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Okay, Bauxites!  Time to reveal the answers and announce the winners of last week's episode of "Name That Future Major Leaguer".



Current Milwaukee Brewers pitcher and former Jay Shaun Marcum is fourth from the left in the background.  I believe former Jays hurler Jamie Vermilyea is also in the photo, shaking hands with the man in blue or he is the one directly behind the player shaking hands with the man in blue.  However, I cannot say with 100% percent certainty.  This is a photo from 2005.

Longtime Jays lefty Scott Downs leaves the mound in Syracuse after completing an inning in 2005.  I have no idea who the umpire is.

Shane Victorino
, who did play for San Diego in 2003 before going on to win a World Series ring with Philadelphia, is third from the left in this 2004 photo.  The other two future big leaguers in this photo of the Jacksonville Suns are Joel Guzman, the one-time top Dodgers prospect who had cups of coffee with L.A. and Tampa Bay.  Guzman is the first person to the right of the photo.  Standing next to him is Willy Aybar (#30), who has suited up for the Dodgers, Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

Here were the starting lineups from that game in Jacksonville.  Note the leadoff man for the Greenville Braves, current Blue Jay Kelly Johnson.

The future big leaguer here in this 2004 photo in Dunedin is Justin James, who pitched for Oakland in 2010.  His brother is lefty Chad James, Florida's first round pick in 2009.

Future Jay and current Arizona Diamondback Ryan Roberts is at the plate for Dunedin.

Future Jay and current D-Back Aaron Hill warms up prior to a 2005 game in Syracuse.

The baserunner in this photo is the man I like to call "Shaft", none other than current Blue Jay Eric Thames.  This 2007 photo was taken when Thames was a member of the La Crosse Loggers during a Northwoods League collegiate game in Madison.

Here is a photo of Thames' name in the starting lineup.

And the winners are..Original Ryan, Thomas and Dewey.  Original Ryan correctly identified the photos of Marcum, Downs, Roberts and Hill.  Thomas correctly named Victorino in the Jacksonville Suns photo and Dewey, though he did not name any players in the photos, apparently knew the fans in the front row of the Roberts photo.  Even if Dewey made it up, I have to award points for originality.

O.R. gets the coveted Pedro Florimon Jr. photo, Thomas gets the nearly-as-coveted Eric Fryer picture and Dewey gets a photo of our cats Elmo, Doc and Hurricane.  Here is a smaller version of the winning photos.  For the original size photos, click on my name to e-mail me and I will send it along.  Thanks for playing, Bauxites. 

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Dewey - Monday, December 19 2011 @ 12:09 PM EST (#249186) #
Iím delighted to win my first-ever Batters Box prize.  Thanks, #2JB.  And cats are so much better than those yucky old cuttlefish that used to be about here.

Elmo and Doc look great.  I should mention a bit of concern that I have, however, for Hurricane.  I see that he hogs the remote, and is clearly an overweight couch-potato.   I would try to get the remote away from him, for a while at least.  And no egg-nog.
jgadfly - Monday, December 19 2011 @ 12:16 PM EST (#249187) #
Isn't Marcum talking to Jesse Litsch ?
Thomas - Monday, December 19 2011 @ 12:50 PM EST (#249194) #
He's certainly got Litsch's build and resembles him from a distance.....
#2JBrumfield - Monday, December 19 2011 @ 07:14 PM EST (#249280) #
I should mention a bit of concern that I have, however, for Hurricane.  I see that he hogs the remote, and is clearly an overweight couch-potato.   I would try to get the remote away from him, for a while at least.  And no egg-nog.

Hurricane is a she, actually.  The other two are male.  She looks bigger in that photo for some reason but is the smallest of the three.

Isn't Marcum talking to Jesse Litsch ?

This photo was in 2005 and Litsch did not reach Double-A until 2006 so I don't believe it is him but you could be right.
Dewey - Monday, December 19 2011 @ 09:23 PM EST (#249300) #
#2JB  Please convey my sincere apologies to Hurricane, for mistaking her gender of course, and for suggesting that she might be a bit . . . pudgy.  Iíve known vets to do the former;  and I do know that the ladies can be extremely sensitive about Ďweight issuesí.   Ah me, everyone is soo touchy these days, because of all this Yu business.

Iím never going to enter a contest on Da Box again.  Itís just too fraught.
#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, December 20 2011 @ 08:00 PM EST (#249515) #
It's all good, Dewey.  Just to be clear, Hurricane is the one with her eyes open and Elmo is the big white and cream coloured furball.  Elmo looks huge but that is mostly fur, there's not much to him when you pick him up.  They all say, Meowy Christmas! :D
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