Tuesday, April 28, 2015

First Navy Baseball Grad to Majors in 94 Years

Mitch Harris during his Navy playing days (photo / USNA)
Milwaukee - Right-handed pitcher Mitch Harris, seven years after graduating from the Naval Academy, made his major league debut on Saturday night with the St. Louis Cardinals as they faced the Milwaukee Brewers. He struck out the first batter he faced.

The Cards' middle reliever graduated the academy in 2008. He completed his post Naval Academy service obligation in 2013. The last Navy player to successfully navigate from graduating Annapolis to the major leagues was Nemo Gaines. Gaines pitched 4.2 innings for the Washington Senators in 1921 before returning to the Navy.

Harris batted a healthy .295 with 16 HRs and 112 RBIs in his four-year career with the Mids, so his arrival in the National League will give him the opportunity to once again gets some swings in the batter's box. He pitched two years in the Cards' minor league system (6-3, 76 strikeouts, 94.1 IP, 2.77 ERA) before being called up this year to the big club.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Shawaryn, Terps top Cal State Fullerton

Sophomore Mike Shawaryn (Photo / umterps.com)
College Park, MD - Maryland's Mike Shawaryn affirmed his place as the nation's top college pitcher with a 2-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday night. The sophomore from Carney's Point, New Jersey struck out 13 through eight innings without allowing a run. He yielded only four hits while raising his nation's best record to a perfect 9-0.

The Terps were limited to four hits and no earned runs against outstanding pitching from Cal State Fullerton's Thomas Eshelman (3-5), but pushed Jose Cuas and Anthony Papio across the plate and played errorless baseball in the field.

The #22 Terrapins improved to 26-10 while Cal State Fullerton fell to 19-17 on the season. The two play again on Saturday and Sunday, both at Shipley Field.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Books: Venable Park to Reprint Through Loyola University Maryland in April

Venable Park by Tom Flynn
Baltimore - A novel I first wrote in 2010, Venable Park, was acquired by the Loyola University of Maryland's Apprentice House and will be republished later this month. It has garnered a number of positive editorial reviews (see below) and the new edition includes several prologue and epilogue references not included in the original. More details to follow on where it will be made available. Media outlets that would like to obtain a review copy can contact me at tom.flynn51@gmail.com. Thanks - TF

Reviews of Venable Park (click image to expand)

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