The Miami Marlins’ career home run leader is also the franchise’s single-season home run king. Both of those records, which are held by Giancarlo Stanton, seem to be safe for a while when looking at the numbers. Who falls behind him on the Marlins all time home run leaders list, though?
Since the Marlins played their first season in 1993, the organization has watched 10 different players rack up at least 100 home runs while playing in South Beach. Let’s get to the details for the top of Miami’s career home run leaderboard.
Marlins All Time Home Run Leaders: Top 5
Giancarlo Stanton: 267 Home Runs
Are there any Marlins-related home run lists that Stanton won’t be on? That seems doubtful. He led the league in home runs twice during his time in Miami. After hitting 22 dingers through his first 100 games as a rookie in 2010, he never hit fewer than 24 in a single season.
Believe it or not, the only time Stanton hit 30-plus home runs in back-to-back seasons for the Marlins came in 2011 and 2012 when he slugged 34 and 37, respectively. That 2012 campaign was impressive because he reached that number in just 123 games played (501 plate appearances) and led the league with a .608 slugging percentage. In fact, that number is still the second-best mark during a single season in his career (it was .631 during his 2017 NL MVP campaign).
Stanton enjoyed two months in 2012 where he slugged better than .750 — he collected 12 homers in May and another 10 in August. He actually ended the year quite strong with 18 combined dingers between August and September.
Dan Uggla: 154 Home Runs
Dan Uggla‘s MLB career had a quick demise, but when he was with the Marlins, he was one of baseball’s premier power hitters as a second baseman. Uggla finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2006 after posting a .818 OPS with 27 home runs and 90 RBI. His production remained consistent through his final year in South Beach, with 2010 being his best work.
After that performance as a rookie, he rattled off four straight years with at least 30 homers and 88 RBI, culminating in 2010 with career-high marks in dingers (33) and RBI (105). He slashed .287/.369/.508 in the process, winning a Silver Slugger and finishing 17th in NL MVP voting. The second baseman spent about half of his total plate appearances (311, to be exact) as the Marlins’ clean-up hitter, and that’s where he saw the most success. Uggla hit 19 of his home runs and collected 57 of his RBI in this spot of the lineup, slashing .300/.379/.564 in that situation.
Hanley Ramirez: 148 Home Runs
Remember how I just said Uggla placed third in the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year voting? That’s partially because Hanley Ramirez took home the hardware. He posted a .833 OPS with 17 home runs, 59 RBI, 119 runs scored, and 51 stolen bases during his first full year in the big leagues. Fellow teammate, pitcher Josh Johnson, also finished fourth in this voting.
The Marlins had some good young talent during that time.
As for Ramirez, that was the start of an impressive tenure with the organization. Between 2007 and 2010, Hanley racked up three top-11 finishes in MVP voting (which includes finishing second in 2009), two Silver Sluggers, three All-Star Game appearances, and a batting title.
He finished with a .300 batting average in each of these campaigns. His slash line was .319/.394/.532, and he added an average of 27 home runs, 82 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 36 steals per season.
Mike Lowell: 143 Home Runs
Since he spent the last five years of his career and won the 2007 World Series with the Boston Red Sox, I tend to forget that Mike Lowell spent the majority of his career with the Marlins. He was a consistent producer in the power department during the early portion of his career, but the third baseman saved his best work for the end of his tenure there in 2003 and 2004.
He posted his first and only season of 30-plus homers with 32 dingers to go along with 105 RBI and a .881 OPS in 2003. Lowell went to his second straight All-Star Game, won his only Silver Slugger award, and finished 11th in NL MVP voting. He followed that up in 2004 with another 27 homers, 85 RBI, a .870 OPS, and his third straight appearance in the midsummer classic.
This period was the only time in his career in which he finished with at least a .870 OPS in consecutive seasons. The 59 combined homers he hit were also the most Lowell slugged in any two-year span as a big leaguer.
Miguel Cabrera: 138 Home Runs
From the moment he hit his first home run in 2003 (a walk-off bomb), we should’ve known Miguel Cabrera was going to be a generational talent. Nearly 20 years later, he’s cemented his place in history by accumulating 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.
In the four full seasons he spent with Florida before getting traded to the Detroit Tigers, Miggy posted at least 20 homers with 100 RBI in each campaign. Three of those seasons went for at least 30 homers, and while he was a terrific all-around hitter from the jump, his last three years were taken to another level.
Between 2005 and 2007, Cabrera averaged 32 home runs with 44 doubles, 119 RBI, and 103 runs scored. He did all that with a sparkling .327/.405/.564 line. He finished with an OPS greater than .940 in each campaign, but 2006 was his best, as it settled in at .998.
Marlins All Time Home Run Leaders: The Rest
Here’s what the rest of Miami’s top-21 career home run leaders looks like right now:
- Derrek Lee: 129 home runs
- Gary Sheffield: 122
- Jeff Conine: 120
- Cliff Floyd: 110
- Preston Wilson: 104
- Marcell Ozuna: 96
- Justin Bour: 83
- Alex Gonzalez: 81
- Cody Ross: 80
- Charles Johnson: 75
- Mike Jacobs: 69
- Josh Willingham: 63
- Derek Dietrich: 60
- Christian Yelich: 59
- J.T. Realmuto: 59
- Kevin Millar: 59
Who is on the outside and looking in at this list? See the rest here, on FanGraphs.