This Sunday, July 15th the world can watch the future stars of Major League Baseball before they actually become household names when the United States takes on the World for the annual Futures Game. I’m going to take a look back at last year’s Future Game to see who has made it and who is still progressing through the ranks of the Minor Leagues.
Jonathan Gore is the radio announcer for both the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals. Both teams play their home games at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Jupiter Hammerheads are the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The Palm Beach Cardinals are the Class A Advanced affiliate of the St Louis Cardinals. Both teams play in the Florida State League South. As of the writing of this article, the Palm Beach Cardinals are in third place in the division, after already winning the first half of the season with a record of 46-32 and so far in the second half have a record of 8-10. The Hammerheads are in fifth place in the division with a record of 46-36 in the first half and 5-12 so far in the second half. Jonathan and I had a conversation via text message due to our busy schedules.
The call to the Majors is one of the most exciting times in a player’s career, right behind actually getting drafted. Not everyone that is called to the Major League is destined to be there, but even if a player is only up for a day, they are still a Major League Baseball player for the rest of their lives, and no one can take that away from them.