As the hot stove burned in late 1996, the Marlins had only been around as a franchise for four seasons, and they¡¯d never finished a season with a record above .500.
But they were also trending upward: Florida had improved its winning percentage in each season the team existed, including an 80-82 record in 1996, which saw them post a 31-24 record (a 91-win pace) in August and September.
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Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, already a ¡¯90s business icon for his ownership stake in video-rental titan Blockbuster Entertainment, was also sinking more money in his teal-clad expansion club.
It’s the final Hispanic name on the U.S. census list that claims the highest number of players in MLB. Twenty players are named Gonz¨¢lez in MLB, not counting Marco Gonzales, who uses a slight variation on the most common spelling of the name.
Another one of the most common Hispanic last names in MLB, Rodr¨ªguez, is the surname for 18 MLB players, and the No. 2 most popular surname for Hispanics on the U.S. Census list.
Garc¨ªa is the most popular Hispanic surname in the United States overall; in MLB, 16 players claim the name. That is the same total for another common MLB Hispanic name that didn’t even make the census list: Ram¨ªrez. Other popular Hispanic surnames in the majors are Hern¨¢ndez (15), Cabrera (12), Mart¨ªnez (9) and L¨®pez(8).
Dennis Smith Authentic Jersey What are the reasons that Hispanic surnames in the United States have risen?
It’s not only an increase in the Hispanic population, but a lack of variety of surnames in minority populations, as was pointed out by the New York Times.