Clayton Hanson

Beyond the Stars: Congressional Baseball Players to Watch

For someone who hasn’t been to a Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game before, it’s easy to spot a few players who stand out. There’s Rep. Cedric L. Richmond throwing flames from the pitcher’s mound. The Louisiana Democrat has 21 strikeouts and four earned runs in the past two games. Over that same span, he’s gone 5-for-7 at the plate, with three runs scored and two runs batted in.  

On the other side of the aisle/field is Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, whose consistency is rivaled by only the Arizona sun. Over the past five years, he has batted over .300 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. In the field he’s just as good. The last error he made was in 2009, in a game that has had 24 errors since then.  

Could GOP Turn to Texas for Pitching Help?

For the third year in a row, the pitching disparity between the Democrats and Republicans was the key to the CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

The Democrats are in a great position with Louisiana Rep. Cedric L. Richmond burning through the GOP lineup, giving up three hits in a complete game, 22-0, shutout. He’s given up only four runs in three games. And he's 39 years old and represents a safe district.

GOP Hopes Lie in Small Ball

While Republicans have dominated the Congressional Baseball Game over the past half-century, 33-18-1 in the Roll Call era, Democrats go into this year’s matchup as the odds-on favorite to continue their four-game winning streak, led by Rep. Cedric L. Richmond on the mound.

For the past two years, the congressman from Louisiana has served gumbo that’s too hot for Republican batters. While it’s easy to contend such analysis of Richmond’s performance is based on a small two-game sample, his dominance can’t be denied.