FORMER INDIANS IN THE WORLD SERIES
Four Former Indians To Participate in 2012 Fall Classic
INDIANAPOLIS — Four former Indianapolis Indians will take part in the 2012 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.
National League Championship Series MVP Marco Scutaro highlights a trio of former Indians that also includes starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens on the National League Champion Giants squad.
Scutaro is coming off a historic LCS during which he established a new record with six multi-hit games and tied an LCS best with 14 hits over the seven-game series. The veteran infielder will be making his first career World Series appearance and first championship appearance at any level since helping Indianapolis take home the Triple-A crown during the 2000 season.
Scutaro led the offense in the Giants come-from-behind NLCS victory, while former Tribe starter Ryan Vogelsong starred on the mound for San Francisco. The right handed starter, who went 4-5 with a 2.66 ERA over 11 appearances with Indianapolis during the 2006 season, earned two of the Giants’ four wins, while posting a miniscule 1.29 ERA with 13 strikeouts and only three walks over his two NLCS starts.
Joining the offensive and pitching stars from the 2012 NLCS in the Giants dugout is hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens. The hitting coach in Indianapolis from 2005-2008, Meulens has helped lead the Giants to a playoff best 10 home runs over the Division and Championship series rounds, after also coaching potential NL MVP and batting champion Buster Posey throughout the regular season.
Finally, the former Indians representative on the AL Champion Detroit Tigers is reserve outfielder Don Kelly, who played in 52 games with the Tribe in 2007. Despite appearing in just two playoff games so far this season, Kelly has made a significant impact driving in the game-winning run with a sac fly in the bottom of the 9th of game two of the ALDS vs. Oakland, and scoring one of the two runs in the 12th inning of game two of the ALCS vs. New York.
Be sure to follow all the action at WorldSeries.com as your former Indianapolis Indians look to make even more postseason history!