In 2003, the Florida Marlins captured their second World Series title. The victory over the New York Yankees seemed to overthrow the Evil Empire’s Dynasty, as a true underdog was able to defeat them. A decade later several players from the championship roster are still making an impact on baseball in the 2014 season.
The World Series MVP in 2003, pitcher Josh Beckett has had a career with many ups and downs. Beckett was eventually traded by the Marlins to the Boston Red Sox following the 2005 season where he would help the team win the 2007 World Series.
Currently Beckett finds himself pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. After a very disappointing 2013 season pitching for the Dodgers, where he went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA, Beckett is back to form in 2014. On May 25th against the Philadelphia Phillies Beckett threw his first no-hitter only days after turning 34-years-old. Considering the Dodgers could very well be in contention this season, Beckett may have more highlights to come.
Similar to Beckett in that he has seen the good and the bad in his pitching career, A.J Burnett continues to have moments where it’s hard to believe he’s approaching 40-years-old. In 2014 he is a member of the same Phillies Beckett held hitless, but prior to that he had some better moments.
Before joining the Phillies Burnett spent two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates where he contributed more than anyone could have expected after his failures with the Yankees. Left off his personal statistics is the fact that he was in the starting rotation for the 2013 Pirates who made the playoffs–something the organization had not done since 1991. Burnett deserves some of the credit as he was a top pitcher for them all season long.
Back in 2003 when he won a World Series with the Marlins, Miguel Cabrera was a rookie associated with the word “potential” far more than he was with “talent.” Now we know that his potential has been reached and he is one of the best players in baseball.
Among Cabrera’s list of achievements are back-to-back MVPs in 2012 and 2013 including a Triple Crown Award in 2012. An often unspoken achievement of his is three straight batting titles going back to 2011. When his career is over Cabrera might be remembered as one of the all-time best. Right now, he just is the best.
The backup catcher for the 2003 Marlins, Mike Redmond may be done playing yet his impact on baseball might be stronger than ever. Redmond is now the manager of the Marlins; a young team with a chance to repeat the success from the past if everything goes their way.
As the team’s manager it is up to Redmond to help develop young stars like Christian Yellich and Jose Fernandez. The current Marlins’ roster, as inexperienced as they are, has a lot in common with the squads immediately prior to winning the World Series. A few additions along with properly developing the future stars already in the organization will lead to Redmond winning another World Series ring, this time in a new role. Based on how the Marlins have played so far in 2014, this is very possible.