MWL Alumni in 2012 World Series

Jim Leyland as manager of the Clinton Pilots – Photo Credit: lumberkings.com

There are no former Timber Rattlers on the active roster of either team in the 2012 World Series.  The closest a Tiger would have been to being a Rattler would be Doug Fister.  He was drafted by Seattle in the 7th round of the 2006 draft and went to Everett.  Then, he skipped over the Rattlers to AA West Tennessee in 2007.  The closest a Giant came to being a Rattler was when Tim Lincecum was passed over by the Mariners for Brandon Morrow with the 5th pick in the 2006 draft.  By the way, Morrow went right to Inland Empire in ’06 and skipped over the Rattlers, too.

Both managers of the teams in the Fall Classic have some Midwest League roots.  Tigers skipper Jim Leyland managed the Clinton Pilots in 1972, 1973, and 1975.  Leyland led the Pilots to a MWL Pennant in 1973.  Bruce Bochy of the Giants played 30 games for the Dubuque Packers in 1976.

The rosters are more even than you might think when you consider that the Tigers have been affiliated with the West Michigan Whitecaps since 1997 and the Giants haven’t had a MWL affiliate since they were the parent club of the Burlington Bees in 1996.

Detroit has ten (10) MWL Alumni:
Al Albuquerque – Peoria, 2007
Alex Avila – West Michigan, 2008
Miguel Cabrera – Kane County, 2001
Andy Dirks – West Michigan, 2008
Prince Fielder – Beloit, 2002 & 2003
Avisail Garcia – West Michigan, 2009
Don Kelly- West Michigan, 2002
Omar Infante – West Michigan, 2000
Ramon Santiago – West Michigan, 2000
Jose Valverde – South Bend, 1999 & 2000*

San Francisco has six (6) MWL Alumni:
Jeremy Affeldt – Lansing, 1998
Joaquin Arias – Battle Creek, 2003
Santiago Casilla – Kane County, 2003
Javier Lopez – South Bend, 1998 & 1999
Jose Mijares – Beloit, 2005
Ryan Theriot – Lansing, 2002 & 2003

*-Second Jose Valverde mention in as many posts today. Weird.

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