Leading up to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami, we're counting down the 10 most memorable All-Star moments in Marlins history.
No. 9: Hanley Ramirez’s strong All-Star start
Year: 2008 at Yankee Stadium, New York
Result: AL 4, NL 3 (15 innings)
Notable: Hanley Ramirez, 24 and in his third season, became the second Marlin voted into the starting lineup, 15 years after Gary Sheffield in the team's inaugural season. Playing shortstop and batting first for the NL, he went 2 for 3 and scored a run.
How it happened: This was the first of three consecutive All-Star starts for Ramirez, an honor that eluded Miguel Cabrera, arguably the best to ever play for the Marlins. Cabrera, who appeared in the previous four All-Star Games without notable impact before being traded to Detroit, was one of the first to call and congratulate Ramirez on his first star selection.
It was a big year for the Dominican Republic native, beginning with signing a six-year, $70 million contract extension with the Marlins that May. He then led them to a surprising 50-45 record at the break despite the lowest payroll in the majors.
Leading off the game, Ramirez went down swinging against tough Indians left-hander Cliff Lee, who would go on to win the AL Cy Young Award that season. He got his first All-Star hit in the third inning, a line-drive single off Joe Saunders.
The NL led 1-0 when Ramirez, leading off the sixth, stroked another hit to left off Justin Duchscherer. He scampered to third on Chase Utley's single to right and scored on Lance Berkman's sacrifice fly to center.
The Marlins star was replaced after that half inning by Dominican countryman Miguel Tejada, a former AL Most Valuable Player who Ramirez had looked up to for advice when they played together in the Caribbean Series.
The NL was unable to hold the lead and Ramirez was reduced to a spectator the remainder of what would become the longest All-Star Game and was also remembered for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla setting a dubious record by committing three errors, all in extra innings.