With the Boston Red Sox overcoming a 2-1 deficit thanks to a Shane Victorino grand slam last night, we now know who the 2 teams are that will be playing for the ultimate prize. The Boston Red Sox will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, October 23rd. Two of the Marlins top alum’s fell just short of the Series as Miguel Cabrera and Hanley Ramirez were both dispatched in the League Championship Series. Even though they were both unable to make it, they still had very strong seasons for their respective clubs, as Cabrera should win the AL MVP and Hanley is at least in the discussion for NL MVP.
Of course I am disappointed that they no longer play for the Marlins but I am happy for them and have to admit that I was rooting for both of those teams in the postseason. I do think that the Tigers and Dodgers are set up well for the next couple of years and expect them to be in the thick of the playoff race in years to come.
It may just be a matter of time before we are watching Giancarlo Stanton destroying stadium scoreboards for another team in the playoffs. If the Marlins are unable to sign him long-term, expect them to move him within the next couple of seasons. He would certainly join the ranks of top Marlins that the franchise was unable to retain for the majority of their careers. I would rather not think about that right now though. To take my mind off of it, here is news from Miami in the last 24 hours.
2013 Miami Marlins Review: Ed Lucas | Rant Sports
It took Miami Marlins third baseman Ed Lucas nine years to get to the Majors and when he did, he made the most of it. Lucas played more than half the season stealing the starting position away from teammate Placido Polanco when Polanco was struggling and battling injuries. Lucas was the best story coming out of the organization that did not involve Jose Fernandez
2013 Miami Marlins Review: Placido Polanco | Rant Sports
Signing with the Miami Marlins on a one-year deal the organization wanted to see how much the 38 year old had left in the tank. Battling old age and injuries, Placido Polanco did not have a bad season, and if it was not for the youth movement that the Marlins are in the middle of, Polanco may be re-signed for one more year, if he is not planning on retiring.