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2011 MLB Playoffs: Bay Area Players To Watch In October

The playoffs may be over for the Giants and A's, but that doesn't mean you don't have players to root for! We've complied all the players with Bay Area ties into a convenient list for your MLB playoff viewing pleasure.

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...

American League

Tampa Bay Rays

  • 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

Detroit Tigers

  • Phil Coke              Sonora, CA
  • Doug Fister           Merced, CA
  • Brennan Boesch  Stanford Alumni
  • Brad Penny           Former San Francisco Giants player

Texas Rangers

  • Yorvit Torrealba       Former San Francisco Giants player

National League

Philadelphia Phillies

  • 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

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Nyger Morgan        San Francisco, CA
  • Marco Estrada        Sononra, CA
  • Casey McGee         Santa Cruz, CA
  • Logan Schafer        San Jose, CA
  • Eric Farris                Sacramento, CA

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • David Hernandez     Sacramento, CA
  • Joe Patterson            Oakland, CA
  • Aaron Hill                   Visalia, CA
  • Geoff Blum                 Cal Alumni
  • Xavier Nady               Cal Alumni

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Kyle Lohse                  Chico, CA
  • Allen Craig                  Cal Alumni
  • Daniel Descalso        Mountain View, CA