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Florida/Miami Marlins All-Time Lineup

Best at each position, in one season, in team history

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A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Florida/Miami Marlins in the team's first 20 seasons. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history to create a lineup.

Starting pitcher: Kevin Brown

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1996: 17-11, 1.89 ERA, 233 IP, 187 H, 159 Ks, 0.944 ERA

Rest of the rotation: Dontrelle Willis (2005, 22-10, 2.63 ERA, 236.1 IP, 213 H, 170 Ks, 1.134 WHIP), Josh Johnson (2010, 11-6, 2.30 ERA, 183.2 IP, 155 H, 186 Ks, 1.105 WHIP), Carl Pavano (2004, 18-8, 3.00 ERA, 222.1 IP, 212 H, 139 Ks, 1.174 WHIP), Al Leiter (1996, 16-12, 2.93 ERA, 215.1 IP, 153 H, 200 Ks, 1.263 WHIP)

The Marlins have never had a Cy Young winner in their history, but they've come close. Brown earned a huge contract a few years later based on his 1996 season, when he led the NL in ERA and finished second in Cy Young voting. Willis was great before losing his control and belongs as the No. 2. Johnson was fifth in 2010 before arm troubles caused a hiccup in his career. Pavano also cashed in after his great 2004 season and was an injured bust with the Yankees. And the rotation is rounded out by Leiter, one of the stars on the franchise's first championship team (along with Brown).

Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez

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2003: .297, 16 HR, 85 RBI, .843 OPS

Backup: Charles Johnson (1997, .250, 19 HR, 58 RBI, .802 OPS)

The two catchers from the championship teams are the winners here. Both were stellar defensively, too. Rodriguez's time in Miami was just one season, but it was a solid one. Pudge, one of the best catchers ever, is also in the All-Time Lineups for the Tigers and Rangers. Johnson broke in with the Marlins and was 11th in MVP voting and won a Gold Glove in 1997.

First baseman: Carlos Delgado

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2005: .301, 33 HR, 115 RBI, .981 OPS

Backup: Derrek Lee (2003, .271, 31 HR, 92 RBI, 21 SB, .888 OPS)

Keeping the mercenary theme, it's another one-year Marlin at first base in Delgado, who was sixth in NL MVP voting in 2005 and is also in the Mets' All-Time Lineup. Lee was there a little longer -- from 1998 to 2003 - and had his best year in his final season in Miami, when he also won a Gold Glove.

Second baseman: Dan Uggla

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2010: .287, 33 HR, 105 RBI, .877 OPS

Backup: Luis Castillo (2000, .334, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 62 SB, .806 OPS)

Uggla is one of the best power-hitting second basemen ever, and he earned that reputation in Miami with his career season in 2010. The backup led the NL in steals in his best season in 2000.

Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez

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2009: .342, 24 HR, 106 RBI, 27 SB, .954 OPS

Backup: Alex Gonzalez (2003, .256, 18 HR, 77 RBI, .756 OPS)

Before Ramirez wore out his welcome in Miami, he won a batting title in 2009 and drove in 106 runs, finishing second in NL MVP voting. Gonzalez was a good power threat in his time with the Marlins, and he's the backup over 1997 Game 7 hero Edgar Renteria.

Third baseman: Miguel Cabrera

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2006: .339, 26 HR, 114 RBI, .998 OPS

Backup: Mike Lowell (2003, .276, 32 HR, 105 RBI, .881 OPS)

Cabrera finished fifth in the MVP voting, the the future batting champ (for the Detroit Tigers) hit .339 and was second in the NL in hitting. The backup is Lowell, who is better known as the Red Sox's third baseman but was solid with the Marlins as well, winning a Silver Slugger in 2003.

Left fielder: Cliff Floyd

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2001: .317, 31 HR, 103 RBI, 18 SB, .968 OPS

Backup: Jeff Conine (1995, .302, 25 HR, 105 RBI, .899 OPS)

Floyd was one of the best hitters in the National League for a while, and was fabulous in 2001, earning this spot in left field. The backup is a tough call between Conine and one-year Marlin Moises Alou, but being a Marlin for longer is the tiebreaker.

Center fielder: Juan Pierre

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2004: .326, 3 HR, 49 RBI, 45 SB, .781 OPS

Backup: Preston Wilson (2000, .264, 31 HR, 121 RBI, 36 SB, .817 OPS)

The starter and the backup could be pretty interchangable here. Wilson is the more powerful choice, and Pierre hitting for speed and average. This lineup needs a little more speed, so we'll go with Pierre as the starter.

Right fielder: Gary Sheffield

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1996: .314, 42 HR, 120 RBI, 16 SB, 1.090 OPS

Backup: Giancarlo Stanton (2011, .262, 34 HR, 87 RBI, .893 OPS)

Sheffield had the best season of his borderline Hall of Fame career in 1996 at age 27, when he finished sixth in MVP voting. His .465 on-base percentage led the NL. The backup is Stanton, a young star in the making who will almost certainly surpass his 2011 production in future seasons.

Closer: Armando Benitez

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2004: 2-2, 1.29 ERA, 47 saves, 69.2 IP, 36 H, 62 Ks, 0.818 WHIP

Backup: Bryan Harvey (1993, 1-5, 1.70 ERA, 69 IP, 45 H, 73 Ks, 0.841 WHIP)

Neither were in Miami for long, but both were stellar for short periods. You can't deny Benitez's awesome statistical line in 2004 -- he was lights-out. And the backup was an original Marlin in Harvey, who developed elbow issues that shortened his career.

Batting Order

  1. SS Hanley Ramirez
  2. CF Juan Pierre
  3. 1B Carlos Delgado
  4. RF Gary Sheffield
  5. 3B Miguel Cabrera
  6. LF Cliff Floyd
  7. 2B Dan Uggla
  8. C Ivan Rodriguez
  9. P Kevin Brown
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