St. Louis Cardinals: Wong Inducted To Cape Cod Hall Of Fame
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has been inducted into the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame.
The St. Louis Cardinals and their fans should be proud of second baseman Kolten Wong as he is honored by the Cope Cod League. At the Hall of Fame induction ceremony he was presented by Bill Sandillo, who was the hitting coach for Wong during his lone year in the league.
The Cape Cod League has roots that can be traced back to 1885. In order to be eligible to play, a player must be in college and players are then found by the individual teams in the league. Recommendations from MLB scouts and college coaches play a huge role in finding players for the league.
This most recent class is the 143rd class to join the highest honor for the league and Cape Cod is one of the most prominent collegiate summer leagues. In total, they have produced 1,155 players that have played in at least one MLB game.
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Some of the more successful Cape Cod alumni are Hall of Farmers, such as Craig Biggio, Carlton Fisk, and Thurman Munson. Recent signings by the St. Louis Cardinals, Chad Huffman, Todd Cunningham, and Brett Cecil join manager Mike Matheny as former participants in the prestigious league.
Wong played for the Orleans Firebirds back in the summer of 2010 achieved league MVP honors after hitting .346, while also stealing 22 bases. Following this season he returned to the University of Hawaii to play his junior year.
While playing in Hawaii Wong received three All-WAC honors, to go along with an All-American selection. He graduated as one of the top players in the history of baseball for the program.
He finished college with the fourth highest career batting average in Hawaii history at .358. That goes along with the third highest career slugging percentage at .563, and perhaps the most surprising is his standing in the career home runs. Wong finished collegiate play with 25 career homers, which is second all time for Hawaii.
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The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Wong in the first round of the 2011 draft. It didn’t take him long to reach the majors, as he debuted for the big club in 2013. Wong has a career batting average of .248 in the majors in 416 games over 4 seasons. He is now looked to as the starting 2nd baseman for the 2017 season.
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