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Alexander: No Jake Marisnick on Astros roster in World Series

By in Press Enterprise on October 24, 2017

By Jim Alexander

The world according to Jim:

• Well, we could hope.

Up until Astros manager A.J. Hinch met the media Monday, the assumption was that Riverside Poly’s own Jake Marisnick, returning from a thumb injury suffered in September, would be added to Houston’s World Series roster as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement.

Nope. Marisnick will not be active, which eliminates half of the anticipated Poly duel with the Dodgers’ Austin Barnes, Marisnick’s good friend and offseason training partner at 108 Performance in Riverside.

Darn. We’d planned to ask this trivia question: What do Barnes, Marisnick and John Tortes “Chief” Meyers have in common?

• Well, one answer still applies: None of them have a statue in their hometown. Attention, Riverside city fathers: Honoring the Chief, a proud representative of the Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians and Riverside’s first major league baseball player, is way overdue. …

• Meyers was the first product of Riverside Poly — then simply known as Riverside High School — to play in a World Series. He played in four in his nine-year big league career: 1911, ’12 and ’13 with the New York Giants and 1916 with Brooklyn, when he was 35 and the ballclub was known as the Brooklyn Robins (after manager and future Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson). …

• Not only does Meyers still hold the World Series record for assists by a catcher in a best-of-7 series (12, in 1911), but his four World Series are the most by any player with Inland roots, one more than Valley View High’s Ryan Madson.

Before this year, 21 players who attended high school or college in the IE had played in a World Series or at least been on the roster. (Plus Barry Bonds, who was born in Riverside but grew up in the Bay Area.)

And don’t look now, but […]    

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