Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown season wasn't the only big year that had to sting for the Miami Marlins.
Consider the MVP-level season of Giants catcher Buster Posey.
Four years ago, the ex-Florida State star went fifth overall in the draft to the Giants.
The Marlins, picking sixth, settled for California high school catcher Kyle Skipworth, still struggling to hit his way out of Double-A. In fact, even though Skipworth hit 21 homers this year for Jacksonville, his career batting average in the minors is .219.
Oh, and here’s the clincher: Both the Giants and Marlins went 71-91 the previous season.
Head to head, the Marlins went 1-6 against the Giants in 2007.
Instead of using that as a tiebreaker, or even an NFL-style coin flip, draft position was determined by going back to the previous season.
The Marlins won 78 games that year, two more than the Giants. They would have been tied again, but on the season’s final day, the Marlins won their one-run game (over the Phillies) while the Giants lost theirs (to the Dodgers).
Call it Joe Girardi’s lasting revenge.
You think this Marlins franchise would look a little different with Posey anchoring the middle of the diamond?Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times