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Hall of Fame talk is dominating the baseball world, as the class of 2011 will be announced on Wednesday afternoon. Much of the attention is being centered on Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, two favorites to be headed to Cooperstown.
A year ago, Florida celebrated the induction of Andre Dawson, a special assistant in the organization. As a player, Hawk retired as a Marlin, but he built his Hall of Fame credentials with the Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs.
Throughout their history, the Marlins have had plenty of talented players. A couple of former players who could be Cooperstown bound are Gary Sheffield and Miguel Cabrera.
On the Marlins’ current roster, the player with the best chance of being a Hall of Famer, of course, is Hanley Ramirez.
The 27-year-old shortstop has been one of the most dominant players in the game since he broke in as a rookie in 2006. In his first five big league seasons, Ramirez has already been the NL Rookie of the Year, an NL batting champion, a three-time All-Star starter, and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
If his next five years track like his first five, Ramirez should be well on his way to building Hall of Fame numbers. Since 2006, he paces all MLB shortstops in home runs (124) and runs scored (562). His .313 career batting average is second only to Derek Jeter’s .314, and his .385 on-base percentage tops his position, as does his .521 slugging percentage.
Ramirez has 934 hits, which is second most among shortstops, and he’s stolen 196 bases. The only shortstop with more is Jose Reyes (239).
About to enter the prime of his career, the Marlins are wondering if the best is yet to come from Ramirez.
— Joe Frisaro
Dan Uggla is on the brink of joining an exclusive Marlins’ club.
With his next RBI, he will place himself on the franchise’s 100 RBI list. In their history, the benchmark has been reached 14 times.
Uggla has been stuck on 99 since his run-scoring single in the seventh inning last Thursday at Milwaukee. He has gone four games without driving in a run heading into Tuesday night at Atlanta.
The 99 RBIs by Uggla are the most of any National League second baseman. Robinson Cano of the Yankees has 105, which tops all MLB second basemen.
Uggla is having a career season across the board, and he’s already topped his season best for RBIs. Previously it was 92 in 2008.
Preston Wilson holds the franchise record with 121, posted in 2000. A year ago, Hanley Ramirez (106) and Jorge Cantu (100) reached the century mark.
Florida’s season RBI leaders:
* Preston Wilson, 121, 2000
* Gary Sheffield, 120, 1996
* Miguel Cabrera, 119, 2007
* Miguel Cabrera, 116, 2005
* Moises Alou, 115, 1997
* Carlos Delgado, 115, 2005
* Miguel Cabrera, 114, 2006
* Miguel Cabrera, 112, 2004
* Hanley Ramirez, 106, 2009
* Jeff Conine, 105, 1995
* Mike Lowell, 105, 2003
* Cliff Floyd, 103, 2001
* Jorge Cantu, 100, 2009
* Mike Lowell, 100, 2001
* Dan Uggla, 99, 2010
— Joe Frisaro
One day Mike Stanton may indeed tie the Marlins record for home runs in a game. It is three done twice, by Mike Lowell and Cody Ross.
On Wednesday night, Stanton ended up matching a team mark for hits in a game. By going 5-for-5, Stanton posted the 14th five-hit game in club history.
“It could have easily been 3-for-5,” Stanton said.
In the second inning, Stanton singled on a hard liner that was juggled by shortstop Ian Desmond. In the ninth inning, he hit the ball off the end of his bat that fluttered into right field for another single.
“I didn’t try to change anything,” Stanton said. “It was just one of those nights where everything went my way, I guess.”
Stanton is the second Marlin to have five hits and four RBIs in the same game. Gary Sheffield previously did it on Sept. 17, 1995 at the Rockies. At 20 years, 276 days old, Stanton is the second youngest player ever to register five hits and four RBIs in a game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Phil Cavarretta did it at 19 years, 33 days.
Aug. 11, 2010: Mike Stanton vs. Nationals
July 10, 2008: Hanley Ramirez vs. Dodgers
July 1, 2007: Josh Willingham vs. Braves
June 16, 2007: Miguel Olivo vs. Royals
April 28, 2007: Miguel Cabrera vs. Phillies
Sept. 11, 2006: Dan Uggla vs. Mets
Oct. 2, 2005: Juan Pierre vs. Braves
May 8, 2005: Juan Pierre vs. Rockies
April 27, 2001: Eric Owens vs. Astros
June 22, 1998: Mark Kotsay vs. Rays
Sept. 17, 1995: Gary Sheffield vs. Rockies
May 29, 1995: Terry Pendleton vs. Astros
July 24, 1994: Gary Sheffield vs. Rockies
May 3, 1994: Chuck Carr vs. Braves
— Joe Frisaro
When it’s all said and done, Hanley Ramirez will be able to boast one of the best offensive seasons in the history of the Marlins.
The two-time All-Star is in line to win the franchise’s first batting title. The 25-year-old will have to wait a few days to see if that happens.
Regardless of the batting race, Ramirez already has achieved a rarity in team history.
With 105 RBIs and 100 runs scored, he is the fourth Marlin to reach the century mark in both categories.
Overall, it has been done five times in Florida history. Miguel Cabrera did it twice.
Marlins with at least 100 runs and RBIs:
* Gary Sheffield (1996), 120 RBIs, 118 runs.
* Cliff Floyd (2001), 103 RBIs, 123 runs.
* Miguel Cabrera (2005), 116 RBIs, 106 runs; (2006) 114 RBIs, 112 runs.
* Hanley Ramirez (2009), 105 RBIs, 100 runs.
— Joe Frisaro
Gary Sheffield is now on the market, and the veteran offered a few words on where he might end up.
Sheffield noted he would be interested in returning to the Marlins. Yet, it is unclear if the team feels the same.
Sheffield spoke with the MLB Network on Tuesday, after he was released by the Tigers.
He noted that the Phillies have already shown interest. A native of Tampa, Fla., Sheffield was a key player on Florida’s 1997 World Series title team.
“The Marlins, I feel the team, they know me from when we won the World Series,” he told the MLB Network. “And so I have an attachment there.”
A more realistic option for the Marlins could be left-handed hitting Geoff Jenkins, who was released by the Phillies. Florida is looking for a lefty bat off the bench.
— Joe Frisaro