Today in Sports History: December 12

By Jonah Sharf

On December 12, 1996, the Florida Marlins signed former outfielder Moises Alou from the Montreal Expos as part of an offseason where they went for it all—and won the World Series in 1997. During the 1997 season, Alou led the Marlins in batting average, home runs and RBI, earning an All-Star selection and a 10th place finish in MVP voting. Alou helped lead the Marlins to a wild card berth, and once in the playoffs, they made an unbelievable run en route to winning the World Series to become the first wild card team to win the World Series. After the season, Alou, along with many of the other top players on the Marlins they signed in the previous offseason, were traded away.


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