Continuing this series spotlighting ballplayers inducted in the Commonwealth’s Hall of Fame, we turn to 1B Sean Casey.
Casey was born in New Jersey and grew up in Pittsburgh, but when it came time to go to college, he chose to come to Virginia, playing for the Richmond Spiders. In 1995, he batted .461 to lead all Division I batters, and was subsequently drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Indians, but was traded to the Reds 3 seasons later. He would go on to a 12-year career in the bigs with 5 teams, but had his greatest success with the Reds. He made 3 NL all-star teams with the Reds (1999, 2001. 2004), and batted over .300 in 5 of his 8 years in Cincinnati. Casey did help the 2006 Tigers get to the World Series, and did his part, batting .529 with 5 RBIs, albeit in a losing effort. He also spent time with Pittsburgh and Boston before retiring as a player after the 2008 season. He batted .302 in 1405 career games, and was in the Top 10 in the league in batting 3 times as a Reds player. In 2012 he was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.
Sean Casey was a member of the Class of 2014 for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He is now a commentator on the MLB Network.
Justin Upton (Chesapeake) trade rumors heating up, 5 teams reportedly interested.
Michael Cuddyer returned from the DL for the Rockies, and the Chesapeake native came through with a bang. In a DH sweep of the Reds, Cuddyer went a combined 5-10 with 4 runs scored and 4 runs batted in as Colorado posted a pair of 10-spots. In Game 2, he hit for the cycle!
Imagine what could have been for the reigning NL batting champion.
Here is the latest installment of the coundown of the 10 greatest ballplayers ever from Virginia. We turn to #3
#10 1B George McQuinn (Arlington)
#9 SS Gene Alley (Richmond)
#8 OF Michael Cuddyer (Chesapeake)
#7 OF Jim Lemon (Covington)
#6 OF Tony Womack (Danville)
#5 OF Al Bumbry (Fredericksburg)
#4 3B David Wright (Chesapeake)
#3 SP Eppa Rixey (Culpeper)
Rixey pitched in the major leagues from 1912-1917 and 1919-1920 with the Phillies and 1921-1933 with the Cincinnati Reds. He missed the 1918 season to serve in the Chemical Warfare Division during the war effort. He still had an amazing run, amassing 266 career wins, which made him the all-time NLs winningest lefty until Warren Spahn toppled that mark in 1959. Today he is 10th on that all-time list. His 25 wins in 1922 led the league, and on six other occasions he finished in the Top 10 in the league in that category. His 266 wins are 37th on the all-time list, and his 37 career shutouts are 57th.
Rixey retired right before the 1934 season. On January 27, 1963, he won election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but died a month later from a heart attack.
In 1972, Eppa Rixey was chosen as part of the inaugural induction class for the brand new Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
P Sean Marshall (Richmond) returns from the DL and is easing his way back.