As you may have heard, last night’s MLB All -Star game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, included 14 former Cape Cod Baseball League players, and the winner of the Home Run Derby, Todd Frazier, is also Cape League alumni. That’s pretty impressive to say the least! The American League won the game over the National League 6-3. Frazier played for Chatham in 2005 and 2006, and was one of 3 starters in the game who spent summer playing baseball on the Cape including Buster Posey (Y-D, ’06,’07), and Josh Donaldson (Harwich, ’06), who was also a participant in the Home Run Derby. Five pitchers that were selected to play in the 86th midsummer classic participated in the Cape League including left-hander Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros who spent 2 innings on the mound striking out 1 and finishing with an ERA of 0.00. Keuchel had a stint with Wareham in 2005. Other notables in the game included American League second baseman Jason Kipnis (Cotuit, 2008), National League infielders Brandon Crawford (Orleans, 2007), who had an RBI in the game, and Joe Panik (Y-D, 2010).
The MLB All-Star game is a tradition every sports fan looks forward to each summer, and it is nice to see so many Cape League standouts become successful enough to participate in this tradition in the big leagues. Many of them played in the Cape League All-Star game or Home Run Hitting Contest, which is in 10 days on July 25th, in Wareham at Spillane Field! This year’s All-Star event is sure to have some future MLB All-Star players as well. So come out and enjoy the game because the next time you’ll see some of these athletes play will be on the television, or you will be paying for a ticket at a big league park.
By Ryan Fitzgerald (CCBL intern)