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Playoff Experience: Quartet of Little League Baseball World Series Alums Playing in 2009 MLB Postseason

Playoff Experience: Quartet of Little League Baseball World Series Alums Playing in 2009 MLB Postseason

With the division races settled and the 2009 regular season over, Major League Baseball turned its attention to the playoffs, where several Little League Baseball World Series alums were on the field. 

There were four players with ties to the Little League Baseball World Series on teams that reached MLB's postseason, but all four failed to advance past the opening round of the playoffs.

Jason Marquis (1991) and the Colorado Rockies were swept by the defending World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series, while the St. Louis Cardinals, with center fielder Colby Rasmus (1999), were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.

Catcher Jason Varitek (1984) and left fielder Jason Bay (1990) both had solid regular seasons for Boston, but the Red Sox were ousted from the American League playoffs in three games by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Here’s a closer look at each player:

JMarquisHS_100pxJason Marquis, Colorado Rockies
A graduate of the South Shore Little League of Staten Island, N.Y., Jason faced another Jason from the Little League Baseball World Series five 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. In his first season with the Colorado Rockies, he was 15-13 in 33 starts, with 115 strikeouts in 148 innings this season. Earlier this summer, Jason was selected to his first MLB All-Star game.

JVaritekHS_100pxJason Varitek, Boston Red Sox
A graduate of the National Little League of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Jason is the starting catcher and team captain for Red Sox, and has won two World Series this decade. 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. In 109 games this season, Jason hit .209 with 14 homers and 51 runs batted in.

JasonBayHS_100pxJason Bay, Boston Red Sox
A graduate of Trail Little League, British Columbia, Canada, played in the 1990 Little League Baseball World Series. Jason is in his second season with the Red Sox after starting his Major League career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003. Playing left field since arriving in Boston, he finished the 2009 season with a .267 batting average with 142 hits, 36 home runs, 29 doubles, and 119 runs batted in. Jason represented the Red Sox in this year’s MLB All-Star game in St. Louis.

ColbyRasmusLLWSHS_100pxColby Rasmus, St. Louis Cardinals
A graduate of National Little League of Phenix City, Ala., Colby played in the 1999 Little League Baseball World Series, losing in the world title game to a team from Osaka, Japan. Colby played in 147 games during his rookie season. He finished the 2009 season with a .251 batting average with 119 hits, 16 home runs, 22 doubles, and 52 runs batted in. Since being called up by the Cardinals he has played center field.

A total of 33 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.

More information on the Little League Baseball Worlds Series and past World Series participants is available here: http://www.littleleague.org/series/history/players.htm