Bradenton, Fla. - The Bradenton Marauders are proud to announce the selection of former Marauder Evan Chambers for the 2017 Florida State League Hall of Fame class. Chambers played outfield for the Marauders in 2011 and 2012, prior to his tragic death in 2013. Chambers will be the first Marauder enshrined by the FSL.
Chambers was drafted by the Pirates in the third round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. He spent the entire 2011 season with Bradenton and played in 61 games for the Marauders in 2012 before earning a promotion to Double-A Altoona. Chambers passed away in his sleep on December 1, 2013 from an undetected heart defect.
The Chambers family and the Pirates organization have worked to carry on the legacy of community commitment that Chambers displayed at each stop in his baseball career. His parents founded the Evan Michael Chambers L.O.V.E. Foundation to help youth excel in baseball and personal development. The Foundation is active in Polk County, where Evan grew up, and in Manatee County where he spent a large portion of his professional career.
The Bradenton Marauders retired Chambers' number 53 in 2014. It is displayed prominently on the right field boardwalk at LECOM Park. Celebrations of the life and legacy of Evan Chambers have also been held by the Double-A Altoona Curve, and Chambers' hometown team, the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
The induction ceremonies will take place on November 15, 2017, and will be held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, FL. Tickets and reservations are available by contacting the Florida State League office by phone at 727-224-8244, email at email@example.com, or mail at Florida State League, 300 Gulf to Bay, Suite 219, Clearwater, FL 33759.
To learn more about the Florida State League Hall of Fame and previous induction classes, please visit www.FloridaStateLeague.com.
For more information on the Bradenton Marauders, please call 941-747-3031 or visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.
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