The Miami Marlins have existed for 30 seasons, dating back to the franchise’s founding in the early 1990s. It hasn’t been smooth-sailing for the franchise for much of that time, but Miami had has playoff success. But, have the Marlins ever won it all? Here’s an answer to that question.
Miami Marlins World Series history
The Miami Marlins franchise has won two World Series titles, in 1997 and 2003.
The Marlins’ first four seasons were less-than-stellar, as the Fish finished with a record below .500 in each. In 1997, the Marlins had the franchise’s first breakthrough. The Marlins made the MLB Playoffs for the first time, and the team from Miami did not waste the opportunity.
The then-Florida Marlins made the World Series in 1997, thanks to a core led by Kevin Brown, Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson, and Moises Alou. Florida defeated the Giants in the NLDS, and followed that up with a six-game series victory over division rival Atlanta.
In the World Series, Florida would meet the Cleveland Indians. In a classic seven-game series, Florida would win Game 7 thanks to a walk-off single from infielder Edgar Renteria.
After that 1997 season, the Marlins would enter a re-build. However, that re-build bared fruits very fast. By 2003, the Marlins built a new core led by Derrek Lee, Luis Castillo, Juan Pierre, Mike Lowell, as well as young stars like Josh Beckett and Miguel Cabrera.
The Marlins would make it back to the MLB Playoffs in 2003, a season that saw Jack McKeon take over as the manager after a slow start. By the end of the season, Florida would win 91 games and make it back to the postseason as a Wild Card team. Florida would beat the Giants yet again in the NLDS, before meeting the Cubs in the NLCS. That series went to seven games, with the Fish coming out on top.
In the 2003 World Series, the Marlins would face the New York Yankees. Despite facing a team that had a much larger payroll, the Marlins finished off the Yankees in six games to win the franchise’s second World Series title.