Baseball and Basketball Home-Grown Talent

A not-so-scientific experiment on whether teams have more success with players from the area.

Baseball:

  • San Francisco Giants: 5 players from California – Most notable is infielder Freddy Sanchez from Hollywood. A key player, but won a batting title in Pittsburgh so it’s not like he played better in the comforts of sunny California.
  • Texas Rangers: 5 players from Texas – Most notable is Jorge Cantu, who despite playing for the Mexican team in the WBC was actually born in McAllen, TX. The fact that he was the biggest contributor doesn’t say much for the theory.
  • Philadelphia Phillies: 1 player from Pennsylvania – Jamie Moyer, a reliable member of the staff but certainly not having the best years of his career in Philly.
  • New York Yankees: 4 players from the tri-state area – Most notable, of course, is Mr. Yankee Derek Jeter who was born in Pequannock, NJ. He certainly has thrived in his home surroundings. Little known fact…Alex Rodriguez was actually born in New York before re-locating to Florida. I know he’s not New York’s favorite son, but he did win his only championship with them so it’s got to count for something.

Basketball (last season’s rosters):

  • Los Angeles Lakers: 2 players from California – Jordan Farmar and Luke Walton (noted BFF’s) both grew up in Southern California and helped the Lakers win back-to-back championships. With Farmar now in New Jersey we’ll have a better gauge on whether the hometown crowd gave him an extra boost.
  • Boston Celtics: 0 players from Massachusetts – Ouch! Take that Boston!
  • Phoenix Suns: 1 player from Arizona – Channing Frye, a major contributor and probably having his best years in the NBA while in Phoenix.
  • Orlando Magic: 1 player from Florida – Vince Carter…not much to say about that one.

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Weekly SportsPod – Colin and Sow Talk About LeBron’s Return to Cleveland, Derek Jeter, and Europe vs. America

One of Cleveland's clever minds at work.

That’s right…I’m back. After a 41 day journey around Europe with my fiancee, I’m ready to get back into American Sport. The timing couldn’t have been better, as I got to “witness” LeBron‘s dismantling of the Cavs in his return. Who better to discuss it with than Ohio native and resident Josh Sowers, who has recently returned from Europe himself.

After LeBron, we discuss some baseball free agency, including Derek Jeter, the 2022 World Cup, and Sow and I each give our three biggest differences between Europe and America. I know Marc Sawyer our fan base has been eagerly anticipating our return, so enjoy.

Weekly SportsPod – Colin Talks to Sow About LeBron’s Return, Derek Jeter, and Europe vs. America

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