09/28/11 5:55 PM EST
Marlins fans: Thanks for the memories
By Christina DeNicola / MLB.com
As the Florida Marlins evolve into the Miami Marlins and leave Sun Life Stadium, fans voted on their top moments in franchise history.
1. Edgar Renteria's 1997 World Series-winning hit
With the bases loaded and the score tied at 2 in the 11th inning of Game 7, Renteria's two-out single up the middle off Indians right-hander Charles Nagy scored Craig Counsell to give the Marlins their first title.
2. Marlins win second World Series
On three days' rest, Josh Beckett recorded the final out by tagging Jorge Posada in his shutout at Yankee Stadium, as the Marlins won their second World Series in six games. Beckett was named Series MVP.
3. Pudge hangs on in 2003 NLDS
J.T. Snow, who tried to score from second on Jeffrey Hammond's single, rammed into Rodriguez as Jeff Conine's throw to home came from left field. Pudge held on, and the Marlins advanced with the win in Game 4 to face the Cubs in the NLCS.
4. First pitch in Marlins' history
Awarded the first franchise in Florida, the Marlins' inaugural season began April 5, 1993. Knuckleballer Charlie Hough's first pitch to Benito Santiago went for a strike against the Dodgers. The Marlins won, 6-3.
5. Alex Gonzalez's World Series walk-off
In a 3-3 game, Gonzo's 12th-inning leadoff homer against Jeff Weaver just cleared the left-field wall and evened the 2003 series at 2. He was 0-for-4 prior to the blast.
6. Mike Lowell's hidden ball trick
With the D-backs threatening to tie the score at 6 in the eighth inning, Lowell tagged an unsuspecting Luis Terrero at third base, pulling off the hidden-ball trick in 2005. Lowell received the cutoff from left fielder Miguel Cabrera.
7. Marlins break ground on new park
On July 18, 2009, the Marlins broke ground on their new ballpark in the neighborhood of Little Havana with nearly 5,000 fans in attendance. There was a ceremonial first pitch by Charlie Hough and Benito Santiago, the first battery in franchise history.
8. Jeff Conine wins 1995 All-Star MVP
Mr. Marlin earned the honor for his pinch-hit go-ahead solo shot in the eighth inning off Steve Ontiveros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It proved to be the difference in a 3-2 game.
9. Josh Beckett's 2003 NLCS shutout
Facing elimination in front of a home crowd of 65,279, Beckett pitched a two-hitter in Game 5 against the Cubs with 11 strikeouts. The Marlins went on to win the next two games at Wrigley Field and advance to the World Series.
10. Miguel Cabrera's 2003 World Series homer
It was the 20-year-old unfazed by the 41-year-old. After Roger Clemens threw an inside pitch to Cabrera, the rookie belted a 2-2 pitch for a two-run shot in the first inning. At the time, it was supposed to be Clemens' final game before retiring.
10. Luis Castillo's 35-game hit streak
Still the longest such streak in franchise history, Castillo's 2002 run is tied with the likes of Ty Cobb and George Sisler for 11th all time.
Christina DeNicola is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.