During their 25th Anniversary Season in 2011, the Senators selected their All-Time team. If you’ve ever wondered about the pictures hanging up on the first base concourse, that would be their choices for the all-time Senators. Along with those selections, The Patriot-News also polled local baseball “experts” (I was involved hence the quotes) on which former players were the best in franchise history.
However, I’ve often wondered about the best seasons ever compiled by Harrisburg players. So, over the next couple of weeks I am going to go through position by position and select my choices for the greatest seasons as a Senator. (Note: For terms of this exercise, I only considered the position a player played most frequently)
Around the horn to shortstop…
Mark Grudzielanek – 1994
37 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR
92 R, 66 RBI, 32 SB
Grudzielanek led a talented 1994 Senators team that included Randy Wilstead and Kevin Northrup to a 88-51 regular season record and a second-straight Eastern League championship appearance. The shortstop was named the Eastern League MVP ahead of Pat Lennon, Jose Malave, and Charles Johnson after he finished in the top ten of the league in five offensive categories.
The Best of the Rest:
Hiram Bochachica (1997) .278/.354/.409, 19 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 82 R, 35 RBI, 29 SB
Danny Espinosa (2010) .262/.334/.464, 16 2B, 4 3B, 18 HR, 66 R, 54 RBI, 20 SB
Mike Lansing (1992) .280/.352/.383, 20 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 66 R, 54 RBI, 46 SB
Chris Martin (1993) .294/.365/.410, 23 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 68 R, 54 RBI, 16 SB