The Marlins are one of the youngest teams in Major League Baseball, joining the big leagues in 1993 as the Florida Marlins. The Marlins have had a very turbulent history for it being such a short one. After posting losing records in each of the franchise’s first four seasons, Florida kicked it into a new gear for the 1997 season. The Fish won 92 games to secure the National League Wild Card. Moises Alou, Bobby Bonilla and Kevin Brown led the charge for the Marlins, who swept the Los Angeles Dodgers and knocked off the Atlanta Braves in six games to face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. The World Series went to a Game 7, and lasted 11 innings before the Marlins were finally crowned as champions. The following season Florida went from a 92-win team to a 54-win club, finishing last in the division. Success escaped the Marlins until the 2003 season, when Derrek Lee and Mike Lowell powered the Fish to the playoffs. After disposing of the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, the Marlins defeated the New York Yankees in six games to secure their second World Series title. Since 2003 the Marlins have had very talented rosters, but have not returned to the postseason. Miami has not retired any former player’s number. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Miami Marlins baseball tickets.
2016 Marlins Season Preview
The Marlins fourth season in Miami was another difficult one for the team that won two World Series between 1997-2003. The Marlins struggled to keep pace in a very competitive NL East division and come into the 2016 season looking for their young stars to turn the corner. The Marlins 2016 roster will feature many of the same faces from a year ago with much of the onus on the bat of Giancarlo Stanton. In the offseason the Marlins locked up second baseman Dee Gordon for 5 years, and the Fins hope that they have their infield in place for the future. One of the surprises of last season for the Miami Marlins was the arm of Jose Fernandez, who posted a sub 3 ERA for the season and the future looks bright for the Marlins 23 year old. The big question surrounding the 2016 Marlins, will be if they are ready to turn the table. With tough division rivals like the Nationals, and Mets, it isn’t likely that Miami is ready to compete for a division title, and 2016 Miami Marlins tickets should be some of the most affordable in the NL.
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Miami Marlins Baseball at Marlins Park Address: 501 NW 16 Ave, Miami, Florida, 33125
The Marlins play their home games at Marlins Park, located in Miami, Florida. When filled to capacity, Marlins Park holds 37,00 screaming fans. The brand-new state-of-the-art stadium is a spectacle for fans and should be on every MLB fanatic’s list of destinations. Most notable about the park is the giant home run sculpture in center field, that lights up and moves after the Marlins hit a home run. The Miami Marlins dugout is on the Marlins Park third base line in front of sections 19-22. Marlins Park parking information is covered in our Marlins event guide.
Marlins vs. Mets
One of the better rivalries in the National League, this matchup has been superb because both clubs have been competitive at the same times. The rivalry really gained steam in the early 2000’s with both clubs making a World Series appearance, and consistently battling for the NL East title or NL Wild Card spot. Since then, both clubs have fallen from the elite of the national league, but this game has remained interesting because the tension has remained. There is little love lost between these clubs as they consistently provide the fans with great baseball.
Marlins vs. Phillies
These divisional rivals have produced some of the most iconic teams over the last two decades. Since 1997, the Marlins and Phillies have combined for four World Series appearances and three championships. During that span these two clubs went to the postseason over half a dozen times and have both been in the top 3 in the division on many occasions. These teams have often been known for having great pitching with names like Lee, Halladay, Beckett, Willis, and Hamels making appearances in this series.
Miami Marlins in the World Series, National League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
In their history, the Miami Marlins have built multiple World Series championship teams. The Marlins became a franchise in 1993 and after struggling their first few seasons, Miami earned their first trip to the postseason in 1997 as a Wild Card team. The Marlins won the NL pennant that season along with their first World Series title. After dismantling the team and rebuilding from scratch, Miami earned another trip to the playoffs as a Wild Card team in 2007. The Marlins won the NL pennant again along with their second World Series title in that season.
Miami Marlins Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Marlins game?
Gates usually open 90 minutes before the first pitch at Marlins Park.
Where are good places to eat before a Marlins game?
There are some great dining options near Marling Park. Barbeque fans should not miss out on trying Sparky’s Roadside Barbeque. It is one of the best barbeque joints in Florida. If you are looking to spend pre-game at a sports bar try Biscayne Tavern, or Flanigan’s. There are quite a few great pizza places in the area. We recommend trying Stanzione 87, La Dolce Vita Pizza, or Pizzarium. If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, try Azul restaurant, DB Bistro Moderne, or Fratelli Milano. No Miami food guide is complete without some Cuban restaurants. Papo Llega Y Pon, Morro Castle, and El Cristo Restaurant are three of the best. Other good options in the area are, Pinolandia, La Esquina Nica, and Manger Creole.
Where is the best place to park at Marlins Park?
Marlins Park is surrounded by great parking options. On the north side of the stadium are the Home Plate and Third Base garages, which are on the south side of 7th Street in-between 6th and 14th. On the south side of the stadium are the First Base and Center Field garages, which are just south of Bobby Maduro Drive. There are 3 large surface parking lots on the west side of the stadium in-between 7th Street and 4th Street. There are 3 smaller parking lots on the east side of the stadium from 4th Street to 6th Street.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Marlins game?
Children who are 36 months old and younger are allowed to enter Marlins Park without a ticket, but must sit on a guardian’s lap for the duration of the game.