Outfield/Pitcher Elected 2010 Home: Hazleton Hits S | Throws L | Votes R
Barletta was a standout player who tried out with the Cincinnati Reds. He played in high school with Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon. He’ll wear the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees uniform No. 6, from the AAA squad that plays in his district.
Rep. Joe Barton (Texas)
Manager Elected 1984 Home: Ennis Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
After winning five consecutive MVP awards for his pitching, Barton moved to the dugout five years ago. He is hopeful that last year’s Republican victories at the ballot box will translate to a win on the diamond. He will wear a Texas Rangers uniform, No. 6.
Second Base Elected 1996 Home: The Woodlands Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Brady, a two-time MVP, is playing in his 15th Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. He’s manned second base for the GOP and played collegiately for the University of South Dakota. He will wear a College Park High School jersey, No. 15.
Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)
First Base Elected 2004 Home: Midland Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Conaway, a certified public accountant and former high school football standout, has been practicing hard on the diamond. After wearing a Permian High School jersey in last year’s game, he’ll represent the Midland College Chaparrals, sporting No. 35.
Infield Elected 2010 Home: Jonesboro Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Crawford is sporting the uniform of his alma mater, Arkansas State University. Playing in Nationals Park will be the realization of a lifelong dream for Crawford, who only recently gave up on the notion that there was still an outside chance he could get called up to the show.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Atwater Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Denham, a regular at the House basketball games, is excited to be playing in the baseball game this year. He’ll be wearing a jersey representing the Fresno State University Bulldogs.
Rep. Robert Dold (Ill.)
Shortstop Elected 2010 Home: Kenilworth Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Dold, a high school varsity and college athlete, hopes to put fans in the stands in support of the Washington Literacy Council and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. He’ll be wearing a Chicago Cubs jersey.
First Base Elected 2010 Home: Ooltewah Hits L | Throws L | Votes R
Fleischmann grew up playing baseball and continues to be a huge fan of the game. The rookie is looking forward to helping his fellow Republicans put one in the win column. He’ll be wearing a University of Tennessee jersey, No. 3.
Outfield/Pitcher Elected 2010 Home: Kinderhook Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Although it has been 30 years since Gibson led his high school team with a .441 batting average in 1981, he’s ready to return to the outfield and might pitch an inning. He’ll be wearing his high school uniform, No. 39 of the Ichabod Crane Riders.
Outfield Elected 2000 Home: Tarkio Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Graves isn’t afraid to get his uniform dirty with a well-timed dive or slide. With a penchant for stealing bases, he can be a disruptive force on the base paths. He’ll be wearing a No. 7 Kansas City Royals uniform.
Utility Elected 2010 Home: Winfield Hits R | Votes R | Throws R
Hultgren may be a foreboding presence at the plate, but in reality, he’s as harmless as his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. He’ll be wearing their uniform, No. 14, honoring Ernie Banks, but he won’t be suggesting that they “play two.”
Third Base Elected 1992 Home: Savannah Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Kingston returns this year in a Chain Baseball Academy jersey. He’ll be hitting with his trusty steed, his bat “Black Beauty.” Different from previous years (or so he hopes) will be the lack of ice packs or bandages that usually accompany this injury-prone third baseman.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: New Iberia Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Landry, the Ragin’ Cajun freshman from southern Louisiana, is making his Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game debut. Wearing a No. 3 Nicholls State University jersey and a Louisiana State University cap, he hopes to spice things up in the outfield.
Shortstop Elected 2004 Home: Fort Myers Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Mack, whose name is synonymous with Major League Baseball, will play shortstop and wear a replica uniform of the Philadelphia Athletics in honor of his great-grandfather, legendary manager Connie Mack.
Pitcher/Third Base Elected 2010 Home: Drexel Hill Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Meehan, once an NHL referee, is looking forward to making his Congressional game debut. An avid fan, he played at Bowdoin College. He’s been wearing No. 9 since he was a kid playing baseball and hockey, and he’ll be wearing a Phillies jersey on the field.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Indian Land Hits L | Throws R | Votes R
Mulvaney will be wearing the No. 5 jersey of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, which could be a good omen for the Republicans — South Carolina won the NCAA College World Series just last month.
Rep. Steven Palazzo (Miss.)
Utility Elected 2010 Home: Biloxi Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Skipping early morning practice might keep playing time to a minimum during Palazzo’s debut, according to his spokesman. He’ll be wearing a uniform from the University of Southern Mississippi as he keeps the bench warm.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Bowling Green Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Expect Paul to apply the same bold approach he uses in the Senate to baseball, where there’s no doubt he’ll make headlines. Although he’s a lefty, he plays baseball right-handed. He’ll be sporting the uniform of Western Kentucky University, No. 8.
Utility Elected 2008 Home: Eden Prairie Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Paulsen’s height and speed will serve him well as he takes the diamond for the third consecutive year. He’ll be breaking out the Minnesota Twins jersey once again, representing his district by wearing No. 3.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Hobbs Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Pearce is back on the team this year after two years in retirement from baseball and Congress — and it should be noted that the GOP has never lost a game with Pearce on the roster. He’ll be wearing the crimson and white of the New Mexico State Aggies.
Rep. Todd Platts (Pa.)
Catcher Elected 2000 Home: York Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Platts dreamed of playing catcher for the Baltimore Orioles and is excited to play, but he believes the bipartisan camaraderie and the charitable benefit are the best parts of the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. He’ll be wearing No. 5 from the York Revolution.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Indianapolis Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Republicans had high hopes for Rokita’s rookie season, but a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered during an intense Member pickup game led to surgery, and Rokita will be sitting this one out. He’ll still be wearing a Chicago Cubs jersey and cheering on the team.
First Base Elected 2008 Home: Tequesta Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Rooney brings a long reach and solid fielding to first base, along with a powerful middle-of-the-order bat. Rooney’s family owns the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he’ll be wearing a Pirates uniform, No. 16.
Rep. Dennis Ross (Fla.)
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Lakeland Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
This freshman is a legend in Tallahassee for organizing the state legislative softball league. He hopes to make the transition from slow pitch to slightly faster. He’ll be wearing the No. 12 uniform of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Ashburn Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
At Scott’s inaugural Congressional game, he’ll be wearing the uniform of Tifton’s Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College. He chose No. 87 in honor of the historic 87-Member GOP freshman class of which he is the president.
Third-Base Coach Elected 1996 Home: Dallas Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Republicans are hoping Sessions continues his successful run as a coach and that the magic on the diamond extends to the ballot box in 2012 — Sessions is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He’s wearing No. 32 from the Texas Rangers.
Pitcher Elected 1996 Home: Collinsville Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Since hitting a home run in his first Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Shimkus has scored high marks as both a catcher and pitcher. He has earned MVP recognition multiple times. He’ll be wearing No. 40 from Kaskaskia College.
Catcher/Pitcher Elected 2010 Home: Howe Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Stutzman, a freshman, had experience at shortstop, third base, catcher and pitcher during high school. A lifetime Chicago Cubs fan looking to get playing time as part of the battery, he’ll be wearing a No. 3 Trine University jersey.
Pitcher Elected 2010 Home: Orlando Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
He might be a rookie, but Webster has experience with baseball and fast-pitch softball. When it comes to baseball, he says, he plays to win. When it comes to politics, he’s not afraid of a little hardball.
Infield/Outfield Elected 2010 Home: Rogers Hits R | Throws R | Votes R
Womack might be a rookie, but he was a multi-sport athlete in high school and played one season of college football at Arkansas Tech University. He’ll be wearing a No. 3 University of Arkansas Razorbacks jersey.