Winning a World Series is one of the toughest things to do during one’s Major League Baseball career, and 2013 may be the last chance for several notable players.
But why 2013 and not 2014 or potentially even 2015? Well, for one, some of the players on this list aren’t getting any younger. At best, they have a year or two left in the tank, and they may not even be on the roster of a projected contender.
Even those not staring retirement in the face can have short-term chances as well. But this is primarily because a contract with a contender may be expiring soon, and prospects are rapidly rising through the system, leaving that player without a spot on the team in the near future.
Desperate is a very strong term, but it’s an appropriate one in this situation. These players desperately need a Fall Classic victory this season.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts.