ASHBURN, VA – Washington Glory President & General Manager Paul Wilson announced a trade today of utility infielder Stephanie Best to the Rockford Thunder in exchange for future undisclosed draft considerations.
“Stephanie has been a strong role player for us,” said Wilson. “Since Rockford had more potential for Stephanie to be an everyday starter for their organization, we felt it was a great opportunity for her and she agreed. This season the Washington Glory is blessed with a talented and deep enough bench to allow us to make a trade such as this without weakening our club. Stephanie has been a great team member, and she will be missed. We wish her the very best in the future.”
Best signed as a free agent prior to the Glory’s inaugural 2007 season and hit for a .277 average collecting 18 hits in 65 at bats. The talented Best found playing time scarce in a star-studded infield featuring National Pro Fastpitch 2007 MVP SS Amber Jackson and sluggers Oli Keohohou and Sara Larquier.
The trade with Rockford is effective immediately. Best will report to Rockford in time for its home series this weekend.
Washington continues their season-long eight-game road trip in Akron Wednesday through Saturday.
The Washington Glory is the DC area's professional women's fastpitch softball team. In its inaugural season, the Glory won the 2007 National Pro Fastpitch Cowles Cup Championship title and contributed five players to the all-NPF team. Individual honors included NPF Manager of the Year for Head Coach Carie Dever-Boaz; NPF Player of the Year for rookie shortstop Amber Jackson; and pitcher Desiree Serrano won NPF Pitcher of the Year. More information about the Washington Glory can be found online at www.washingtonglory.com.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch and Women's Pro Softball League.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the official development partner of the National Pro Fastpitch League. The partnership, which began in 2002, is part of The Commissioner's Initiative on Women and Baseball, a league-wide effort to help the MLB and its 30 major league clubs build stronger relationships with female audiences.