The Little League World Series takes place every August and every year, you trick yourself into thinking that all the young, participating hotshots will grow up to be MLB studs.
Well, turns out, you're right sometimes. These six stars once made their debuts on the Little League stage.
6. Todd Frazier
Todd Frazier participated in the 1998 Little League World Series and actually won the title out of Toms River, New Jersey. Throughout his major league career, Frazier has been known as a power hitter and could return close to home, if the Yanks eventually swing a deal for him. He's already got the Jeter tandem photograph to boot.
5. Matt Cassell
Matt Cassell was a star on the 1994 championship California team. Obviously, Cassell ended up pursuing a career in football and made a ton of money after going 11-5 filling in for Tom Brady in 2008. He ended up reaching the playoffs as a member of the Chiefs in 2010. Never made the MLB playoffs, though.
4. Jason Varitek
Jason Varitek was a member of Alamonte Springs, Florida championship team in 1984 and actually played shortstop. In the MLB, Varitek played catcher and won World Series Championships with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, breaking the curse. Alamonte Springs' curse lives on, though.
3. Colby Rasmus
In 1999, Colby Rasmus played for Phenix City, Alabama and went to the championship game, but ended up falling to international competition. Just this week, Rasmus signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and has also played on the Blue Jays, Astros, and Cardinals in his career.
2. Jason Bay
Jason Bay is one of the best baseball players to ever come from Canada. His career didn't end very well with the Mets, but was a very productive slugger as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox. His stance didn't change too much over time, it would appear.
1. Gary Sheffield
Gary Sheffield made the championship game as a member of Florida in 1980. Naturally, he turned into one of the most feared power hitters throughout his career in the MLB. He ended up with over 500 home runs in his career, but only one mean mug at the Little League level.