Marlins Park is a baseball park located in Miami, Florida. It is the current home of the city's Major League Baseball franchise, it is located on 17 acres of the former Miami Orange Bowl site in Little Havana, about 2 miles west of Downtown. Construction was completed in March 2012, in time for the 2012 season; the stadium is designed in a neomodern form of baseball architecture. Marlins Park was LEED certified as the greenest MLB park in 2012; the building is the sixth MLB stadium to have a retractable roof. With a seating capacity of 37,442, it is the third-smallest stadium in Major League Baseball by official capacity, the smallest by actual capacity; the stadium's public-funding plan led to a protracted lawsuit contributed to the ouster of several local politicians, triggered an SEC investigation. As revelations of the team's finances and their handling of payroll seemed to contradict some of the premises on which the tax-funded-stadium deal were based, the ballpark controversy intensified.
Despite questionable financing decisions by members of local government at the time, the financing of the project did not use General Fund taxes from local taxpayers and pulled from tourist funds allocated for public-benefiting projects like sports facilities. The facility hosted a second-round pool of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, a first-round pool of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, hosted the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game; the park hosts soccer matches, fundraising galas and other events during the winter. It hosted the Miami Beach Bowl from 2014 through 2016. Prior to the construction of Marlins Park, the Marlins played home games at what was known as Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, known by a number of different names during the Marlins' tenure there. Joe Robbie Stadium was built in 1987 as home to the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League, was designed as a multi-purpose stadium built for football, but its design accommodated baseball and soccer. Dolphins founder Joe Robbie believed it was a foregone conclusion that MLB would come to South Florida, so he wanted the stadium designed to make any necessary renovations for baseball as seamless as possible.
The Marlins arrived in 1993 and during their time at the stadium, the Marlins drew more than 3 million people in their inaugural season and won two World Series titles, in 1997 and 2003. The stadium continues to be home to the Dolphins, since 2008, the Miami Hurricanes from the University of Miami. Despite such preparation and pockets of success, the stadium was less than adequate as a baseball venue. Although its design was meant to accommodate baseball, it was a football stadium. There were plenty of reminders of that purpose in the stadium's baseball configuration; the stadium's color scheme matched that of the Dolphins. When the football season overlapped, cleat marks, as well as silhouettes of hashmarks and logos of the Dolphins or Hurricanes, were visible on the baseball diamond; the Marlins reduced capacity to 47,662 to create a more intimate atmosphere for baseball. However, capacity would have been reduced in any event, since many of the seats in the upper deck were too far from the field to be of any use during the regular season.
With the reduced capacity, the sight lines were less than optimal for baseball. Most seats were pointed toward the 50-yard line—where center field was located in the baseball configuration. Lights were not angled for optimum baseball visibility. Players had to walk through football tunnels to get to dugouts that were designed with low ceiling joists; some of these embarrassing issues were showcased on national television during the two World Series held there, when capacity was expanded to over 67,000. Most notably, some areas of left and center field were not part of the football playing field, fans sitting in the left-field upper deck couldn't see any game action in those areas except on the replay boards; these issues became more pronounced over the years, as, by 2004, a wave of baseball-only parks left what had by been renamed Pro Player Stadium as the only National League park that played host to both an MLB and an NFL team. Additionally, the stadium was built for games held during the fall/winter football season, not for games in the tropical summers of South Florida, which feature oppressive heat, frequent rain, occasional tropical storms.
For most of the stadium's run as a baseball venue, it was the hottest stadium in the majors, with temperatures for day games reaching well above 95 °F. The Marlins played most of their summer home games at night as a result; the lack of refuge from the uncomfortable climate and disruptive rain delays were considered a cause of chronically low attendance after that inaugural season. When the Marlins were not contending, they struggled to attract crowds larger than 5,000—a figure that looked smaller than that due to the cavernous environment; some Marlins players admitted that they "couldn't wait to go on the road" because Sun Life Stadium had the "worst conditions" and least fan energy in the majors during years when the team was not a contender. After original owner Wayne Huizenga claimed he lost more than $30 million on the team, he sold the Marlins in early 1999 to John W. Henry. Thereafter, the Marlins began a concerted effort to get their own baseball-only venue. Henry's vision included a retractable roof, believed by this time to be essential due to South Florida's climate and baseball's summertime schedule.
Several ideas were explored on. The team's
The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area. The Dolphins compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's American Football Conference East division; the Dolphins play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens and are headquartered in Davie, Florida. The Dolphins are Florida's oldest professional sports team. Of the four AFC East teams, they are the only team in the division, not a charter member of the American Football League; the Dolphins were founded by attorney-politician Joe actor-comedian Danny Thomas. They began play in the AFL in 1966; the region had not had a professional football team since the days of the Miami Seahawks, who played in the All-America Football Conference in 1946, before becoming the first incarnation of the Baltimore Colts. For the first few years, the Dolphins' full-time training camp and practice facilities were at Saint Andrew's School, a private boys boarding prep school in Boca Raton.
In the 1970 AFL–NFL merger, the Dolphins joined the NFL. The team made its first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl VI, losing to the Dallas Cowboys, 24–3; the following year, the Dolphins completed the NFL's only perfect season, culminating in a Super Bowl win, winning all 14 of their regular season games, all three of their playoff games, including Super Bowl VII. They were the third NFL team to accomplish a perfect regular season; the next year, the Dolphins won Super Bowl VIII, becoming the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls, the second team to win back-to-back championships. Miami appeared in Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XIX, losing both games. For most of their early history, the Dolphins were coached by Don Shula, the most successful head coach in professional football history in terms of total games won. Under Shula, the Dolphins posted losing records in only two of his 26 seasons as the head coach. During the period spanning 1983 to the end of 1999, quarterback Dan Marino became one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, breaking numerous league passing records.
Marino led the Dolphins to five division titles, 10 playoff appearances and Super Bowl XIX before retiring following the 1999 season. In 2008, the Dolphins became the first team in NFL history to win their division and make a playoff appearance following a league-worst 1–15 season; that same season, the Dolphins upset the 16–0 New England Patriots on the road during Week 3, handing the Patriots' their first regular season loss since December 10, 2006, in which coincidentally, they were beaten by the Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins joined the American Football League when an expansion franchise was awarded to lawyer Joseph Robbie and actor Danny Thomas in 1965 for $7.5 million, although Thomas would sell his stake in the team to Robbie. During the summer of 1966, the Dolphins' training camp was in St. Pete Beach with practices in August at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport; the Dolphins had a combined 15–39–2 record in their first four seasons under head coach George Wilson, before Don Shula was hired as head coach.
Shula was a Paul Brown disciple, lured from the Baltimore Colts, after losing Super Bowl III two seasons earlier to the AFL's New York Jets, finishing 8–5–1 the following season. Shula got his first NFL coaching job from then-Detroit Head Coach George Wilson, who hired him as the defensive coordinator; the AFL merged with the NFL in 1970, the Dolphins were assigned to the AFC East division in the NFL's new American Football Conference. For the rest of the 20th century, the Shula-led Dolphins emerged as one of the most dominant teams in the NFL with a strong running game and defense, with only two losing seasons between 1970 and 1999, they were successful in the 1970s, completing the first complete perfect season in NFL history by finishing with a 14–0 regular season record in 1972 and winning the Super Bowl that year. It was the first of one of three appearances in a row; the 1980s and 1990s were moderately successful. The early 80s teams made two Super Bowls despite losing both times, saw the emergence of future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, who went on to break numerous NFL passing records, holding many of them until the late 2000s.
After winning every game against the division rival Buffalo Bills in the 1970s, the two teams developed a competitive rivalry in the 80s and 90s competing for AFC supremacy when Jim Kelly emerged as the quarterback for the Bills. The Dolphins have maintained a strong rivalry with the New York Jets throughout much of their history. Following the retirements of Marino and Shula and the rise of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, the Dolphins suffered a decline in the 2000s, including a 1–15 season in 2007, the worst in franchise history, they only made the playoffs three times in that decade and were unable to find a consistent quarterback to replace Marino, shuffling 13 quarterbacks and five head coaches. However, the Dolphins have been competitive against the Patriots despite their decline, with notable wins coming in 2004, 2008, 2018. While quarterback Ryan Tannehill provided some stability at the position throughout most of the 2010s, the team has nonetheless been mediocre, only having made the playoffs once during the decade.
The Dolphins share intense rivalries with their three AFC East opponents, but have had historical or occasional rivalries with other teams such as their cross-state rivals Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their former divisional rivals Indianapolis Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, to a lesser extent, the Jacksonville Jaguars
Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop and baseball executive. He has been the chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball since September 2017; as a shortstop, Jeter spent his entire 20-year MLB playing career with the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as one of the primary contributors to the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, baserunning and leadership, he is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits, games played, stolen bases, times on base, plate appearances and at bats. His accolades include 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter was the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career ranked sixth in MLB history in career hits and first among shortstops. In 2017, the Yankees retired his uniform number 2; the Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992, he debuted in the major leagues at age 21 in 1995.
The following year, he became the Yankees' starting shortstop, won the Rookie of the Year Award, helped push the team to win the 1996 World Series. Jeter continued to play during the team's championship seasons of 1998–2000, he placed among the AL leaders in hits and runs scored for most of his career, served as the Yankees' team captain from 2003 until his retirement in 2014. Throughout his career, Jeter contributed reliably to the Yankees' franchise successes, he holds many postseason records, has a.321 batting average in the World Series. Jeter earned the nicknames of "Captain Clutch" and "Mr. November" due to his outstanding play in the postseason. Jeter was one of the most marketed athletes of his generation and is involved in numerous product endorsements; as a celebrity, his personal life and relationships with other celebrities has drawn the attention of the media. Derek Sanderson Jeter was born on June 26, 1974 in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, the son of accountant Dorothy and substance abuse counselor Sanderson Charles Jeter.
His mother is of English and Irish ancestry, while his father is African-American. They met, his father played baseball at Fisk University in Tennessee as a shortstop, holds a PhD. When Jeter was a child, his parents made him sign a contract every year that defined acceptable and unacceptable forms of behavior. Dorothy instilled a positive attitude in her son, insisting that he not use the word "can't", it was a baseball family, Jeter's younger sister Sharlee was a softball star in high school. The Jeters lived in New Jersey until Derek was four years old, at which point they moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. At the age of five Jeter began playing little league baseball; the children lived with their parents during the school year and spent their summers with their grandparents in New Jersey. Attending New York Yankees games with his grandparents, Jeter became a passionate fan of the team. Watching star outfielder Dave Winfield inspired him to pursue a career in baseball. Jeter attended Kalamazoo Central High School, where he ran cross country in the fall, played basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring.
Jeter posted high batting averages for the school's baseball team. In his senior year, he batted.508 and compiled 23 runs batted in, 21 walks, four home runs, a.637 on-base percentage, a.831 slugging percentage, 12 stolen bases, only one strikeout. Jeter received several honors after his senior season; these included an All-State honorable mention, distinguishing him as one of the best high school baseball players in Michigan, the Kalamazoo Area B'nai B'rith Award for Scholar Athlete, the 1992 High School Player of the Year Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association, the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the year award, USA Today's High School Player of the Year. Kalamazoo Central High School inducted Jeter into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 and renamed its baseball field in his honor in 2011. Jeter earned a baseball scholarship to attend the University of Michigan and play college baseball for the Michigan Wolverines; the Houston Astros held the first overall pick in the 1992 MLB draft.
Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser, who worked for the Astros as a scout, evaluated Jeter extensively and lobbied team management to select him. Fearing Jeter would insist on a salary bonus of at least $1 million to forgo college for a professional contract, they chose Cal State Fullerton outfielder Phil Nevin, who signed for $700,000. Newhouser felt so about Jeter's potential that he quit his job with the Astros in protest after they ignored his drafting advice; the Yankees, who selected sixth rated Jeter highly. Yankees scout Dick Groch, assigned to scout in the Midwest, watched Jeter participate in an all-star camp held at Western Michigan University. Though Yankees officials were concerned that Jeter would attend college instead of signing a professional contract, Groch convinced them to select him, saying, "the only place Derek Jeter's going is to Cooperstown"; the second through fifth picks were Paul Shuey, B. J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds, Chad Mottola; the Yankees drafted Jeter, who chose to turn pro, signin
The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy; as the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic. Prior to 1969, the team with the best regular season win-loss record in each league automatically advanced to the World Series; as of 2018, the World Series has been contested 114 times, with the AL winning 66 and the NL winning 48. The 2018 World Series took place between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox from October 23–28, with the Red Sox winning in five games to earn their ninth title; this was the first World Series meeting between these two teams since 1916. Having lost to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series, the Dodgers became the 11th team to lose the World Series in consecutive seasons.
In the American League, the New York Yankees have played in 40 World Series and won 27, the Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland Athletics have played in 14 and won 9, the Boston Red Sox have played in 13 and won 9, including the first World Series. In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have appeared in 19 and won 11, the New York/San Francisco Giants have played in 19 and won 8, the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers have appeared in 20 and won 6, the Cincinnati Reds have appeared in 9 and won 5; as of 2018, no team has won consecutive World Series championships since the New York Yankees in 1998, 1999, 2000—the longest such drought in Major League Baseball history. Until the formation of the American Association in 1882 as a second major league, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players and the National League represented the top level of organized baseball in the United States. All championships were awarded to the team with the best record at the end of the season, without a postseason series being played.
From 1884 to 1890, the National League and the American Association faced each other in a series of games at the end of the season to determine an overall champion. These series were disorganized in comparison to the modern World Series, with the terms arranged through negotiation of the owners of the championship teams beforehand; the number of games played ranged from as few as three in 1884, to a high of fifteen in 1887. Both the 1885 and 1890 Series ended in each team having won three games with one tie game; the series was promoted and referred to as "The Championship of the United States", "World's Championship Series", or "World's Series" for short. In his book Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, Simon Winchester mentions in passing that the World Series was named for the New York World newspaper, but this view is disputed; the 19th-century competitions are, not recognized as part of World Series history by Major League Baseball, as it considers 19th-century baseball to be a prologue to the modern baseball era.
Until about 1960, some sources treated the 19th-century Series on an equal basis with the post-19th-century series. After about 1930, many authorities list the start of the World Series in 1903 and discuss the earlier contests separately. Following the collapse of the American Association after the 1891 season, the National League was again the only major league; the league championship was awarded in 1892 by a playoff between half-season champions. This scheme was abandoned after one season. Beginning in 1893—and continuing until divisional play was introduced in 1969—the pennant was awarded to the first-place club in the standings at the end of the season. For four seasons, 1894–1897, the league champions played the runners-up in the post season championship series called the Temple Cup. A second attempt at this format was the Chronicle-Telegraph Cup series, played only once, in 1900. In 1901, the American League was formed as a second major league. No championship series were played in 1901 or 1902 as the National and American Leagues fought each other for business supremacy.
After two years of bitter competition and player raiding, the National and American Leagues made peace and, as part of the accord, several pairs of teams squared off for interleague exhibition games after the 1903 season. These series were arranged by the participating clubs. One of them matched the two pennant winners, Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL and Boston Americans of the AL, it had been arranged well in advance by the two owners, as both teams were league leaders by large margins. Boston upset Pittsburgh by five games to three, winning with pitching depth behind Cy Young and Bill Dinneen and with the support of the band of Royal Rooters; the Series brought much civic pride to Boston and proved the new American League could beat the Nationals. The 1904 Series, if it had been held, would have been between the AL's Boston Americans and the NL's New York Giants. At that point there was no gover
Greater Downtown Miami
Downtown Miami is an urban city center, based around the Central Business District of Miami, United States. In addition to the central business district, the area consists of the Brickell Financial District, Historic District, Government Center, Arts & Entertainment District and Park West; the neighborhood is divided by the Miami River and is bordered by Midtown to the north, Biscayne Bay to the east, Civic Center and Overtown to the west, Coconut Grove to the south. Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard are the main north-south roads, Flagler Street is the main east-west road; the neighborhood is defined by the Miami Downtown Development Authority as the 3.8-square-mile -area east of Interstate 95 between the Rickenbacker Causeway to the south and Julia Tuttle Causeway to the north. Locally known as Downtown, the area is a cultural and commercial center of South Florida, tracing its present-day history back to the 19th century. In recent years, Downtown Miami has grown and physically expanded to become the fastest-growing area in Miami, with rapid increase in population and the greatest concentration of high-rises in the region.
Greater Downtown is home to many major museums, education centers, company headquarters, government offices, theaters and many of the oldest buildings in the city. Downtown Miami is the historic heart of Miami, along with Coconut Grove, is the oldest settled area of Miami, with early pioneer settlement dating to the early 19th century. Urban development began in the 1890s with the construction of the Florida East Coast Railway by Standard Oil industrialist Henry Flagler down to Miami at the insistence of Julia Tuttle. Flagler, along with developers such as William Brickell and George E. Merrick helped bring developer interest to the city with the construction of hotels, resorts and the extension of Flagler's rail line. Flagler Street, originating in Downtown, is a major east-west road in Miami named after the tycoon; as of 2009, there are 71,000 year-round residents in Greater Downtown, with close to 200,000 populating the Downtown area during the daytime, making Downtown Miami one of the most populous downtowns in the U.
S. after New York City and Chicago. With recent mass construction of high-rise residential buildings and office towers, Downtown has experienced large growth, with new shops, bars and restaurants opening up, attracting many new residents. Along with Brickell, Downtown has grown from 40,000 residents in 2000, to over 70,000 in 2009, making it one of the fastest-growing areas in Florida, it was estimated in February 2010, that about 550 new residents move to the Downtown area every month. As of 2009, over 190,000 office employees work in Brickell. Downtown is served by the Miami Metrorail at Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre, Government Center, Brickell stations, accessible from Broward and Palm Beach counties via Tri-Rail transfer station; the Metro connects to the Downtown Metromover, which encompasses 22 stations on the clockwise Inner loop and counterclockwise Brickell and Omni branch loops. Government Center station is Downtown's main station and allows for transfers to all Metromover loops, Metrorail trains, Metrobus lines at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center.
Downtown Miami is centered on the Central business district, best known by local Miamians as "Downtown". Although distinct neighborhoods with different characters, the following neighborhoods are labeled under the umbrella term of "Downtown Miami": The Central business district, better known by locals as just "Downtown", is the historic center of Miami, what is traditionally called "Downtown". Downtown is bound by NE 6th St to the north, Biscayne Bay to the east, the Miami River to the west and south. Within this area, is where the majority of Miami's historic buildings are, the main shopping street, Flagler Street, libraries, offices and colleges, as well as the vast majority of local, county and federal government offices and courthouses. Miami Historic District and Government Center are located within the CBD. Downtown is directly served by the Miami Metrorail at: Government Center Station, by 13 Metromover stations on the Downtown and Omni Loops. Brickell is south of the Miami River, is a mixed upper-class residential neighborhood as well as Miami's major financial district along Brickell Avenue.
The Shops at Mary Brickell Village and Simpson Park are located within Brickell. Brickell is directly served by the Miami Metrorail at: Brickell Station, by five Metromover stations on the Brickell Loop; the Arts & Entertainment District is an urban neighborhood with numerous hotels, high-rise residential buildings. The neighborhood's former name Omni comes from the Omni International Mall on Biscayne Boulevard; the district borders Biscayne Bay the east, NE 2nd Ave to the west, NE 21st St to the north and I-395 to the south. Pace Park, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the Miami Herald headquarters are located within the district; the Arts & Entertainment District is served by the Miami Metrorail at: Government Center Station, by two Metromover stations on the Omni Loop. Park West is the neighborhood just west of Museum Park, east of NW 1st Ave, south of I-195, north of NE 6th St. Park West was known for its nightclubs, in recent years has been the talk of much revitalization and project proposals for the revitalization of the area.
By the end of 2015 most of the nightclu
Édgar Enrique Rentería Herazo, nicknamed "The Barranquilla Baby," is a Colombian former professional baseball shortstop. He batted right-handed, he played for the Florida Marlins, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves, the Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds. Born in Barranquilla, Rentería was signed by the Florida Marlins in 1992, he debuted with them in 1996, he finished second to Todd Hollandsworth in Rookie of the Year Award balloting. In 1997, his RBI single off Charles Nagy in the eleventh inning of Game 7 of the 1997 World Series won the first World Series in Marlins' history, he was selected to his first All-Star Game in 1998, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals following the season, he was the starting shortstop for the Cardinals for six years, he was selected to the All-Star Game in 2000, 2003, 2004. In 2002 and 2003 he won the Silver Gold Glove Awards. Following the 2004 season, he signed with the Boston Red Sox. After a year with them, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves.
He was selected to another All-Star Game in 2006, but following the 2007 season he was traded to the Detroit Tigers. After 2008, he became a free agent, he signed with the San Francisco Giants. In the 2010 World Series, Rentería won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award after he hit game-winning home runs in Game 2 and Game 5, he became a free agent again after the season, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds. Rentería was born on August 1975, in Barranquilla, Colombia; as a youth, he attended Instituto Los Alpes High School in Barranquilla. After high school, he was signed by the Florida Marlins at the age of sixteen by scout Levy Ochoa. Rentería started his professional career in 1992 with the Gulf Coast League Marlins, he had 47 hits in 43 games that year. However, his fielding percentage was only.897, he made 24 errors. In 1993, he played for the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League, he only batted.203 in 116 games with them, but he only committed 34 errors that year, his fielding percentage increased to.934.
In 1994, Rentería was promoted to the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League. His average went up to.253 and his fielding percentage climbed to.959. 1995 saw. He batted.289 with them, he hit seven home runs and stole thirty bases. Entering the 1996 season, Baseball America ranked Rentería as the best prospect in the Marlins' organization, he started the season with the Charlotte Knights of the International League, he batted.278 with two home runs and fifteen runs batted in in 28 games with them. On May 9, Rentería was called up to the Marlins following an injury to shortstop Kurt Abbott, his first game came on May 10, in a 4–2 win over the Colorado Rockies, when he entered the game in the ninth inning as part of a double switch. He did not have any at bats in that game, he was just a backup infielder when he first came up because Alex Arias had replaced Abbott as the everyday shortstop. However, Rentería replaced Arias as the starting shortstop on May 19 against the Chicago Cubs, he got his first hit in his first at bat in a 3–2 Marlins victory.
He got four hits in a game for the first time on June 10 in a 5–2 win over the Montreal Expos. His first home run came the next day, in a 3 -- 2 loss. Rentería did so well as a shortstop that the Marlins moved Abbott over to second base when he came off the disabled list. On June 23, Rentería strained a hamstring on a groundout in the sixth inning of a 5–3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was placed on the disabled list the next day, but he remained the starting shortstop when he returned on July 11. From July 25 to August 16 he had a 22-game hitting streak, the longest for a rookie since Jerome Walton of the Chicago Cubs had a thirty-game streak in 1989. Rentería finished the season with a.309 batting average, 68 runs scored, sixteen stolen bases in 106 games. He was second behind Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Todd Hollandsworth in National League Rookie of the Year Award balloting. In 1997, Rentería hit the first inside–the–park home run of his career to tie a game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 5, he won the game 4–3 with an RBI single in the eleventh inning.
On April 27, he had a game–winning single in the ninth inning that gave the Marlins a 4–3 win over the Dodgers. From May 13 to 29, he had a thirteen-game hitting streak. From July 16 through July 18, he had three hits in three straight games. On August 15, his RBI single in the ninth inning gave the Marlins a 6–5 victory over Pittsburgh. Rentería finished the season with a.277 batting average, 171 hits, 32 stolen bases in 154 games. That year, the Florida Marlins won the wild card to advance to the playoffs for the first time in their history. In Game 1 of the 1997 National League Division Series, Rentería's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth off Roberto Hernández gave the Marlins a 2–1 victory over the San Francisco Giants; the Marlins swept the Giants in the series and defeated the Atlanta Braves in the 1997 National League Championship Series to face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. In Game 7, with the score tied at two and two out in the eleventh inning, Rentería hit an RBI single off Charles Nagy to score Craig Counsell.
The hit won the first World Series in Marlins' history. In 1998, Rentería had a.302 batting average by the All-Star break, he was the only Marlin selected to the MLB All-Star Game. His RBI single in the eleventh inning on May 1 gave the Marlins a 6–5 victory over the San Diego Padres, he ha
History of the Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins are a Major League Baseball team that plays in the city of Miami. Founded in 1991 as the Florida Marlins, the Marlins began play in 1993 in the suburb of Miami Gardens, moved to the city in 2012, becoming the Miami Marlins at that time. On March 7, 1990, Wayne Huizenga, CEO of Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation, announced he had purchased 15 percent of the NFL's Miami Dolphins and 50 percent of the Dolphins' home, Joe Robbie Stadium, for an estimated $30 million. Huizenga stated his intention to aggressively pursue an expansion franchise. MLB had announced a few months earlier, it was a foregone conclusion. Orlando fielded a spirited campaign bolstered by its family-oriented tourism industry. Tampa Bay had a baseball park—the Florida Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg, completed in 1990. However, on June 10, 1991, the National League awarded a Miami-based franchise to Huizenga for a $95 million expansion fee. One name considered early on was the Florida Flamingos; the franchise adopted the nickname "Marlins" from previous minor league teams, the Miami Marlins of the International League from 1956 to 1960, the Miami Marlins and Miami Marlins teams that played in the Florida State League.
In November 1991, the Marlins hired Fredi González as the Marlins first Minor League manager. On December 16, 1991, they made their first-ever signing, inking 16-year-old Dominican pitcher Clemente Núñez to a contract, they selected catcher Charles Johnson of the University of Miami with their first-ever first round draft pick in June 1992. That year Marlins President Carl Barger collapsed and died at the baseball winter meetings in Louisville, Kentucky; the Marlins retired the number 5 in honor of Barger's favorite player, Joe DiMaggio, but would put the number back into circulation when they moved to the city of Miami in 2012, honoring Barger instead with a plaque at the new Marlins Park. The Marlins' first manager was Rene Lachemann, a former catcher who had managed the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers, who at the time of his hiring was a third base coach for the Oakland Athletics; the team drafted its initial lineup of players in the 1992 MLB Expansion Draft. The Marlins defeated. Jeff Conine hit Florida's first homer before a crowd of 6,696 at the Cocoa Expo Sports Complex.
The Marlins won their first game on April 1993, against the Dodgers. Charlie Hough was the starting pitcher for that game. Jeff Conine went 4-4 as well. By the end of his tenure with Florida, he would earn the nickname "Mr. Marlin." Gary Sheffield and Bryan Harvey represented the Marlins as the club's first All-Star Game selections, Sheffield homered in the Marlins first All-Star Game at-bat. The team finished the year five games ahead of the last-place New York Mets and with an attendance of 3,064,847. In that season, the Marlins traded their young set-up reliever Trevor Hoffman and two minor-league prospects to the San Diego Padres for third baseman Gary Sheffield. While Sheffield helped Florida and became an all-star, Hoffman emerged as the best closer in the National League. After the 1993 season, Donald A. Smiley was named the second President in club history; the Marlins finished last in their division in the strike-shortened season of 1994 and fourth in 1995. Lachemann was replaced as manager midway through the 1996 season by director of player development John Boles.
The Marlins had some bright spots on the mound and behind the plate in 1996. The team's 3.95 ERA ranked third in the NL, thanks in large part to newcomer Kevin Brown, who finished the season with a 17–11 win-loss record and an impressive 1.89 ERA. On May 11, Al Leiter pitched the first no-hitter in Marlins history. Catcher Charles Johnson led the league with a.995 fielding percentage, threw out a league-high 48 percent of base runners, collected his second straight Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence. After a slow start, the Marlins finished the year with an 80–82 win-loss record to place third in their division. Boles returned to his previous position as director of player development, former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Leyland was hired to lead the club in 1997. In addition to hiring Leyland as manager, the Marlins signed third baseman Bobby Bonilla, outfielder Moisés Alou, pitcher Alex Fernandez to lucrative free-agent contracts, raising expectations to levels far beyond anything in franchise history.
The Marlins franchise got its second no-hitter from ace Kevin Brown on June 10, 1997. Brown nearly had the perfect game, but he hit the Giants' Marvin Benard with a pitch in the 8th inning when Benard attempted to bunt. With Brown and Fernandez heading the rotation, Robb Nen closing out games, the Marlins' staff was systematic during their regular season run. In 1997, the Marlins finished nine games back of the Division Champion Atlanta Braves, but earned the wild card berth. Veteran additions such as LF Moisés Alou, 3B Bobby Bonilla, trade-deadline additions Darren Daulton and Jim Eisenreich added experience and clutch hits. Talented young stars Luis Castillo and Édgar Rentería comprised one of the best double play combos in the League. Castillo did not perform to expectations offensively, was replaced by Craig Counsell before the playoffs began; the Marlins swept the San Francisco Giants 3–0 in the National League Division Series, went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 4–2 in the National League Championship Series, overcoming the loss of Alex Fer