Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Everidge Signs Back With Lancaster

Tommy Everidge, the Atlantic League’s Player of the Year in 2011, has signed a contract to return to the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2012.

Everidge played a key role in the Barnstormers’ first-half championship in the 2011 season. The slugging first baseman from California set franchise records with 41 doubles and 28 home runs, leading the circuit in both categories in his first Atlantic League season, and finished second in the league with 94 RBI. His 69 extra-base hits set a new league mark, topping the previous record by one. He belted two more homers in the Barnstormers’ best-of-five playoff series against the York Revolution.

A former Oakland Athletic, Everidge also set new Barnstormers high marks by scoring in 12 consecutive games, July 30-August 11 and by driving in a run in eight straight, July 29-August 6. He contributed a pair of two-homer games, both against York, as Lancaster won back the Community Cup, 10 games to eight.

Everidge was signed by Oakland as a tenth round pick in the 2004 draft. He hammered 20 or more home runs in four consecutive seasons, 2006-09, and amassed 115 runs batted in for Class AA Midland in 2008.

He earned a promotion to the Major League team in late July, 2009, and appeared in 24 games for the A’s, batting .224 with a pair of home runs. Those homers were hit off Kansas City relief ace Joakim Soria and former Cy Young winner C.C. Sabathia of the New York Yankees.

The product of Sonoma State University split the 2010 season among the Seattle, Houston and Oakland organizations before coming to Lancaster in 2011.

“Tommy is one of the best all-around hitters I have worked with,” said manager Butch Hobson. “Of course, he quickly became a fan favorite last year, and we are really excited to have him back.”

“If I didn’t get picked up by a Major League organization, Lancaster was the only place I was going to play,” said Everidge. “The coaching staff is great, the front office treats you great and the fans are the best.”

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