Have you heard the big news? Don Mattingly t-shirts are now available for purchase at the Marlins Team Store! Come check us out on the West Plaza of Marlins Way (NW 16 Avenue).
With apparel, memorabilia and more, the Team Store is your one-stop shop for everything Fish — even in the offseason. Curious to see which were the most popular products sold there this year? Scroll down to find out.
#10) Marlins Blue Jersey
If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd or simply wear a pop of color, the blue jersey is for you!
#9) Majestic Ichiro Japanese T-Shirt
It comes as no surprise that fan favorite Ichiro’s t-shirt was a best-seller this year.
#8) Majestic Adult Coolbase Home Jersey
The classic home jersey is a staple for any Fish fan’s closet.
#7) Majestic Youth Coolbase Player Jersey
Treat your child to their very own jersey this holiday season!
#6) Marlins Vinyl Baseball
Didn’t have luck catching a foul ball while at a game this year? Fans can purchase their own official baseball — perfect to get signed by a player at Friday and Saturday Marlins autograph sessions during the season.
#5) 47 Brand Bullpen MVP Cap
#4) New Era Diamond Era Cap
#3) New Era Official On-Field Cap
With several hat designs and styles, there’s an option for everyone in the Fish Family.
#2) Majestic Name and Number T-Shirt
The simple black tee is a great addition to any wardrobe.
#1) Majestic Adult Coolbase Player Jersey
Whether Fish fans chose Dee, Giancarlo, or José, a sea of player jerseys could be spotted on a nightly basis at the ballpark.
Which of these will you add to your collection, Fish Family?
To view a full list of Marlins Teams Stores, click here.
From crazy catches in the stands to some peculiar in-game behavior, Fish fans did not disappoint when it came to memorable moments this year.
1) Sibling rivalry.
The best part? The brother ended up with a baseball of his own.
2) Is this baseball or dodgeball?
We choose to see this moment with the glass half full — literally. At least he still has some beer left to enjoy.
3) A new way to spend a night at the park.
Baseball is known for being a slow sport at times, but who knew it was perfect for knitting?
4) Ichiro-mania in full effect.
No one heard louder cheers this year than the legendary Ichiro. No one.
5) Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Has anyone ever been this excited to get a foul ball? Probably not.
6) No glove necessary.
The only thing more impressive than Giancarlo Stanton’s monster shot is this fan’s over-the-railing catch! We got the chance to catch up with him after his legendary catch.
7) Dedication to the max.
No phones were harmed during the events of this GIF.
8) The Dark Knight delivers.
Turns out superheroes exist in real life!
9) An All-Star head.
That’s one way to show your loyalty to your team.
10) Fan takes a tumble.
In the end, we’re just glad he ended up with the ball.
Fish Family, did we miss any of your favorite fan moments from this season?
You know him as Donnie Baseball. Don Battingly. The Hitman.
But we bet that there’s a lot you don’t know about the Marlins’ new manager, Don Mattingly — like the fact that he’s ambidextrous. He actually pitched left-handed and right-handed in Little League, then played second base as a righty in American Legion ball. Pretty unheard of and impressive.
Don also now sports the number 8 to honor the late Yogi Berra, his former manager.
Going off his current uniform number, here are 8 fast facts you probably didn’t know about Don Mattingly:
1) Don spent his entire 14-year career playing for the New York Yankees. From 1991 through 1995, he served as the team’s captain, and in 1997, his number — 23 — was even retired by them.
2) Don was named an American League All-Star six consecutive times.
3) He won nine Gold Glove Awards (including five straight), three Silver Slugger Awards, the 1984 American League batting title, and was the 1985 American League Most Valuable Player.
4) It turns out Don has something in common with the latest batting champion and his new second baseman, Dee Gordon! In 1984, Don was neck-and-neck in batting average all year long with teammate Dave Winfield. Don ultimately won the race on the final day of the season, .343 to .340, also topping the league that year in hits (207) and doubles (44).
5) During his team’s trip to Seattle in 1986, Don’s teammate Mike Pagliarulo suffered an injury, leaving the Yankees to fill a void at third base. Lou Piniella took a chance on Don, who became the first left-handed-throwing third baseman to play in the Majors since Wee Willie Keeler in the early 1900s.
6) Don made history again the following season… twice! Not only did he hit a home run in a record-setting eight consecutive games, but he also hit six grand slam home runs that year, a new baseball high that still stands.
7) Don made the playoffs once during his playing career, hitting .417/.440/.708 with a home run and six RBI in five games of the 1995 ALDS against the Seattle Mariners.
8) In 2004, Don returned to the Yankees as a coach for then-manager Joe Torre. Four years later, he followed Joe to the Los Angeles Dodgers, eventually succeeding him as their manager in 2011. During Don’s five seasons leading L.A., the team had a combined record of 446-363 (.551), the best for a Dodgers manager since Walter Alston’s .558 record from 1954-1976. More so, Don became the first Dodgers manager ever to lead the team to three consecutive postseason appearances when they won three straight NL West titles from 2013-2015.
Through it all, Don Mattingly has earned a great reputation, coming to the Marlins as a well-respected manager, a wise baseball mind, and perhaps above all, a wonderful person.
What are your thoughts on the Fish having a legend as their skipper? Let us know in the comments below!
Happy Halloween to everyone in the Fish Family! What are you dressing up as this year? From the Super Bowl’s “Left Shark” to the infamous “pizza rat,” costume creativity seems to be reaching an all-time high this year.
Which got us thinking…
Besides the obvious — a fish, of course — what should your favorite Marlins players dress up as this weekend? Scroll down to see what we came up with:
1) Dee Gordon — Flash Gordon
Everyone knows Dee is Flash Gordon!
2) Justin Bour — Homer Simpson
Justin and Homer’s shared love of donuts makes this one a no-brainer.
3) Adeiny Hechavarría — Scooby Doo
Adeiny’s nickname is “El Perro,” translating to “the dog” in Spanish. What better costume than the most famous dog in the world?
4) Giancarlo Stanton — The Hulk
All Giancarlo really has to do is paint himself green in order to portray the Hulk. We see a “Best Dressed Award” in his future.
5) Christian Yelich — Pete Davidson dressed as Christian Yelich
Christian should be Pete dressed as Christian for Halloween. So basically himself… except not.
6) Kyle Barraclough — Winnie the Pooh Bear
Barraclough… Winnie the Pooh Bear… Get it?
7) José Fernández — The Karate Kid
From “The Kid” to “The Karate Kid.” José’s had his costume set since the day he donned this headband inspired by the 80’s film.
8) Martín Prado — A captain
After all, Martín Prado teammates’s did call him the unofficial captain of the Marlins back in September.
Still looking for a Halloween costume for yourself? Stand out in the crowd this year, just like “Marlins Man” — a.k.a. Laurence Leavy, the Fish Family member you may have noticed sitting behind Home Plate this postseason and last, decked out in orange gear.
If you become a 2016 Marlins Season Ticket Holder, you’ll receive your very own “Marlins Man” Halloween costume: a Marlins red-orange jersey and visor! Remember, though, this offer is only valid here during the postseason game broadcasts.
It’s baseball awards season, giving recognition to players who performed well on the field this year. But what about all of those great moments that happened off the diamond?
In the case of the 2015 Marlins, the team was full of players who made us laugh on a daily basis with their antics. Check out the list we compiled of all of the funniest GIFs, videos, tweets and moments. Dare you to not laugh!
Ichiro Suzuki presents Dan Jennings with a necktie.
Dan Jennings had been a part of the Marlins’ Front Office for many years, so it was only normal for him to be a little nervous during his first day as manager. Here’s how Ichiro helped make things more familiar for DJ, as only Ichiro could:
Justin Nicolino’s debut celebration.
When Justin made his Major League debut in June, he impressed, pitching 7 shutout innings en route to the rookie’s first career victory. The night didn’t end with just high-fives, though. Justin’s teammates felt the best way to celebrate was to drench him in anything they could find in the clubhouse including milk, ketchup, and mustard. Sound disgusting? It was.
— Justin Bour (@bour41) June 21, 2015
Justin Bour’s love affair with donuts.
If you’ve followed Justin this year, you’re probably aware that the 6’4″, 249 pounder loves himself some donuts. Definitive proof:
— Intentional Talk (@IntentionalTalk) August 25, 2015
Don’t you dare joke about doughnuts Dee. https://t.co/eUIJfSdE4S
— Justin Bour (@bour41) July 3, 2015
— dan haren (@ithrow88) June 18, 2015
Adeiny Hechavarría’s staredown with an ump.
Adeiny was not impressed after getting called out at first base. His face says it all.
Giancarlo Stanton’s controversial way of eating Kit Kats.
Who could forget when Dee publicly called out Giancarlo for his unusual way of eating Kit Kat bars? Despite the company sending the duo a case of 432 (!) bars with instructions on how to eat them, Big G still stuck to his old ways. Safe to say, no one was pleased.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) June 4, 2015
— Anna L (@ahhnalin) June 1, 2015
Tom Koehler’s post-game cooldown.
We’re forever thankful to Dan Haren for making this video of TK public after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Padres. With that flow, now we understand why Tom is called The Big Salad…
Christian Yelich getting surprised by SNL‘s Pete Davidson.
By far, one of the funniest moments of the year was when SNL comedian Pete Davidson surprised his look-a-like Christian at Citi Field, which you can read all about here. Perhaps even funnier was when Pete appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to share his perspective of the hilarious day.
Dee Gordon’s evil laugh.
Justin Nicolino uses the world’s biggest bat.
After failing at a bunt attempt the night before, Justin’s teammates had the perfect solution: practicing using the biggest bat, well, ever. (Note: He still struggled.)
The Marlins calling out the Mets on Twitter.
Amidst a pennant race in September, the Marlins defeated the Nationals to extend the Mets’ lead of the division. That’s when the Mets began to “favorite” several tweets regarding the game — leading Miami’s social media team to publicly expose them for the baseball world to see. Busted!
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 18, 2015
Adeiny Hechavarría’s casual diving grab.
Adeiny’s nickname might be “El Perro” — meaning “The Dog” in Spanish — but he showed off his cat-like reflexes this day, nonchalantly catching a foul ball on the fly while in the on-deck circle. —
Jeff Mathis gets the silent treatment from his teammates.
Everyone loves a good silent treatment! Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis nearly made it the entire year without hitting a home run — until he went deep off Mets starter Steven Matz in September. The team celebrated in the best way they knew how: by completely ignoring Jeff as he returned to the dugout.
Dee Gordon and Mat Latos start the dunk tradition.
It was the dunk seen around the world. Who could forget Dee and Mat capping off Christian’s walk-off win with their first (of many!) dunks?
Martín Prado’s misplay.
Martín thought he had the ball. He didn’t. —
Dee Gordon’s misplay.
Dan Jennings swaps roles with Jessica Blaylock.
Back in June, Marlins manager Dan Jennings flipped the script on the team’s sideline reporter, Jess. DJ grabbed the mic and began firing questions Jess’ way as if he were a real reporter. Needless to say, hilarity ensued.
J.T. Realmuto forgets the number of outs.
Miguel Rojas and Dee Gordon hit the quan. Not familiar with the song? Scroll down for the video.
Dee Gordon’s pre-game dance moves.
This season, we learned the best (and funniest) dancer on the team is definitely Dee. —
José Fernández’s solo jam session.
Justin Bour takes a tumble.
It was one of the plays of the year. After Martín Prado made an incredible diving stop and throw from his knees, first baseman Justin showed off his acrobatic ways, catching the ball and doing a backwards somersault to complete the out. That’s gotta hurt.
What are those?!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/SLbjAicpSU
— Justin Bour (@bour41) September 27, 2015
Billy The Marlin’s celebratory dance.
You can always count on the Marlins’ mascot for a funny moment. Billy securing a foul ball = happiest fish ever.
Ichiro Suzuki’s biceps flex.
Even at 42 years old, Ichiro’s still got it.
José Fernández gets seeds thrown at him.
We give props to José for keeping his cool during the interview.
Dee Gordon’s skip to the dugout.
There are players who casually walk or jog back to the dugout… and then there’s Dee Gordon.
Which moments did you find the funniest? Sound off in the comments below.
Don’t miss out on any hilarious Marlins moments next year. Make it official, and become a member of the Fish Family today! 2016 Season Tickets are now available for purchase at marlins.com/seasontickets.
Ah, the walk-off. Is there anything better than winning the game on your final at-bat in front of your home crowd? In 2015, six different Marlins players accounted for nine walk-off wins.
How many of these did you see?
Christian Yelich RBI Single | April 10th vs. Tampa Bay
Entering his second full season in the majors, Christian had already accumulated two walk-offs in his young career. It didn’t take long in the season for Christian to notch #3.
Christian’s 10th inning RBI single scored Dee Gordon and secured the Marlins’ first win of the 2015 season. Maybe more importantly, it introduced us to the #AirGordon Dunk.
Marcell Ozuna RBI Double | May 1st vs. Philadelphia
The Big Bear was hearing it from the Fish Family on the first of May.
Marcell’s RBI double narrowly scored Giancarlo Stanton and secured the Marlins’ third straight victory.
Martín Prado RBI Single | May 23rd vs. Baltimore
The first win of Dan Jennings’ managerial career was a thrilling one. A scoreless ballgame through 12 innings, Martín Prado sent DJ home happy on a clutch RBI single — the sixth walk-off hit of the veteran’s career.
When you’ve delivered that many walk-offs you even get a crown.
Justin Bour 3-Run HR | July 1st vs. San Francisco
If you blinked, you probably missed it. Justin Bour made his first career walk-off count, launching a three-run rocket deep into the Miami night.
Walk-off home runs call for epic Gatorade showers, right?
Adeiny Hechavarría 3-Run HR | August 2nd vs. San Diego
Walk-off home run + bat flip = perfection.
With a bat flip that good, hard to believe this was Adeiny’s first career walk-off.
Justin Bour RBI Single | August 11th vs. Boston
His second walk-off of the season, Bour got some serious air after delivering the game-winning hit.
Now that’s how you go Full Bour!
Martín Prado RBI Double | September 4th vs. New York
Recording five hits in a game is special, but adding a walk-off hit, too?
Have a freaking day, Martín!
Martín Prado Sac Fly RBI | September 6th vs. New York
Two walk-offs in three days? En fuego, Martín!
Time to celebrate, Fish Family.
Dee Gordon RBI Double | September 23rd vs. Philadelphia
In a historic season where he led the National League in batting average, hits and stolen bases, Dee did it all. His RBI double secured a walk-off win for the Fish.
After a season of slam dunking his teammates, this time, Air Gordon got a taste of his own medicine.
Which Marlins walk-off was your favorite?
Don’t forget: 2016 Season Tickets are now available, starting at just over $6 per game. Visit marlins.com/seasontickets to join the Fish Family today!
Happy Back To The Future Day, Fish Family!
The iconic 1989 film Back To The Future II predicted that today, October 21st, 2015, the Chicago Cubs would sweep a Miami baseball team to win the 2015 World Series. In reality, the Cubs trail the New York Mets 3-0 in the National League Championship Series, making BTTF’s prediction unlikely but still a possibility. Even more amazing – Back To The Future successfully predicted a professional baseball team in Miami four years before the inception of the Florida Marlins! We’ll forgive them for putting Miami in the American League and for making the mascot a gator. No one’s perfect after all.
You may recall the Marlins held a season-long campaign to #RewriteTheFuture this year to pay homage to the film that successfully predicted is it’s existence. To continue the party, we thought it’d be fun to go Back To The Future, comparing the Marlins’ inaugural year of 1993 to modern day 2015.
Opening Day Lineup
Opening Day Starters
- 1993: Charlie Hough
- 2015: Henderson Alvarez
Looking back, both pitchers kept their team in the game on their respective Opening Days — but, more importantly, we can’t get over those vintage uniforms!
Average Cost of Gas
- 1993: $1.16
- 2015: $2.25
The price of gas just keeps going up. If only we had Back to the Future hoverboards to ride around on…
Average Cost of a Movie Ticket
- 1993: $4.14
- 2015: $8.61
The cost of a night at the movies has more than doubled since 1993 — and that’s before buying popcorn!
Best-Selling U.S. Single
- 1993: “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
- 2015: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
These two songs have a lot more in common than just being on top during their respective years! “Uptown Funk” stayed at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year for 14 straight weeks, tying six other songs as the second-longest running chart-topping single of all time. Which is one of the songs it tied with? You guessed it: “I Will Always Love You.”
Top-Grossing Worldwide Movie
- 1993: Jurassic Park
- 2015: Jurassic World
We’ve figured out the secret to a successful movie: feature dinosaurs. Jurassic Park broke Box Office records after its 1993 release, beating E.T. to become the highest-grossing film released worldwide up to that time. In its release this year, Jurassic World, too, broke records, quickly getting crowned the third most successful film of all time behind Avatar and Titanic.
Top U.S. TV Show:
- 1993: 60 Minutes
- 2015: Sunday Night Football
One thing is obvious: the priorities of Americans have changed over the years.
Super Bowl Champions
- 1993: Dallas Cowboys (XXVII)
- 2015: New England Patriots (XLIS)
The Cowboys may have only won once since 1993, but at least their name won’t be forever linked to the phrase “deflategate.”
World Series Champions:
- 1993: Toronto Blue Jays
- 2015: TBD
It’s crazy to think the last time the Blue Jays won the World Series was actually their last postseason appearance! Toronto just so happens to be playing in the ALCS this week. Will they take the crown again, or will Back to the Future‘s prediction come true?
- 1993: Chicago Bulls
- 2015: Golden State Warriors
Back then, it was Michael Jordan dominating the league. Now, it’s players like the Warriors’ Steph Curry — or should we say, his daughter, Riley.
Stanley Cup Champions
- 1993: Montreal Canadiens
- 2015: Chicago Blackhawks
While the Canadiens went all the way in 1993, they haven’t seen any Stanley Cup action since. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have been dominating in recent years, winning 3 of the last 6 Championships!
As you can tell, a lot has changed since 1993 — but a lot has also stayed the same. It’s been 1.21 gigawatz of memories for 23 years now!
Three things are guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and Adeiny Hechavarría making insane defensive plays on a nightly basis.
But really. Have you seen the show Hech has been putting on in the field this year?
Here are a few numbers that prove it:
- 21.6 Defensive Runs Above Average (2nd among NL SS)
- 15.8 Ultimate Zone Rating (2nd among NL SS)
- .984 fielding percentage (4th among NL SS)
- 93 double plays (T-2nd among NL SS)
Not convinced of his Gold Glove candidacy? Take a look at 12 times this season Adeiny proved he’s a force to be reckoned with:
Adeiny’s got ups:
He even impresses himself:
That range, though:
On the run? No problem:
From the ground? No problem:
I mean, who needs a glove, anyway?:
He’s so fly:
He’s basically an acrobat:
What a thing of beauty:
That’ll make your pitcher happy!:
He does it all with ease:
Derek Jeter? Is that you?:
Plenty more where these came from! (But really — it was hard trying to narrow these down to just 12.)
Remember, Fish Family, you have until November 13th to vote Adeiny as MLB’s Best Defensive Player. There’s no one more deserving, so vote now and vote often!
UPDATE #2: Ichiro’s quest for 3,000 hits will continue next year — in a Marlins uniform! The 10-time All-Star has officially re-signed with Miami for the 2016 season!
UPDATE: On the final game of the season this Sunday, Ichiro did something for the first time in his 15-year career… he pitched! That’s right; our very own Ichiro entered from the bullpen in the 8th inning to face the Phillies. After surrendering a run on two hits in his inning of work, “Pitchiro” joked after the game, “I was shocked my fastball wasn’t my best pitch. I’m never going to say a bad thing about a pitcher again.”
Watch Ichiro’s pitching highlights below:
Every time Ichiro Suzuki steps to the plate, you can expect fan reaction similar to this:
That’s because right in front of our eyes each night is one of the greatest players the game’s ever seen. A future Hall of Famer. A legend.
This season alone, Ichiro’s reached incredible milestones and broken records seemingly every week. Don’t believe us? Scroll down to see his biggest accomplishments of the year:
10) On Opening Day, Ichiro became the first Japanese player in Marlins history. It was also his first career appearance at Marlins Park!
9) With 11 steals this season, Ichiro now has 498 in his Major League career, the most among active players.
8) On April 25th, he scored the 1,968th run of his career between Japan (658) and MLB (1,310), passing Sadaharu Oh for the most runs scored by a Japanese player.
7) On August 15th, he recorded career hit #4,192 and #4,193, unofficially passing Ty Cobb for the most all-time professional hits. As of today, he owns 4,212 career hits between Japan (1,278) and MLB (2,934)!
6) On August 18th, he became the oldest player in Marlins history to have 4+ hits in a game, going 4-for-5 at 41 years, 301 days old.
5) On August 25th, he recorded his 10,000th plate appearance, joining Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre and Jimmy Rollins as only active players with 10,000+ plate appearances. He was the second-fastest player ever to reach this mark!
4) On August 31st, Ichiro reached 2,000 runs scored between MLB and Japan.
3) With 115 career triples between MLB and Japan, he is just 1 shy of tying Yutaka Fukumoto for the most by a Japanese player.
2) Ichiro ranks 35th on MLB’s all-time hits list with 2,934. He’s just 1 hit away from tying Barry Bonds and only 66 away from 3,000 for his big league career! #IchiRoadTo3000
The possibility of seeing Ichiro reach that plateau next year, if he returns to the Marlins, gives us the chills!
1) On September 5th, Ichiro recorded his 100th assist in right field over his Major League career.
Don’t take your eyes off him for one second or you may miss him reaching another ridiculous milestone!
In conclusion, Ichiro is a stud. (As if you needed any proof.)