Host of former MLB stars shine in Wichita’s NBC World Series

Former Royal Jayson Nix was one of 25 former major-leaguers to appear in Saturday's National Baseball Congress World Series.

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Former Major League Baseball stars descended upon Wichita, Kansas on Saturday night for the National Baseball Congress World Series, an annual tournament that invites competition among amateur baseball players, including some former pros and collegiate athletes.

This year’s tournament is of particular intrigue because of the the Kansas Stars, a team comprised exclusively of former major-leaguers which was spearheaded by Kansas natives Nate Robertson and Adam LaRoche and legendary pitcher Roger Clemens.

In an unsurprising development, the major-league alums who comprised the Stars roster defeated the Sterling XPress, a Colorado-based summer team made up of college athletes. 

Former Kansas City Royals infielder Jayson Nix and pitcher Brett Tomko were among the participants in the Stars’ game on Saturday.

Nix, who played seven games for the Royals in 2014, wore a Yankees uniform and sported a beard that made him look a bit like Duck Dynasty‘s Willie Robertson, who also appeared at the event.

Starting pitcher Tim Hudson, who threw three shutout innings, and infielder Brandon Inge, who collected three hits, were the most impressive performers in Saturday’s game, but obviously that was secondary to the intrigue that surrounded former major-leaguers facing unknown college players in rural Kansas.

The Stars are in action next when they face the Liberal Bee Jays on Monday at 7:00 PM.