11 Miami Marlins Who Are on Track for a Bigger Role in 2013

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11 Miami Marlins Who Are on Track for a Bigger Role in 2013
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Many Miami Marlins players will have bigger roles in 2013. Can you spot who they are in this picture?

Actor Ryan Gosling became world-renowned for his starring role as Noah Calhoun in the 2004 movie, The Notebook, which took eight awards at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards. But before Gosling rose to fame, some sports aficionados might remember Gosling in the supporting role as Alan Bosley in Remember the Titans four years earlier.

Like Gosling, some Miami Marlins could become household names this year after playing a bit role during the 2012 season. For a player to qualify, he must not have had enough plate appearances (3.1 plate appearances for every game his team has played, which equals to 502 plate appearances) or innings pitched (a player must average at least one inning pitched for every game his team has played, which equals 162 innings) in 2012. Those players also should not have an established major league track record prior to the 2012 season.

Speaking of Remember the Titans, that film starred Denzel Washington as coach Herman Boone. By that time, Washington was a Hollywood staple for about two decades. But over the years, he went from winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (1989, Glory) to winning an Academy Award for Best Actor (2001, Training Day).

In other words, Washington's stature grew as the years went on.

For a couple of established Marlins, they went from being one of the guys, as Washington once was, to a starring role in 2013—some by choice, others by necessity.

Without further ado, here are 11 Miami Marlins, from the least prominent to the most prominent members of the team, who are on track for a bigger role in 2013.

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