CAPE COD – Nine former players from the Cape Cod Baseball League performed in the recent World Series, including seven for the world champion San Francisco Giants.
Heading the list was two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Linceum (Harwich, 2005), who went 2-2 with a 0.69 ERA while on the Cape and was a CCBL All-Star.
Rookie catching sensation Buster Posey played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 2006-07. Posey was a consistent hitter, ranked ninth in the CCBL, hitting .289 in 2006 and .281 in 2007. He also belted two homers with 16 RBI in 2006 and added three homers and 19 RBI the following season.
Hyannis alum Pat Burrell was named to the CCBL All-Star in 1996, while relief ace Brian Wilson was with the Mets in 2002.
Lefty counterpart Javier Lopez (Falmouth, 1997). Michael Fontenot, (Wareham, 2000) and Aaron Rowand, (Brewster, 1996-97) completed the list of Giants who played in the Cape League.
For the Texas Rangers, Cape League alums included outfielder David Murphy, who starred for the Wareham Gatemen in 2001 and 2002. After struggling in his first year, Murphy hit .304 with 1 HR and 18 RBI in 2002, earning a spot on the All-Star team.
Another former Cape Leaguer now performing for the Rangers was Mitch Moreland, who played for the Bourne Braves in 2006 and 2007.