Few colleges and universities in the country can boast of a world-renowned academic environment as well as representation in Major League Baseball, but Dartmouth has both. Recent graduates Conor Brooks '00, James Little '00, Brian Nickerson '00, Jeff Dutremble '01, Mike Levy '01, John Velosky '02, Tim Grant '04, Damon Wright '07, Russell Young '07, Nick Santomauro '10, Robert Young '10, Joe Sclafani '12 and Chris O'Dowd '13 have played in the minor leagues while Brad Ausmus '91, Mark Johnson '90 and Mike Remlinger '88 have all made it to "The Show" and played significant roles for their teams. The most recent Dartmouth additions to the major leagues have been Kyle Hendricks '12, currently a member of the Chicago Cubs starting rotation, and Ed Lucas ’04, who was called up by the Miami Marlins in late May of 2013.
Remlinger played for the Chicago Cubs in 2003 and 2004 after spending four years with the Atlanta Braves. He also helped lead the Cubs to the 2003 NLCS and recorded his first postseason save in Game 3 against the Florida Marlins. Remlinger Selected for the 2002 All-Star game. he went 7-3 in 73 appearances with a 1.99 ERA as the Braves' primary setup man. Remlinger recorded a career-high 12 saves in 71 appearances during the 2000 season, tied for the second most on the Braves. On July 30, 2002, against the Houston Astros, Remlinger recorded his 500th strikeout. In 1999, he made nine playoff appearances for the Braves in their run to the World Series. Remlinger was a first round selection (16th pick overall) of the San Francisco Giants in 1987. He also played for the Giants, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, compiling a 3.90 ERA and 53-55 record over 879 innings in 14 seasons with 20 saves and 854 strikeouts.
An All-Star catcher in 1999, Ausmus never donned a Green and White uniform because he was the property of the New York Yankees while attending classes at Dartmouth. He played minor league ball while attending college and graduated in 1991. Ausmus was selected in the third round of the 1992 expansion draft by the Colorado Rockies but was traded to the San Diego Padres in 1993 before suiting up for the Rockies. During the summer of 1996, Ausmus was dealt to the Detroit Tigers before being traded to the Houston Astros prior to the 1997 campaign. In Houston, he compiled a .286 postseason average over the next two season before going back to Detroit in 1999 and 2000. Ausmus was traded back to the Astros in December of 2000 and became Houston's starter, winning a Gold Glove in 2001 and 2002, then again in 2006 a year after helping the Astros make their first trip to the World Series. One of the game's best defensive catchers, he posted a .994 fielding percentage during his 18-year career, retiring after the 2010 campaign as a career .251 hitter with 80 homers and 102 stolen bases.
Johnson, who cracked the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting lineup in 1995, became a regular for Jim Leyland at first base in 1996. The former standout Big Green quarterback hit .274 with 13 HR and 47 RBIs for the Bucs. His first major league hit was a memorable one, as he crushed a home run against Philadelphia. The Pirates' Minor League Player of the Year in 1994 played 10 games with the Anaheim Angels in 1998 and was a member of the National League champion New York Mets during the 2000 campaign. He spent seven seasons in the bigs, batting .232 with 38 homers in over 1,000 plate appearances.
Lucas spent 10 seasons in the minor leagues before making his big league debut with the Miami Marlins on May 30, 2013. It was worth the wait as the utility player provided eight hits in his first 16 at-bats with the big club, including a 4-for-4 performance in just his third game, the earliest in a career a Marlins rookie has amassed four hits in a game. In his minor league career, he logged 925 games and had over 3,700 plate appearances, putting up a .278 career average with 159 doubles, 66 homers and 418 RBIs.
Hendricks got his first taste of life in the big leagues in the summer of 2014 when the Cubs promoted him and stuck him in the starting rotation right away. He dazzled in his debut season, going 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA over 80.1 innings. The following year he made 32 starts during the regular season, posting an 8-7 record and a 3.95 ERA, striking out 167 batters in 180.0 innings of work. He also became the fourth Ivy League pitcher to start a game on the mound in the postseason — joining fellow Big Green alum Jim Beattie ’77 with that distinction — helping the Cubs reach that NLCS.Both Sclafani (SS) and O'Dowd (C) were selected in the MLB Draft after the 2012 spring season. Sclafani was taken in the 14th round by the Houston Astros and assigned to the Short-Season A New York-Penn League with the Tri-City ValleyCats, while O'Dowd was chosen in the 23rd round by the San Diego Padres and sent to the Eugene Emeralds in the Short-Season A Northwest League. The year before, Hendricks was selected in the eighth round by the Texas Rangers, and in June 2012 was named a Carolina League (High-A) All-Star on the mound.
Dartmouth's influence in the Major Leagues extends beyond the parameters of the diamond, as well. In fact, one of the most popular figures in baseball history, former National League President Chub Feeney, is a 1943 graduate.
Robert DuPuy '68 served eight years as Major League Baseball president and chief operating officer until resigning his post at the end of the 2010 season. DuPuy served as legal council for MLB for years prior to his appointment as president and COO.
Former Big Green football player Jimmie Lee Solomon '78 was the executive vice president of baseball operations and was on the MLB staff for 21 years before leaving during the 2012 season. Black Enterprise magazine called him, "one of the most influential African-Americans in the business of sports."
Sandy Alderson '69, the mastermind behind the powerful Oakland Athletics in the early 1990s, is currently working as the general manager for the New York Mets, working with David Howard '82 who is the senior vice president for business operations for the New York Mets. Jim Beattie, a 1976 graduate who went on to pitch for the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners, spent nine seasons as the GM of the Montreal Expos before moving on to the Baltimore Orioles in a similar capacity, and now is a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dartmouth has another general manager in Matt Klentak ’02, hired by the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the 2016 season. He arrived in the City of Brotherly Love after serving as the assistant GM for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Bryn Alderson '03 is a critical member of the New York Mets scouting staff while a classmate of his, Kevan Graves '03, serves as a baseball operations assistant for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
BIG GREEN UPDATE
Big Green alumni are well represented in professional baseball, and here are updates on the alumni that are active in professional baseball.
Ed Lucas (UT)
Drafted in 8th round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals
Made Major League debut with Miami Marlins on May 30, 2013
Hit .256 with 4 homers and 28 RBIs in 351 at-bats in rookie season
In 2014 posted a .251 average with a homer and nine RBIs in 179 at-bats
Currently playing for the AAA Reno Aces in the Pacific Coast League
Major League Affilate: Arizona Diamondbacks
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2001-2004
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2004-2016
Story: 10-Year Wait Finally Over
Kyle Hendricks (RHP)
Drafted in 8th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers
Made Major League debut with Chicago Cubs on July 10, 2014
2013 Chicago Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year
2012 Carolina League All-Star
Included in trade to Cubs for Ryan Dempster late in 2012 season
Major League Affiliate: Chicago Cubs
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2009-11
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2011-14
Story: Why Cubs Believe in Kyle Hendricks and His Sneaky-Good Potential
Chris O'Dowd (C)
Drafted in 23rd round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres
Played at Double-A for Mississippi Braves in the Southern League in 2015
Currently assigned to High-A Winston-Salem of the California League, but has also played at Double-A and Triple-A levels in 2016
Major League Affiliate: Chicago White Sox
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2010-12
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2012-16
Cole Sulser (RHP)
Drafted in 25th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians
Went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA over 54.0 innings with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the Short Season-A New York-Penn League in 2013
Missed 2015 season due to surgery
Currently assigned to Double-A Akron RubberDucks of the Eastern League, also made Triple-A debut in late May of 2016 with two shutout innings
Major League Affiliate: Cleveland Indians
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2009-13
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2013-16
Michael Johnson (LHP)
Drafted in 14th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers
Went 7-1 with a 3.07 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 70.1 innings with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the California League in 2015
Entered 2016 season with 201 strikeouts in 161.0 minor league innings
Currently assigned to Double-A Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League
Major League Affiliate: Los Angeles Dodgers
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2010-13
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2013-16
Mitch Horacek (LHP)
Drafted in 9th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles
Went 7-17 with a 4.90 ERA in 28 starts over 64.2 innings with the Frederick Keys in the High-A Carolina League in 2015
Currently assigned to High-A Frederick Keys
Major League Affiliate: Baltimore Orioles
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2011-13
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2013-16
Matt Klentak '02, Philadelphia Phillies