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10 players you forgot played for the Marlins

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MIAMI -- The Marlins are one of the youngest franchises in the Major Leagues, but the organization has had no shortage of high-profile players. Since the Marlins' inaugural season in 1993, they've had a "Who's Who" list of players.

Charlie Hough started the first game in franchise history. Gary Sheffield was a core part of the 1997 World Series title team, and Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis were rookies for the second championship squad in 2003.

MIAMI -- The Marlins are one of the youngest franchises in the Major Leagues, but the organization has had no shortage of high-profile players. Since the Marlins' inaugural season in 1993, they've had a "Who's Who" list of players.

Charlie Hough started the first game in franchise history. Gary Sheffield was a core part of the 1997 World Series title team, and Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis were rookies for the second championship squad in 2003.

More recently, Giancarlo Stanton received the 2017 National League Most Valuable Player Award. Christian Yelich was dealt to the Brewers prior to the '18 season and won the NL MVP Award in his first year in Milwaukee.

The Marlins have also had their share of marquee players who made their biggest contributions to the sport elsewhere, but they spent at least some time in South Florida.

Trevor Hoffman, 1993
Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018, Hoffman celebrated an 18-year big league career and seven All-Star selections. One of the greatest closers in Major League history started his path to Cooperstown as a rookie with the Marlins in 1993. He posted a 3.28 ERA in 28 games before being dealt in June to the Padres for Gary Sheffield, who was an immediate impact player with the Marlins and a core contributor on the '97 World Series championship team.

Tim Raines, 2002
The brilliant 23-year career for Raines concluded in 2002 as a seldom-used reserve outfielder with the Florida Marlins. At age 42, Raines was added to help mentor a young Marlins squad, which went on to win the '03 World Series. But in '02, the first year Jeffrey Loria owned the club, Raines recorded 114 plate appearances in 98 games. Then-manager Jeff Torborg used Raines as a pinch-hitter in 85 games, with just five starts. One of the game's all-time best basestealers, Raines finished his career with 808, but none as a Marlin. Raines was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in '17.

Video: FLA@NYM: Raines' pinch-hit homer ties game in 9th

Luis Gonzalez, 2008
A five-time All-Star and hero of the 2001 World Series while with the D-backs, Gonzalez put a ribbon on his 19-year big league career in '08 with the Marlins. Used primarily as a lefty bat off the bench and reserve outfielder, Gonzalez compiled a slash line of .261/.336/.413 with eight home runs and 47 RBIs. Gonzalez provided a veteran presence and plenty of levity to a young club, frequently pulling off practical jokes in the clubhouse. One time after first baseman Mike Jacobs made an error on a routine play, Gonzalez orchestrated placing the oversized glove of mascot Billy the Marlin in Jacobs' locker the next day.

Aaron Boone, 2007
The 2007 season was the last that Cabrera and Willis spent in South Florida. To add veteran depth to the team, the Marlins signed Boone, then 34, as a veteran backup to play some third base and first. Boone's lone season with Florida was cut short in late June due to a left knee injury. Boone played in just 69 games with the Marlins, and he retired after the '09 season. Boone, of course, is now the Yankees' manager.

Mike Piazza, 1998
When the Marlins acquired Piazza from the Dodgers on May 14, 1998, the then-All-Star catcher didn't need to unpack his bags. Eight days later, Piazza was dealt to the Mets, with his five-game stint with the Marlins becoming a minor footnote in his Hall of Fame career. At the time, the Marlins were breaking up their '97 World Series title team. Piazza and Todd Zeile had been sent from Los Angeles to Florida for Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich and Manuel Barrios. The Marlins acquired Preston Wilson, Geoff Goetz and Ed Yarnall from the Mets for Piazza.

Video: FLA@STL: Piazza gets an RBI single with the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki, 2015-17
This isn't news to those who follow the Marlins or MLB closely, but to many casual fans, it may come as a surprise that Ichiro spent three seasons with Miami, and as a reserve, made a lasting impression on the organization. The iconic outfielder from Japan was a 10-time All-Star with the Mariners. In 2001, he earned both the American League MVP Award and the AL Rookie of the Year Award. After spending 2 1/2 seasons with the Yankees, Ichiro signed as a free agent with the Marlins. Ichiro's most historic moment with Miami came on Aug. 7, 2016. When the then-42-year-old tripled off the wall in right field at Coors Field, he became the 30th MLB player to amass as many as 3,000 hits.

Video: Must C Classic: Ichiro notches 3,000th MLB hit

Andre Dawson, 1995-96
A standout at Southwest Miami High School, the Miami-raised Dawson was winding down his career when he joined his hometown Marlins in 1995. At age 40, Dawson had already been an eight-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glove Award winner and the NL MVP Award winner in '87 while with the Cubs. On worn down legs, Dawson labored through the final two seasons of his career with the Marlins, belting eight home runs in 79 games in '95. A year later, Dawson appeared in just 42 games, with 61 plate appearances. The wear and tear of 21 MLB seasons caught up to him, and Dawson retired. He remained with the organization for more than a decade as a special assistant, and he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Video: HOU@FLA: Dawson hits his final Major League home run

Rafael Furcal, 2014
On April 4, 2012, Cardinals shortstop Furcal grounded out in the first at-bat in a regular-season game at Marlins Park, officially beginning the Marlins' rebrand from Florida to Miami. Furcal, the 2000 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner while with the Braves, missed the entire '13 season due to Tommy John surgery. Miami signed the three-time All-Star infielder to be its regular second baseman in '14, but he sustained a left hamstring injury and appeared in just nine games.

Terry Pendleton, 1995-96
The NL MVP Award winner while with the Braves in 1991, Pendleton played regularly for the Marlins in '95, batting .290 with 14 home runs and 78 RBIs. A year later, he saw action in 111 games with the Marlins, hitting .251 with seven home runs before being dealt in August to the Braves. Pendleton saw some playing time in the World Series, which Atlanta lost to the Yankees.

Video: LAD@FLA: Pendleton hits go-ahead home run in 8th

Carlos Lee, 2012
With hopes of making a second-half postseason push, the Marlins acquired Lee from the Astros for prospects Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen on July 4, 2012. Things didn't go according to plan for the Marlins, who were in their first season as the Miami Marlins playing at Marlins Park. Lee appeared in 81 games with the Marlins, who later in the month began tearing things down. Hanley Ramirez was shipped to the Dodgers. Lee collected four home runs and 48 RBIs for Miami as he wound down his 14-year big league career and retired after the season.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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