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MARLINS TIMELINE
1985-1990 | 1991-1995 | 1996-2000 | 2001-Present
Timeline 1996-2000
  
Oct. 26, 1997: With a two-out single in the 11th inning of Game Seven, the Florida Marlins are transformed from Expansion Team to World Series Champions.
1996  -

May 11: Al Leiter (right) fires the first no-hitter in club history, an 11-0 whitewashing of Colorado.

July 7: Rene Lacheman is relieved of his managerial position and John Boles is named as the second manager in club history on the following day.

Aug. 26: Pro Player, the sports apparel brand of Fruit of the Loom, sponsors the renaming of Joe Robbie Stadium to Pro Player Stadium.

Oct. 4: Jim Leyland (right) is named as the third manager in Marlins history.

1997  - June 10: Kevin Brown tosses a 9-0 no-hitter in San Francisco, falling one hit batter from perfection.

Sept. 23: A 6-3 victory in Montreal clinches the team's first-ever postseason berth.

Oct. 3: Marlins complete Division Series sweep with a 6-2 win in San Francisco.

Oct. 14: Florida wins their first pennant by defeating the Braves four games to two in the NLCS.

Oct. 26: Edgar Renteria's two-out single in the bottom of the eleventh scores Craig Counsell in Game Seven of the World Series to give the Marlins the World Championship.

1998  - Mar. 31: The World Series Championship banner is raised on Opening Day at Pro Player Stadium. Rings are presented during a pre-game ceremony on April 5.

June 22: Two Major League teams from Florida compete for the first time at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg with the Marlins defeating the Devil Rays 3-2 in 12 innings. Two days later, the clubs meet in South Florida. Overall, the Marlins win three of the four games.

Oct. 2: John Boles is named the fourth manager in Marlins history, becoming the first person to have a second opportunity to manage the Marlins.

Dec. 31: Don Smiley resigns as President of the Marlins.

1999  -

Jan. 13: Major League Baseball owners unanimously approve the sale of the Marlins from H. Wayne Huizenga to John W. Henry (right).

Jan. 19: Sale of club is completed and John W. Henry is introduced as Chairman of the Florida Marlins the following day at a news conference at Pro Player Stadium.

Aug. 7: John W. Henry unveils his vision of a new ballpark and reveals six possible sites: Miami River, Bicentennial Park, Miramar, Davie, Lauderhill and Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Oct. 18: Marlins announce that they have narrowed the earlier list of six possible ballpark sites to two: Bicentennial Park and Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Dec. 15: Marlins announce they have selected Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami as their site for a new ballpark and name HOK as design architect and architect of record.

2000  - Feb. 3: Marlins announce a continued focus on the Bicentennial site in downtown Miami as the possible location for a new baseball-only ballpark. The team hosts a design charrette to further address concerns relating to the location of the ballpark and begins to develop a site plan that addresses or mitigates core community concerns.

Mar. 1: David Dombrowski (right) is named the third President in club history, becoming President and General Manager.

Mar. 4: Marlins announce their funding plan for a new, state-of-the-art, retractable roof ballpark in Downtown Miami. A key component of the proposed plan is the establishment of an independent "trust," empowered to initiate a tax referendum. The legislation allows the right of self-determination for the citizens of Miami-Dade County by assuring that the plan can only be implemented by the vote of the people.

Apr. 5: Marlins announce they will no longer pursue a Cruise Passenger Surcharge as part of their financing plan for a new ballpark after Florida Governor Jeb Bush states his opposition to the proposal.

June 5: For the first time, the Marlins have the first overall pick in the first-year player draft and select first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (right), a 16-year-old native of Bonita, California. The Eastlake High School product agrees to terms with the Marlins that day.

June 21: The Florida Legislature passes a bill that creates a nine-member Community Improvement Authority in Miami-Dade County to study ways to finance a new ballpark. Two of the members are to be appointed by the Governor, three by the County Commission, two by the City Commission and one each by the Mayors of Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami.

July 23: Marlins Special Assistant to the General Manager Tony Perez is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Perez is the first Marlins employee to be so honored.

Sept. 8: Marlins Manager John Boles receives a one-year contract extension through the 2002 season.

1985-1990 | 1991-1995 | 1996-2000 | 2001-Present