26 Greatest Moments in Miami Marlins' Franchise History

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26 Greatest Moments in Miami Marlins' Franchise History
Billy the Marlin during a home game against the Brewers in 2005. Back then, the Florida Marlins, now called Miami Marlins, played at Dolphins Stadium, now called Sun Life Stadium.

I find the Marlins a fascinating organization.

They were the quickest franchise ever to win a World Series, achieving the feat in just their fifth year (1993, 1997). They entered the playoffs that year as the NL Wild Card. As fate would have it, in 2003, they won the World Series again on the heels of the NL Wild Card.

The Marlins organization, therefore, has won every World Series they have ever been in...on the same note, their only two winning seasons during their first 11 years as an organization were their two World Series-winning seasons.

They've been pretty all-or-nothing as a franchise.

Since that 2003 season, the Marlins have been owned by Jeffrey Loria, who has been perhaps the worst owner in the major leagues. He was owner when the Marlins won the World Series, but did virtually no work to deserve it; that team was built by now-Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry.

Following their second World Series title, Loria proceeded to sell the entire team.

Eleven years, one name change, one new stadium and another fire-sale later, the state of the "Miami" Marlins is bleak. The novelty of the new park has worn off, Mike Stanton and Jose Fernandez are about the only players worth watching and, worse still, Loria doesn't look like he cares.

Right now, it looks like the best thing Marlins fans can do is look to the past, because after all, neither the present or the immediate future look all that bright.

Here are the 26 most memorable moments in Marlins history, according to me, a lifelong fan.

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