Original Marlin Conine to Play One Game, Then Retire

(MIAMI) - Florida fan favorite Jeff Conine will go out as a Marlin.

According to mlb.com, Conine, an originaly member of the team's inaugural roster, will sign a one-day contract on March 28 when the Marlins face the New York Yankees in an exhibition game at Dolphin Stadium, then retire.

Conine, 41, had two stints with the organization. As a first baseman and outfielder, Conine played a key role in the team's 1997 and 2003 World Series titles.

The Marlins also plan to honor Conine in an on-field ceremony in their season opener against the New York Mets on March 31.

Conine played in the Southern League for the Memphis Chicks in 1990, then embarked later that year on a 17-year career in the majors, starting with the Kansas City Royals . He also played for the Marlins, Baltimore Orioles , Philadelphia Phillies , Cincinnati Reds and Mets.

Conine hit a career .285 with 214 home runs and 1,071 RBIs. He is the Marlins leader in career grand slams with 6, and he's second in team history in total hits (1,005), singles (688), RBIs (553), total bases (1,579) and games played (1,014).

Courtesy www.mlb.com