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Greatest Moment In Marlins History: #149 The First Marlin

Apr 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Former Florida Marlins left fielder Jeff Conine prior to a game against the Atlanta Braves during on opening night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to The Greatest Marlins Moment! Let’s move on to moment 149. Can you tell me who the first Florida Marlin was? Not Jeff Conine. Not Charles Johnson. Not Charlie Hough. If you said Clemnete Nunez you are a true Marlins fan. Nunez born February 10, 1975 in Bonao, Dominican Republic. Nunez was signed by the Marlins on December 16, 1991 making him the first ever Florida Marlin. A 16 year-old pitcher with a fastball clocking 86 to 88 MPH, he was discovered in the Dominican Republic by Marlins scouts Edmundo Borrome and Cookie Rojas. Although he retired in 1997 never making it past AA, Nunez will go down in history as the first Florida Marlin. Another neat fact about Nunez is that he threw a No-No on May 25, 1995 for the Brevard County Manatees against the West Palm Beach Expos. Was this not on your radar? There are many more shockers and “oh yea I remember that” to come as we continue counting down the days until opening day with the Greatest Marlins Moments. Till next time… Let’s Go Marlins!

Tags: Charles Johnson Charlie Hough Clemente Nunez Cookie Rojas Jeff Conine Miami Marlins

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