This major league baseball season saw Chesapeake’s 16 years after he was a first round draft pick out of Great Bridge High win the National League batting title with a .331 average for the Colorado Rockies jerseys.
However, it also was a season that barely saw local players , and Bill Bray at all because of injuries. And they had familiar company in having their seasons interrupted. Upton for three weeks and and Cuddyer for two. And while didn’t get hurt, he did get cut and wound up with his third team in two years.
Here’s an end of season update on the status of major leaguers from South Hampton Roads:
The dean of local big leaguers, Cuddyer, 34, had never batted higher than .284 in nine full seasons until posting his .331 this year. From his second game through the rest of the season, Cuddyer’s average never dipped cheap baseball jerseys below .300. In fact, there were only 23 games that he batted multiple times but went hitless. Cuddyer, an outfielder, recorded career high on base and slugging percentages, and he compiled a 27 game hitting streak that began in late May, shortly after he returned from a neck injury.
cheap David Wright jerseyInjuries again bedeviled the face of the New York Mets jerseys, as they did in 2011. After signing an eight year, $138 million contract extension, Wright was limited by a strained hamstring to 430 at bats; he still hit .307 with 18 home runs. Two years ago, a stress fracture in his back allowed him only 389 at bats. Until then, the Mets jerseys’ third baseman had missed only 37 games in his first six seasons, nearly half of those in ’09 after he was beaned. UptonA free agent last winter, Chesapeake’s Upton was lured to the Atlanta Braves jerseys, who gave him their richest contract ever (five years, $72.5 million). He responded with a season of struggles: .184 batting average, 9 home runs, a strikeout every 2.6 at bats. Upton, 29, was a .300 hitter at age 22, with 24 home runs, for the Tampa Bay Rays jerseys. Since then, he’s batted higher than .246 once and averaged 16 home runs.
cheap Justin Upton jerseyTraded to Atlanta from Arizona last January, Upton, 26, joined his brother in the outfield for the runaway NL East winner. The outfielder was as responsible as anyone for the Braves jerseys’ 17 9 start. He finished April with 12 home runs he hit 27 on the season and 19 of his 70 RBIs on his way to being named the NL’s player of the month. The first pick in the ’05 draft also set career highs with 75 walks and 161 strikeouts.
An early hamstring strain slowed him. But Zimmerman produced a solid .275/26/79 season for the Washington Nationals jerseys, who through a late season rally finished five games from a wild card berth. His 26 home runs were his second most in a season. Throwing problems raised alarm, however. Reynolds averaged 30 home runs entering the season, but he hit only 15 for Cleveland. He was signed by the New York Yankees jerseys soon after his release and hit six more homers. Reynolds, 30, played first, third and DH, and he finished with a .220 batting average.
One of the hardest luck stories in baseball. Last year, Sizemore tore his left ACL on the first day of spring training with the Oakland Athletics jerseys, who expected him to be their third baseman. This year, Sizemore made it through spring training, but in his second regular season game, playing second base, he re tore his ACL and missed a second straight season. Working back from Tommy John surgery that ended his 2012 season in July, Hudson was on a minor league rehab assignment for the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys when he tore his elbow tendon again in June. The right hander required Tommy John surgery for the second time. Hudson, who also pitched at Old Dominion, won 23 games with a 3.02 ERA for Arizona over the ’10 and ’11 seasons.