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Ben Estes

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History: Johnson returns to Marlins in 2000

On this day in team history, free agent catcher Charles Johnson signed a five-year deal with Florida, marking a return to the Marlins for the player who was the franchise's first-ever draft pick in...

History: All-Star catcher Santiago signed in 1992

On this day in team history, the expansion Marlins signed free agent catcher Benito Santiago to a two-year contract. An All-Star the previous four seasons, Santiago played solidly for Florida...

History: Marlins sign free agent Alou in 1996

On this day in team history, the Marlins signed free agent outfielder Moises Alou to a five-year contract in 1996. Alou was a former All-Star still in the prime of his career. The acquisition...

History: Reliever Cook signed to two-year contract

On this day in team history, the Marlins signed free agent reliever Dennis Cook to a two-year contract in 1996. The well-traveled lefty showed he had plenty left in the tank in 1997, especially in...

History: Marlins trade young stars Willis, Cabrera

On this day in team history, the Marlins shipped off lefty Dontrelle Willis and slugger Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers for a six-prospect package. It was the latest in a series of trades that moved...

History: Delgado traded to Mets in 2005

On this day in team history, first baseman Carlos Delgado was traded to the Mets just one season after the Marlins signed the slugger as a free agent. Ownership portrayed the deal as being part of...

History: Marlins sign free agent CF Devon White

On this day in team history, the Marlins signed veteran free agent center fielder Devon White to a three-year, $9.9 million dollar contract. The seven-time Gold Glove winner's best days were behind...

History: Marlins sign Buck to be starting catcher

On this day in team history, the Marlins signed free agent catcher John Buck to a three-year, $18 million dollar deal. It was Florida's biggest signing since the team inked Carlos Delgado in 2005....

History: Marlins pull blockbuster with Blue Jays

On this day in team history, the Marlins shockingly sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, and two others to Toronto for a four-player, three-prospect package. The payroll-motivated deal...

History: Willingham, Olsen traded to Nationals

On this day in team history, the Marlins sent starting outfielder Josh Willingham and young lefty Scott Olsen to the Nationals for Emilio Bonifacio and two minor leaguers.

History: Hermida traded to Red Sox in 2009

On this date in team history, the Marlins traded Jeremy Hermida to the Red Sox for two minor league pitchers. It was a sign that Florida had essentially given up hope that the team's former No. 1...

History: County agrees to help fund new ballpark

On this day in team history, Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved a plan that would put $73 million of taxpayers' money towards the building of a new stadium for the to-be-renamed Miami Marlins.

History: Gonzalez helps tie '03 Series at 2-2

On this day in team history, the Marlins pulled out what was essentially a must win in Game 4 of the 2003 World Series. Alex Gonzalez provided the dramatics with a walk-off homer in the 12th...

History: Marlins take Game 3 of '97 WS, 14-11

On this day in team history, Florida outlasted Cleveland in Game 3 of the 1997 World Series, prevailing 14-11 and taking a 2-1 lead in the Series. The Marlins scored seven runs in the top of the...

History: Marlins top Indians in Game 1 of '97 WS

On this day in team history, Florida opened what ended up being one of the best World Series ever with a 7-4 win in Game 1. Moises Alou provided the biggest offense for the Marlins, smashing a...

History: Florida forces Game 7 with aid of Bartman

On this day in history, the Marlins exploded for eight runs in the top of the 8th inning to overcome a 3-0 deficit and take Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. This is the infamous Bartman game, in which the...

History: Johnson helps Marlins take 1997 NLCS lead

On this day in team history, Florida catcher Charles Johnson laced a three-run double against Atlanta in Game 3 of the 1997 NLCS. That gave the Marlins their eventual winning margin, 5-2, as they...

History: Lowell's blast gives Florida NLCS win

On this day in team history, third baseman Mike Lowell shook off his month-long rust and hit a pinch-hit home run in the top of the 11th inning, sending the Marlins to a 9-8 win in Game 1 of the...

History: Marlins complete sweep of SF in '97 NLDS

On this day in team history, Florida rode a grand slam from Devon White to a 6-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the 1997 NLDS. The victory completed a sweep for the Marlins in their...

History: Greenberg makes emotional return to bigs

On this day in team history, in 2012, Adam Greenberg made his first plate appearance since getting hit in the head by the very first pitch he saw in his Major League career as a rookie in 2005.

History: Marlins solve Maddux, help play spoiler

On this day in team history, the Marlins found success against Braves starter Greg Maddux for the first time all season, topping Atlanta 7-1 in 2001. Florida's win helped keep things tight in the...

History: Brown stymies Braves to clinch ERA title

On this day in team history, Kevin Brown shuts out the first-place Atlanta Braves over seven innings in 1996, lowering his ERA to a major league-best 1.89. It was the right-hander's final start of...

History: Johnson ties season error-free record

On this day in team history, the Marlins' Charles Johnson notched his 117th straight errorless game of the 1997 season, tying the single-season catcher record. The prolific backstop set the overall...

History: Rapp, offense dominate in 1995 blowout

On this day in history, Pat Rapp tamed the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field, hurling a complete-game, one-hit shutout against the Rockies. The Marlins' bats were just as impressive in the...

History: Marlins win wild one against Nats in 2007

On this day in team history, the Marlins topped the Washington Nationals, 13-8, in an up-and-down affair. The game featured two ties and five lead changes, 13 pitchers used and five home runs,...

History: Johnson gets 3000th K against Marlins

On this day in team history, the Marlins became the victims for Randy Johnson's 3000th career strikeout. Pitching for Arizona, Johnson struck out Mike Lowell in the fourth inning to attain the...

History: Beckett makes big league debut

On this day in team history, top prospect Josh Beckett made his Major League debut, throwing six shutout innings in 2001. Beckett went on to have a solid, if short, career with Florida, highlighted...

History: Sheffield delivers walk-off win in 1997

On this day in team history, the Marlins got a walk-off home run from Gary Sheffield to keep their winning streak alive during the 1997 pennant race. By doing so, Florida also completed a sweep of...

History: Marlins set mark for champion futility

On this day in team history, the Marlins set the all-time record for most losses by a defending world champion. Thanks to the infamous firesale by owner Wayne Huizenga, the 1998 Marlins were a...

History: Back-to-back-to-back homers fuel comeback

On this day in team history, the Marlins use back-to-back-to-back home runs leading off the 9th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals to help start a comeback from a 6-0 deficit. Florida...

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