Sep 19, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee (9) signs autographs before a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Around this time last year MarlinManiac brought you the 150 Greatest Moments in Marlins History. With all that said, 2014 had some great moments for the Marlins so for now we are taking a look back at the 150 Greatest Moments in Marlins and adding some new moments while taking others away. We are saying goodbye to #140 Nice Threads, #146 The New Generation, #138 The Tickets, #134 Finally…The Miami Marlins, #132 Reliving 2003, and #123 Banners and Rings. Let’s start off with the new Moment #117: Casey McGehee Sweeps the Awards.
In 2013 Casey was no longer in the MLB. He went over to Japan and played for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles where he and his team became the Japan Series Champions. After seeing his performance in Japan the Marlins decide to give Casey a call to see if he wanted to come back to play in The Majors. On December 18, 2013 Casey took a $1.5 million deal and was back in the States as the Marlins new 3rd baseman. This would be one of the best offseason signings the Marlins ever made.
Among 3rd baseman Casey was second in batting average, first in OBP, first in BB, first in hits, and third in RBIs. His glove at 3rd was also very impressive. At 3rd Casey posted .979 Fielding Percentage which was second in the National League, committed only 6 errors (also second in the National League), and was part of 34 double plays, which was third in the National League. This all came from a player that didn’t play a single MLB game in 2013. All those impressive numbers not only won him the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year, but also the Players Choice Comeback Player, and the MLB Comeback Player. That gave Casey the clean sweep. He was also the first Marlins player to win the award.
Join me next time as we introduce another new moment in the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Until next time… Let’s Go Marlins.