You’d think it would be easy to discern the five best moments in Marlins history, after all, they’ve only been around for 27 seasons.
But that’s not really the case. The Florida / Miami Marlins have had a ton of memorable moments through their short history, not the least of which are two World Series Championships. Will there be other moments that have yet to happen that we will someday look back on and say, “those were the days.”? I know it’s hard to fathom right now, in the midst of another rebuild, but there’s always something to look forward to.
When speaking of the future of the Marlins, one need look no further than the plethora of talented arms and bats through all seven levels of the minor league affiliate feeder system. From Jesus Sanchez, Jazz Chisholm, Edward Cabrera and Sixto Sanchez near the top of the chain, all the way down to Osiris Johnson, Luis Palacios, Nasim Nunez and Peyton Burdick still a few seasons off. The Marlins cupboard, for once it seems, is not bare.
There’s also a pretty good chance that Marlins management uses that full-ish cupboard to get a few perishable items in the next few months. By that I mean, they could be trading some of their prized stable of prospects for a player or three who could make a more immediate impact.
What we’re doing here today is taking a very wide-angle shot at the Marlins franchise, starting in 1993, when Charlie Hough struck out Jose Offerman on three pitches in a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers to Sandy Alcantara‘s 2019-closing victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. In between those two events, the Marlins played 4,302 other regular season games, as well as 33 postseason contests to result in the aforementioned pair of World Series titles. Narrowing down the absolute “best” moments was harder than it probably should have been.