With former Burroughs High and Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike
Magnante given his release from the club last week, there is only one
local player left in major league baseball.
For ex-Providence standout Jeff Cirillo, he has enjoyed highs and
lows during the season as a third baseman for the Seattle Mariners.
Heading into a weekend series with the Chicago White Sox, Cirillo
is hitting way below his career average. With a lifetime .305
average, the sure-handed infielder is hitting .246. In 358 at-bats,
he has 88 hits, 45 runs batted in, 38 runs scored, 14 doubles, six
home runs, 21 walks and 45 strikeouts.
If Cirillo doesn't bat .300, it will be the first season he has
failed to do so since 1997, when he played for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cirillo -- a two-time all-star -- batted .312 last season with the
Colorado Rockies with career highs in home runs (17) and stolen bases
His best seasons came in 1999 and 2000 when he batted .326 both
years. In 2000, he had career highs in runs batted in (115) and
Earlier in the season, Cirillo earned a spot with the sport's
all-time best third baseman by tying an all-time major-league record.
On April 19, he tied a record held by John Wehner for 99 consecutive
errorless games at third.
However the next game, Cirillo made an error and missed breaking
The streak began last season and Cirillo picked it up at the
beginning of the 2002 campaign.
Cirillo already holds a major league record as the only player to
have at least 45 doubles in both the American and National leagues.
Even with Cirillo battling to raise his average, he could
experience a first in his nine-season pro career. If Seattle
continues to play well and makes it to the postseason, it will mark
Cirillo's first trip to the playoffs.
Heading into the weekend series with Chicago, the Mariners were
leading the American League West Division, 3 1/2 games ahead of the
Cirillo is a former CIF Southern Section Small Schools Player of
the Year with Providence in 1986. The same year he helped the
Pioneers win a Small Schools championship -- the school's only CIF
title in any sport.
He also starred on the collegiate level at USC, where he was a