Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. I love the 2013 season! Yes we didn’t make the playoffs and yes we lost 100 games, but the 2013 season gave us Marlins fans hope of great things to come. In 2013 a young Marlins pitcher set a Marlins rookie record and it was amazing. Moment 67 is another Jose Fernandez moment, him setting the Marlins rookie strikeout record.
On August 30, 2013 Jose entered the game needing one K to tie Scott Olsen’s record of 166 and 2 to surpass it. We did not have to wait long. The first batter Jose faced was Jordan Schafer. With the count at 1-2 Jordan swung and missed to give Jose strikeout 166. How much longer were we going to wait for strike 167? How about 3 batters later? Up to the plate comes Chris Johnson; with the count at 0-2 Jose threw an 81-MPH curve ball that Chris could not hit and went down swinging! Strikeout 167, a new Marlins rookie record!
Jose would go on to add to his record with 20 more strike out that season for a total of 187! That number led all rookies in both leagues and tied him for 25th overall! 2013 was a magical year for Jose and I have a feeling he might have 2 more moments left on this list. Join me tomorrow and see what other Marlins pitching record we will handle.