Catch These NY Baseball Alums Playing in Central New York in May
After missing two years due to COVID-19, the annual Baseball Hall of Fame Game is returning to Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York, in 2022.
The game is set for Saturday, May 28, with a 1:05 PM first pitch, and a Home Run Derby event to be held before the game itself. For those who are unfamiliar, the Hall of Fame Game pits representatives from each of the 30 Major League Baseball franchises against one another, giving fans from across the country the chance to reminisce and remember the "good ol' days" deep in the heart of Central New York.
A report from WIBX on Wednesday details the rosters and coaching staffs that will be on-hand during the Memorial Day Weekend event, and here are a few of the names that New York baseball fans can expect to see.
New York Yankees: Nick Swisher
Swisher was a fan-favorite with the New York Yankees from 2009 through 2012, and won a World Series ring in The Bronx during his first season with the team. Swisher played in 1527 career games over 12 seasons, and had his best seasons (.268 average in New York versus .249 overall) with the Yankees.
New York Mets: Todd Zeile
Zeile was a bit of a journeyman during his career, playing for 11 franchises over his 16-year career. That said, the catcher and corner infielder was still a veteran of over 2,100 professional games, and played the second-most amount of games in his career with the Mets. He hit .259 with 41 home runs over 441 career games in Queens.
Coach: Wade Boggs
Boggs is one of the few players to cross enemy lines from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees, but found continued success in his career when he chose to do so. Boggs played 601 games with the Bombers, completing his time with a .313 average and an .803 OPS. Boggs remains one of the best pure contact hitters in MLB history.
Coach: Tim Raines
Raines is one of the few players in sports history to have his career span four decades. He made his MLB debut in 1979, and played his final season with Florida in 2002. During that span, he played in over 2,500 games, 242 of which came in New York from 1996 through 1998. Despite playing there from age 36 through 38, Raines was still an immaculate .299 hitter in New York.