Boston, Mass. – Tommy Everidge, a 2002 member of the Mankato MoonDogs, made his big league debut with the Oakland Athletics last night (July 28) at Fenway Park. He became the fourth Mankato Northwoods Leaguer and first MoonDog to reach the major leagues.
Everidge started the game at first base and was 1-6 in the game. His first hit came off Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning, beginning a three-run rally that forced extra innings, and eventually led to a 9-8 A’s win in 11 innings.
The Sonoma State alum was in his sixth year in the A’s minor league system and was having an outstanding season at both Double-A Midland (Texas) and Triple-A Sacramento. Before his call-up, Everidge was hitting a gaudy .382 with nine home runs and 32 RBI for Sacramento and had combined numbers of an average of .338, 17 home runs and 85 RBI.
Over his six minor league seasons, Everidge had hit .280 with 105 home runs and 495 RBI.
Everidge was a member of the 2002 Mankato MoonDog squad, playing in 56 games that summer mainly at first base. He led the team in at-bats with 183, had eight doubles, two home runs and drove in 22 runs while scoring 19.
His call-up marks the sixth Northwoods League alum to make their major league debut this season. He was preceded by Chris Jakubauskas (St. Cloud, ‘99), Jason Jaramillo (St. Cloud, ’02), Jordan Zimmerman (Eau Claire, ’06), Mark Melancon (Duluth, ’04) and Fernando Rodriguez (Duluth, ’03).