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Phillies' Victorino follows Hawaii greats


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POSTED: Sunday, October 19, 2008

Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies is the sixth player to make it to the World Series after playing high school or college baseball in Hawaii.

Victorino, who is from Maui and a graduate of St. Anthony, is the first from the neighbor islands.

Here's how those before him from Hawaii performed on baseball's biggest stage and helped their teams get there:

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Benny Agbayani:
Hit in the leadoff
spot 27 times for
the Mets in 2000

» Benny Agbayani, outfielder, 2000 New York Mets: The Saint Louis School and Hawaii Pacific University alumnus hit .278 in 18 at-bats with two doubles and two RBIs as the Mets fell to the Yankees.

The fan favorite was at his best in the playoffs, and batted .299 overall in 22 postseason games.

» Glenn Braggs, outfielder, 1990 Cincinnati Reds: Braggs, a former UH star, played in two games as the Reds swept the Oakland A's. The platoon player went hitless in four at-bats, but drove in two runs.

Braggs batted .299 in 201 at-bats with the Reds—and a seven-year career-high .280 overall—after a midseason trade from the Brewers. He made a game-saving catch in the playoffs as the Reds beat the Pirates to advance.

» Sid Fernandez, pitcher, 1986 New York Mets: "El Sid" posted some of the best regular-season numbers of his career, going 16-6 with 200 strike outs and a 3.58 ERA. But the Mets had such a strong rotation, the Kaiser High graduate was assigned to the bullpen for the World Series against the Red Sox.

 

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Mike Lum:
Led the Reds with
10 pinch hits in 1976
championship season

He responded well in three appearances—six innings, 10 strike outs, one walk, six hits, and a 1.35 ERA.

In a performance overshadowed by the Mets' Game 6 rally that included Bill Buckner's error, Fernandez was an unsung hero in Game 7. He pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief to allow the Mets to come from behind in the finale.

» Mike Lum, outfielder/pinch hitter, 1976 Cincinnati Reds: The Roosevelt graduate and former Atlanta Braves teammate of Hank Aaron joined the Big Red Machine in time for its most dominant season.

He did not play in the four-game World Series sweep of the Yankees and went 0-for-1 in the playoffs against the Phillies. Lum went 2-for-2 in the 1969 playoffs, which the Braves lost to the Mets.

 

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Lenn Sakata:
Started at shortstop
for the Orioles
before Ripken took the
job

Lum received notoriety as the Chicago White Sox roving hitting instructor for working with minor leaguer Michael Jordan.

» Lenn Sakata, infielder, 1983 Baltimore Orioles: The Kalani High School graduate played in just one game with one hitless at-bat as the Orioles beat the Phillies in five.

During the season, Sakata batted .254 in 66 games, mostly at second base. But he was a key figure in an odd 7-4 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays in late August. The Orioles ran out of catchers and put Sakata behind the plate in the top of the 10th inning. Relief pitcher Tippy Martinez picked off three Blue Jays taking big leads, and Sakata hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning to win a key game in the pennant race.