Every year of my childhood, I spent two weeks in Florida each year with my grandparents. For whatever reason, I began to have a kinship with the new sports teams that would appear in the South Florida market over those years – specifically the Panthers and Marlins. While relevant for a few years, the Panthers have lived a fairly mediocre and uneventful existence since 1996.
The Marlins, on the other hand, have been full of success, controversy, and reinvention. Just this week, once again, Miami was full of change when a mega-deal between the Marlins and Blue Jays commenced sending every Marlin making money to Toronto – including Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson – in return for cheap prospects.
While my following of the team has fallen to being inconsequential over the years, they have always been very intriguing to look into. They are coming up on their 20th anniversary in 2013, so it is as good of a time as any to look back at the eventful history of the Marlins: