Marlins to honor 1997 champs in home opener

Livan, Johnson and Renteria to throw out ceremonial first pitch

Marlins to honor 1997 champs in home opener

It's been 20 years since the Marlins shocked the baseball world with their first World Series title, and the team's home opener on Tuesday will pay homage to the 1997 championship team that beat the Indians in a thrilling seven-game Fall Classic.

Former pitcher and World Series Most Valuable Player Award winner Livan Hernandez, catcher Charles Johnson and shortstop Edgar Renteria -- all members of the 1997 Marlins -- will take part in the ceremonial first pitch before Miami faces Atlanta at Marlins Park at 7:10 p.m. ET, the team announced Monday.

The current generation of Marlins will be honored, too -- Christian Yelich will receive his 2016 National League Silver Slugger Award, and Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Martin Prado and Edinson Volquez will be recognized for their participation in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The home opener festivities at the stadium start at 4 p.m. at the West Plaza, and all gates open at 5 p.m. Before the game, the United States Air Force Brass Quintet will perform the national anthem, and the Air Force Singing Sergeants will sing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.

David Adler is a reporter for based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.