Playoff Experience: Quartet of Little League World Series Alums Playing in 2008 MLB Postseason
With the division races settled and the regular season now over, Major League Baseball turns its attention to the playoffs, where three Little League Baseball World Series alums will be on the field.
Here’s the list:
Jason Marquis, Chicago Cubs
A graduate of the South Shore Little League of Staten Island, N.Y., Jason faced another Jason from the Little League Baseball World Series four years ago while with the St. Louis Cardinals. Jason Varitek of the Boston Red Sox batted against him twice in the Major League Baseball World Series, swept by the Red Sox, 4-0. Jason Marquis helped his team to a third-place finish in the 1991 Little League Baseball World Series. A member of the Cubs starting pitching rotation, he was 11-9 in 28 starts for the Cubs, with 96 strikeouts in 167 innings this season.
Jason Varitek, Boston Red Sox
A graduate of the National Little League of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Jason is the starting catcher and team captain for the defending world champions. Jason played in the 1984 Little League Baseball World Series, losing in the world title game to a team from Seoul, South Korea. Jason and Ed Vosberg are the only players to appear in the Little League Baseball, College, and Major League Baseball World Series. Jason hit .22 with 13 homers and 43 runs batted in for the Red Sox in 2008.
Jason Bay, Boston Red Sox
A graduate of Trail Little League, British Columbia, Canada, played in the 1990 Little League Baseball World Series, Jason was traded to the Red Sox during the season from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Playing left field since arriving in Boston, he finished the 2008 season with a combined batting average (Pirates/Red Sox) of .286 with 165 hits, highlighted by 31 home runs, 35 doubles, and 101 runs batted in.
Kevin Cash, Boston Red Sox
A graduate of North (Fla.) Tampa Little League played in the 1989 Little League baseball World Series, Kevin is a catcher for the Red Sox. During the 2008 season, he played in 61 games, recording 32 hits, with seven doubles, three home runs and 15 runs batted in en route a .225 batting average.
A total of 31 players have played in the Little League Baseball World Series and later played Major League Baseball. There are 13 Little League Baseball graduates enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.