The phrase "maybe next year" has been used quite frequently as of late when it comes to Bay Area sports teams, aside from the Giants' magical run last season, of course. Unfortunately this year will be no different in the world of baseball as both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's once again missed out on postseason glory.
But there's a silver lining on every cloud, and we here at SB Nation Bay Area put together this little list of players still playing in the postseason with Bay Area ties. Whether it be their hometown, their former team or their former school, we've complied all the names that Bay Area baseball fans will want to root for down the stretch in October.
Three names that will likely jump out are that of C.C Sabathia, born and bred in Vallejo and starting pitcher of game one of the ALDS for the New York Yankees. Heard of him? Yeah, I though you did. Also there is Oakland's very own Jimmy Rollins, the former MVP and shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies. Let's not forget Nyger Morgan, the native of San Francisco and the starting center fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers.
See? You do have something to root for! Check the list below for some more names to keep an eye on this postseason...
- Sam Fuld Stanford Alumni
- J.P. Howell Modesto, CA
- Jake McGee San Jose, CA
- Dan Johnson Former Oakland Athletics player
- Johnny Damon Former Oakland Athletics player
New York Yankees
- C.C. Sabathia Vallejo, CA
- Eric Chavez Former Oakland Athletics player
- Nick Swisher Former Oakland Athletics player
- Phil Coke Sonora, CA
- Doug Fister Merced, CA
- Brennan Boesch Stanford Alumni
- Brad Penny Former San Francisco Giants player
- Yorvit Torrealba Former San Francisco Giants player
- Jimmy Rollins Oakland, CA
- Brad Lidge Sacramento, CA
- Vance Worley Sacramento, CA
- John Bowker Sacramento, CA/Former San Francisco Giants player
- John Mayberry Jr. Stanford Alumni
- Nyger Morgan San Francisco, CA
- Marco Estrada Sononra, CA
- Casey McGee Santa Cruz, CA
- Logan Schafer San Jose, CA
- Eric Farris Sacramento, CA
- David Hernandez Sacramento, CA
- Joe Patterson Oakland, CA
- Aaron Hill Visalia, CA
- Geoff Blum Cal Alumni
- Xavier Nady Cal Alumni