Hanley Ramírez

Hanley Ramírez (born December 23, 1983) is a Dominican-American professional baseball infielder and designated hitter who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox, Florida / Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Cleveland Indians. Ramírez is a three-time MLB All-Star, and received the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Ramírez established himself as an elite threat at the plate over his prime years,[1][2] with a high career batting average (.290) and a high isolated power (.198).[1][3][4] However, he was rated a poor defensive shortstop, which is why when he returned to the Red Sox the team played him in left field for the first time in his career, with even poorer results.[5][6][7][8] For the 2016 season, he was switched to the first base position, a move that yielded good results both offensively and defensively.[9] His hitting declined in 2017 and 2018, as he had the lowest batting average and the lowest OPS of his MLB career.

Hanley Ramírez
Hanley Ramirez (16638294644) (2)
Ramírez with the Boston Red Sox in 2015
Free agent
Infielder / Designated hitter
Born: December 23, 1983 (age 35)
Samaná, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 2005, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
(through April 17, 2019)
Batting average.289
Hits1,834
Home runs271
Runs batted in917
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Ramírez was born in Samaná, Dominican Republic, to Toribio and Isabela Ramírez. His father was an auto mechanic. At an early age, Ramírez was an avid baseball fan and showed great potential to make it in the sport as a MLB prospect.[10][11] He was also known as a basketball player.[12] He attended Adventista High School in Samaná, and was a great player attracting the attention of MLB scouts. Boston Red Sox scout Levy Ochoa recognized Ramírez's talent and signed him to the Red Sox in 2000.[10][11]

Professional career

Boston Red Sox

Ramírez signed with the Boston Red Sox as an international free agent in July 2000, at age 16. He played in the Dominican Summer League for the DSL Red Sox in 2001.[13][14] In 2002, with the GCL Red Sox he hit .340 and was selected as a Gulf Coast League and Rookie League All-Star. He also batted .371 in 22 games with the Class A Short Season Lowell Spinners that year.

Ramírez spent 2003 with the Class A Augusta GreenJackets, batting .275 in 111 games. In 2004, he split time across the GCL Red Sox (batting .400 in 6 games), the Class A-Advanced Sarasota Red Sox (.310 in 62 games), and the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs (.310 in 32 games). Ramírez was rated by Baseball America as the number ten prospect in baseball prior to the 2005 season, and with the Sea Dogs that year he was selected as an Eastern League All-Star while hitting .271 in 122 games.[15]

Ramírez made his MLB debut on September 20, 2005, against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, entering the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the seventh inning and then striking out in his first at bat in the top of the eighth inning against Tim Corcoran.[16] Ramírez appeared in only one other game that season, striking out again in one at bat.[17]

Florida/Miami Marlins

2006 season

After the 2005 season, the Red Sox traded Ramírez and Aníbal Sánchez, Jesús Delgado, and Harvey García for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota.[18] During spring training, Ramírez was impressive enough to earn the starting shortstop job over Robert Andino. On April 3, he recorded his first Major League hit in his first at bat of the season, a single to center field off of Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt.[19] On April 18, he led off the game with his first Major League home run off of Eric Milton of the Cincinnati Reds. He hit his second home run in the seventh inning of that game against reliever Mike Burns.[20]

Ramírez led all MLB rookies with 185 hits, 119 runs, 11 triples and 51 stolen bases. He hit seven leadoff home runs, the most in team history for a season and career. Ramírez's 46 doubles in the 2006 season is the all-time NL record for a shortstop age 22 or younger.[21] He is the first NL rookie to post 110-plus runs and 50-plus stolen bases. He became the fifth big-league player since 1900 to hit 45-plus doubles and have 50-plus stolen bases, joining Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Lou Brock. He finished the season as the NL Rookie of the Year Award named by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.[22]

2007 season

During his sophomore season, Ramírez picked up where he left off. The ever-improving young star, who referred to Ryan Howard when asked about the sophomore jinx in baseball, was hitting .331 with 14 home runs and 35 RBIs to go along with 27 steals at the All-Star break. Despite his numbers, he did not make the All-Star roster.

Marlins manager Fredi González experimented with Ramírez a bit in the number three slot in the lineup, batting him ahead of Mike Jacobs when injuries hit the Marlins position players. Gonzalez believed Ramírez could be a middle-of-the-lineup player despite his speed, because he hit for power.[23]

In a game versus the Cincinnati Reds on July 22, 2007 Ramírez overextended his shoulder when he tried to hit a pitch on the lower outside corner off right-hander Bronson Arroyo. He was helped off the field and was determined to have suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder.

In 154 games Ramírez batted .332 with 29 home runs, 81 RBIs, 125 runs and 51 steals. He fell one home run shy of becoming only the third player in baseball history to hit 30 or more home runs and steal 50 or more bases in the same season. Ramírez led the National League in VORP.

After the end of the season, Ramírez underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair his injured left shoulder.[24]

2008 season

Entering the 2008 season, Ramírez was now looked at as the face of the franchise after the Marlins traded All-Stars Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers. Ramírez contributed well in the Marlins fast start, earning a spot as the starting shortstop for the National League All-Star team for the first time in his career. He was 2-for-3 with two singles and a run in the 2008 All-Star Game.

In addition, Ramírez agreed to a six-year, $70 million extension, by far making it the richest contract in Marlins history.[25]

Ramírez was named NL Player of the Month in June. He had been batting .298 with six doubles, a triple and ten home runs. He led the NL in three categories: home runs, runs scored and total bases.[26]

Ramírez hit his 30th home run of the season on September 13 and joined Preston Wilson in 2000 as the only Marlins to become members of the 30–30 club. He ended the season with 33 home runs and 35 stolen bases.

2009 season

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Ramírez playing for the Florida Marlins in 2009

Ramírez played in the World Baseball Classic for his native Dominican Republic prior to the 2009 season.

During the April 6, 2009 regular season opener against the Washington Nationals, Ramírez hit his first career grand-slam off of Washington reliever Steven Shell.[27] On July 5, 2009, Ramírez was the NL starting shortstop for the 2009 All-Star Game. On September 6, against the Nationals, Ramírez hit his 100th home run of his MLB career, becoming the fourth quickest shortstop in terms of games played to reach that milestone (Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Ernie Banks). With a batting average of .342, Ramírez won his first batting title. He recorded 106 RBIs (sixth in NL), stole 27 bases (fifth in NL), and scored 101 times (eighth in NL). He won the Silver Slugger Award at shortstop, and came in second to Albert Pujols for NL MVP.

2010 season

On May 17 in a home game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ramírez fouled a ball off his ankle in his first at-bat. He looked as if he was in some pain but remained in the game. He then grounded into a double play to end the inning as he slowly ran to first base. The next inning, with runners on first and second, a bloop shot was sent into shallow left field. Ramírez ran to catch it. He did not, and when it hit the ground, Ramírez inadvertently kicked it into the left-field corner. Ramírez then jogged all the way to the corner as Diamondbacks rounded the bases. Two of the three runners would end up scoring with the other ending up on third. Then-manager of the Marlins Fredi González removed Ramírez from the game, and a war of words led to Ramírez being benched for the next game. In his first game back against the St. Louis Cardinals, Ramírez went 3–for-5 with a RBI. About a month later, Gonzalez was fired.

Ramírez was voted in as a starter for the 2010 All Star game for the third year in a row. He was also chosen to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby for the first time in his career. In the Derby, he came in second place to Boston's David Ortiz.

Ramírez hit his 25th career leadoff home run and his first career walk-off hit on August 7 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He came up to bat in the bottom of the 10th inning with a man on first base hit a walk-off double to right-center field to end the Marlins' five-game losing streak.

On September 15 in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Ramírez aggravated an injury in his elbow he sustained earlier in the season while swinging. He attempted to come back and play a week later, but after one game, he was still in pain and shut down for the rest of the season. He finished 2010 with a .300 batting average, 21 home runs, 76 RBIs, 32 steals and 92 runs scored.

2011 season

During the 2011 season, Ramírez performed below levels seen in recent seasons. By June 20, Ramírez was hitting just .200 with only 4 home runs and 17 RBIs. However, he raised his stats up to .243 with 8 home runs and 37 RBIs by July 9. For the first time in his career, Ramírez hit cleanup. He injured himself after trying to make a diving catch in a game against the New York Mets on August 2, aggravating a shoulder injury that plagued him in 2010. He missed the rest of 2011, playing only 92 games, and needed surgery in the off-season. He finished the season batting .243, 10 HR, and 45 RBIs. The Marlins, who were 55–55 at the time of the injury, finished 72–90.

2012 season

During the 2011–2012 off-season the Marlins, during their rebuilding stage, acquired reigning the National League batting champ shortstop José Reyes. Prior to that signing, Ramírez was the shortstop. After the signing, reports circulated claiming that Ramírez was unhappy with being forced to change positions to third base.[28]

After a slow start, Ramírez finished strong in May with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs.[29] On July 13, 2012, Ramírez dropped in the batting order from second to fifth to start the second half of the baseball season.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On July 25, 2012, Ramírez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers together with Randy Choate for Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitching prospect Scott McGough.[30] At the time of his trade, Ramírez was batting .246 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs and had recorded 14 stolen bases.[31]

2012 season

In his debut with the Dodgers, Ramírez hit a triple in his first at-bat. He went 2-for-4 with a RBI, and a run in a losing effort against the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit his first home run for the Dodgers on July 27, winning the game in extra innings in Game 1 of a series with the San Francisco Giants. In 64 games, he hit .271 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs. He had three walk-off hits in 2012, the most in MLB.[32]

2013 season

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Ramírez with the Los Angeles Dodgers in April 2013.

He played with the Dominican team during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. In the championship game against Puerto Rico he injured his hand while diving for a ball. An MRI the next day revealed a torn thumb ligament which would require surgery. The Dodgers announced that he would miss the first two months of the season while recovering,[33] however, he rejoined the Dodgers on April 29, earlier than expected.[34]

In just his third start after returning, Ramírez suffered a hamstring injury while running the bases on May 3 and returned to the disabled list.[35] He eventually rejoined the Dodgers on June 4.[36] His return from the disabled list reignited the Dodgers offense and they started to get hot, which included a 46-10 record from mid-June to mid-August and they went from last place to winning the National League West. Ramírez, in just 86 games, hit .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI and reached the playoffs for the first time in his career.[37]

In the 2013 National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, Ramírez went 8 for 16 with six extra-base hits, tying a franchise postseason record.[37][38] In Game 1 of the 2013 National League Championship Series, Ramírez was hit by a fastball on a 1-2 count in the first inning, fracturing two ribs and taking him out of the series, which the Dodgers lost in six games.[37]

2014 season

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Ramírez with the Dodgers

In the last year of his contract, Ramírez dealt with several injuries throughout the season. He finished the regular season hitting .283, with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 128 games. On August 2, Ramírez hit his first career walk-off home run off of the Cubs' Blake Parker in the 12th inning. He became a free agent after the season, even though the Dodgers did extend a qualifying offer to him.

Based on his history of committing errors, Ramirez was widely considered a defensive liability. Ramírez cost starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw a perfect game on June 18 by committing a throwing error in the top of the seventh inning. Afterwards, Manager Don Mattingly replaced him with SS Carlos Triunfel for defensive purposes.[39]

Return to the Boston Red Sox

On November 25, 2014, Ramírez signed a four-year, $88 million deal with a fifth year vesting option worth $22 million, to return to the Boston Red Sox. They announced plans to play him in left field, even though he had only previously played shortstop and third base in his career.[40]

2015 season

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Ramírez talking with umpire Will Little.

On Opening Day 2015 on April 6, in his first game with Boston in almost 10 years, Ramírez played left field for the first time in his career and hit two home runs (one being a broken-bat grand slam[27]) for a total of 5 RBI as the Red Sox routed the Philadelphia Phillies 8–0.[41] On April 29, Ramírez hit his 10th home run of the season, joining teammate David Ortiz as the only players in Red Sox history to hit 10 home runs in the month of April.[42] However, a few days later on May 4, Ramírez left the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the first inning after crashing into the left field wall at Fenway Park. The team announced shortly after that he had suffered a left shoulder sprain.[43]

Ramírez ended the 2015 season with a .249 batting average and 19 home runs in 401 at-bats,[44] as his defensive rating in left field was rated as the worst in the American League. As a result, on September 1 the Red Sox announced Ramírez would not play left field for the remainder of the season.[45] The Red Sox also announced then that Ramírez would again change positions in 2016, as its starting first baseman, a new position that he never played before.

2016 season

Ramírez reported early to 2016 spring training with the Red Sox and dismissed his impending positional switch to first base as nothing hard. Once the season began, the transition was well received by the press and clubhouse, with praise going to his improved defense and greater comfort in the infield.[46]

On July 20, 2016, Ramírez belted three two-run home runs in Boston's 11–7 interleague play victory against the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park.[47] Then on August 12, he hit a pair of three-run home runs as the Red Sox beat the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 9–4, in an interleague game. It was his 20th career multihomer game, while his six runs batted in matched a career-high.[48]

On September 15, 2016, in perhaps the most memorable at bat of his season, Ramírez hit a walk off three-run home run to stun the Yankees and complete a thrilling come from behind victory.[49] The win would help catapult the Red Sox to an eleven-game win streak and eventually the 2016 AL East crown.[50]

On October 2, 2016, Ramírez hit his 30th home run of the season. Ramírez, Mookie Betts and David Ortiz became the first trio in Red Sox history with 30 home runs and more than 100 RBIs in the same season.[51] Ramírez would finish the season with a .286 batting average and 111 RBI, a new career high.[52]

2017 season

With the retirement of David Ortiz and the offseason addition of first baseman Mitch Moreland, Ramírez took on the role as the designated hitter for the Red Sox. He had his lowest major league batting average ever as part of a .242/.320/.429 slash line, with 23 home runs, 62 RBIs, and one stolen base (the lowest total of his career) while coming in fourth in the league with eight intentional walks, and playing only 18 games in the field (all at first base).[53] In the postseason, Ramírez batted 8-for-14 (.571) in the 2017 ALDS as the Red Sox lost to the eventual World Series champions, the Houston Astros.

2018 season

In 2018, Ramírez batted .330 for the month of April, but struggled in May, batting .163. On May 25, Ramírez was designated for assignment by the Red Sox as the team activated Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list.[54] He was released on May 30.[55] In 2018, he had a career-low 177 at bats, in which he batted .254 with a career-low .708 OPS.

Overall, in Ramírez's second stint with the Red Sox (2015–18), he batted .260 with 78 home runs and 255 RBIs in 429 games. His salary in 2018 was $22 million.[56]

Cleveland Indians

On February 26, 2019, Ramírez signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, which included an invitation to the team's 2019 major league spring training camp.[57] The Indians purchased Ramírez's contract on March 28. In 16 games with Cleveland, Ramírez batted 9-for-49 (.184) with two home runs and eight RBIs. The Indians designated Ramírez for assignment on April 20.[58] After clearing waivers, Ramírez elected free agency on April 22.[59]

Personal life

Ramírez and his wife, Sanoe (Elisabeth), have three children.[60] Ramírez enjoys reggae music and DJing, as well as listening to merengue and bachata music.[61]

He maintains a close friendship with former teammate and fellow Dominican David Ortiz.[62]

In June 2018, shortly after his release by the Red Sox, Ramírez was briefly reported to have a possible connection with a federal and state investigation into a drug ring based out of Lawrence, Massachusetts.[56] Within days, it was clarified that Ramírez was not linked to the investigation and that a person arrested in the case had used his name “to get the cops off his back, which didn’t work.”[63]

On April 5, 2019, Hanley became a naturalized United States citizen.[64]

See also

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The Cardinals would go on to lose to the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 World Series in six games.

2015 Boston Red Sox season

The 2015 Boston Red Sox season was the 115th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished last in the five-team American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses, 15 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. It was third last-place finish for the team in four years.

2015 Major League Baseball draft

The 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft was held from June 8 through June 10, 2015, to assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The draft order is the reverse order of the 2014 MLB season standings. As the Diamondbacks finished the 2014 season with the worst record, they had the first overall selection. In addition, the Houston Astros had the 2nd pick of the 2015 draft, as compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken, the first overall selection of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Twelve free agents received and rejected qualifying offers of $15.3 million for the 2015 season, entitling their teams to compensatory draft choices if they are signed by another team. The team signing the player will lose their first round choice, though the first ten picks are protected. The New York Mets surrendered their first round pick (15th overall) to sign Michael Cuddyer, while the Colorado Rockies gained a supplementary pick. The Toronto Blue Jays lost their pick for signing Russell Martin, giving a compensatory pick to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Boston Red Sox surrendered their second- and third-round picks (Boston's first pick is protected) to sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramírez. The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers received supplementary picks.Dean Kremer became the first ever Israeli drafted in an MLB draft, when selected in the 39th round, by the Padres.

2016 Boston Red Sox season

The 2016 Boston Red Sox season was the 116th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 93 wins and 69 losses. In the postseason, the team was swept by the American League Central champion Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.

2017 Boston Red Sox season

The 2017 Boston Red Sox season was the 117th season in the team's history, and their 106th season at Fenway Park. They finished with a 93–69 record, the same as their previous season, two games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees. It was also the team's first season in 15 years without David Ortiz, due to his retirement. The Red Sox won their second straight American League East championship, the first time the team has won the division (which was established in 1969) in consecutive years; it was their ninth division title overall. In the postseason, they lost in four games in the American League Division Series to the eventual 2017 World Series champions, the Houston Astros.

Dan Uggla

Daniel Cooley Uggla (born March 11, 1980) is an American former professional baseball second baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida Marlins, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals. In 2010, Uggla won the Silver Slugger Award at second base.

Uggla finished third in the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year voting, behind then-teammate and winner Hanley Ramírez, and future teammate Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals, but won the Players Choice and Sporting News NL ROY Awards. He is also the only second baseman in MLB history to hit at least 30 home runs in four consecutive seasons.

El Niño (disambiguation)

El Niño is a global coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon, the warm phase of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation.

El Niño may also refer to:

El Niño (Def Squad album)

El Niño (oratorio), by American composer John Adams

El Niño (Eldritch album)

El Niño (film)

El Niño, a race car in the video game Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

El Niño, a nickname of Spanish golfer Sergio García

El Niño, a nickname of Spanish footballer Fernando Torres

El Niño, a nickname of baseball player Hanley Ramírez

El Niño, a nickname of hockey player Nino Niederreiter

El Niño, a nickname of mixed martial artist Gilbert Melendez

El Niño, a fictional airline of a non-existing country San Escobar

History of the Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are a Major League Baseball team that currently plays in the city of Miami. Founded in 1991 as the Florida Marlins, the Marlins began play in 1993 in the suburb of Miami Gardens, and moved to the city in 2012, becoming the Miami Marlins at that time.

List of Miami Marlins team records

The Miami Marlins are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in the U.S. state of Florida. The Marlins became members of MLB as an expansion team in the 1993 season. Through 2017, they have played 3,981 games, winning 1,870 and losing 2,111 for a winning percentage of .470. This list documents the superlative records and accomplishments of team members during their tenures as Marlins in MLB's National League East.

Giancarlo Stanton holds the most franchise records as of the end of the 2018 season, with ten records, including both the most career and single-season Home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and total bases records.

No Marlin holds a Major League or National League record for any of the below statistics. However, the Marlins are tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Houston Astros for the shortest franchise record losing streak, recording 11 straight losses twice in 1998 and once in June 2011.

List of Silver Slugger Award winners at shortstop

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball (MLB). These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value." Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.Among shortstops, Barry Larkin is the leader in Silver Slugger Awards, with nine wins between 1988 and 1999, including five consecutive awards (1988–1992). Larkin is fourth all-time in Silver Slugger wins among all positions, behind outfielder Barry Bonds, catcher Mike Piazza and third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who won his first seven awards at shortstop before a position change. Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. won eight Silver Sluggers as a shortstop from 1983 to 1993. Derek Jeter won five Silver Sluggers as a shortstop (2006–2009; 2012), while Ian Desmond (2012–2014), Alan Trammell (1987–1988, 1990), and Édgar Rentería (2000; 2002–2003) won three.Rodriguez' offensive statistics in his seven Silver Slugger-winning seasons lead American League and major league shortstops in most categories; his batting average of .358 and .631 slugging percentage in 1996, .420 on-base percentage in 2000 and 57 home runs in 2002 are records among winning shortstops. The lone category in which Rodriguez does not lead the American League is runs batted in (RBI), where Miguel Tejada is the leader; he batted in 150 runs in 2004. The RBI leader in the National League is Trevor Story, who batted in 108 runs in 2018. In contrast, Rodriguez collected RBI totals over 110 (ranging from 111 in 1999 to 142 in 2002) in all of his Silver Slugger-winning seasons, highlighting the difference in power and production between American League and National League shortstops. Other National League leaders include Larkin and Hanley Ramírez, who led in batting average (Larkin and Ramírez batted .342 in 1989 and 2009 respectively) and on-base percentage (Larkin and Ramírez with .410 in 1996 and 2009 respectively), along with Rich Aurilia, who leads in slugging percentage (.572, 2001). Aurilla is also tied with Story as the National League leader in home runs (Aurilla and Story hit 37 in 2001 and 2018 respectively). Though he has never played in the National League, Rodriguez' 40 or more home runs in six of his seven winning seasons at shortstop are greater than any total hit by a National League winner at third base.

Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. Their home park is Marlins Park. Though one of only two MLB franchises to have never won a division title (the other is the Colorado Rockies), the Marlins have won two World Series championships as a wild card team.

The team began play as an expansion team in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins and played home games from their inaugural season to the 2012 season at what was originally called Joe Robbie Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Since the 2012 season, they have played at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. The new park, unlike their previous home (which was criticized in its baseball configuration for poor sight lines in some locations), was designed foremost as a baseball park. Per an agreement with the city and Miami-Dade County (which owns the park), the Marlins officially changed their name to the "Miami Marlins" on November 11, 2011. They also adopted a new logo, color scheme, and uniforms.The Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in both seasons they qualified for the postseason, doing so in 1997 and 2003—both times as the National League wild card team, making them the only franchise in the major four North American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to have never lost a playoff round. They defeated the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series, with shortstop Édgar Rentería driving in second baseman Craig Counsell for the series-clinching run in the 11th inning of the seventh and deciding game. In the 2003 season, manager Jeff Torborg was fired after 38 games. The Marlins were in last place in the NL East with a 16–22 record at the time. Torborg's successor, 72-year-old Jack McKeon, led them to the NL wild card berth in the postseason; they defeated the New York Yankees four games to two in the 2003 World Series.

Silver Slugger Award

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.The prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position. This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, and one right fielder. In addition, only National League pitchers receive a Silver Slugger Award; lineups in the American League include a designated hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order, so the designated hitter receives the award instead.Home run record-holder Barry Bonds won twelve Silver Slugger Awards in his career as an outfielder, the most of any player. He also won the award in five consecutive seasons twice in his career: from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2000 to 2004. Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with ten wins each. Rodriguez' awards are split between two positions; he won seven Silver Sluggers as a shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, and three with the Yankees as a third baseman. Wade Boggs leads third basemen with eight Silver Slugger Awards; Barry Larkin leads shortstops with nine. Other leaders include Ryne Sandberg (seven wins as a second baseman) and Mike Hampton (five wins as a pitcher). Todd Helton and Albert Pujols are tied for the most wins among first baseman with four, although Pujols has won two awards at other positions. David Ortiz has won seven awards at designated hitter position, the most at that position.

Superstar (Lupe Fiasco song)

"Superstar" is a song performed by rapper Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos. It is the first single off his 2007 album Lupe Fiasco's The Cool. iTunes released "Superstar" on September 25, 2007 along with a radio version of "Dumb It Down."

On November 5, 2007 the official video was released and it was directed by Hype Williams. It premiered on BET's 106 & Park on November 23 and on February 19 it moved up to the number one spot on the countdown. As of December 31, it appeared at number 84 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 countdown.

The song is featured on the soundtrack of NFL Tour and recently NHL 2K10. Star baseball player Hanley Ramírez used the song as his walk-up music at Florida Marlins home games.

In the song Lupe yells "FREE CHILLY" that is a reference to another song on his album. The song "Free Chilly" is about Lupe's business partner "Chilly" who was sentenced to 44 years in jail during the recording of "The Cool".

Will Little

William Max Little III (born March 2, 1984) is a Major League Baseball umpire. He was promoted to a full-time position in February 2015. He attended Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee, then studied biology at Milligan College, where he continued playing baseball.Little worked his first postseason assignment in 2016, working in the 2016 American League Wild Card Game.

Little was the first base umpire when Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels hit his 600th career home run against the Minnesota Twins on June 3, 2017.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lance Berkman
NL Player of the Month
June 2008
Succeeded by
Ryan Braun

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