Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #93 D-Train is Coming


Feb 23, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Dontrelle Willis signs autographs before a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome Back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Once again we are taking you back to 2003. The Marlins had two great rookies that year, but only one of them could win Rookie of the Year. For moment 93 his name was Dontrelle Willis.

Miguel Cabrera placed 5th in the 2003 Rookie of the Year voting, but Dontrell was the star rookie that year. Both had amazing years but Miami jumped on the D-Train and rode it all season long. D-Train recorded 14 wins (which led all Rookie pitchers), had 2 complete game shut outs, struck out 142 batters, and was named to the 2003 All-Star game. He also won Rookie of the Month in June and was the first rookie to win Pitcher of the Month since 1995. We also can’t forget his performance in the play offs that season. Posting an ERA of 0.00 in 3.2 inning pitching in the World Series, he struck out 3 batters and only gave up 4 hits.   This high kicking pitcher was a sight to see.

What made this Rookie of the Year a little more special for Marlin fans was that it was the first Rookie of the Year ever won by a Marlins player. What a season to win it too. The 2003 Marlins saw a World Series win, a Lou Brock Award, a Silver Slugger, and a Rookie of the Year all in the same year. The Marlins had a really good 2003, just like D-Train!