All-Decade team: Left Field Christian Yelich
Christian Yelich has become an MVP since leaving Miami, but the Marlins were able to cultivate and see the start of that emergence this decade. The rangy outfielder patrolled left field in Marlins Park from 2013 to 2017, putting up a 18.9 WAR over that span.
Yelich’s time in Miami saw him hit 59 homers, 146 doubles and steal 72 bases. He knocked in 293 runs and posted a .290 batting average and .432 slugging percentage. He won a Gold Glove in 2014 and his breakout season came in 2016 when he posted a .298/.376/.483 slash-line with 38 doubles, 21 homers, 98 RBI and a 5.4 WAR.
All-Decade team: Center Field Marcell Ozuna
Marcell Ozuna was the less heralded than his outfield teammates, but he was hugely productive in his four-plus seasons with the Marlins. Ozuna earned an All-Star spot in 2016 and 2017 for Miami, and finished his Marlins career with a 14.4 WAR. He won a Gold Glove in 2017.
With Miami, Ozuna hit 123 doubles, 96 homers and knocked in 361 runs, with a slash-line of .277/.329/.457. He posted career numbers in 2017 with a .312/.376/.548 slash-line and 30 doubles, 37 homers and 124 RBI. He led the league in fielding percentage (.984) as a left fielder that year. The Marlins trade with St. Louis landed them Sandy Alcantara, Magneuris Sierra, Zac Gallen, and Daniel Castano.
All-Decade team: Right Field Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton was not only the most productive player of the decade for Miami, he was one of the most productive Marlins in franchised history. Stanton finished his Marlins’ career as the franchise leader in home runs (267), RBI (672) Total Bases (1983), Slugging Percentage (.554) and WAR (35.5). He’s also the franchise leader in strikeouts (1140).
A four-time All-Star with Miami, Stanton brought home the 2017 NL MVP, as well as Hank Aaron Awards and Silver Sluggers in 2014 and 2017. Stanton’s 2017 MVP campaign saw him slash .281/.631/1.007 with a league-leading 59 home runs and league-leading 91 extra-base hits. In 2014, he lead the league in homers (39) and extra-base hits (69) as well.
The trade of Stanton to New York landed the Marlins Starlin Castro, Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers, but it was mostly money driven, with the Yankees agreeing to take on more than $250 million of Stanton’s remaining salary.