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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Facts and figures

Ian Snell won his fifth consecutive decision as well as his fifth straight start when he defeated the San Francisco Giants, 2-0, yesterday. The last Delawarean to win five consecutive decisions is Renie Martin who did so for the Kansas City Royals between April 20 and May 22 in 1980. Chris Short won eight consecutive decisions between August 3 and September 13 in 1968.

Snell does appear to have the mark for consecutive starts won although I expect Sadie McMahon might have done so, especially in 1894. Snell's achievement is more remarkable considering the difficulties the Pittsburgh Pirates have had in winning this season.

The major league baseball draft was held earlier in the week and four players with Delaware connections were drafted. Two University of Delaware players, Todd Davison and Matt Gaphardt, were drafted in the 19th round by the Baltimore Orioles and the 21st round by the Seattle Mariners, respectively. This was the sixth straight season a University of Delaware player was drafted. Both players, however, are natives of other states.

Rob Bryson was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 31st round. He played for William Penn High School this past season. Caravel Academy's Chad Jenkins was taken in the 44th round by the Washington Nationals.

Lastly, Pedro Swann, who once shared an outfield with the University of Delaware's Brian Lesher when he played for the Toronto Blue Jays, now is playing next to another player in the outfield with Delaware connections. Dwight Maness, a New Castle native and a graduate of William Penn High School, is Swann's teammate with the Camden Riversharks. Like Swann, Maness has had a lengthy and successful professional baseball career.

Maness was originally drafted in the third round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1992. He spent four seasons in the Dodgers organization before being traded to the New York Mets with Scott Hunter for Brett Butler. He played with the Mets, reaching AAA Norfolk, until 1998 when he was dealt again. This time he was sent to the Boston Red Sox for Todd Carey. Maness finished out the 1998 season with AA Trenton but was released at the end of the season. Maness played with Somerset of the Atlantic League in 1999 and then was signed by the Seattle Mariners who assigned him to AA New Haven. In 2000, Maness helped lead the New Haven Ravens to an Eastern League championship. Since 2001, he has played with the Camden Riversharks.