Marlins Conclude a Successful Season with 6 Straight Wins

The Marlins finished the 2000 Season with a 6-game winning streak and an overal record of 79-82. The 2000 season was the third best in team history following the 1997 (92-70) and the 1996 season (80-82). The 15-win improvement from last season combined with the previous 10-win improvement made the Marlins the first team in 60 years to post back-to-back seasons with a 10+ win improvement. Preston Wilson was the Major League’s only 30-30 man and broke the team record with 121 RBIs. Three other Marlins hit more than 20 homeruns as the Marlins set a new team record for homeruns in a season. Luis Castillo broke a team record with a league leading 62 stolen bases. Antonio Alfonseca won the National League Rolaids Relief Award with a Major League leading 45 saves. That total tied Bryan Harvey’s team record from 1993.

Fernandez and Tejera Reinstated from DL; Bako Trade Completed

The Florida Marlins announced Tuesday right-handed pitcher Alex Fernandez and left-handed pitcher Michael Tejera have been reinstated from the emergency disabled list. The Marlins also announced they have paid financial considerations to the Houston Astros to complete the April 11 trade that sent catcher Paul Bako to the Marlins.

Edmondson Opts For Free Agency

Right-handed reliever Brian Edmondson has elected to exercise his right of free agency. Edmondson, 27, was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to AAA Calgary on October 5. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn labrum in his right shoulder on April 2 and underwent successful reconstructive surgery to repair the shoulder on April 5. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 12. In two Major League seasons with Atlanta and Florida, Edmondson is 9-12 with a 4.98 ERA in 121 games. He went 5-8 with a 5.84 ERA with Florida in 1999.

Edmondson and Strong Sent to AAA; Smith and Clapinski Choose Free Agency

The Florida Marlins have reinstated right-handed pitcher Brian Edmondson from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted the contracts of Edmondson, infielder Chris Clapinski, outfielder Mark Smith and right-handed pitcher Joe Strong to AAA Calgary. Clapinski and Smith have elected to exercise their right of free agency.

Cliff Floyd Named NL Player of the Week

Marlins outfielder Cliff Floyd was named the National League Player of the Week for September 25 – October 1, 2000. Floyd led the League with a 1.053 slugging percentage and tied for the League lead with 11 RBI and four doubles, as he helped the Marlins end their season on a season-high six-game winning streak. He was second in the League with a .526 batting average and a .565 on-base percentage and tied for third with 20 total bases. On September 30 against Philadelphia, Floyd went 4×5 with his first career grand slam and six RBI to help the Marlins to an 11-5 win.