Little League World Series 2010: Top All-Time Position Players
I can just imagine it now. This kid will grow up to be a steroid user and one of the most hated hitters in baseball.
Sound a bit harsh?
Well how about a felon with charges of cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ok, this little toddler probably won't become either of these in his lifetime.
However, if someone 30 years ago pointed to Little Leaguers Gary Sheffield and Derek Bell, and said that exact same thing, would you have believed them?
Believe it or not, Sheff and Bell were once Little Leaguers who played all year round, hoping for a shot at Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
And here are the rest of the all-time greatest position players in Williamsport history.
Krissy Wendell - Catcher
Krissy Wendell is only one of five girls to ever compete in the Little League World Series. That alone is good enough to get her on this list.
Wendell was an outstanding hockey player in the NCAA and served as the co-captain of the University of Minnesota Gophers hockey team.
In 2005, she won the Patty Kazmaier Award for the best female collegiate hockey player and led the Gophers to two NCAA titles.
Most impressively, she was also the captain of the United States' women's hockey team and has won two medals at the Salt Lake City and Turin Olympic games.
Matt Cassel - First Base
Matt Cassel leaped into stardom as the quarterback for the New England Patriots when Tom Brady suffered a season-ending on Week 1 of the 2008 season.
The 1994 LLWS first baseman would lead the Pats to a 11-5 record and threw for almost 3,700 yards in his first year as a starter.
In fact, it was his first year as a starter since high school, after spending his entire career at USC backing up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
After his breakout season, he was awarded a franchise tag, subsequently traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, and signed a six-year, $63 million deal.
Not too bad for a guy who could have picked baseball.
Ken Hubbs - Second Base
Ken Hubbs played for Colton, CA in the 1954 LLWS, and became known for his stellar defense and enormous range.
Hubbs is unfortunately a virtual unknown in the wide world sports.
In 1962, he became the the Chicago Cubs' starting second baseman after Don Zimmer and Jerry Kindall left the team.
All he did is become one of nine players in baseball history to have five hits in a game in their 20s. And he did it twice!
At the end of the season he won the Rookie of the Year award and became the first rookie to win a Gold Glove award.
In the offseason of 1964, Hubbs was killed in a plane crash when he tried to beat a storm as he flew towards his hometown of Colton.
Carney Lansford - Third Base
Lansford is one of a handful of players that have played in both a Little League World Series when he represented Briarwood, CA in the 1969 LLWS.
He won the batting title in 1981, becoming the first righty to do so in 11 years. He hit second behind Ricky Henderson during the A's dynasty of 1988 to 1992.
He retired after a 15-year career with 151 HR and 224 SB.
And for those movie buffs out there, Lansford made a cameo appearance in "Angels in The Outfield" where he played Kit "Hit or Die" Kesey.
Yeah, that was him who lined out to Tony Danza to end the movie. You would think a former batting title champ could hit a television host!
Pierre Turgeon - Shortstop
Ah, another hockey player.
The 1st pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft also represented Team Canada in the 1982 LLWS.
Turgeon put together a career of more than 500 goals and 800 assists while he hopped from team to team, stopping in six cities.
He won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in the 1992-1993 season and became the 34th player in NHL history to score 500 goals.
Gary Sheffield - Outfield
The nephew of Dwight Gooden, Sheffield learned how to pitch and hit from his uncle at an early age.
His 1980 team from Belmont Heights, Florida lost to Taiwan in the finals of the LLWS.
Sheff was kicked off his Little League team for a year for chasing his coach around the field with a bat after being benched for showing up late to practice.
As we all know, that temper has carried over to the Bigs.
With over 500 HR and 2,500 hits in his long career, Sheffield is a sure-fire Hall of Famer if he doesn't get caught up in the steroid allegations because of his links to personal trainer and former strength coach of the Yankees, Brian McNamee.
Sheffield was one of the players named in the Mitchell Report, a document put together by Senator George Mitchell that names players who have used steroids.
Jason Bay - Outfield
In 1990, Bay donned a Trail, Canada jersey in the Little League World Series. His team made it to the semifinals, only to lose to the eventual champions Taiwan, 28-1.
Bay has spent time with the San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, and is currently with the New York Mets.
He was the 2004 NL Rookie of the Year and has been named to the All-Star team three times.
Bay is known throughout the league as a great all-around player who displays power to all fields, good plate discipline, and above-average base stealing ability.
Derek Bell - Outfield
Bell appeared in the LLWS twice, in 1980 and 1981, and became the first player to have played in two Series'. He was on the same team (Belmont Heights) as slugger Gary Sheffield.
Bell was a major piece of the 12-player trade that sent Ken Caminiti to the San Diego Padres, while the Houston Astros brought in Bell, Doug Brocail, and Ricky Gutierrez.
In the 1990s, he was one of "The Killer B's" in Houston that consisted of Bell, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, and Sean Berry.
In 2002, while in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bell did not feel like he should have to compete for a starting spot, even after he hit .173 the year before. He is quoted as saying "If it is a competition, then I'm going into Operation Shutdown."
Bell later left the team and was payed $4.5 million to not play.
In 2006 and again in 2008, Bell was arrested and charged with cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Boog Powell - Designated Hitter
Big Boog Powell also played in the 1954 LLWS, joining the Lakeland, Florida squad.
Over his career, Powell won the 1970 AL MVP, was a two-time AL Comeback Player of the Year, two-time World Series champion, and four-time All-Star.
He has hit 339 HR during his time with the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Powell is currently the owner of Boog's Barbecue just outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Okay, he was mainly included on this list because he has looks of a pure designated hitter and his quirky name. (Boog? Really?)
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