Best Baseball Player Per State: Washington

Shanan H.Analyst IMay 3, 2009

 This is a new series by me, Shanan H.  I will be profiling the best baseball player born in each state for each of the 50 states, eventually!

I decided to start with my home state, Washington.

With everything from bagpipe champions to Nirvana singers being born here, the list of competitors is quite long:

Ryne Sandberg

Career statistics
Batting average    .285
Hits    2,386
Home runs    282
Runs batted in    1,061
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame

 

Ron Santo

Career statistics
Batting average    .277
Home runs    342
Runs batted in    1,331
Career highlights and awards

 

Grady Sizemore

Career statistics
(through April 15, 2009)
Batting average    .278
Home runs    113
Runs batted in    355
Stolen bases    119

Career highlights and awards

 

Jeff Conine

Career statistics
Batting average    .285
Home runs    214
Runs batted in    1,071

Career highlights and awards


Fred Hutchinson

 

Career statistics
Win-Loss record    95-71
Earned run average    3.73
Strikeouts    591
Teams

Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star selection (1951)
  • Reds#Retired_Numbers" title="Cincinnati Reds">Cincinnati Reds #1 retired

 

Tim Lincecum

Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Win-Loss    25–10
Earned run average    3.16
Strikeouts    415

Career highlights and awards


Billy North

Career statistics
Batting average    .261
Hits    1016
Stolen bases    395

Career highlights and awards
  • Led A.L. in stolen bases in 1974 (54) and 1976 (75)

North was the first DH ever.

 

John Olerud

Career statistics
Batting average    .295
Hits    2,239
Home runs    255
Runs batted in    1,230

Career highlights and awards


Earl Averill

Career statistics
Batting average    .318
Home runs    238
Runs batted in    1,164

Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame

 

Jeremy Bonderman

Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Win-Loss    59–66
Earned run average    4.74
Strikeouts    812

 

Ron Cey

Career statistics
Batting average    .261
Home runs    316
Runs batted in    1,139

Career highlights and awards

Who do you think?  Vote now, and then go to the next page:

 

Yes, a tough race for sure.

Mariner's fans will want me to pick Olerud, for sure.

But, I think that there are other players better than him.

Earl Averill and Ryne Sandberg both are Hall of famers, and will be head to head in the final match up.

In between these two players, I would choose Averill.

While he had a shorter career and fewer homers, I think his well improved batting average gets him Washington State's number one baseball player award.

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