Brandon Finnegan (Falmouth, 2013)
Four San Francisco infielders – Brandon Belt (Harwich, 2008), Brandon Crawford (Orleans, 2007), Matt Duffy (Chatham, 2009) and rookie Joe Panik (Y-D, 2010) – are among the nine former Cape League players on the Giants’ postseason roster. The others are catchers Buster Posey (Y-D, 2006-07) and Andrew Susac (Falmouth, 2010), outfielder Gary Brown (Orleans, 2008-09) and pitchers Tim Lincecum (Harwich, 2005) and Javier Lopez (Falmouth, 1997).
The defending National League champion Cardinals, led by manager Mike Matheny (Cotuit, 1990) and pitching coach Derek Lilliquist (Cotuit, 1986-87), have four pitchers from the Cape League – Randy Choate (Hyannis, 1996), Marco Gonzalez (Falmouth, 2012), Seth Maness (Bourne, 2009) and Pat Neshek (Wareham, 2001) – and one position player, rookie second baseman Kolten Wong (Orleans, 2010), a former Cape League MVP.
The Giants’ assistant hitting coach, Joe Lefebvre, played at Wareham in 1976 and ’77. Special assistant J.T. Snow was a teammate on the 1988 Orleans club of newly enshrined Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.
Should Baltimore capture the American League pennant and St. Louis repeat in the National League, the resulting Showalter-Matheny managerial matchup would be just the second in World Series history between former Cape League players. It occurred for the first time last year when Matheny and Boston’s John Farrell (Hyannis, 1982) matched wits in the Fall Classic.