The Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation has announced that Carlos Pena has been named to the Bay State Games Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2011.
While at Haverhill High School, Pena participated in the Bay State Summer Games baseball tournament in 1993 and 1994 as a member of the Northeast region team which captured medals in both years. He went on to star at Northeastern University and the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League before being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (10th overall) of the 1998 Draft. He made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2001 and is currently a member of the Chicago Cubs. He has also appeared in the big leagues for Oakland (2002), Detroit (2002-05), Boston (2006) and Tampa Bay (2007-10).
The 2007 Silver Slugger Award Winner, 2008 Gold Glove Award Winner and 2009 All-Star led the American League in home runs with 39 in 2009. Pena finished in the Top 10 in American League MVP voting in 2007 and 2008, ranked second in the American League with a career-high 46 home runs in 2007.
Along with Pena, Carol Kronopolus, longtime field hockey officials’ coordinator and tournament director, and Ted Neill, longtime wrestling organizer and officials’ coordinator, were also inducted into the Class of 2011. Both will be recognized at a small pregame ceremony held at Fenway Park on August 1.
The Bay State Games Hall of Fame was created to recognize alumni who have gone on to prestigious and successful athletic careers, as well as former and current coaches, officials, sports organizers, volunteers, venues and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Bay State Games throughout its history. Other members of the Hall of Fame include Olympian Nancy Kerrigan, former Boston Bruin Bill Guerin, and former Boston Celtics Reggie Lewis and Dana Barros.