Lancaster—Tommy Everidge was already named the Lancaster Barnstormers MVP by a poll of the fans. Now league executives have chosen the Lancaster first baseman as the Atlantic League Player of the Year for the 2011 season, it was announced today by Executive Director Joe Klein.
In addition, right-handed pitcher Matt Wright was selected as the league's Pitcher of the Month for September.
The total of 69 extra-base hits set a new league record, topping Brian Becker (Nashua, 2005) by one, despite having only 125 games on the schedule. Everidge started in all 125 for Lancaster.
Both the doubles and home runs totals were Barnstormers franchise records. He also established new club highs during the year by scoring a run in 12 consecutive games and driving in a run in eight straight. His biggest month was August when he hit .394 with 36 RBI in 27 games and was selected as the Atlantic League Player of the Month.
The native of Glen Allen, California becomes the first Barnstormer to win the title outright. Aaron Herr won a share of the honor in 2010.
In addition to winning the Player of the Year honor, Everidge was chosen as the season-end All-Star first baseman.
"If you put all the numbers together, nobody was more deserving," said manager Butch Hobson. "He's a workaholic who comes to play every day. This award is only fitting."
Wright made two regular season starts during September and was 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA. He fired a one-hitter against Southern Maryland on September 3 and followed it up six days later by allowing only two hits and a run in six innings in an 8-5 win over the Road Warriors. Between the two starts, the Waco, Texas native walked only two while striking out 15.
Wright missed his final start of the season with inflammation in his knee but came back to limit the eventual league champion York Revolution to three hits and a run in six innings during a Game Four victory in the Freedom Division series.
He finished the season sixth in the league with a 3.98 ERA.
"In my opinion, (Matt) was the best starting pitcher in the league throughout the second half," said Hobson. "The start against Southern Maryland and the start against York in the playoffs were outstanding. I really hope he can come back and start for us next year."
Two other individuals with ties to the Barnstormers were also lauded by the league. Lloyd Turner of the Camden Riversharks, who spent three seasons in a Lancaster uniform, was named the top utility player in the league. Keith Lupton, the one-time Barnstormers vice-president of baseball operations, was selected as the Executive of the Year for his work as general manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
Atlantic League 2011 All Star Team
Position Player Name (Team)
Catcher - J R House (Long Island) 1st Base - Tommy Everidge (Lancaster) 2nd Base - Ramon Castro (York) 3rd Base - Vince Harrison (York) Shortstop - Javier Colina (Long Island) Utility - Lloyd Turner (Camden) OF - Kraig Binick (Long Island) OF - Matt Esquivel (Long Island) OF - Steve Moss (Bridgeport) OF - James Shanks (York) Designated Hitter (tie) - Wes Bankston (Bridgeport), Chris Nowak (York) RHS - Mike Loree (Long Island) LHS - Carlos Vasquez (Camden) Rel - Jay Marshall (Camden) Closer - Jim Ed Warden (So Maryland)
September Player of the Month - Steve Moss (Bridgeport) September Pitcher of the Month - Matt Wright (Lancaster)
Manager of the Year - Andy Etchebarren (York) Pitcher of the Year - Mike Loree (Long Island) Player of the Year - Tommy Everidge (Lancaster)
General Manager of the Year - Keith Lupton (So Maryland) Park of the Year - Long Island