Stratford standouts Matt Wieters and Justin Smoak will be honored by their alma mater Monday night when Stratford High retires their jersey numbers. The event will begin at 7 pm and is open to the public.
The journey of Wieters and Smoak to the big leagues had several successful years at Stratford High School. They played together with Wieters being a year ahead of Smoak. Both players were part of dominant Stratford teams in the early 2000’s. Wieters’ teams finished second in the State three times, while Smoak won a championship his senior season. Wieters went to play at Georgia Tech, while Smoak made the journey to the University South Carolina. After having successful college careers with each earning several honors, they went pro. Wieters was the the fifth pick in the 2007 MLB draft and Smoak the 11th pick in the 2008 MLB draft. Wieters has hit .257 with 92 HR’s and 346 RBI in his major league career, while Smoak has hit .224 with 74 HR’s and 234 RBI.Both
Wieters, entering his 7th season as a catcher for the Orioles, and Smoak, entering his 6th major league season after signing with the Blue Jays, are scheduled to be at the event Monday night.
The ceremony will begin at 7pm, at the Baseball Field, and is open to the public. Access to the field and players will be restricted.
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