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Miami Marlins Top 50 Of All-Time: 7. Mike Lowell

Mike Lowell garnered three All-Star selections, a Silver Slugger award and a Gold Glove for Florida through the first half of the last decade.

Mike Lowell, Florida Marlins, 2003
Mike Lowell, Florida Marlins, 2003

Originally, Mike Lowell was drafted in the 20th round of the 1995 draft by the New York Yankees out of Florida International University. He appeared in eight games in 1998 before the Yanks traded him to Florida for Todd Noel, Mark Johnson and Ed Yarnall just prior to the 1999 season.

After starting the season in AAA Calgary, Lowell was called up in late May of 1999. In Lowell's "official" rookie season, he hit .253 in 97 games with 12 home runs and 47 RBI, establishing himself as the Marlins everyday third baseman.

Lowell's numbers improved over the next two seasons, as he hit a combined .277 with 40 home runs and 191 RBI in 286 games at third base.

In 2002, Lowell received his first All-Star invitation, hitting .276 in 160 games, slugging 24 home runs and 92 RBI. 2003 saw him again selected to the All-Star team and also win his first Silver Slugger award, belting a career high 32 home runs with 105 RBI and a .276 average.

Somehow surviving H. Wayne Huizenga's 2003 post-postseason Exodus, Lowell was selected to his third consecutive All-Star team in 2004, hitting .293 with 27 home runs and 85 RBI for the Marlins in 158 games.

Lowell won his first Gold Glove in 2005, but failed to make the All-Star team for the first time in four seasons by posting a career low .236 batting average.

Lowell was traded to the Boston Red Sox after the 2005 season and spent the next five seasons with the club before retiring in 2010.

In 981 games over seven seasons with the Marlins, Lowell hit 143 home runs with 578 RBI, hitting .272.

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