The new era of the Marlins is upon us. No longer the “Florida” Marlins they are now known as the “Miami” Marlins. They have a new ballpark which is breath taking. They also have a owner in Jeffery Loria who has finally put his money where his mouth is.
The team came into existence in 1993 and captured their first Championship in 1997. Then the team was dismantled and traded away. One interesting thing happened during the “Fire sale”, they were able to acquire talent that would win them their second and last championship in 2003 when they upset the favorite New York Yankees in the World Series.
The Marlins have not had any note worthy seasons since that championship year of 2003. They have also not made the playoffs in the years that have followed. Intact there was strong indication in 2005 that the team might leave South Florida and Florida completely due to the tax payers not wanting to foot a major part of the bill for a new stadium. A deal was made and the new ballpark in downtown Miami on the site of the former Orange Bowl is finished and ready for baseball.
During the off season the Marlins went crazy and acquired big time free agents for big time money. Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle being the two highlights of the off season acquisitions. Former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was hired on to replace The retired Jack McKeon.
This season will be a great one for the Marlins and their fans. Everything seems to have fallen into place and the once forgotten team has become the talk of the baseball world. They are prepared and ready to win and have assembled a team that will surely be contenders in the tough NL east. With the season less than a month away it’s time to “playball” now!