Before they were facing-off against each other on the biggest of all stages, they were teammates vying for a different championship.
New York Mets ace Matt Harvey and Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer were opponents recently in Major League Baseball’s World Series, but the two played together on a traveling team in the Connie Mack World Series of the American Amatuer Baseball Conference (AABC).
In 2007, Harvey, who is from Connecticut, and Hosmer, who is from Florida, played for the Midland Redskins of Ohio, with Harvey serving as the team’s ace. The team went on to win the Connie Mack World Series.
Hosmer was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two strikeouts against Harvey in the World Series. It was Hosmer’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth in the series-clinching game that chased Harvey after he blanked the Royals over eight innings. Hosmer went on to score the game-tying run after Harvey was lifted, with Kansas City going on to win in extra innings.
Max Scherzer’s Charity Gives Autographs, Youth Baseball Reaps Reward
Washington National Ace Max Scherzer doesn’t mind signing autographs. In fact, he’s going out of his way to do so.
Scherzer’s “Baseball Cards for a Cause” asks fans to send him a baseball card and $25, with the cash going to different charitable organizations. This year, the beneficiary was the Washington Nationals Youth Academy. $33,000 was donated in total, with Scherzer matching the $16,700 that was raised.
The plan for Scherzer, who threw two no-hitters last year, is to find ways to grow the program in 2016.
California PONY League turns 30
Baseball is back in Los Altos-Mountain View for the 30th year with three-times the players as when it started.
PONY baseball came to the area in 1986, when the league had about 300 players in three divisions. Now, 900 players in nine divisions participate each year.
As the divisions go up in age, the rules change, with the distance between the mound and home plate and between the bases increasing; base stealing is also added along the way.Part of the appeal of the league for local players is not being limited by city boundaries.