Five years does not seem like that long a time. The Boston Red Sox' last World Series title is still fresh in the memory of baseball fans around the world.
However, the offensive playmakers from that historic team? A lot has changed for them over just five years, and a majority of them are no longer playing professional baseball.
Five years later, the top 11 hitters (by PA) on the 2013 Red Sox World Series championship team have combined for 13 major-league plate appearances this year. They all belong to Dustin Pedroia.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 12, 2018
In 2013, the Red Sox' 11 most frequent hitters combined for 5,560 plate appearances. In 2018, Dustin Pedroia is the only player from that squad to step up to the plate.
If anything, this stat shows how Boston was able to pull off their incredible season without any youth. Six of those 11 players were in their 30s at the time. Will Middlebrooks was the only player under the age of 28, and his baseball career quickly teetered out, as his batting average since that season was just .196.
Jacoby Ellsbury remains in the league, but has been on the DL for the Yankees all season.
It's quickly once again been three weeks since the last Jacoby Ellsbury update. Maybe he's in that mysterious sarcophagus they just found in Egypt.— Ben K. (@benyankee) July 12, 2018
The team's two leading hitters from that season, David Ortiz and Daniel Nava, had an average age of 34 years old.
This is not to say that the Red Sox were lucky to win the title with such an old roster; rather, it provides an alternative blueprints for teams hoping to lift the Commissioner's Trophy.