I allowed a week to pass on the Fish Stripes All-Time Florida Marlins Team voting for third base, and the results are now in. With 202 votes, let us see who you, the Fish Stripes readership, selected as the team's all-time third baseman!
First, your voting tallies:
The readers of Fish Stripes voted Mike Lowell, the team's longest-tenured third baseman, over Miguel Cabrera, who received his fair share of votes as well. From the comments left on the post, it sounded as though readers were more interested in voting Cabrera in as an outfielder rather than a third baseman; a lot of you mentioned that Lowell "felt" like the team's third baseman, and I do not blame you.
Let's see how the rest of the Fish Stripes team voted. For the purposes of choosing a winner, I will only consider Mike Lowell and Miguel Cabrera in our voting.Michael: Lowell (1), Cabrera (2)
Fish Stripes Writers: Lowell (1), Cabrera (2)
It was a landslide victory for Lowell, with each party voting for him for first place. I was forced to think about this really hard, but it looks like this was basically what had to happen. Personally, I was inclined to vote Cabrera in as the best third baseman, especially given the now-fierce competition in the corner outfield. One has to believe Cabrera will make the team, but with at least three good candidates in the corner outfield, it will be tough to decide which two will make the lineup. As for Lowell, he was certainly deserving and had all of the traits needed to be a winner for this voting: he was excellent as a Marlin, compiling the fourth largest Wins Above Replacement in team history, and he played a role in the team's second World Series.
Congratulations to Mike Lowell of the 1999-2005 Florida Marlins for being the Fish Stripes All-Time Florida Marlins Third Baseman!