Miami Marlins History: All-Time Top 20 OPS (an in-depth look, 20-11)

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 1: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins walks to the dugout striking out in the ninth inning of play against the Atlanta Braves, ending his bid for 60 home runs for the season at Marlins Park on October 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 1: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins walks to the dugout striking out in the ninth inning of play against the Atlanta Braves, ending his bid for 60 home runs for the season at Marlins Park on October 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO – OCTOBER 15: Outfielder Jeff Conine #18 of the Florida Marlins swings during game seven of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs on October 15, 2003 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Marlins won 9-6. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

17) Jeff Conine (.813)

Jeff Conine ranks second in Miami Marlins club history with 1,014 games played. He’s also one of only three players to amass over 1,000 hits with the Marlins. Along with Luis Castillo (1,273) and Hanley Ramirez (1,103).

Conine had 1,005 as a Florida Marlin. He was initially drafted in the 58th round of the 1987 draft by the Kansas City Royals. He worked his way up through the Kansas City system for the next several season, totaling 37 games for the parent club in 1990 and 1992. After the 1992 season, the Royals left him unprotected in the expansion draft, and the Marlins picked him, 22nd overall.

Conine appeared in all 162 games in that inaugural season for the Florida Marlins. He finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year vote, hitting .292/.351/.403 with 12 home runs and 79 RBI.

Conine made the all-star team for the Florida Marlins in 1994 and in 1995, and remained with the club through their first World Series Championship, in 1997. Over that time, he appeared in 718 games and slashed .291/.360/.467 with 98 homers and 422 RBI.

The Marlins traded Conine back to the Royals following the World Series for Blaine Mull. Yeah. After a season with Kansas City, the Royals traded him to the Baltimore Orioles for Chris Fussell. At the 2003 trade deadline, the Orioles traded him back to the Marlins for Don Levinski and Denny Bautista.

Conine spent another 296 games with the Marlins, and continued his steady production, slashing .290/.353/.421 while playing left field and first base. He helped the Marlins to their second (and latest) World Series Championship. He later joined the Orioles again, then after turning 40, played for the Philadelphia Philliles, the Cincinnati Reds, and the New York Mets.

Conine is one of the Miami Marlins enduring personalities, and maybe the most popular ever former Marlin. For this, he has earned the nickname, “Mr. Marlin.”

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