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2011 Marlins Visit Our Troops
Jeff Conine, Mr. Marlin
Jeff Conine, Mr. Marlin

Conine, who enjoyed a 17-year Major League career, concluded his second season as Special Assistant to the President after joining the front office on December 8, 2008. He was a valuable member of both Marlins World Series Championships during two separate stints with Florida, from 1993-1997 and 2003-2005. After retiring from baseball, Conine trained for and completed the 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship, becoming the first former Major Leaguer to finish the endurance race.

A two-time All-Star (1994-95), Conine was twice named the Marlins MVP by the South Florida Chapter of the BBWAA (1994-95) and was the MVP of the 1995 MLB All-Star Game. For his Marlins career, Conine hit .290 and ranks among the all-time Marlins leaders in games (1,014 -2nd), hits (1,005 -2nd), RBI (553 -2nd), at bats (3,471 -3rd) and home runs (120 -5th). He also hit six grand slams as a Marlin, more than any other player. He was the Opening Day left fielder in their Inaugural Game in 1993, going 4x4 with the first stolen base in Club history, and was in the Marlins Opening Day line-up six times.

He was originally acquired by Florida in the 1992 Expansion Draft from the Kansas City Royals, and after stops in Kansas City and Baltimore, returned to the Marlins at the trade deadline in 2003 for the team's playoff run. Conine re-signed with Baltimore prior to the 2006 season and was traded three times in two years (to Philadelphia, to Cincinnati, to New York), before finishing his ML career after 2,024 games. His career totals include 1,982 hits, 385 doubles, 214 home runs, 1,071 RBI and a .285 average.

Among his career highlights, he carried a .304 average in 32 postseason games, all with Florida. In addition to his MVP honors with the Marlins, he also earned the award with the Baltimore Orioles in 2001. He garnered AL Player of the Week honors for May 27-June 2, 2002, after posting a .375 average with five home runs, nine RBI and 26 total bases. In 1995, he earned the NL Player of the Month for June, batting .340 with six doubles, nine home runs and 24 RBI. Conine was named to TOPPS and Baseball America's All-Rookie teams in 1993 and was the 1990 Southern League Most Valuable Player, the Royals' Minor League Player of the Year and a double-A All-Star as voted by TOPPS and Baseball America.

Born in Tacoma, WA, Conine and his family, wife Cindy, daughter Sierra and sons Griffin and Tucker, reside in South Florida. The family has been active in the South Florida community since his arrival in 1993, including founding the Conine All-Star Classic, an annual golf tournament to raise money for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, FL. He also provides analysis for 'Marlins Live' pre- and post-game shows on FOX Sports Florida/Sun Sports.

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