Get to know the Champions of Faith. Nearly 30 Major League stars and coaches have contributed to this film. Here's just a glimpse into the lives of these real-life heroes.
Mike Piazza is a 12-time National League All-Star and the all-time home run leader for catchers in Major League history. Piazza began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has also played for the Florida Marlins, New York Mets and San Diego Padres. This off-season, he joined the Oakland Athletics. Thus far during his 14-year career, Piazza has hit .309 with 419 home runs, 1,291 RBIs and 308 doubles in 1,702 games. >> read more
Sean Casey has been a Major League player since late in the 1997 season and in 2006 was a member of the Detroit Tigers, who claimed the American League championship before advancing to the World Series. In his first-ever postseason, Casey batted .432 with five doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs in 10 games. During the World Series, he hit a sizzling .529 with two doubles, a pair of homers and five RBIs in five contests. Casey is a .302 career hitter with 278 doubles, 123 home runs and 653 RBIs in 1,193 games. >> read more
David Eckstein is a two-time National League All-Star shortstop and current leadoff hitter for the world champion St. Louis Cardinals. Eckstein was named the 2006 World Series Most Valuable Player after hitting .364 with four RBIs, including going 4-for-5 with three doubles in game four. >> read more
Jeff Suppan is a 12-year Major League veteran who has pitched for five different teams and was a key member of the 2006 world champion St. Louis Cardinals. Suppan was voted the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 National League Championship Series (NLCS) for his outstanding performances on the mound, in which he worked 15-plus innings in two starts. He led the Cardinals to the World Series by allowing only one earned run in St. Louis’ series-deciding, game seven victory over the New York Mets. >> read more
Craig Biggio is beginning his 20th season as a Major League player in 2007—all with the Houston Astros. Biggio has played in more games (2,709), all with the same team, than any other active player. In Major League history, he ranks second in being hit by a pitch (282), ninth in doubles (637), 16th in at-bats (10,359), 17th in runs scored (1,776) and 25th in games played. Biggio is the only player ever to collect at least 2,800 hits, 600 doubles, 250 home runs and 400 stolen bases. Biggio’s career numbers also include a .283 batting average, 2,930 hits, 281 home runs, 1,125 RBIs, 1,137 walks and 410 steals. >> read more
Juan Pierre, one of the top leadoff hitters in baseball, is a seven-year Major League veteran who recently signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in late November 2006. One of the toughest players to strike out in the game, he spent the 2006 season with the Chicago Cubs, where he led the National League with 204 hits and 609 at-bats while finishing second with 58 stolen bases. Last year, he batted .292 with 89 runs scored, 32 doubles, 13 triples and three home runs while playing errorless in 384 chances in center field. The durable Pierre has played in all 162 regular season games in each of the past four seasons and enters the 2007 campaign with a career batting average of .303 with 607 runs scored, 1,244 hits, 149 doubles, 61 triples, 12 homers, 287 RBIs and 325 stolen bases in 1,007 contests. >> read more
Tom Glavine is a 10-time National League All-Star pitcher who is considered one of the best lefthanders of this era. A current member of the New York Mets, this future Hall of Famer has won at least 20 games in a season five times and twice captured the National League Cy Young Award. >> read more
Mike Sweeney is five-time American League All-Star first baseman and designated hitter who currently serves as the captain of the Kansas City Royals. Sweeney has played his entire 11-year Major League career with Kansas City and is considered the Royals’ first true superstar since Hall-of-Famer George Brett. >> read more
Jack McKeon is a two-time National League Manager of the Year and has been considered one of the most colorful managers in baseball during his 50-plus years in the game. McKeon came out of retirement during the 2003 season and led the Florida Marlins to a dramatic “David vs. Goliath” World Series victory over the New York Yankees a few months later. By doing so, he became the oldest manager ever to win the World Series. >> read more
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is one of the top catchers to ever play in the Major Leagues and helped lead his 2006 Detroit Tigers team to the American League championship and a World Series appearance. The 16-year veteran is a 13-time All-Star who earned his 12th Gold Glove Award in 2006, extending his record for catchers. He was named the 1999 American League Most Valuable Player while playing for the Texas Rangers and has posted a .304 career batting average with 2,354 hits, 473 doubles, 277 home runs and 1,119 RBIs in 2,023 games heading into the 2007 season. >> read more
Jim Leyland was named the 2006 American League Manager of the Year in his first season as the skipper for the Detroit Tigers. In a dramatic turnaround, Leyland led the Tigers to the 2006 American League title and into the World Series. He was also selected as the National League Manager of the Year in both 1990 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leyland is one of just seven managers in Major League history to win pennants in both leagues. >> read more
Mike Scioscia is starting his eighth season as the manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2007. Scioscia owns a 520-452 career managerial record for a winning percentage of .535. He has led the Angels to postseason appearances in three of the past five seasons, including back-to-back American League West Division championships in 2004 and 2005. In 2002, Scioscia guided the Angels to the World Series title and best record in club history (99-63), and was honored as the American League Manager of the Year. >> read more
Sandy Alomar Sr.
Sandy Alomar Sr. is beginning his 47th season in professional baseball and third as a coach for the New York Mets in 2007. He served as the Mets bench coach in 2005 before moving to the third-base coaching box in 2006. Prior to his arrival in New York, Alomar was the third-base coach for the Colorado Rockies for two years and from 1991-2003, he was a member of the Chicago Cubs’ organization in several different coaching capacities. Before that, he was a part of the San Diego Padres’ organization for six campaigns. From 1979-84, Alomar coached the Puerto Rican national team. >> read more
Rich Donnelly is one of the most experienced coaches in the Major Leagues. He is entering his 26th season as a Major League coach in 2007 and his second with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last year, his first as the Dodgers’ third-base coach, Donnelly helped guide Los Angeles to an 88-74 record and into the playoffs as the National League wildcard winner. >> read more
Darrell Miller spent most of his professional baseball career in the minor leagues but did play in parts of five seasons at the Major League level from 1984-88, all as a member of the California Angels. Listed as a catcher/outfielder, Miller showed his versatility by playing in 97 career games behind the plate, 95 in the outfield, 16 at first base, eight as a designated hitter and one at third base. In all, he played in 224 career Major League games, batting .241 with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 394 at-bats. >> read more
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