Returning the core of an 87-win team had the club openly talking about reaching the playoffs. What transpired was 2010 became a season of transition. Instead of being "one of eight" teams in the postseason, the Marlins went through a managerial change, replacing Fredi Gonzalez with Edwin Rodriguez on June 23. Rodriguez was initially hired on an interim bases after the team was 34-36. Six days later, he was named manager for the remainder of the season after talks with Bobby Valentine broke down. Rodriguez, promoted from being Triple-A New Orleans' manager, became the first Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history. Through adversity and injuries, the Marlins finished 46-46 with Rodriguez at the helm. He was retained as manager for 2011 after the team explored other options, including Valentine, Ozzie Guillen and Bo Porter. Injuries and inconsistencies underscored the season. While Josh Johnson posted a 2.30 ERA, the best among National League starters, he missed the last few weeks with a mid-back and right shoulder injury. Ricky Nolasco (right meniscus tear) also was out the final month. Chris Coghlan (left meniscus tear), John Baker (Tommy John surgery) and Hanley Ramirez (left elbow inflammation), each missed long stretches. The bottom line is there were too many hurdles to overcome, and the Marlins finished at 80-82, third place in the NL East. There were some impressive individual achievements. Dan Uggla won the Silver Slugger award, and he connected on a career high 33 homers. With 154, Uggla has become the franchise home run leader, passing Mike Lowell's 142. Uggla also is the first second baseman in MLB history to post four seasons of 30 or more homers. Rookies Gaby Sanchez, Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison also turned in strong seasons, giving the club three building blocks for the future.
The 2011 season marked the final year of the franchise being known as the Florida Marlins playing at Sun Life Stadium. After a hot two months, the season unraveled in June, which became the worst month in club history (5-23). Frustrated by the mounting losses, Edwin Rodriguez resigned as manager on June 19. The following day, Jack McKeon was hired as interim manager. At age 80, McKeon became the second oldest manager in MLB history. Only Hall of Famer Connie Mack (87) managed at an older age. The Marlins did make a nice turnaround under McKeon, reaching .500 (55-55) on Aug. 2. It was the first time they were at .500 since June 12. The success was short lived, as injuries to Hanley Ramirez (left shoulder surgery) and Omar Infante (broken right thumb) proved too costly to make a dramatic playoff push.
Two key injuries hurt the Marlins all year. Ramirez also was plagued by a back problem in May and June, and ace Josh Johnson (right shoulder inflammation) did not return after going down on May 16.
A bright spot in a down year was Emilio Bonifacio, who was named the National League Player of the Month in July. The speedster hit .380 and he had a 26-game hitting streak in the month.
While the Marlins finished at 72-90, there was some optimism on the final game of the year, when Ozzie Guillen was named manager on Sept. 28, two days after he was released from his contract with the White Sox.
The hiring of Guillen, coupled with the excitement of their pending move to a new ballpark, re-energized the franchise. On Nov. 11, at a gala event, the organization was renamed the Miami Marlins, sporting a new logo and new uniforms.
Boosted by additional revenues projected from their new ballpark, the Marlins made a big splash at the Winter Meetings, signing All-Stars Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle in a five-day span at a total cost of $191 million.
April 4, 2012: After 19 seasons of sharing Sun Life Stadium with the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Marlins played their first official game at their own ballpark, Marlins Park, a retractable-roof facility. Josh Johnson made the start, but the Marlins lost, 4-1, to the St. Louis Cardinals in front of 36,601.
April 7, 2012: Manager Ozzie Guillen clarifies and apologizes for comments made to Time Magazine regarding Fidel Castro. Guillen was suspended by the team for five games.
May 30, 2012: Giancarlo Stanton wraps up a May where he belted 12 home runs and drove in 30 runs. It was one of the best months by a Marlin ever, and it earned Stanton the National League Player of the Month of May.
May 30, 2012: Miami beats Washington, 5-3, at Marlins Park. The Marlins set a franchise record for wins in any month, going 21-8 in May. They were a half game out of first place, but that was the closest they stayed in the race for the rest of the season.
July 23, 2012: With the team floundering in the standings, Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante were traded to the Tigers for prospects that included, Jacob Turner and Rob Brantly.
July 25, 2012: More moves were made, as Hanley Ramirez, for years the face of the franchise, was dealt along with Randy Choate to the Dodgers. Miami received Nathan Eovaldi in the trade.
Aug. 27, 2012: Giancarlo Stanton completed a team-record road trip with eight home runs in 11 games.
Oct. 23, 2012: Thirteen months after signing a four-year, $10 million deal, Ozzie Guillen was dismissed as manager following a 69-93 season.
Nov. 1, 2012: Former Marlins catcher, Mike Redmond, is hired to replace Guillen. At age 41, Redmond is the youngest manager in franchise history. He played with the Marlins from 1998-2004, and he retired as a player in 2010.
Nov. 19, 2012: The Marlins and Blue Jays complete a 12-player trade, the largest transaction in franchise history. Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck -- five core players -- were moved to Toronto. The trade marked a complete makeover for the roster that opened the season with a $100 million payroll.
April 7, 2013: Twenty-year-old Jose Fernandez struck out eight batters in his 5.0-inning Major League debut to become the youngest pitcher to register eight or more strikeouts in his MLB debut since June 27, 1973, when the Rangers' 18-year-old David Clyde struck out eight Twins batters in his first game in the Majors. - Elias
May 2, 2013: Juan Pierre stole his 600th career base at Philadelphia, doing so in his 1,907th game. Since 1912, according to research provided by STATS LLC, Pierre was the ninth-fastest player in MLB history to reach 600 SB's. Rickey Henderson reached 600 SB's in 971 games, while Vince Coleman reached the mark in 981 contests. They are followed by Tim Raines (1,313), Ty Cobb (1,451), Otis Nixon (1,638), Willie Wilson (1,718), Lou Brock (1,782) and Max Carey (1,867). Pierre also became just the eighth player in MLB history whose career started after 1920 to amass 1000+ runs, 2000+ hits and 600+ stolen bases, joining Rickey Henderson (2,295 runs/3,055 hits/1,406 stolen bases), Lou Brock (1,610/3,023/938), Tim Raines (1,571/2,605/808), Joe Morgan (1,650/2,517/689), Willie Wilson (1,169/2,207/668), Bert Campaneris (1,181/2,249/649) and Kenny Lofton (1,528/2,428/622). - STATS LLC
June 17, 2013: Giancarlo Stanton, playing in his 400th Major League game, hit his 99th and 100th career home runs, helping the Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks, 3-2. Stanton, Bob Horner and Eddie Mathews are the only players in Major League history who made their big league debuts before their 21st birthdays and then hit at least 100 homers in their first 400 games. Stanton became the quickest Marlin to reach the mark in terms of games played, doing so in his 400th career game. Dan Uggla had previously been the fastest, connecting for his 100th in his 509th career game.
June 30, 2013: Jeff Mathis connected for the 3,000th home run in Franchise history in its 3,252nd game. As a Franchise, the Marlins became the third-fastest to reach 3,000 home runs, behind the Colorado Rockies (2,618) and Seattle Mariners (3,237), leaving only two Major League organizations that have yet to reach the plateau (Arizona and Tampa Bay). Other notable teams to reach 3,000 HR (with total games played) are the Rangers (4,054), Mets (4,496), Yankees (5,740), Red Sox (8,057), Phillies (8,293), Braves (10,341) and Reds (10,428). - STATS LLC
July 7, 2013: Marlins rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez was named to the 2013 National League All-Star team on July 7. Fernandez was 20 years, 350 days old on July 16, when the Midsummer Classic was held at Citi Field. According to STATS LLC, he was the youngest Marlin ever on an All-Star team, ahead of Miguel Cabrera, who held the previous record at 21 years, 86 days. He was the sixth-youngest pitcher ever on an All-Star team, behind Dwight Gooden (19.237 in 1984), Bob Feller (19.245 in 1938), Catfish Hunter (20.095 in 1966), Jerry Walker (20.172 in 1959) and Fernando Valenzuela (20.281 in 1981), and fifth-youngest pitcher ever to participate, behind Gooden, Walker, Feller (20.250 in 1939), and Valenzuela.
July 8, 2013: From the sixth through the 13th inning, Marlins relievers retired 24 consecutive Atlanta hitters to establish a new Club record. Prior to that night, the previous bullpen best was 18 against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 6, 2005. The 24 consecutive batters retired were the second-most ever in a single game by the staff as a whole, falling four short of tying the Club record of 28, which was also done against the Brewers on July 6, 2005. - STATS LLC
July 24-August 4, 2013: Marlins' pitchers went 12 consecutive games without allowing a home run, the longest such streak in Club history. The previous record was seven, done four times and last from May 2-May 8, 2012. The last Major League team to go 12-or-more consecutive games without allowing a home run was the Atlanta Braves, who went 12 straight from September 14-27, 1998.
August 2, 2013: Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Indians to establish a Club rookie record for strikeouts in a game. This came just five days after he had set the previous record by fanning 13 Pirates on July 28. He became the first Marlins' rookie starter to have consecutive 10+ strikeout games since Jesus Sanchez in 1998, and first Marlins' starter overall to do so since Ricky Nolasco in 2008 (fifth time overall).
September 22, 2013: Juan Pierre singled in the top of the 7th inning, in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Washington, to record career hit #2,216 and surpass Joe DiMaggio for 175th place on the MLB career hit list.
September 25, 2013: Steve Cishek established a Franchise mark with 28 consecutive saves, surpassing Todd Jones previous record of 27 done in 2005. From June 8 to conclusion of season, Steve Cishek converted 29 consecutive save opportunities to mark a Club record. His 29 consecutive saves was the longest active streak in Majors to end the season, and one of three relievers in 2013 to record consecutive save streaks of 29-or-more games; Craig Kimbrel converted 37 consecutive opportunities from May 9-September 14, and Greg Holland saved 31 consecutive opportunities from May 30-September 3. The three streaks of 29+ consecutive saves is equal to that of the previous two seasons combined, when Joe Nathan had 31 in 2012 and Jose Valverde and John Axford had 49 and 43, respectively, in 2011. - STATS LLC
September 29, 2013: Henderson Alvarez closed out the 2013 campaign with the fifth no-hitter in Franchise history, blanking the Detroit Tigers in a speedy 2:06. His no-hitter was the first by a Marlins starter since Anibal Sanchez did so against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 6, 2006. It marked the third no-hitter of the 2013 season, following the accomplishments of Homer Bailey on July 2 vs. San Francisco, and Tim Lincecum on July 13 at San Diego.
March 31, 2014: The season opened with great promise, as Jose Fernandez, fresh off being an All-Star and N.L. Rookie of the Year, struck out nine and gave up one run in an Opening Day, 10-1 win over the Rockies at Marlins Park.
April 22, 2014: Against the Braves, Jose Fernandez strikes out a season-high 14 in eight innings in a 1-0 thriller at Turner Field.
May 3, 2014: Rafael Furcal, who opened the season on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring sustained in Spring Training, sustained a right groin strain, setting his recovery back further. Furcal, a free agent signed to play second, played in just nine games all season.
May 9, 2014: At San Diego, the Marlins had their five-game winning streak snapped. But the game was much more painful. Jose Fernandez was roughed up for six runs (five earned) in five innings. For the first time in his career, he gave up two homers in an outing. It was revealed three days later that Fernandez tore a ligament in his right elbow, ending his season.
May 16, 2014: Jose Fernandez undergoes Tommy John surgery on his right-elbow, ending the 2013 N.L. Rookie of the Year's season. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.
June 5, 2014: With the second overall pick, Miami takes Tyler Kolek from Shepherd High School in Texas in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Kolek's fastball was clocked at 102 mph in high school, the fastest reading ever by a prep player.
June 19, 2014: Top prospect Andrew Heaney makes his MLB debut, giving up a home run in the first inning to David Wright. It was the only run he allowed in six innings, but Miami lost 1-0 to the Mets.
June, 26, 2014: Giancarlo Stanton homered at Philadelpia, making him the fourth player in club history to reach 21 home runs prior to the All-Star Break. Mike Lowell holds the team mark with 28 in 2003.
July 6, 2014: With Henderson Alvarez on the mound, Miami beat the Cardinals, 8-4, at Busch Stadium. The game marked the 10th straight time the Marlins won when Alvarez started, which set a team record for a starter.
July 6, 2014: Giancarlo Stanton was voted in by his peers to participate in the All-Star Game. He was named a starter as the designated hitter. Alvarez was added to the roster a few days later, giving Miami two representatives at the Midsummer Classic in Minnesota.
July 29, 2014: Henderson Alvarez tossed seven scoreless innings, and Giancarlo Stanton drove in two-runs in a 3-0 win over the Nationals. The victory returned Miami to the .500 mark.
July 31, 2014: Looking to make a playoff push, the Marlins swung a six-player trade with the Astros. Right-hander Jarred Cosart, infielder Enrique Hernandez and outfield prospect Austin Wates joined Miami for prospects Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes and a 2015 competitive balance Draft pick.
Aug. 9, 2014: Brad Penny rejoined the Marlins for the first time since he was dealt to the Dodgers in 2004. The right-hander was added out of necessity. When he took the mound at Cincinnati, he became the 13th different Miami started in 2014, that set a club mark. In 2002 and 2013, they used 12.
Aug. 17, 2014: It was a modest milestone, but it represented progress. With a 10-3 win over the D-backs, the Marlins collected their 62nd win, which matched their total in 2013 (62-100). Miami finished with 77 wins, and avoided winding up last in the National League East for the first time since 2010.
Aug. 26, 2014: At the Angels, Giancarlo Stanton blistered his 150th career home run, a three-run shot in a 7-1 win. Stanton became the second player in club history to reach that plateau. He finished the year at 154, which matches Dan Uggla for the most in franchise history.
Sept. 11, 2014: A devastating moment occurred at Milwaukee when Giancarlo Stanton was struck on the face by a Mike Fiers' fastball. The incident abruptly ended Stanton's season. The All-Star sustained multiple facial fractions, plus dental damage. Even though he played in 145 total games, Stanton still became the first player in club history to lead the National League in home runs (37).
Sept. 28, 2014: An otherwise rewarding season came to a disheartening end. At Washington, Jordan Zimmermann no-hit Miami, marking the third time in club history they went hitless. The game ended in dramatic fashion when Christian Yelich laced a liner to left-center that was snared by a diving Steven Souza for the final out. Miami lost 1-0.
Sept. 28, 2014: On a day they were no-hit, the club announced manager Mike Redmond had signed an extension through the 2017 season. Redmond's original contract was through 2015.
Nov. 19, 2014: The Marlins stunned the sports world by signing two-time All-Star Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year, $325 million deal, the richest ever to a professional athlete in North America.
Nov. 28, 2014: The day after Thanksgiving, Miami started its wheeling and dealing. Right-hander Aaron Crow was obtained from the Royals for two Minor Leaguers -- lefty Brian Flynn and right-hander Reid Redman.
Dec. 10, 2014: At the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the Marlins and Dodgers pulled off a seven-player trade. Miami acquired second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren and infielder Miguel Rojas for right-hander Chris Hatcher, lefty Andrew Heaney, infielder Enrique Hernandez, and catcher Austin Barnes.
Dec. 10, 2014: In a separate trade, lefty reliever Dan Jennings was sent to the White Sox for right-hander Andre Rienzo.
Dec. 11, 2014: Right-hander Mat Latos was acquired from the Reds for prospects, RHP Anthony DeSclafani and C Chad Wallach.
Dec. 17, 2014: Signing free agent first baseman Michael Morse to a two-year deal.
Dec. 19, 2014: Remaining active on the trade front, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and first baseman Garrett Jones and pitching prospect Domingo German were sent to the Yankees for third baseman Martin Prado, right-hander David Phelps.
Dec. 20, 2014: The addition of third baseman Martin Prado made Casey McGehee expendable. Miami dealt McGehee to the Giants for pitching prospects Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo. It was the sixth trade the team completed in less than one month.
Jan. 28, 2015: Ichiro Suzuki, 156 hits shy of the 3,000 milestone, signs a one-year deal. The 41-year-old accepted the role as a reserve outfielder, and he becomes the first Japanese-born player in franchise history.