Fort Myers Miracle

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Team History[edit]

The Fort Myers Miracle are the only professional baseball team that played at least one game in all four Lee County stadiums that have been the regular home of a pro ball club: Hammond Stadium, which hosted the Miracle from 1990 through 2019 and the rebranded Fort Myers Mighty Mussels since; the Red Sox' jetBlue Park, during a 2015 Hammond renovation; Park T. Pagett Memorial Stadium (located in Terry Park and better known by that or as Terry Park Ballfield) in 2006, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the recreational park in which it sits; and City of Palms Park in 2018, specifically to complete the set.

The franchise's 1962 founding as the Miami Marlins was not prescient; rather, it saluted the Triple-A Miami team that had moved to Puerto Rico.

A group that included Mike Veeck, the son of legendary baseball promoter Bill Veeck, and actor Bill Murray bought the flailing Miami Miracle in 1990, promptly moving the club to Fort Myers, building it into a success, and selling it in 2014.

The 1992 co-op team had 25 players supplied by the Minnesota Twins, seven from the Texas Rangers, five from the Cleveland Indians, and one each from the Florida Marlins and Kansas City Royals.

In December 2019, three weeks after taking the helm, new club president Bob Ohrablo announced the team would drop its long-time Miracle nickname.[1]

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

1992-2010 logo
Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1992 46-85 14th Dan Rohn Bob Zeihen Dennis Burtt
1993 55-79 13th Steve Liddle Jim Shellenback
1994 71-63 6th Steve Liddle Jerry White Rick Tomlin
1995 75-55 2nd Al Newman Lost League Finals
1996 79-58 2nd John Russell Jerry White Eric Rasmussen
1997 81-58 3rd John Russell Jon Mathews Eric Rasmussen
1998 65-73 10th Mike Boulanger Stu Cliburn
1999 60-79 13th Mike Boulanger Jarvis Brown Eric Rasmussen
2000 83-57 2nd Jose Marzan Lost in 1st round Riccardo Ingram Eric Rasmussen
2001 68-69 7th (t) Jose Marzan Riccardo Ingram Eric Rasmussen
2002 77-62 3rd Jose Marzan Riccardo Ingram Eric Rasmussen
2003 73-63 5th Jose Marzan Lost in 1st round Mike Tosar Eric Rasmussen
2004 61-74 9th Jose Marzan Floyd Rayford Eric Rasmussen
2005 74-59 4th Riccardo Ingram Jeff Carter Eric Rasmussen
2006 80-60 1st Kevin Boles Lost in 1st round Jim Dwyer Eric Rasmussen
2007 70-70 7th Kevin Boles Jim Dwyer Eric Rasmussen
2008 77-59 2nd Jeff Smith Lost League Finals Jim Dwyer Eric Rasmussen
2009 80-58 1st Jeff Smith Lost in 1st round Jim Dwyer Steve Mintz
2010 64-74 9th Jake Mauer Jim Dwyer Steve Mintz
2011 63-76 10th Jake Mauer Jim Dwyer Steve Mintz
2012 60-75 9th Jake Mauer Jim Dwyer Steve Mintz
2013 79-56 2nd Doug Mientkiewicz Lost in 1st round Jim Dwyer Ivan Arteaga
2014 82-57 1st Doug Mientkiewicz League Champs Jim Dwyer Gary Lucas
2015 76-63 3rd Jeff Smith Jim Dwyer Ivan Arteaga
2016 70-68 7th Jeff Smith Jim Dwyer Henry Bonilla
2017 75-60 2nd Doug Mientkiewicz Lost in 1st round Steve Singleton Henry Bonilla
2018 68-69 9th Ramon Borrego League Champs Steve Singleton Henry Bonilla
2019 74-59 3rd Toby Gardenhire cancelled Matt Borgschulte Luis Ramirez Nat Ballenberg, Frank Jagoda

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