. 25: Florida's Josh Beckett pitches the Marlins to a 2-0 win in Game 6 of the World Series, marking the first time since 1981 that New York has been eliminated from the postseason at Yankee Stadium.

    2004

    After winning the 2003 World Series, the Marlins entered 2004 with high hopes and a retooled roster. Retaining a core of stars from their title team, the Marlins fell short of reaching the postseason, but they posted the third winning season in franchise history, boasting an 83-79 record. Pitchers Carl Pavano and Armando Benitez turned in record-setting performances. Pavano went 18-8 with a 3.30 ERA, and his 18 wins established a season high by a Marlin. Benitez became the club's season saves leader with 47 (in 51 saves attempts). Pavano, Benitez, Mike Lowell and Miguel Cabrera each enjoyed All-Star seasons, with Cabrera belting 33 homers (second-most ever in a season by a Marlin) while driving in 112 runs. Luis Castillo won his second straight Gold Glove at second base.

    2005

    What was set up to be an historic year in Marlins history didn't live up to its billing, with Florida struggling down the stretch and falling shy of the playoffs for a second straight year. The year was spiced with many outstanding moments, however, including a 9-0 win in the opener and the debut of their newly signed star slugger Carlos Delgado at first base.

    Along the way, the Marlins got some outstanding individual performances from emerging ace Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera, among others. Florida had a franchise-record four players at the All-Star Game in Detroit, sending catcher Paul Lo Duca, Willis, Cabrera and speedy Luis Castillo. Josh Beckett set a career high with 15 wins, while Willis (22 wins, 2.63 ERA) finished second in voting for the NL Cy Young Award. Cabrera had the best year of his short career, finishing third in batting average at .323 and hitting 33 home runs to boot.

    The disappointing close to the year left the Marlins in limbo, and manager Jack McKeon was reassigned in the organization, opening the door for new manager Joe Girardi.

    2006

    Sporting the league's youngest team, the Marlins were predicted before the season to lose more than 100 games. Instead, the youthful squad greatly exceeded expectations, often in historical fashion. After getting off to an 11-31 start, the Marlins found themselves at 73-72 on Sept. 12, making them the first team in the modern baseball era to improve to better than .500 after being as much as 20 games under .500. Also, for the first time in MLB history, four rookies topped double digits in wins: Josh Johnson, Scott Olsen, Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez. On Sept. 6, Sanchez threw the fourth no-hitter in franchise history, beating Arizona, 2-0, at Dolphin Stadium. Miguel Cabrera finished second in the N.L. in batting average, and set a franchise season mark with his .339 average. Dan Uggla became the first Rule 5 pick to be selected to the All-Star Game in the season in which he was drafted. Hanley Ramirez won the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award, and Joe Girardi was voted N.L. Manager of the Year.

    2007

    After a 2006 season which saw them defy expectations time and again, the Marlins entered '07 hanging on to the belief that they could compete with anyone. It didn't turn out that way. Injuries ravaged the starting rotation and the Marlins struggled all season, ultimately finishing in last place in the National League East for the first time since 1999. Josh Johnson experienced Tommy John ligament replacement surgery and Anibal Sanchez had right shoulder surgery. Ricky Nolasco dealt with a sore elbow all season. Suddenly, the strength of the team -- the starting rotation -- was minus three key players. Despite a disappointing finish, there certainly were a number of highs -- Kevin Gregg emerged as a dominant closer, Hanley Ramirez developed into a legitimate superstar and Miguel Cabrera proved why he already was one -- but none of them could ultimately overcome the odds heavily stacked against the Marlins. On the downside, Dontrelle Willis and Scott Olsen had disappointing campaigns. What was encouraging was an otherwise disappointing season ended on a high note. The team won five of six to end the season -- sweeping the Cubs and taking two of three with the Mets at Shea Stadium. Still, after the season, the franchise went in a different direction. The year was capped by trading their two biggest stars -- Cabrera and Willis -- to the Tigers for a half-dozen youngsters. The deal brought hope, just as it brought uncertainty.

    2008

    Being the underdog brought out the best in the 2008 squad. Manager Fredi Gonzalez earned high praises -- finishing third in the NL Manager of the Year voting -- by guiding the franchise to its first winning season since 2005. The 84 wins also marked the third most ever by a Marlins' squad. Only in 1997 (92) and 2003 (91) did Florida teams win more games. With the lowest payroll and one of the youngest teams in the league, the Marlins relied on power to propel them to third place in the NL East. The Marlins belted a franchise-record 208 home runs. The team also set a Major League record by having four infielders reach at least 25 home runs -- Hanley Ramirez (33), Dan Uggla (32), Mike Jacobs (32) and Jorge Cantu (29). Ramirez became the second Marlin ever to be voted in by the fans as an All-Star starter. In 1993, Gary Sheffield was the fans choice. Uggla became an All-Star for the second time. The team held onto first place for much of the early part of the season. The rotation finally fell together in July with Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez returning from arm surgeries. Johnson dealt with Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in August of 2007, while Sanchez underwent a right shoulder procedure in June of 2007. Rookie Chris Volstad, a first-round pick in 2005, was promoted from Double-A in July, and he showed why many feel he is a future star. Ricky Nolasco also came up big, posting a 15-win season. On Aug. 19 at San Francisco, Nolasco snapped the Marlins' MLB record of going 301 straight games without a shutout. Against the Giants, the right-hander went the distance, tossing a two-hit shutout in a 6-0 win. For the second straight season, the Marlins foiled the Mets' playoff hosts. In the final game of the season -- and the last game ever at Shea Stadium -- Florida won 4-2. Wes Helms belted a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning, and Uggla also added a solo shot in the inning to provide the decisive runs.

    2009

    For the second consecutive year, the 2009 season saw the Marlins hang around for most of the season in the race for the playoffs, but eventually come up just short. Florida was as close as 3 1/2 games back of first place in the National League East on Aug. 11 and hung around for the Wild Card pretty much all season. The 87 wins were the third-most in franchise history. Chris Coghlan, who batted .321 with 162 hits, 84 runs and a .390 on-base percentage, became the third Marlins player to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez continued to add to a budding resume, winning the NL batting title with a .342 batting average and adding 24 home runs, 106 RBIs and 27 stolen bases to claim his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award. Ramirez was the first NL shortstop to win a batting title since Dick Groat in 1960. Ramirez and Johnson represented the Marlins at the All-Star Game in St. Louis. After a long list of legal battles, the Marlins were finally guaranteed a new ballpark for the start of the 2012 season in March. Dan Uggla became the fastest second baseman to 100 home runs in Major League history, in terms of games played. Uggla finished with 30-plus homers for the third consecutive season. The Marlins acquired Nick Johnson right before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and the veteran first baseman gave the team a real boost, putting up a .477 on-base percentage in 35 games with Florida.

  4. 2010s

    2010

    Returning the core of an 87-win team had the club openly talking about reaching the playoffs. What transpired was 2010 became a season of transition. Instead of being "one of eight" teams in the postseason, the Marlins went through a managerial change, replacing Fredi Gonzalez with Edwin Rodriguez on June 23. Rodriguez was initially hired on an interim bases after the team was 34-36. Six days later, he was named manager for the remainder of the season after talks with Bobby Valentine broke down. Rodriguez, promoted from being Triple-A New Orleans' manager, became the first Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history. Through adversity and injuries, the Marlins finished 46-46 with Rodriguez at the helm. He was retained as manager for 2011 after the team explored other options, including Valentine, Ozzie Guillen and Bo Porter. Injuries and inconsistencies underscored the season. While Josh Johnson posted a 2.30 ERA, the best among National League starters, he missed the last few weeks with a mid-back and right shoulder injury. Ricky Nolasco (right meniscus tear) also was out the final month. Chris Coghlan (left meniscus tear), John Baker (Tommy John surgery) and Hanley Ramirez (left elbow inflammation), each missed long stretches. The bottom line is there were too many hurdles to overcome, and the Marlins finished at 80-82, third place in the NL East. There were some impressive individual achievements. Dan Uggla won the Silver Slugger award, and he connected on a career high 33 homers. With 154, Uggla has become the franchise home run leader, passing Mike Lowell's 142. Uggla also is the first second baseman in MLB history to post four seasons of 30 or more homers. Rookies Gaby Sanchez, Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison also turned in strong seasons, giving the club three building blocks for the future.

    2011

    The 2011 season marked the final year of the franchise being known as the Florida Marlins playing at Sun Life Stadium. After a hot two months, the season unraveled in June, which became the worst month in club history (5-23). Frustrated by the mounting losses, Edwin Rodriguez resigned as manager on June 19. The following day, Jack McKeon was hired as interim manager. At age 80, McKeon became the second oldest manager in MLB history. Only Hall of Famer Connie Mack (87) managed at an older age. The Marlins did make a nice turnaround under McKeon, reaching .500 (55-55) on Aug. 2. It was the first time they were at .500 since June 12. The success was short lived, as injuries to Hanley Ramirez (left shoulder surgery) and Omar Infante (broken right thumb) proved too costly to make a dramatic playoff push.

    Two key injuries hurt the Marlins all year. Ramirez also was plagued by a back problem in May and June, and ace Josh Johnson (right shoulder inflammation) did not return after going down on May 16.

    A bright spot in a down year was Emilio Bonifacio, who was named the National League Player of the Month in July. The speedster hit .380 and he had a 26-game hitting streak in the month.

    While the Marlins finished at 72-90, there was some optimism on the final game of the year, when Ozzie Guillen was named manager on Sept. 28, two days after he was released from his contract with the White Sox.

    The hiring of Guillen, coupled with the excitement of their pending move to a new ballpark, re-energized the franchise. On Nov. 11, at a gala event, the organization was renamed the Miami Marlins, sporting a new logo and new uniforms.

    Boosted by additional revenues projected from their new ballpark, the Marlins made a big splash at the Winter Meetings, signing All-Stars Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle in a five-day span at a total cost of $191 million.

    2012

    April 4, 2012: After 19 seasons of sharing Sun Life Stadium with the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Marlins played their first official game at their own ballpark, Marlins Park, a retractable-roof facility. Josh Johnson made the start, but the Marlins lost, 4-1, to the St. Louis Cardinals in front of 36,601.

    April 7, 2012: Manager Ozzie Guillen clarifies and apologizes for comments made to Time Magazine regarding Fidel Castro. Guillen was suspended by the team for five games.

    May 30, 2012: Giancarlo Stanton wraps up a May where he belted 12 home runs and drove in 30 runs. It was one of the best months by a Marlin ever, and it earned Stanton the National League Player of the Month of May.

    May 30, 2012: Miami beats Washington, 5-3, at Marlins Park. The Marlins set a franchise record for wins in any month, going 21-8 in May. They were a half game out of first place, but that was the closest they stayed in the race for the rest of the season.

    July 23, 2012: With the team floundering in the standings, Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante were traded to the Tigers for prospects that included, Jacob Turner and Rob Brantly.

    July 25, 2012: More moves were made, as Hanley Ramirez, for years the face of the franchise, was dealt along with Randy Choate to the Dodgers. Miami received Nathan Eovaldi in the trade.

    Aug. 27, 2012: Giancarlo Stanton completed a team-record road trip with eight home runs in 11 games.

    Oct. 23, 2012: Thirteen months after signing a four-year, $10 million deal, Ozzie Guillen was dismissed as manager following a 69-93 season.

    Nov. 1, 2012: Former Marlins catcher, Mike Redmond, is hired to replace Guillen. At age 41, Redmond is the youngest manager in franchise history. He played with the Marlins from 1998-2004, and he retired as a player in 2010.

    Nov. 19, 2012: The Marlins and Blue Jays complete a 12-player trade, the largest transaction in franchise history. Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck -- five core players -- were moved to Toronto. The trade marked a complete makeover for the roster that opened the season with a $100 million payroll.

    2013

    April 7, 2013: Twenty-year-old Jose Fernandez struck out eight batters in his 5.0-inning Major League debut to become the youngest pitcher to register eight or more strikeouts in his MLB debut since June 27, 1973, when the Rangers' 18-year-old David Clyde struck out eight Twins batters in his first game in the Majors. - Elias

    May 2, 2013: Juan Pierre stole his 600th career base at Philadelphia, doing so in his 1,907th game. Since 1912, according to research provided by STATS LLC, Pierre was the ninth-fastest player in MLB history to reach 600 SB's. Rickey Henderson reached 600 SB's in 971 games, while Vince Coleman reached the mark in 981 contests. They are followed by Tim Raines (1,313), Ty Cobb (1,451), Otis Nixon (1,638), Willie Wilson (1,718), Lou Brock (1,782) and Max Carey (1,867). Pierre also became just the eighth player in MLB history whose career started after 1920 to amass 1000+ runs, 2000+ hits and 600+ stolen bases, joining Rickey Henderson (2,295 runs/3,055 hits/1,406 stolen bases), Lou Brock (1,610/3,023/938), Tim Raines (1,571/2,605/808), Joe Morgan (1,650/2,517/689), Willie Wilson (1,169/2,207/668), Bert Campaneris (1,181/2,249/649) and Kenny Lofton (1,528/2,428/622). - STATS LLC

    June 17, 2013: Giancarlo Stanton, playing in his 400th Major League game, hit his 99th and 100th career home runs, helping the Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks, 3-2. Stanton, Bob Horner and Eddie Mathews are the only players in Major League history who made their big league debuts before their 21st birthdays and then hit at least 100 homers in their first 400 games. Stanton became the quickest Marlin to reach the mark in terms of games played, doing so in his 400th career game. Dan Uggla had previously been the fastest, connecting for his 100th in his 509th career game.

    June 30, 2013: Jeff Mathis connected for the 3,000th home run in Franchise history in its 3,252nd game. As a Franchise, the Marlins became the third-fastest to reach 3,000 home runs, behind the Colorado Rockies (2,618) and Seattle Mariners (3,237), leaving only two Major League organizations that have yet to reach the plateau (Arizona and Tampa Bay). Other notable teams to reach 3,000 HR (with total games played) are the Rangers (4,054), Mets (4,496), Yankees (5,740), Red Sox (8,057), Phillies (8,293), Braves (10,341) and Reds (10,428). - STATS LLC

    July 7, 2013: Marlins rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez was named to the 2013 National League All-Star team on July 7. Fernandez was 20 years, 350 days old on July 16, when the Midsummer Classic was held at Citi Field. According to STATS LLC, he was the youngest Marlin ever on an All-Star team, ahead of Miguel Cabrera, who held the previous record at 21 years, 86 days. He was the sixth-youngest pitcher ever on an All-Star team, behind Dwight Gooden (19.237 in 1984), Bob Feller (19.245 in 1938), Catfish Hunter (20.095 in 1966), Jerry Walker (20.172 in 1959) and Fernando Valenzuela (20.281 in 1981), and fifth-youngest pitcher ever to participate, behind Gooden, Walker, Feller (20.250 in 1939), and Valenzuela.

    July 8, 2013: From the sixth through the 13th inning, Marlins relievers retired 24 consecutive Atlanta hitters to establish a new Club record. Prior to that night, the previous bullpen best was 18 against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 6, 2005. The 24 consecutive batters retired were the second-most ever in a single game by the staff as a whole, falling four short of tying the Club record of 28, which was also done against the Brewers on July 6, 2005. - STATS LLC

    July 24-August 4, 2013: Marlins' pitchers went 12 consecutive games without allowing a home run, the longest such streak in Club history. The previous record was seven, done four times and last from May 2-May 8, 2012. The last Major League team to go 12-or-more consecutive games without allowing a home run was the Atlanta Braves, who went 12 straight from September 14-27, 1998.

    August 2, 2013: Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Indians to establish a Club rookie record for strikeouts in a game. This came just five days after he had set the previous record by fanning 13 Pirates on July 28. He became the first Marlins' rookie starter to have consecutive 10+ strikeout games since Jesus Sanchez in 1998, and first Marlins' starter overall to do so since Ricky Nolasco in 2008 (fifth time overall).

    September 22, 2013: Juan Pierre singled in the top of the 7th inning, in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Washington, to record career hit #2,216 and surpass Joe DiMaggio for 175th place on the MLB career hit list.

    September 25, 2013: Steve Cishek established a Franchise mark with 28 consecutive saves, surpassing Todd Jones previous record of 27 done in 2005. From June 8 to conclusion of season, Steve Cishek converted 29 consecutive save opportunities to mark a Club record. His 29 consecutive saves was the longest active streak in Majors to end the season, and one of three relievers in 2013 to record consecutive save streaks of 29-or-more games; Craig Kimbrel converted 37 consecutive opportunities from May 9-September 14, and Greg Holland saved 31 consecutive opportunities from May 30-September 3. The three streaks of 29+ consecutive saves is equal to that of the previous two seasons combined, when Joe Nathan had 31 in 2012 and Jose Valverde and John Axford had 49 and 43, respectively, in 2011. - STATS LLC

    September 29, 2013: Henderson Alvarez closed out the 2013 campaign with the fifth no-hitter in Franchise history, blanking the Detroit Tigers in a speedy 2:06. His no-hitter was the first by a Marlins starter since Anibal Sanchez did so against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 6, 2006. It marked the third no-hitter of the 2013 season, following the accomplishments of Homer Bailey on July 2 vs. San Francisco, and Tim Lincecum on July 13 at San Diego.