For the first time since 2003, the Miami Marlins are playoff bound. The franchise clinched a spot in the postseason on Friday night with a gutsy win over the New York Yankees.
Miami made history on Friday, as it became the first National League team to reach the playoffs one year after losing 100 or more games.
There's no sugarcoating how bad the Marlins have been over the past decade. The team went 10-straight seasons without having at least a .500 record.
Things were supposed to take a turn for the worse when management shipped out key players like Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich. Instead, the organization used the last couple of seasons to build its farm system and develop its young talent. That's quite an accomplishment for team owner Derek Jeter, who purchased part of the franchise back in 2017.
After the Marlins clinched a playoff spot last night, Jeter called scouts and baseball ops executives to congratulate and thank them for helping the team get to this point.
It's ironic that Miami's playoff-clinching win took place against Jeter's former team.
While he'll always be remembered for his long list of achievements as a shortstop for the Yankees, it's nice to see Jeter now have success as an owner.
We'll see if the Marlins can ride this wave of momentum all the way to a World Series title this fall.