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Here’s another toughie, as most of the great players for this franchise didn’t stick around for more than a few years. I’m calling them the Florida Marlins since that’s how they were known for virtually their entire existence.

Here are the top 15 batters by cumulative WAR with the team:

Rk Player WAR/pos From To
1 Hanley Ramirez 25.3 2006 2012
2 Luis Castillo 20.8 1996 2005
3 Miguel Cabrera 17.2 2003 2007
4 Cliff Floyd 15.8 1997 2002
5 Dan Uggla 14.7 2006 2010
6 Mike Lowell 12.1 1999 2005
7 Gary Sheffield 12.1 1993 1998
8 Jeff Conine 12.0 1993 2005
9 Charles Johnson 11.0 1994 2002
10 Cody Ross 8.7 2006 2010
11 Derrek Lee 8.4 1998 2003
12 Juan Pierre 7.3 2003 2005
13 Giancarlo Stanton 7.3 2010 2012
14 Kevin Millar 6.9 1998 2002
15 Mark Kotsay 6.1 1997 2000
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Generated 5/15/2012.

Almost to a man, these guys are better known for playing with other teams. Hanley Ramirez should arguably be the face of the franchise but his career has been riddled with attitude-related problems.

The names on this list also comprise all of the entries in the top 15 single-season WAR totals, save Ivan Rodriguez, who had the 11th-best season with his 4.2 showing in 2003. If you associate him with the Marlins, you’re also in the minority.

The story is the same with the pitchers:

Rk Player WAR From To
1 Josh Johnson 20.8 2005 2012
2 Dontrelle Willis 16.1 2003 2007
3 Kevin Brown 14.4 1996 1997
4 Anibal Sanchez 12.8 2006 2012
5 A.J. Burnett 10.9 1999 2005
6 Josh Beckett 10.1 2001 2005
7 Brad Penny 7.8 2000 2004
8 Carl Pavano 7.3 2002 2004
9 Ricky Nolasco 7.1 2006 2012
10 Alex Fernandez 6.9 1997 2000
11 Pat Rapp 5.5 1993 1997
12 Al Leiter 5.2 1996 2005
13 Robb Nen 4.8 1993 1997
14 Chris Volstad 4.1 2008 2011
15 Ryan Dempster 4.0 1998 2002
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Generated 5/15/2012.

I mean—seriously. When you think of Kevin Brown, A.J. Burnett, Josh Beckett, Alex Fernandez, Al Leiter…do you think of the Marlins first? If so, you must be a Marlins fan. The list of individual WAR seasons reveals another such guy– Bryan Harvey who came in at #10 with his 1993 season.

One highly notable name that’s missing altogether is Livan Hernandez. He ended up pitching for the Marlins for only parts of 4 seasons, but he played a huge role in the team’s 1997 playoff run and was ultimately the MVP of the World Series that year.

Darren Daulton also played there for a short time but was a big part of the 1997 championship team. Other notable names you don’t see above are Moises Alou, Edgar Renteria, Antonio Alfonseca, and Devon White.

From the 2003 championship team, a few names we don’t see above are Alex Gonzalez, the aforementioned I-Rod, and Ugueth Urbina.

My oh my, this team has had a lot of great players but so few that have stuck around for long.

Anyway, vote for 4 in the poll below:

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