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Miami Car Rentals and the Florida Marlins

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The Florida Marlins are a member of the Major League Baseball Association and are currently one of five teams in the Eastern Division of the National League. Based in Miami, Florida, the Marlins were founded in 1993 as an expansion team and have experienced an impressive amount of success during their 12 year league history. Although the team posted a less than stellar record this season the staff and players are looking forward to a fresh start new start at Dolphins Stadium next spring. If youíre planning on visiting Marline territory during your upcoming Miami car rental vacation period, donít forget to the check the teamís schedule. Preseason action is just around the corner, so go ahead and reserve Florida Marlines game day tickets today!

Franchise Highlights and Recent History

Since the Florida Marlins burst onto the baseball scene in 1993 they have fought to forge their place in the ultra-competitive National League Eastern Division, winning two wildcard titles in 1997 and 2003. The Marlins would later go on to win not only League pennants in both 1997 and 2003, but also two World Series championship titles. After their 2003 win the Marlins went on to post another winning season (the franchises third) but were unable to overcome the Houston Astros in the Wildcard pennant race. Dismal weather and internal management difficulties continued to plague the Marlins during the 2005 season as the team signed pitcher Al Leiter and first baseman Carlos Delgado to their dwindling roster. Even though Delgadoís contract proved to be the biggest in Marlin franchise history, costing the team an impressive $52 million over a four year period, his performance was far from satisfactory, and the team would once again fall behind in the hunt for a playoff birth. The team still managed to post some memorable moments during the season, including Jeremy Hermidaís first major-league at-bat grand slam two-run homer in the final game of the season. Pitcher Dontrelle Willis also became the 13th member of the Black Aces as he posted his 20th win against the Washington Nationals on September 8th. Dontrelle was also named a National League All-Star in both 2003 and 2005, and was also named League Rookie of the Year in 2003.

Community Relations

The Florida Marlins Major League Baseball team is proud to be a prominent part of the Miami community, providing numerous nonprofit local organizations with celebrity appearances and motivational speakers. Players are proud to donate their time to numerous local organizations including numerous educational events and charitable foundations. Continental Miami Car Rentals encourages customers to contribute to the Florida Marlins Community Foundation either through a direct donation or by simply taking part in one of the countless community support efforts and events. Since the foundations inception in 2002, over $2 million has been given back to the Miami community, providing the cityís youth with priceless guidance and possibility. Annual Florida Marlins Community Foundation events include the Basebowl Bowling Tournament, the Florida Marlines BankUnited Celebrity Golf Classic, the Dinner on the Diamond program and the Jerseys Off Their Backs auction event. If you would like to learn more about the Florida Marlins Community Foundation during your upcoming Miami car rental vacation please feel free to contact the Community Hotline at 1-305-626-7470 for more details.

If you would like to learn more about the Florida Marlins Major League Baseball team before heading out on your upcoming Miami car rental vacation, be sure to check out their official team website at http://florida.marlins.mlb.com. Tickets for the all new 2006 season will be going on sale shortly, so donít miss your chance to score front row seats today! In the meantime Miami car rental customers are invited to check out the Marlins spring training sessions beginning early next year.