Southern California’s Best Baseball Players

 

For a lot of people where we come from is a point of pride. When we meet someone who hales from the same place as us there is often a sense of comradery. If you were born and raised in California you have arguably the best collection of both current and former players. There were so many that I separated them into Northern and Southern California.

 

All-Time Players

Position Players

Barry Bonds, OF

Barry Bonds

Riverside, CA

Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants

Awards: 1990, 1992-1993, & 2001-2004 NL MVP, 14-time All-Star, 8-time Gold Glove winner

 

Ken Caminiti, 3B

Ken Caminiti

Hanford, CA

Teams: Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves

Awards: 1996 NL MVP, 3-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner

 

Gary Carter, C

Gary Carter

Culver City, CA

Teams: Montreal Expos, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers

Awards: 2003 Hall of Fame inductee, 11-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner, 1981 & 1984 All-Star MVP

 

Jim Edmonds, OF

Jim Edmonds

Fullerton, CA

Teams: California Angels, Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds

Awards: 4-time All-Star, 8-time Gold Glove winner

 

Dwight Evans, OF

Dwight Evans

Santa Monica, CA

Teams: Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles

Awards: 3-time All-Star, 8-time Gold Glove winner

 

Nomar Garciaparra, SS

Nomar Garciparra

Whittier, CA

Teams: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

Awards: 1997 AL Rookie of the Year, 6-time All-Star

 

Jason Giambi, 1B/DH

Jason Giambi

West Covina, CA

Teams: Oakland Athletics, New York Yankess, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians

Awards: 2000 AL MVP, 5-time All-Star

 

Tony Gwynn, OF

Tony Gwynn

Los Angeles, CA

Teams: San Diego Padres

Awards: 2007 Hall of Fame inductee, 15-time All-Star, 5-time Gold Glove winner

 

Jeff Kent, 2B

Jeff Kent

Bellflower, CA

Teams: Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers

Awards: 2000 NL MVP, 5-time All-Star

 

Mark McGwire, 1B

Mark McGwire

Pomona, CA

Teams: Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals

Awards: 1987 AL Rookie of the Year, 12-time All-Star, 1-time Gold Glove winner

 

Eddie Murray, 1B

Eddie Murray

Los Angeles, CA

Teams: Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles, Dodgers, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Anaheim Angels

Awards: 2003 Hall of Fame inductee, 1977 AL Rookie of the Year, 8-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner

 

Graig Nettles, 3B

Graig Nettles

San Diego, CA

Teams: Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos

Awards: 6-time All-Star, 2-time Gold Glove winner, 1981 ALCS MVP

 

Duke Snider, OF

Duke Snider

Los Angeles, CA

Teams: Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

Awards: 1980 Hall of Fame inductee, 8-time All-Star

 

Darryl Strawberry, OF

Darryl Strawberry

Los Angeles, CA

Teams: New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees

Awards: 1983 NL Rookie of the Year, 8-time All-Star

 

Alan Trammell, SS

Alan Trammell

 

Garden Grove, CA

Teams: Detroit Tigers

Awards: 6-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner, 1984 World Series MVP

 

Ted Williams, OF

Ted Williams

San Diego, CA

Teams: Boston Red Sox

Awards: 1966 Hall of Fame inductee, 1946 & 1949 AL MVP, 19-time All-Star

 

Pitchers

Don Drysdale, RHP

Don Drysdale

Van Nuys, CA

Teams: Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers

Awards: 1984 Hall of Fame inductee, 1962 CY Young, 9-time All-Star

 

Trevor Hoffman, RHP

Trevor Hoffman

Bellflower, CA

Teams: Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers

Awards: 7-time All-Star

 

David Wells, LHP

David Wells

Torrance, CA

Teams: Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers

Awards: 3-time All-Star, 1998 ALCS MVP

 

Active Players

Position Players

Nolan Arenado, 3B

Nolan Arenado

Newport Beach, CA

Teams: Colorado Rockies

Awards: 1-time All-Star, 2-time Gold Glove winner

 

Ryan Braun, OF

Ryan Braun

Mission Hills, CA

Teams: Milwaukee Brewers

Awards: 2007 NL Rookie of the Year, 2011 NL MVP, 6-time All-Star

 

Prince Fielder, 1B

Prince Fielder

Ontario, CA

Teams: Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers

Awards: 6-time All-Star, 2011 All-Star MVP

 

Freddie Freeman, 1B

Freddie Freeman

Fountain Valley, CA

Teams: Atlanta Braves

Awards: 2-time All-Star

 

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

Adrian Gonzalez

San Diego, CA

Teams: Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers

Awards: 5-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner

 

Adam Jones, OF

Adam Jones

San Diego, CA

Teams: Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles

Awards: 5-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner

 

Evan Longoria, 3B

Evan Longoria

Downey, CA

Teams: Tampa Bay Rays

Awards: 2008 AL Rookie of the Year, 3-time All-Star, 2-time Gold Glove winner

 

Giancarlo Stanton, OF

Giancarlo Stanton

Panorama City, CA

Teams: Florida Marlins, Miami Marlins

Awards: 3-time All-Star

 

Chase Utley, 2B

Chase Utley

Pasadena, CA

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers

Awards: 6-time All-Star

 

Pitchers

Zach Britton, LHP

Zach Britton

Panorama City, CA

Teams: Baltimore Orioles

Awards: 1-time All-Star

 

Cole Hamels, LHP

Cole Hamels

San Diego, CA

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

Awards: 3-time All-Star, 2008 NLCS MVP, 2008 World Series MVP

 

James Shields, RHP

James Shields

Newhall, CA

Teams: Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres

Awards: 1-time All-Star

 

Stephen Strasburg, RHP

Stephen Strasburg

San Diego, CA

Teams: Washington Nationals

Awards: 1-time All-Star

 

Jered Weaver, RHP

Jered Weaver

Northridge, CA

Teams: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Awards: 3-time All-Star

 

C.J. Wilson, LHP

CJ Wilson

Newport Beach, CA

Teams: Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Awards: 2-time All-Star

 

 

All places of birth based on baseballreference.com

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