Little League World Series: Top All-Time Pitchers in the Majors

Andrew RobesonAnalyst IIAugust 16, 2010

Little League World Series: Top All-Time Pitchers in the Majors

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    It's that time of year again.

    Where the pitchers on ESPN look a little undersized. When 70 mph is a real heater.

    The Little League World Series is back.

    Some of these kids will have their 15 minutes of fame; others will gain fame either neither now nor later.

    Yet, some will show up 10 years down the road, pitching for your favorite MLB team. 

    Let's take a look at some of those guys.

Ed Vosberg

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    OK, so Vosberg isn't that memorable.

    But his accomplishments are.

    Vosberg is one of just two players, the other being Jason Varitek, to have played in both the Little League, College and MLB World Series.

    Vosberg won a World Series title with the Florida Marlins in 1997. 

    He is also notable for throwing a one-hitter in the semifinals of the Little League World Series. 

Wilson Alvarez

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    Alvarez had a MLB career that spanned 13 seasons with five teams. 

    Like many of the guys on this list, Alvarez managed to record a no-hitter, his coming in only his second major league start. 

    In 1994 he was named to his only All-Star appearance. 

    He finished his career with an ERA of 3.96. 

Rick Wise

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    Before Rick Wise was a 6' 2" right handed pitcher in the big leagues, he was a participant in the Little League World Series. 

    In his early days, Wise was a member of the Rose City little league team that made the 1958 Little League Series. 

    Wise would spend 18 years in the MLB and play for the Phillies, Red Sox, Cardinals, Indians, and Padres. 

    Wise would record a no-hitter while pitching for the Phillies.

    Wise is also remembered for being the winning pitcher in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, which is considered by many to be the best World Series game ever, and ended with Carlton Fisk's epic home run. 

Jason Marquis

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    Jason Marquis is next on the list.

    Marquis is currently a pitcher with the Nationals, but may be more notable for his hitting than his pitching. 

    In 2005 he won a Silver Slugger award for being the best hitting pitcher, and in 2006 he would be a World Series champion.

    In 2009 he was named to his first and only All-Star game.

    In little league, he led his team to a third-place finish by recording a no-hitter. 

Dwight Gooden

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    Dwight Gooden may be the most famous, and infamous, of the list. 

    Gooden is a four-time All-Star, and a three-time World Series champion.

    His 1985 Cy Young Award in his sophomore season, on year removed from winning Rookie of the Year, was the peak of his career.

    However, even as his career tailed off, he managed to record a no-hitter in 1996.