Let’s flashback to June 20, 2003. A much younger, leaner, 20-year-old Miguel Cabrera makes his major league debut for the then Florida Marlins and comes through in dramatic fashion.
14 years ago today, Miguel Cabrera's MLB career began with a walk-off HR for Marlins in his first MLB game pic.twitter.com/FUFBRKrWnu
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 20, 2017
Cabrera breaks a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 11th inning with a two-run homer to dead center for his first career big fly, propelling the Marlins to a 3-1 win over the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Miggy played a large portion of that season in left field and gradually transitioned to third base as he career began to blossom. He spent five seasons with the Fish before the blockbuster deal in the off-season prior to the 2008 MLB season, that shipped him to Detroit, along with lefty Dontrelle Willis, in exchange for five Tigers’ prospects at the time, headlined by Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin.
Cabrera finished 5th in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2003, which was ultimately won by his teammate, the aforementioned Dontrelle Willis. The Marlins went on to win their second World Series in a seven-year span, and just their 11th year of existence at the time.