What a terrible title, but we’re going with it.
I’ve started working on a new project, one I should finish this weekend- I’m listing all pro players, both current and “retired,” by Valley League team (and within that, by season).
It’s always been fascinating to me to have this conversation- which teams have the most pro players? I was having a conversation with Staunton’s Steve Cox about a week ago, and I mentioned the 2006 New Market Rebels- the team that went 32-10 in the regular season. Right away, we were naming players from that squad- Joey Butler, Brandon Dickson, Gerard Haran….
So I was able to enter the current pro players yesterday, and I noticed something- some teams have tons of alumni playing, while others….. do….. not.
So I had to count them, of course. Ready? (By the way, I did not count Indy Ball players, OR foreign players)
- Harrisonburg Turks- 34
- Staunton Braves- 24
- Front Royal Cardinals- 19 (Hunter Newman was just released- bummer)
- Purcellville/Charles Town Cannons- 16
- Waynesboro Generals- 15
- Luray Wranglers and Winchester Royals- 14
- Haymarket/Aldie Senators- 12
- Covington Lumberjacks and Woodstock River Bandits- 10
- New Market Rebels and Strasburg Express- 8
- Charlottesville Tom Sox- 4
A couple thoughts here. First, Strasburg came into existence in 2011, and Charlottesville in 2015. Their numbers are smaller, most probably, for that reason.
Not to be too critical, but the number from New Market, Covington, and Woodstock is a little bit shocking. When you see Haymarket/Aldie with more even though the team folded after 2015….
And Luray still has 15 active, even though they were sold and moved after the 2012 season.
Of course, this can change very quickly- in fact, any of these teams could have free agents signed at any time.
Thoughts? Get a thread going!