All Time D.C. Metro Team
Based on birthplace, which must be in Washington D.C., or a suburb in Virginia or Maryland. Suburbs extend to Gainesville, VA in the south, Laurel, MD in the north, and Leesburg, VA in the west. City, career stats are in parentheses.
C: Ryan Hanigan (Washington, DC, 18 HR, 117 RBI, .275 AVG, 0 SB)
1B: George McQuinn (Arlington, VA, 135 HR, 794 RBI, .276 AVG, 32 SB)
2B: Bump Wills (Washington, DC, 36 HR, 102 RBI, .266 AVG, 196 SB)
SS: Maury Wills (Washington, DC, 20 HR, 458 RBI, .281 AVG, 586 SB)
3B: Don Money (Washington, DC, 176 HR, 729 RBI, .261 AVG, 80 SB)
LF: Milt Thompson (Washington, DC, 47 HR, 357 RBI, .274 AVG, 214 SB)
CF: Brady Anderson (Silver Spring, MD, 210 HR, 761 RBI, .256 AVG, 315 SB)
RF: Bill Lamar (Rockville, MD, 19 HR, 245 RBI, .310 AVG, 25 SB)
SP: Mat Latos (Alexandria, VA, 41-33, 3.41 ERA, 1.16 WHIP)
SP: Clay Kirby (Washington, DC, 75-104, 3.84 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)
SP: Joe Saunders (Springfield, VA, 78-65, 4.07 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)
RHR: Johnny Klippstein (Washington, DC, 101-118, 4.24 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 66 saves)
LHR: Mike Holtz (Arlington, VA, 16-19, 4.76 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 3 saves)
Honorable Mentions: Bill Werber (3B), Denard Span (OF), Shawn Camp (RHR)
The Washington metro area All Star team is here, starting Ryan Hanigan. The Reds catcher was born in Washington, but grew up in Andover, MA. His best year was 2010, when he hit five home runs and batted .300 over 70 games. George Mcquinn, the Arlington native, is one of the core hitters on the team. While manning first base for the Browns and other teams in the '30's and '40's, he hit 135 home runs over 12 years. A seven-time All Star, he had 70 extra base hits, including 20 home runs, in 1939 while batting .316. In 1947, he won the World Series with the Yankees. Bump Wills, the speedy second baseman out of Washington, took the keystone position. After winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award with Texas in 1977, he managed to steal 52 bases in 1978, a Rangers record. He retired after 1982 with 196 stolen bases in just six years. The ever popular Maury Wills, also a DC native, takes shortstop, holding a record that may never be broken with 165 games played in one season. He has stolen 50 bases five times, including twice over 90 and a career high and Dodgers record 104 in 1962. He also twice hit over .300. Yet another DC native in Don Money takes third base, having played in four All Star Games. 1977 was his best year, when he hit 25 home runs and batted .279. In the outfield, Milt Thompson out of Washington mans left, having stolen 214 bases over his 13 year career. With the Phillies in 1987, he stole 46 while batting .302. One of the iconic Orioles in Brady Anderson takes center field. Out of Silver Spring, he surprised everyone in 1996 but more than tripling his home run total from the previous year. The All Star hit 50 round trippers to go along with 110 RBI, a .297 average, and 21 stolen bases. He is the only Oriole in history with at least 200 home runs and 200 stolen bases. Such stars as Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, and Paul Blair could not reach the feat. In right, out of Rockville, MD, is Bill Lamar, a man who twice hit over .330. In 1925 with the A's, he batted .356.
The pitching starts with Mat Lato, who pitches to Washingtonian Ryan Hanigan. The Alexandrian has dominated ever since he got to the big leagues, and was 14-10 with a 2.92 ERA in 2010. Over 105 starts, he has a 3.41 ERA and 1.16 WHIP while letting opponents bat just .227. Clay Kirby, out of Washington, had his best year in 1971, where he was 15-13 with a 2.83 ERA. A year later, he had a 3.13 ERA, and finished his career 75-104 with an ERA of 3.84. Joe Saunders, a graduate of West Springfield High School, is a free agent. He has represented Northern Virginia well, as he was an All Star in 2008 and has 78 victories under his belt. Back in 2008, he was 17-7 with a 3.41 ERA. Johnny Klippstein, who played longer than anyone on this team, won over 100 games in his 18-year career. Moving back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen from 1950-1957, he found a home in the bullpen in 1958 and spent the rest of his career there. He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1959, and went on to have remarkable seasons in 1960, 1963, and 1964, and 1965. His best was 1963, when he was 5-6 with a 1.93 ERA and eight saves in 49 games (1 start) for the Phillies. Mike Holtz, the left handed reliever out of Arlington, had his best years in 1996 and 1997. He combined to go 6-7 with a 2.97 ERA for the Angels.
The Nationals have announced that Davey Johnson will return as manager for 2013.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took home the NL Platinum Glove Award, while Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre won the AL edition.
The Dodgers placed the winning bid of $25.7 million for negotiating rights with Korean superstar Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Former American League president Lee MacPhail died at 95 years old.
Free Agent Signings
Red Sox agreed to terms with David Ross (9 HR, 23 RBI, .256 AVG, 1 SB, 2013 age: 36) on a two-year, $6.2 million deal ($3.1 million per season).
Blue Jays signed Justin Germano (2-10, 6.20 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 2013 age: 30) to a minor league deal.
Red Sox signed Mitch Maier (2 HR, 7 RBI, .172 AVG, 2 SB, 2013 age: 30-31) to a minor league deal.
This is an interesting move by the Red Sox, who already have two solid catchers in Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway (not to mention a mouthful of letters). This means that they either plan on trading Salty or Lavarnway, or the latter is going down to the minors for some tuning up. I think a demotion is more likely, as the 25-year-old Lavarnway batted just .157 in his 46 game stint with Boston this year. Ross, who not many know is a former 20 home run player, will likely back up Saltalamacchia. He was a backup to Brian McCann in Atlanta, but went 3-4 with a home run in the first ever NL Wild Card game this year. He also stole the first base of his career this year at age 35. The Georgia native should provide a veteran presence in the Boston clubhouse.
Padres traded Blake Tekotte (0 HR, 0 RBI, .133 AVG, 1 SB, 2013 age: 26) to the White Sox for minor leaguer Brandon Kloess (6-3, 2.69 ERA, .225 BAA, 4 saves at AA and AAA, 2013 age: 28).
Royals traded Tommy Hottovy (0-0, 2.89 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 2013 age: 31-32) to the Rangers for a player to be named later.
The Padres needed to get rid of an outfielder, as the outfield is growing more and more crowded, but it does not make any sense to me to trade a hitter for a reliever. It is no challenge to lure pitchers into PETCO Park, but a hitter would have to be drastically over payed to be dragged into that pitchers' heaven. Even with the fences being moved in, a hitter would be weary to sign with San Diego. Anyway, the White Sox get a serious prospect in Blake Tekotte, who has had a great minor league career. In 2011, with AA San Antonio, he batted .285 with 19 home runs and 36 stolen bases. His production fell off last year with AAA Tucson, as he batted .243 with nine home runs over 89 games. In the majors, he hit .133 over 11 games. His first major league hit came off of Jordan Zimmermann in Washington in 2011, where he hit .176 over 19 games. He will probably start 2013 at AAA Charlotte, but may be promoted later in the year. The Padres get Brandon Kloess, a 27-year-old minor league reliever who has pitched really well professionally. In his first professional season in 2009 at the age of 24, which is very late to get started, he had a 2.45 ERA in 18 games (2 starts) for Rookie Great Falls. He has kept his ERA under 2.70 every year since, including a 1.92 mark in 2011 for High Class A Winston-Salem, AA Birmingham, and AAA Charlotte.
Teams followed in this update: Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies
If your team is not included, please leave a comment.
HR: home runs. RBI: runs batted in. AVG: batting average. SB: stolen bases. ERA: earned run average. WHIP: walks/hits per innings pitched. K's: strikeouts. WPCT: winning percentage