Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/18/14

BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 19: Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria watches from the seats as his team takes on the New York Yankees in game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series on October 19, 2003 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. Jeffrey Loria's master plan has worked: the Miami Marlins are World Champions for the third time in 21 seasons despite shedding nearly $60 million from their 2012 payroll. Baseball purists around the country are sick to their stomach about what this will mean in the future for teams looking to rebuild, but you can't deny that Miami's approach in 2013 was successful. Despite Loria demanding all of the praise for the success of the Marlins, he didn't win the World Series - the team on the field did. And that team was led by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 48 home runs and posted a .991 OPS en route to winning the NL MVP award. Stanton solidified his status as one of the best players in baseball after his 2013 season, and has set himself up for a massive payday in the future...one that the Marlins likely won't be taking care of if their history is any indicator. But while Stanton was the mainstream focus of the team, the Marlins got plenty of contributions from others. Juan Pierre turned in a 200 hit season in his return to Miami. Placido Polanco hooked himself up to the rejuvenation machine, hitting .303 with 188 hits. Those two set the table perfectly for Stanton, who also drove in 137 runs in addition to his insane home run output. The rest of Miami's lineup was largely pedestrian aside from those first three, though Logan Morrison did hit 25 homers as Stanton's backup in the lineup. Miami's rotation also had a good season. Ricky Nolasco finally lined up his ERA with his FIP, posting a 3.36 ERA on the season as the veteran on the staff. Following Nolasco, no other member of the Miami rotation had an ERA higher than 4.10, and the quartet of Henderson Alvarez, Wade Leblanc, Nate Eovaldi, and Jacob Turner were silently effective for the Marlins. The no-name bullpen struggled at times in front of closer Steve Cishek, who put together a great year highlighted by a 1.77 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 71 innings. The Marlins snuck into the playoffs as the second wild card in the National League, continuing their pattern of winning the wild card and later, the World Series. After the Braves and Phillies both posted mediocre, 84 win seasons in the NL East, Miami managed to top them both with an 86 win year that was good enough to earn them a one game playoff with the Reds, who won 93 games but were forced into the wild card game after the Cardinals won 94. The Marlins won a 3-2 thriller in Cincinnati, and rolled into the NLDS against the 99 win Los Angeles Dodgers, who they proceeded to confound in a three-game sweep. Miami and Washington squared off in the NLCS, with the Marlins losing the first two games in DC before reeling off four wins in a row led by Stanton and his seven homers in the series. Finally, in the World Series, the Marlins fittingly took on the Toronto Blue Jays, and won in seven games, beating former Marlin Josh Johnson in the clincher. The season was an unlikely miracle, but once again, the Marlins are champions. The baseball world has officially been turned on its head. Marlins on TOC End of Season Postmortem Hope for the Hopeless 2013 Season Preview You May Say I’m a Dreamer 2013 Burning Question (12:45 PM) This Is My Nightmare (2:00 PM) X-Factor (3:15 PM) Top Ten Prospects (4:30 PM) [follow]
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurism

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

RG3 returning to Redskins next season?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.