Miguel Rojas will go down as one of the most important players in franchise history.
The Marlins traded Rojas to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday evening, and said goodbye to their unofficial team captain. Rojas had been with the Marlins since 2015. In that time, Rojas won the respect of his peers and the fans. Even though “Miggy Ro” was never a superstar, he was a critical part of Miami’s roster and a leader in a consistently young clubhouse.
Rojas was there when Jose Fernandez passed away in 2016, and he was the final link to that squad. No Marlins fan will ever forget the way Rojas helped keep the team together following that unspeakable tragedy. Fernandez was known for the passion he played with daily, and Rojas shared some of those qualities. There was never a day that Rojas “took off”. Rojas gave 100% effort every single game of every single season he played with the Marlins.
Bidding farewell to an important player such as Rojas never comes easy. But, it helps that to know he has joined a competitive team in Dodgers. This isn’t the first time Rojas finds himself with the Dodgers, but a World Series ring has eluded him thus far. Now a World Series appearance has become a realistic goal for Rojas, and he figures to play an important role in Los Angeles reaching the destination.
Even though Rojas won’t suit up for the Marlins in 2023, he still may return to South Florida in the future. Rojas will likely pursue a role in coaching or broadcasting following his player career. The shortstop has already dipped his toes into both of those careers, and looked comfortable in both roles. Miami figures to be on the shortlist for Rojas in the future.
Goodbye for now and good luck Miggy.