South Dakota: Keith Foulke
Career Stats & Awards: 41-37 (W/L), 191 Saves, 3.33 ERA, 718 SO, 1.075 WHIP, Rolaids Reliever of the Year (2003), World Series (2004), 20.7 WAR
A native of Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD, Foulke made a name for himself as a closer. From 2000-04, Foulke converted 162 save opportunities. With the A’s in 2003, Foulke registered 43 saves en route to a 7th place finish for the Cy Young, and 15th for the AL MVP. As the closer for the Red Sox in 2004, Foulke saved three games throughout the postseason. Impressively, Foulke allowed just one run in 14.0 innings of work.
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Delaware: Delino DeShields
Career Stats & Awards: .268/.352/.377, 1548 H, 80 HR, 561 RBI, 872 R, 463 SB, 24.4 WAR
Before his son made it to the show, Delino “Bop” DeShields was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1987. DeShields enjoyed a good rookie season, finishing second in the RoY vote. As a third year player DeShields received MVP consideration for the only time in his career, finishing 16th. The versatile fielder finished his career with 561 RBI and 463 SB. However, DeShields’ lasting legacy may be the fact that the Dodgers opted to trade Pedro Martinez, yes that Pedro…for the fast infielder. That one hurts.
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