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Friday, June 03, 2005 | The creation of a World Baseball Classic inspired this article and an intensive search. The reason for this research: locate the best active baseball players born in San Diego County because maybe someday there will be a California tournament. The local lineup features two pairs of siblings, Giles and Boone brothers, yet could use a few improvements.
Listed with current MLB team and birth location, the native lineup would look something like this:
C Jason Kendall – A’s, San Diego
2B/DH Marcus Giles – Braves, El Cajon
3B Hank Blalock – Rangers, San Diego
LF Jacque Jones – Twins, San Diego
2B/DH Bret Boone – Mariners, La Mesa
1B (Platoon) Travis Lee – Devil Rays, San Diego
Ty Wigginton – Pirates, San Diego
SS Aaron Boone – Indians, La Mesa
CF Jeff DaVanon – Angels, San Diego
RHP Mark Prior – Cubs, San Diego
LHP Mark Redman – Marlins, San Diego
CLOSER Rudy Seanez – Padres, Brawley
Kevin Aron is a freelance writer in San Diego and outright sports junky. Kevin has worked in college sports information, sports agent offices and, most recently, as managing editor of DIRECTVSPORTS.com for nearly five years.