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South Florida has a sports team in all 4 major programs.

 


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Football has the Miami Dolphins, basketball has the Miami Heat, Florida Panthers play in the National Hockey League, and in Major League Baseball there is the Florida Marlins.

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All 4 major sports team are represented in South Florida. In Football they have the Miami Dolphins, hockey has the Florida Panthers, the Miami Heat for basketball, and Major League Baseball has the Florida Marlins.

Baseball season is here, and since it’s my favorite sport, I wanted to talk about the Florida Marlins. 1990 was the year that the powers that be in Major League Baseball decided that they wanted to have two new teams in the National League. One of these two expansion teams was going to have a home in the Sunshine state. Orlando, Tampa Bay (who later got a team of their own), and Miami all were in a bidding war. Wayne Huizenga, a local businessman from Miami, won the rights to the team and based that team in Miami. After handing over $95 million dollars for the ball club, Huizenga became the new owner of the Florida Marlins - it was June 1991.

Two years later, in 1993 the Florida Marlins were introduced to Major League Baseball. 1997 was a banner year for the club as they made history winning their first of two wild card and World Series - in the process breaking a then record of becoming the fastest expansion team at the time to win a championship. Remarkably, the Marlins came from the Wild Card position again in 2003 to capture the championship - setting another record again, by being the only two time champion in any of the 4 major American sports to win a championship coming from the wild card position.

Of course, in order to get the highs you have to suffer some lows - and the Marlins certainly are no strangers to that. The Marlins inaugural season ranks amongst their worst on record. Their .395 win percentage ranks among the games worst, although their sophomore season shattered that mark with a .333 winning percentage. Of course things did pick up in the winning column - as both their championship runs had percentages just above .500 with their 1997 season being their best, a .568 winning percentage.

Fan attendance has always been a problem for the Florida Marlins. Ranking among the lowest in attendance since 1998, the team from South Florida has risen to the top. A second MLB title wasn't enough to put fans in the seats, as in 2003 the Marlins was second worse in getting people in the door. A new home in 2012 is what the owners hope will draw people back to the ballpark.

The Marlins are responsible for developing some sought after talent in MLB. Kevin Brown, for one, had a career year back in 1996, coming in second in the CY Young race (an individual award for pitchers). One of the game’s best hitters, Miguel Cabrera started also started his career with the Marlins, going through the farm system. He played five seasons with the ‘fish’ and hit 138 homeruns.

As earlier stated, the Marlins will be moving to a new location in 2012. Since 1993, the Marlins have shared the same playing field as the NLF's Miami Dolphins. In their 19th year in the league, the Marlins will be moving to a spot where the legendary Orange Bowl used to stand. The new stadium will hold an estimated 37,000 people, and to combat the hot summer days/nights in South Florida, will have a retractable roof, becoming the sixth stadium in MLB to have one. To make a clean start, the Marlins will not only have a new address, but they will have a new name. Miami Marlins will be the new name of the south Florida team.

Hopefully, with their new home and a new name, the team will look more like they did back in the 1997, 2003 seasons.

Ervin Stansel has written for different web based travel websites. He has found great savings at Ft Lauderdale coupons , a money saving website serving the local Miami/Ft. Lauderdale community.

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