Former Flash Sonnanstine to be Inducted into NECBL Hall of Fame
Former Kent State and current Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher Andy Sonnanstine will be inducted into New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) Hall of Fame Saturday (Nov. 6), the summer league announced.
Sonnastine will join Andre Either, Chris Iannetta, Mark Malaska, Fay Vincent and Joe Consentino as members of the league’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. He spent his 2003 and ’04 summers pitching for the Sanford Mariners.
A letterwinner in ’03 and ’04 for the Golden Flashes, Sonnanstine attained First Team All-Mid-American Conference and MAC Tournament Co-MVP recognition in '04 after tallying 125 innings, 11 wins and 117 strikeouts, which are all single-season bests in the school's record book. Tampa Bay drafted "Sonny" in the 14th round of the '04 draft, and he made his Major League debut in '07. Sonnanstine helped pitch the Rays to the ‘08 American League pennant as well as an AL East Division title in ’10.
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