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The Willmar Stingers are pleased to announce that two-time AL Cy Young winner and 1985 World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening night. Saberhagen pitched 16 seasons in the big leagues and was named to three American League All-Star teams. In 1984, Saberhagen was the third youngest player in the AL and made his debut on April 4th against the New York Yankees. The ace of the Royals staff, Saberhagen earned his first Cy Young after going 20-6 with a 2.87 ERA (75 ER/235.1 IP) and 158 strikeouts in 32 starts in 1985. The 1985 Fall Classic was known as the “Show Me Series” that featured Saberhagen’s Royals team against the St. Louis Cardinals. In a legendary Game 7 pitching performance, Saberhagen took the mound and delivered a five-hit shutout against the Cardinals, just one night after the birth of his son Drew. The World Series MVP, Saberhagen went 2-0 and was part of the first World Series winner to lose their first two games at home before rallying to win in 7 games. In 1989, Saberhagen set the Royals single-season franchise record for wins with 23 and won the AL Gold Glove as the best fielding pitcher in the league. Against the Chicago White Sox on August 26, 1991, Saberhagen threw the fourth no-hitter in the history of the Kansas City Royals. Over his eight years with the team, Saberhagen won 110 games with an ERA of 3.21 in over 1,660 innings pitched.
Following the 1991 season, Saberhagen was traded to the New York Mets, where he spent four seasons. He also pitched for the Colorado Rockies and was part of the first NL Wild Card team when the Rockies played in the 1995 NLDS against the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves. In 1998, Saberhagen went 15-8 with a 3.96 ERA and won the AL Comeback Player of the Year award. With the Red Sox, Saberhagen was part of a Red Sox rotation with fellow Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez.  He retired in 2001.  Saberhagen’s son Drew played collegiate baseball for Pepperdine University and Western Carolina and pitched for the Alexandria Beetles of the NWL from 2005-2008. Drew spent the past two years as Alexandria’s pitching coach.  This summer, Bret will share in the excitement of seeing his son Drew as the field manager for the Alexandria Beetles. Bret Saberhagen will also be available to sign autographs and meet fans. Opening Night for the Stingers is at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th against the Mankato MoonDogs at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The Stingers are members of the largest summer collegiate league in the country. Season tickets for the 2012 season are $169 for reserved seat backs and $199 for box seats. For more information regarding the upcoming season presented by Charter Communications please call 320-222-2010 or visit www.willmarstingers.com.

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