Pac-12 pride in the Majors

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SAN FRANCISCO— On Opening Day 2015, the Pac-12 Conference will feature 42 former players on MLB rosters and another five as its managers. But it does not stop there, as dugouts, broadcast booths, an owner's box and the general manager chair will feature Pac-12 affiliated personnel as well.

The MLB list includes 13 former All-Stars, including former MVP Dustin Pedroia (Arizona State) and fellow Gold Glove All-Star teammate Andre Ethier (Arizona State). Also making All-Star teams are Jacoby Ellsbury (Oregon State), Chase Utley (UCLA), Carlos Quentin (Stanford) and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (Washington). Another Cy Young winner, Barry Zito (USC), will start the year in Triple-A with the A's. Ian Kinsler, a four-time All-Star, finished his collegiate career at Missouri but played with Pedroia and Ethier at ASU.

Overall four former Pac-12 players are with the A's and three each are with the Dodgers and Padres

In the dugouts of Major League baseball, five managers have played at Pac-12 schools including Indians skipper Terry Francona (Arizona) and Athletics' manager Bob Melvin (California). MLB staffs will include another 18 former Pac-12 players.

Ruben Amaro, Jr. is the long-time general manager for the Phillies, while fellow Stanford product, Bob Boone, is an assistant GM with the Nationals. Farhan Zaidi earned a Ph.D from Cal and is the GM of the Dodgers. Arte Moreno, the owner of the Angels, is an Arizona graduate.

According to baseball-reference.com, the Pac-12's current membership has produced 729 Major Leaguers, led by USC's 128 and Arizona State's 125. Every current Conference member (even Colorado which had a program from the 1890s until 1980) has had at least one Major Leaguer.

Eight players have earned a spot in Cooperstown, including Reggie Jackson (ASU), Jim Palmer (ASU) Jackie Robinson (UCLA), Randy Johnson (USC) and Tom Seaver (USC). 

TOTAL MAJOR LEAGUERS ALL-TIME BY SCHOOL
USC-128
ASU-125
Stanford-92
UCLA-85
Arizona-79
Cal-71
WSU-41
OSU-32
UW-30
Oregon-24
Utah-16
Colorado-6

HALL OF FAMERS FROM THE PAC-12
Reggie Jackson (ASU)
Jim Palmer (ASU)
Jackie Robinson (UCLA)
Randy Johnson (USC)
Ralph Kiner (USC)
Tom Seaver (USC)
Don Sutton (USC)
Joe Gordon (Oregon)

USC is credited with the oldest Major Leaguer in 15-year outfielder Davy Jones starting in 1901. Stanford and Washington also had some of the nation's earliest Major Leaguers, debuting during the first decade of the 20th Century.  Here is a look at the first Major Leaguer from each of the 12 teams:

THE FIRST MAJOR LEAGUERS… 
Milt Stock, 1913, Arizona, 14-year infielder with .289 average
Gordie Windhorn, 1959, ASU, 3-year outfielder
Charlie Swindells, 1904, Stanford, Cardinals
Orvall Overall, 1905, Cal, 7-year pitcher with 108 wins
Marv Gudata, 1929, UCLA, 2-year outfielder
Davy Jones, 1901, USC, 15-year outfielder hit .270
Denny Williams, 1921, Oregon State, 3-year outfielder
Bryan Houck, 1912, Oregon, 4-year pitcher
Curt Coleman, 1912, Oregeon, 12 games in 1912
Hucky Shaw, 1908, Washington, 1 AB in 1908 for Pittsburgh (strikeout)
Art McLarney, 1932, WSU, 9 games as a shortstop for Giants
Spencer Adams, 1923, Utah, 4-yearinfielder
Bob McGraw, 1917, Colorado, 9-years and 168 games

OPENING DAY ROSTERS (42)

Arizona (2)
Nick Hundley, Rockies
Mark Melancon, Pirates, AS

Arizona State (11)
Willie Bloomquist, Mariners
Kole Calhoun, Angels
Ike Davis, A’s
Andre Ethier, Dodgers, GG, AS
Ian Kinsler, AS
Tuffy Gosewisch, D-Backs
Jason Kipnis, Indians, AS
Mike Leake, Reds, 
Dusin Pedroia, Red Sox, MVP, AS, GG
Andrew Romine, Tigers
Eric Sogard, A’s

California (6)
Brennan Boesch, Reds
Mark Canha, A’s
Allen Craig, Red Sox, AS 
Brandon Morrow, Padres
Tyson Ross, Padres, AS
Marcus Semien, A’s

Oregon State (2)
Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees, AS, GG
Darwin Barney, Dodgers, GG

Utah (1)
CJ Cron, Angels

USC (5)
Brad Boxberger, Rays
Lucas Duda, Mets
J.P. Howell, Dodgers
Ian Kennedy, Padres
Tommy Milone, Twins, AS

UCLA (5)
Trevor Bauer, Indians
Gerrit Cole, Pirates
Brandon Crawford, Giants
Casey Janssen, Nationals
Chase Utley, Phillies, AS

Stanford (7)
Jason Castro, Astros, AS
Sam Fuld, A’s
Jeremy Guthrie, Royals, 
Jed Lowrie, Astros
John Mayberry, Mets
Carlos Quentin, Braves, AS
Drew Storen, Nationals

Washington (3)
Nick Hagadone, Indians
Jake Lamb, D-Backs
Tim Lincecum, Giants, CY, AS

Key: AS - All-Star, GG - Gold Glove
MVP , CY - Cy Young

MANAGERS (6)
AJ Hinch, Stanford, Astros
Bob Melvin, Cal, Athletics
Bryan Price, Cal, Reds
Ron Roenicke, UCLA, Brewers
Terry Francona, Arizona, Indians
Chip Hale, Arizona, Diamondbacks

GENERAL MANAGERS
Ruben Amaro, Jr., Stanford, GM Phillies
Bob Boone, Stanford, Assistant GM, Nationals
Farhan Zaidi, Cal PhD, GM Dodgers

OWNER
Arte Moreno, Arizona graduate, Angels owner

MLB STAFF (18)
Doug Henry, Arizona State, bullpen coach, Royals
Dave Hudgens, Arizona State, hitting coach, Mets
Jeff Pentland, Arizona State,  hitting coach, Yankees
Todd Steverson, Arizona State, hitting coach, White Sox
Don Wakamatsu, Arizona State, bench coach, Royals
Kevin Long, Arizona, hitting coach, Mets
Brad Mills, Arizona, third base coach, Indians
Pat Roessler, Arizona, assistant hitting coach, Mets
Alan Zinter, Arizona, assistant hitting coach, Astros
Mike Aldrete, Stanford, bench coach, A's
Steve Buechele, Stanford, bench coach, Rangers
Rich Dauer, USC, first base coach, Astros
Mark McGwire, USC, hitting coach, Dodgers
Bret Strom, USC, pitching coach, Astros
Mike Gallego, UCLA, third base coach, A's
Troy Lovullo, UCLA, bench coach, Red Sox
Dave Roberts, UCLA, bench coach, Padres    
Don Long, Washington St., hitting coach, Reds

TEAM BROADCASTERS
Roxy Bernstein, A's (Cal)
Dave Flemming, Giants (Stanford)
Kris Atteberry, Twins (Stanford)
Geoff Blum (Cal), Astros
Rick Monday (ASU), Dodgers, 23rd year on the broadcast team

NETWORK AFFILIATED
Matt Vasgersian, (USC) Fox Baseball & MLB Network
Fran Charles (Stanford), MLB Network
Joe Magrane (Arizona) MLB Network
Eric Byrnes (UCLA), MLB Network
Aaron Boone (USC) Baseball Tonight
Dave Raymond (Stanford), former Astros play-by-play man for 7 years, now MLB.com host
Jessica Mendoza (Stanford and US National Softball Team), Baseball Tonight

 

 

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