’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Candidates For A Statue At Marlins Park
Probably due to my love of their history, I keep looking at images of the new statues being unveiled at Camden Park in Baltimore. The Orioles franchise appears to treat their legends in a first-class manner, while also keeping them relevant with todays fans.
Recently, the Orioles unveild a statue of Eddie Murray. And before Murray, it was Jim Palmer. And before Palmer, it was Earl Weaver. And before Weaver, it was Frank Robinson. The O’s have two more statues to unveil prior to the end of the 2012 baseball season. Cal Ripken Jr. will be honored on 9/6 and Brooks Robinson will be the final statue to be featured on 9/29.
The Orioles have some legendary players, and I love that their history can be seen at their ballpark on a nightly basis.
Of course, this got me to thinking about my team. My team debuted in 1993. And while we have had our share of great moments as it relates to both team and individual success, I don’t believe that there is one or two, or even three or four, universally celebrated former Marlins players.
Now living in South Florida and paying as much attention to the team as I do would make me biased. But go ask someone in Omaha or San Jose or New Orleans to name the greatest player in Marlins history and you will likely get a lot of different answers and probably some blank stares too.
Being that I am a die-hard fan of the team., I thought it would be fun to go through the history of my young ballclub and try to identify who the team could erect statues of if they desired.
Ultimately, I don’t believe that a single player on the Marlins, both the Florida or Miami, versions has done enough in the sport while with the team to earn this honor, but this should still be fun.
Here we go…
No current Marlins can be considered. Sorry to Josh Johnson, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Reyes, and Ricky Nolasco.
HM – Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Jim Leyland, Charlie Hough, Benito Santiago, Jack McKeon, Dan Uggla, Anibal Sanchez, AJ Burnett, Kevin Brown, Al Leiter, Miguel Cabrera, and Craig Counsell.
10 – Gary Sheffield. Top 5 in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, walks earned.
9 – Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez. Owner of possibly the greatest play in Marlins playoff history – holding onto the ball when JT Snow colided with him at home plate.
8 – Edgar Renteria. Game-Winning RBI to capture 1997 World Series in bottom on 11th inning.
7 – Josh Beckett. 2003 World Series MVP, single-handidly beat New York Yankees in World Series clinching game.
6 – Mike Lowell. Miami native, Top 5 in hits, doubles, total bases, home runs, and 1st in RBI.
5 – Dontrelle Willis. 2003 ROY, 2nd in team wins, 5th in strikeouts, 2x All-Star, franchise leader in shutouts and complete games.
4 – Luis Castillo. Franchise leader in games played, at-bats, singles, hits, stolen bases, triples, and runs scored.
3 – Jeff Conine. Top 5 in games played, hits, total bases, doubles, RBI, walks, singles, and runs created.
2 – Hanley Ramirez. Teams lone batting champion, 2006 ROY, teams lone 30/30 member, Top 5 in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, runs hits, total bases, doubles, triples, home runs, singles, RBI, stolen bases, and runs created.
1 – Livan Hernandez. Perfect Miami story – Cuban defector finds home in the USA and lives the ‘American Dream’. Livan is the main reason that the Marlins won the 1997 World Series. He offered Miami and it’s very large Cuban audience the same thing that Fernando Valenzuela gave to the Dodgers in the early 1980’s.
How was that for a list? Did I miss anyone that you feel is deserving? Let me know.
And for ‘your team’ what former players would you like to see honored in this manner?
Let me hear it!!!!