Florida Marlins: Hanley Ramirez and the Top 5 Marlins Power Hitters of All Time
And he is just getting started.
One of the charms of a young franchise is the ability of current players to make an impact upon the history of the franchise at an early age. As great as Robinson Cano is, he has a long way to go to establish himself as an all-time New York Yankee. Adrian Gonzalez is one of the best hitters in baseball, but it takes more than that to make a dent on the Boston Red Sox career lists.
But in Miami, where the Marlins have only been in existence since 1993, it is comparatively easy for young players—like the 27-year-old Hanley Ramirez—to make an immediate impact on the franchise's leader boards.
With this in mind, let's have a look at the five greatest power hitters in Florida Marlins history.
5. Hanley Ramirez, Shortstop (2006-2011)
Assuming he is serious about spending the remainder of his career with the Marlins, Hanley Ramirez is in a position to become the team's career leader in just about every statistic.
He is current fourth in the home run list, third on the triples list, second on the doubles and stolen bases list, and is the Marlins career leader in total bases.
The sky is the limit for Ramirez, assuming that at the age of 27 he is capable of rebounding from a down 2011 and returning to form as he enters the prime of his career.
4. Dan Uggla, Second Base (2006-2010)
Dan Uggla debuted as a rookie in 2006 at the age of 26 and quickly established himself as one of the elite power-hitting second basemen in baseball.
He hit 27 home runs as a rookie, and then topped 30 home runs in each of the next four seasons.
Uggla left the Marlins after the 2010 season as the franchise leader in home runs with 154.
3. Mike Lowell, Third Base (1999-2005)
Mike Lowell joined the Marlins in 1999 with the franchise mired in post-1998 fire-sale doldrums, and developed into a star. Lowell's ascent peaked in 2003, at the age of 29, with the surprise World Series championship team.
Lowell was traded away two years later in the deal that brought Hanley Ramirez to town from the Boston Red Sox.
Lowell is the Marlins' career leader in doubles and RBI, and ranks second in Marlins' history with 143 home runs.
2. Miguel Cabrera, Third Base (2003-2007)
Miguel Cabrera may one day go down in baseball history as one of the greatest hitters of all time.
(We like to think of him as the Joe DiMaggio to Albert Pujols' Ted Williams).
Cabrera got his start with the Marlins just under midway through the 2003 season and was one of the major players in the team's surprise World Series run.
He was traded away four years later.
1. Gary Sheffield, Outfielder (1993-1998)
Traded to the Marlins midway through their first season, and traded away midway through the season after their first World Series win, Gary Sheffield was the Marlins' first franchise hero and, arguably, their finest player to this day.
Sheffield is the Marlins' career leader in career on-base percentage, slugging percentage and (therefore) OPS.