Greatest Moment In Marlins History: #143 Living the Dream


Let me you take you back to a time when the Marlins didn’t exist. The year was 1992 and with the help of Bucky Dent the Marlins were one step closer to becoming reality (sort of).Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History.

July 1, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former players Bucky Dent and Pat Kelly hug before the Old Timers Day game before the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

With moment 143 we take you to Delray Beach Florida in February 28, 1992 where the Marlins are holding their first ever open try out at the Bucky Dent Baseball School. Over 600 people showed up to try and fulfill their dream of playing in the majors. From this try out, Ryan Whitman would be the only person the Marlins would sign. Ryan was drafted 35th round by the Expos in 1990 but never made it out of their rookie league.

The Marlins took a chance with the 20 year old RHP. In his 1993 minor league campaign he went 8-2, but by the next season he would end up with the Padres. This was only the beginning for the Fish. Although nothing fruitful came from this 1992 try out, it showed that so many people wanted to become part of the Marlins team. Having this open try out was a very important piece of the Marlins ground work for players, because less than 2 months later they would have…