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.

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