Marlins pay tribute to late Barger with plaque

MIAMI -- The Marlins on Friday unveiled a commemorative bronze plaque in honor of the franchise's first president and chief operating officer, the late Carl Barger.

The plaque is on display inside the Home Plate Entrance of Marlins Park, and it recognizes the man who was instrumental in launching the first six months of the organization.

The Marlins hired Barger on July 8, 1992, three days after MLB awarded South Florida the franchise. Barger passed away on Dec. 9, 1992, during the Winter Meetings.

"Carl Barger played an integral role in developing this franchise during its infancy, and setting it on a course to a World Series championship in just five years," Marlins president David Samson said. "Marlins Park would not be complete without a tribute to Carl and all that he did for the Marlins."

As an organization, the Marlins dedicated their inaugural 1993 season to Barger. Prior to joining the Marlins, Barger also served as the president of the Pirates from 1987-91.

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