Saturday, June 20, 2009

This Day in Florida Marlins History: June 20, 2003

In 2003 the Florida Marlins saw the emergence of a truly special player and eventually an intricate piece to their 2003 World Series run.

With the injury to Todd Hollandsworth, the Florida Marlins had a void to fill in left field. They called up amateur LF Miguel Cabrera. At that time, little was known of this young player.

The Marlins were going to begin a three game home series against the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays. Miguel was 0-4 before his at bat in the bottom of the 11th inning. With one out and SS Alex Gonzalez on second base, Cabrera received one pitch from Alan Levine and that was all that he would need. Miguel blasted the fastball to center field for his first Major League hit, homerun and a walk-off at that.

He went on to play third base when Mike Lowell went down with an injury. He finished 5th in the rookie of the year voting and received 27 MVP votes.

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