Rock-tober: The Rockies and the Cape Cod Baseball League

by Greg in

Cory SullivanWith eight former Cape league players on their roster, the Colorado Rockies go to the National League Championship Series for the first time in their franchise history.

They will play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS -- another organization with a tradition of drafting players with Cape league experience.

A couple of possible October heroes who enjoyed success on the Cape during their college years are pictured here -- Cory Sullivan (Y-D Red Sox and now Colorado) and Chad Tracey (Orleans and now Arizona).

Ironically, Major League Baseball has been promoting the youth movement in the playoffs with an unprecdentented post-season marketing campaign -- "There's only one October." In one commercial MLB highlights the fact there are a lot of young players in the postseason for the first time. The ad talks about "stars of the future," which sounds a little like the Cape league's own slogan -- "stars of tomorrow come out tonight."

The Colorado Rockies are loaded with former Cape Cod Baseball League talent, including the following:

Garret Atkins (Cotuit '98-99) Todd Helton (Orleans '94), Brad Hawpe (Y-D '99), Chris Iannetta (Chatham '02), Josh Fogg (Hyannis '96), Omar Quintanilla (Cotuit '02), Ryan Speier (Bourne '01), Cory Sullivan (Y-D '00), [see photo].

Chad Tracey (center)The Diamondbacks, with eleven former CCBL players listed have just a few former Cape players on their active roster, including Chad Tracey (Orleans '00), pictured here, Eric Byrnes Chatham '95, Hyannis '96-97).

You can follow their progress in the post-season at this MLB website. Former Hyannis pitcher Fogg, for example, has a win now in the playoffs.

I will try to highlight the American League later, once it becomes clearer. But it's also true that the Cleveland Indians also are loaded with former Cape players:

Casey Blake (Hyannis '93), Ryan Garko (Hyannis '01-02), Kelly Shoppach (Harwich '00), Jason Michaels (Orleans '96), Jensen Lewis (Falmouth '03-'04).

And of course the Red Sox also have former Cape league greats such as Kevin Youkillis (Bourne '00), Mike Lowell (Chatham '94), Doug Mirabelli (Hyannis '90)

I've already written about the Yankees and their Cape players.

More later.