The 25 best MLB stars who have played at Memorial Stadium

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June 16, 2013 

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis was a member of the Boise Hawks in 2001. Two years later, he was a major-league All-Star and World Series champion.

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The Boise Hawks open their home baseball season Monday night at Memorial Stadium, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season. In honor of the old, gray structure on Glenwood, the Statesman sports staff compiled its list of major-leaguers who have played in the stadium since it opened in 1989.

We’re confident about our No. 1 choice — and we know the list is loaded with household names.

The rest of the order — well, let the debate begin ...

• 1. MIKE PIAZZA (1989, Salem Dodgers): A 12-time All-Star who has hit more HRs (427) than any other catcher in MLB history. An easy choice to top this list.

• 2. CARLOS BELTRAN (1996, Spokane Indians): The do-it-all outfielder is a seven-time All-Star and the first switch-hitter with 300 career HRs and 300 stolen bases.

• 3. JASON GIAMBI (1992, Southern Oregon A's): Steroid use has tainted his legacy, but the 2000 AL MVP and five-time All-Star has 435 HRs and 1,425 RBIs.

• 4. MIGUEL TEJADA (1995, Southern Oregon A's): Tejada also gets a steroids asterisk despite his production: six-time All-Star, AL MVP, 1,291 RBIs, seven teams.

• 5. TIM LINCECUM (2006, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes): The Freak burst onto the MLB scene and quickly won two Cy Youngs. Has led NL in strikeouts three times.

• 6. FELIX HERNANDEZ (2003, Everett AquaSox): King Felix lords over Seattle. And why not? He's a Cy Young winner with a perfect game who's still going strong.

• 7. CARLOS GONZALEZ (2004, Yakima Bears): CarGo's fan base keeps growing in Colorado. The 2010 NL batting champ leads NL in runs (55), tied for most HRs (19).

• 8. PAUL KONERKO (1994, Yakima Bears): The hard-hitting first baseman is a six-time All-Star who hit the first grand slam in White Sox World Series history.

• 9. TIM HUDSON (1997, Southern Oregon Timberjacks): The three-time All-Star led AL in wins in 2000 with the A's. Notched 200th win with the Braves.

• 10. GARRET ANDERSON (1990, Boise Hawks): The first Hawk on the list was a three-time All-Star, World Series champ (2002) and All-Star Game MVP (2003).

• 11. RAUL IBANEZ (1993, Bellingham Mariners): The 41-year-old is still contributing in his 18th season. The 2009 All-Star has 13 HRs in his third stint with M's.

• 12. TROY PERCIVAL (1990-91, Boise Hawks): He began his career as a catcher with the Hawks in 1990. It didn't work out. As a closer, he was a four-time All-Star.

• 13. TIM SALMON (1989, Bend Bucks): The 1993 AL Rookie of the Year clubbed 299 home runs in 14 major-league seasons, all with the Angels.

• 14. DEREK LOWE (1992, Bellingham Mariners): Strong in relief? Sure, he had 42 saves in 2000. Strong as a starter? Yep, 176 wins (though released by Rangers in May).

• 15. MIKE SWEENEY (1992-93, Eugene Emeralds): Toiling away on some bad Royals teams, he made five All-Star teams, and was a .297 career hitter.

• 16. PABLO SANDOVAL (2005, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes): Kung-Fu Panda is a career .301 hitter in six seasons with the Giants and a two-time All-Star.

• 17. IAN KINSLER (2003, Spokane Indians): One of the game's best-hitting second basemen, he has two 30-plus home run seasons for the Rangers.

• 18. JOE NATHAN (1995, Bellingham; 1997, Salem-Keizer): Drafted as a shortstop, the five-time All-Star has thrived in relief, with 318 saves and a 52-28 record.

• 19. ADAM JONES (2003, Everett AquaSox): At 27, he's a two-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner and already has 14 homers this season with the Orioles.

• 20. JOHN LACKEY (1999, Boise Hawks): His Red Sox tenure has been bumpy, but he was stellar as an Angel (2002-09), going 102-71 with 1,201 strikeouts.

• 21. DAN UGGLA (2001, Yakima Bears): A masher at second base, he hit 27 or more homers from 2006-11, but has never struck out less than 123 times in a season.

• 22. SHANE VICTORINO (2000, Yakima Bears): The Flyin' Hawaiian has three Gold Gloves and two All-Star nods to go with 207 steals in 10 seasons.

• 23. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ (1999, Boise Hawks): They call him K-Rod for a reason: 887 strikeouts in 731 innings. His 62 saves in 2008 are an MLB record.

• 24. JUAN PIERRE (1998, Portland Rockies): The 14-year veteran and speedy outfielder has produced 2,194 hits for six teams, and is MLB's active steals leader (609).

• 25. DONTRELLE WILLIS (2001, Boise Hawks): He burned brightly and burned out quickly, but that funky delivery led to two All-Star Games and 22 wins in 2005.

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