#MarlinsMan is back! And he’s trying to make a wish come true.

The legend of #MarlinsMan just keeps growing.

First this #FishForLife showed up at random sporting events including the World Series. Then he gave up his World Series seat for a member of military. Then dressing up as #MarlinsMan for Halloween became a thing. Then the Internet memes attempted to break the internets

Well now this “Pay It Forward” advocate is continuing to show that he can use all this attention for a great cause.

In a post on eBay, he’s auctioning off the very outfit he wore during the World Series. And it’s all to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

There’s only about another day left to bid!

Thank you, #MarlinsMan, for showing that the #MarlinFamily is not only passionate, but is also good-hearted and giving!

Top Moment of the Marlins’ 2014 Season: #6

6 – April 29th – May 7th Homestand – Your #FightinFish won nine out of 10 games when they faced the Braves, Dodgers and Mets from April 29th through May 7th. Not only did they win 90 percent of their games, but fans at Marlins Park witnessed three walk-offs in a span of four days!

May 4th: Jeff Baker walk-off hit vs. the Dodgers (5-4 final score)

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Video: http://m.mlb.com/video/v32603133/ladmia-fernandez-baker-on-marlins-walkoff-win/?c_id=mlb

 

May 5th: Casey McGehee walk-off hit vs. the Mets (4-3 final score)

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Video: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/28898650/v32631833/nymmia-mcgehee-hits-a-walkoff-single-off-germen
 

May 7th: Marcell walk-off sac-fly vs. the Mets (1-0 final score)

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Video: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/28898650/v32682499/nymmia-ozunas-sac-fly-gives-marlins-walkoff-win

 

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Top Moment of the Marlins’ 2014 Season: #7

7 – August 2nd – Yelich Walk-Off - The night before his bobblehead giveaway, 22-year-old left fielder and future 2014 Gold Glove Award winner Christian Yelich saved the day with an RBI single to mark the Marlins’ ninth walk-off win of the season to date and beat the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1. Yelich’s walk-off single not only brought the fans at Marlins Park to their feet, but also led to a quick sellout of all 12,000 Christian Yelich Bobbleheads the next day on Family Sunday.

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Christian Yelich Miami Marlins

Christian Yelich Miami Marlins

 

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Top Starting Pitching Performances of 2014

As the youngest, and perhaps brightest rotation in the Majors, 2014 was a season of growth, development and resiliency for Marlins starting pitching.

From the ascension of Henderson Alvarez, to the devastating injury of Jose Fernandez, to the mid-season acquisition of Jarred Cosart, 2014 had many up and down moments for a staff quietly growing together.

Here are 6 of our favorite performances:

 

HENDERSON ALVAREZ | April 19th vs. SEA

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In his fourth start of the season, “The Entertainer” dazzled, tossing a two-hit shutout over the visiting Seattle Mariners.

Pitching with increased velocity, Alvarez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a Dustin Ackley single. Ackley’s single and a Mike Zunino 9th inning-double would be the lone blemishes on a stellar outing.

Overall, Alvarez would face just 28 batters — just one over the minimum.

 

Even more impressive? Alvarez required just 90 pitches to shutout the Mariners.

 

His 90-pitch shutout would finish well below the 100 pitch maximum to qualify for the ever-popular baseball stat the maddux. Named after Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, the maddux signifies pitching dominance with incredible efficiency.

Little did we know, we wouldn’t have to wait very long for Henderson to throw his next maddux.

 

JOSE FERNANDEZ | April 22nd vs. ATL

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In his first start against the Braves since this happened, Fernandez matched a career-high 14 strikeouts while tossing eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball.

More importantly, he outdueled fellow National League East phenom Alex Wood in a 1-0 win for the Fish.

Armed with a fastball touching 100 mph and a devastating breaking ball, Fernandez was nearly untouchable.

Simply one of the best pitching performances of the season by a young man we can’t wait to see again in 2015.

 

TOM KOEHLER | May 7th vs. NYM

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In 2014, no Marlins pitcher was more consistent than Tom “The Big Salad” Koehler. Every five days, the veteran righty took the mound and delivered outings that put the Fish in position to win.

Up against the Mets in May, Koehler was at his best, scattering two hits across eight shutout innings.

The Fish would go on to walk-off against the Metropolitans and complete a series sweep.

 

 

HENDERSON ALVAREZ | June 3rd vs. TB

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Facing interstate rivals the Tampa Bay Rays, Henderson dominated once again. Throwing a mere 88-pitches, Henderson finished off his major league leading third complete game shutout:

 

Dating back to his no-hitter on Closing Day 2013, Henderson had thrown four shutouts in his last 13 starts:

 

One thing is for sure. When The Entertainer takes the mound, it is always interesting:

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NATHAN EOVALDI | August 8th vs. CIN

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In what was an up and down season, Nathan Eovaldi had Cincinnati seeing red on August 8th.

 

Armed with a fastball consistently touching the upper 90’s, Eovaldi baffled the Reds over eight shutout innings.

 

JARRED COSART | August 25th vs. LAA

Acquired from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline, Cosart provided a huge boost to the Marlins’ rotation down the stretch.

In his fourth start as a Miami Marlin, he was at his best. Pounding the strike zone versus a familiar AL West opponent, Cosart dominated for seven and two-third innings.

His performance brought the Marlins back to the .500 mark (65-65) and helped keep the Fish in the postseason hunt entering September.

 

 

So #MarlinFamily, who did we miss? What pitcher do you think will have the biggest impact on the Marlins 2015 season?

Top Moment of the Marlins’ 2014 Season: #8

8 – March 31st – Opening Night – Reigning Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez took the mound and threw the first pitch in front of a record-setting sellout crowd at Marlins Park to kick off the 2014 season against the Colorado Rockies. According to Manager Mike Redmond, “Jose set the tone” for the entire evening and the rest of the Fish followed suit. Jose ended Opening Day with nine strikeouts, Marcell Ozuna homered and had three hits, and Casey McGehee kicked off his comeback year with two doubles and four RBI. The Marlins beat the Rockies 10-1, and Jose improved to 10-0 with a 1.21 ERA at home, all while his mom and abuela cheered in the crowd.

 

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=31735591&topic_id=vtp_head_and_shoulders&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_31735591&v=3

 

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A Walk-Off from a Marlins Reliever? (Hint: It’s Happened Twice)

Richie Lewis and Dennis Cook. Two Teal-Era Marlins known for their prowess out of the bullpen.
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But relievers don’t come up to hit very often. And are almost NEVER asked to hit in clutch situations…

Almost. That’s right, there is actually an example of a Marlins reliever hitting a walk-off! WHAT?!

Even more crazy? It’s happened TWICE!! Here they are…

1 – Richie Lewis’ Inaugural Season Smack - On August 26, 1993 at Joe Robbie Stadium, Richie Lewis pitched an inning and two-thirds in relief. When skipper Rene Lachemann allowed Lewis to hit in the bottom of the 13th inning, Richie knocked in Rich Renteria and earned HIMSELF the Win! Watch:

Video: http://m.mlb.com/video/v36802885/houfla-lewis-walks-off-in-13th-with-a-single/?c_id=mlb

 

2 – Dennis Cook’s 1997 Game-Winner - You know, magical things happen during Championship seasons. So when Jim Leyland asked a left-handed relief pitcher to pinch hit on August 1, 1997, it’s obvious that it worked out, right? Watch:

Video: http://m.mlb.com/video/v36802725/atlfla-marlins-reliever-cook-delivers-walkoff-hit/?c_id=mlb

 

There’s really no good explanation for why that would ever happen. Much less, why it would happen TWICE! #BecauseBaseball

Relief Pitcher Walk-Offs - Richie Lewis

Relief Pitcher Walk-Offs - Richie Lewis

Relief Pitcher Walk-Offs - Dennis Cook

Relief Pitcher Walk-Offs - Richie Lewis

Who are the 6 Best Defensive Players in Marlins History?

Defense has always been part of the blueprint for the Fish.

From Benito Santiago throwing out runners from his knees… to Devon White’s home run saving catches… to Alex Gonzalez’ absolute wizardry at short… to Pudge snapping throws behind runners on the basepaths… to Marcell Ozuna’s CANNON for an arm.

But with Christian Yelich winning the 2014 Gold Glove in Left Field, he joins a short list of Marlins players to win Gold Gloves. Behold… the six Marlins players to win Gold Gloves!

6 – Christian Yelich! –  In his first full season for the Fish, Christian has been most noted for his patient approach at the plate and a remarkable amount of pitches seen per plate appearance. But Christian’s not a one-sided player and Christian’s glove, not his bat, earned him the honor of being a 2014 Gold Glover! Woo hoo!

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- Mark Buehrle – While he was only a Marlin for a season, Mark held up to his reputation as one of the best defending pitchers in the game when he earned the 2012 Gold Glove.

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4 – Derrek Lee – Was there anything 2003 Gold Glover D. Lee couldn’t pick? His game-saving and game-ending pick in Game 5 of the 2003 World Series will always be remembered by Marlins fans everywhere.

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3 – Mike Lowell – Mikey! Miami boy made it! The Coral Gables High and FIU grad could really pick it! He won the 2005 Gold Glove for his sterling fielding percentage. He was even known to pull off a Hidden Ball Trick in his day.

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2 – Luis Castillo! - The all-time franchise leader in more categories than we can count, Luis also holds the honor of winning THREE Gold Glove Awards at second base (2003, 2004, 2005). Dude is an absolute Marlins LEGEND.

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1 – Charles Johnson! – Another Miami boy made it! This University of Miami Hurricane, turned Marlins #1 Pick, turned Gold Glove winner, turned World Series Champ. C.J. also won THREE Gold Glove Awards (1995, 1996 and 1997)!

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They won Gold Gloves, but are they the best defensive Marlins ever? Who is the best defensive Marlins player YOU’ve ever seen?

13 Reasons To Vote Christian Yelich For The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award

Christian Yelich has officially been named the National League Gold Glove winner for left field!

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Just 22-years-old, Christian continues to cement his status amongst the best young players in the Majors.

#MarlinFamily, now Christian needs YOUR help! Christian is officially nominated for the Platinum Glove Award, the premier defensive prize, handed out to the best of the best in each league.

Fans can vote for Christian RIGHT NOW at www.PlatinumGlove.Rawlings.com until 8:00 PM TONIGHT, Wednesday, November 5th.

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Just in case you need a little inspiration, On Cloud Conine is proud to present 13 Reasons To Vote Yelich For The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award:

13 – Christian led NL LF in fielding percentage. His .996 mark was the best single-season fielding percentage among LF in Marlins history.

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12 – Christian had the fewest errors (1) among NL left fielders (min. 100 games).

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11 – Christian tied for the second-most assists (6) among NL left fielders.

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10 – Christian had the second-most putouts (255) among NL left fielders.

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Are GIFs more your style? These nine GIFs explain the rest!

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#MarlinFamily, assemble! Visit www.PlatinumGlove.Rawlings.com NOW and vote for Christian for Platinum Glove! We can do this!

The Story Behind “I Love You Miami” to be Featured on ESPN

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Liván Hernández holds a special place in every diehard Marlins fans’ memories and hearts. His “I Love You, Miami!” exclaim echoes through Marlins lore.

But though to Marlins fans his story began there during that epic 1997 season, Liván’s journey is far more convoluted, historic and compelling.

ESPN and MLB Productions have documented it in a “30 For 30″ documentary called “Brothers in Exile,” which debuts tonight, November 4th on ESPN at 9:00pm ET, which tells the riveting story of Liván and his brother Orlando “El Duque’s” journey from the repressions of communist Cuba.

Here’s a sneak peak:

 

Before there was Adeiny, before there was José… there was Liván.

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Top Moment of the Marlins’ 2014 Season: #9

Battle of the pitchers!

9 – April 22nd – Fernandez vs. Wood Duel – The Fish took the stage at Turner Field for a Tuesday night matchup between Jose and Alex Wood. Both pitchers set their own personal strikeout records, with Jose matching a career high with 14 K’s and Alex setting a career high with 11 K’s. Jose only gave up three hits through eight innings on the mound. It was a pitchers’ duel not to be missed. With both teams combining for 28 strikeouts and no walks, the Fish came out victorious, beating the Braves 1-0.

Video: http://m.mlb.com/video/v32293121/miaatl-fernandez-gets-doumit-to-retire-the-side/?c_id=mlb

 

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