Although Dozier was the first former Big Train player to make an appearance in a Major League Baseball All-Star game, Renfroe is largely considered the greatest player to ever don a Big Train uniform.
Renfroe, who was selected by the San Diego Padres with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, played on the Big Train’s roster during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns.
The Mississippi State product, who owns several single-season franchise records, was the Big Train’s most outstanding hitter on the 2011 team and was named the organization’s Most Valuable Player in 2012.
Renfroe holds Big Train records for home runs, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage.
Adams described the Mississippi native as the “best pure hitter we’ve ever had.”
During his rookie campaign with the Padres, Renfroe hit 26 home runs and registered 58 RBI in 122 games. He currently holds the franchise’s all-time rookie record for home runs.
Charlton Jimerson, John Maine, Steve Schmoll, Dirk Hayhurst, Bobby Livingston, Mike Costanzo, Michael McKenry, Joe Mantiply, Cody Allen, Matt Bowman and Brandon Lowe are also among the Big Train alumni to play in the major leagues.
Logan Gilbert, who played on the Big Train’s 2016 roster, was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the 14th overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft.
The Big Train offer affordable family fun during the summertime and the organization has also paid homage to baseball legends such as Jackie Robinson, Hank Greenberg, Roberto Clemente and Cal Ripken Sr.
“We’ve provided two decades of championship baseball,” said Adams. “It’s championship baseball at affordable prices right near home.”
The games are entertaining for the fans in attendance; good food and great music are among the amenities you can find at a Big Train game at Shirley Povich Field. Homer the mascot is a big attraction as well.
“It’s really good for parents with young kids,” said Adams.
Hugh Adams, a Bethesda native, is the Big Train’s longest serving player. Adams, Bruce’s son, had his No. 40 jersey retired in 2012.
The Big Train’s playing field is named after legendary Washington Post sportswriter Shirley Povich.
BCC Baseball, founded by Denise Gorham, has also contributed to the Big Train’s success by giving local youth an opportunity to play baseball at all levels and learn the value of sportsmanship. The connection between the two organizations has helped the Big Train flourish over the years.
“We are trying to build community through baseball,” said Adams, “so the baseball is great but the building the community is the real purpose.”
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