Major League Baseball: Opening Day Oklahomans

A look at the players with Oklahoma ties on rosters for MLB's Opening Day.
by Michael Baldwin Published: March 31, 2013
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BALTIMORE

Coach John Russell (Norman, OU): Former Pirates manager (2008-10) is a bench coach with the Orioles, his third season in Baltimore.


BOSTON

Manager John Farrell (OSU): After leading the Blue Jays to a 154-170 record two seasons in Toronto, Farrell replaces Bobby Valentine. Farrell's challenge is to get the rebuilding Red Sox back on track after a disaster season.

CHICAGO CUBS

P Scott Baker (OSU): Coming off Tommy John elbow surgery, the 31-year-old right-hander signed with the Cubs after going 63-48 (4.15 ERA) in seven seasons with the Twins. Baker had a setback during spring training and will begin the season on the DL. He hopes to return in May.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Manager Robin Ventura (OSU): In his first season, with zero managerial experience, Ventura had the White Sox atop the AL Central much of the season. Chicago finished 85-77, three games behind Detroit.

KANSAS CITY

C George Kottaras (Connors): Earned the backup job behind Salvador Perez. Kottaras hit .211 in 171 at bats last year with Milwaukee.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS

P Tommy Hanson (Tulsa born): Pitching through a partially torn rotator cuff injury last season with Atlanta (13-10, 4.48 ERA), Hanson has lost some zip on his fastball. Hanson wasn't sharp in spring training but the Angels believe he can return to his old form.

Coach Mike Butcher (NEO): Pitching coach enters his 28th season in pro baseball, his seventh season with the Angels.

P Garrett Richards (Edmond Memorial): After going 4-3 with 4.69 ERA in 71 IP last year, the 25-year-old right-hander had a solid spring. Richards is first in line if the Angels lose someone from the rotation.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

OF Matt Kemp (Midwest City): One of the top hitters in baseball probably should have won the NL MVP two years ago. Kemp was hampered by a hamstring injury last season that sidelined the All-Star two months, but he still hit .303 with 23 HRs and 69 RBIs in 403 at bats.

MIAMI

3B/PH Greg Dobbs (OU): The 34-year-old bench specialist was sidelined much of spring training. Dobbs hit .285 with 5 HRs, 39 RBIs in 319 at bats last season with the Marlins.

MINNESOTA

P Nick Blackburn (Del City, Seminole): Underwent elbow (bone chip) surgery following a disappointing season (7.39 ERA). He will start the season on the disabled list after undergoing wrist surgery in February.

Manager Ron Gardenhire (Okmulgee): The organization has slipped. “Gardy” has had only three losing seasons in 11 years but the rebuilding Twins are coming off back-to-back losing seasons. Impressive that he led small budget Minnesota to six division titles (932-851 career record).

NY METS

Jeremy Hefner (Perkins, ORU): 27-year-old right-hander will start the season in the rotation with Johan Santana expected to start on the DL. Hefner spent some of last season in the minors but earned a promotion, going 4-7 with a 5.09 ERA with the Mets.

OAKLAND

P Brett Anderson (Stillwater): 25-year-old left-hander has compiled solid stats (25-25, 3.57 ERA) when healthy. Anderson is the A's Opening Day starter but he must prove he's durable. Anderson pitched well late last season after returning from Tommy John surgery.

PITTSBURGH

2B Jordy Mercer (Taloga, OSU): In a brief call-up Mercer hit .210 in 62 at bats with the Pirates late last season and followed with a solid spring to earn a bench role.

ST. LOUIS

OF Matt Holliday (Stillwater): The six-time All-Star is a career .313 hitter. Holliday provided much needed consistent production after Albert Pujols bolted via free agency. Holliday hit .295 with 27 home runs, 102 RBIs to anchor the Cardinals lineup.

SS Pete Kozma (Owasso): Will be the Cardinals opening day starter after Rafael Furcal underwent elbow surgery. Pressed into a starting role late last season, Kozma responded, hitting .333 in 72 at bats with Cardinals. He also contributed some postseason highlights.

SEATTLE

Coach Mike Brumley (Southeast, Tulsa Union): Enters his 29th year in pro baseball, his third year as first base coach with Seattle.

TAMPA BAY

DH Luke Scott (OSU): Once again battled injuries but Scott slammed 14 HRs with 55 RBIs in 314 at bats his first season in Tampa Bay. He re-signed with the Rays.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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