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 5-30-2013
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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. A total of 20 alumni since 2000 have played for major league organizations, including major leaguers Ed Lucas ’04 (Florida Marlins) and Kyle Hendricks ’12 (Chicago Cubs). The latter led all of MLB in ERA in 2016 while helping the Cubs win the World Series for the first time in 108 yeras. Brad Ausmus '91, Mark Johnson '90 and Mike Remlinger '88 have all made it to "The Show" and played significant roles for their teams, combining for a total of 39 years in the big leagues.

Remlinger enjoyed a 14-year career at the major league level, playing five seasons for the Atlanta Braves, four of which came during their stretch of 14 consecutive National League East Division titles. He also helped lead the Cubs to the 2003 NLCS and recorded his first postseason save in Game 3 against the Florida Marlins. A 2002 All-Star with a 7-3 record in 73 appearances and 1.99 ERA as the Braves' primary setup man. 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 with 20 saves and 854 strikeouts.

Dartmouth in the Major Leagues
  Player Class Career
  Leon Viau 1888 1888-92
  Fred Woodcock 1891 1892
  Frank O'Connor 1892 1893
  Fred Crolius 1899 1901-02
  Dike Varney 1902 1902
  Fred Herbert Brown 1903 1901-02
  Ralph Glaze 1906 1906-08
  Ted Reed 1910 1915
  Chester Emerson 1911 1911-12
  Dave Morey 1913 1913
  Howard Fahey 1914 1912
  Fletcher Low 1915 1915
  Tom Whelan 1919 1920
  Chick Maynard 1920 1922
  Wally Kopf 1922 1921
  Foster Edwards 1925 1925-30
  Bill Breckenridge 1930 1929
  Robert "Red" Rolfe 1931 1931-42
  Ted Olson 1936 1936-38
  Rudy Rufer USN 1949-50
  Peter Burnside 1952 1955-63
  Art Quirk 1959 1962-63
  Chuck Seelbach 1970 1971-74
  Pete Broberg 1972 1971-78
  Jim Beattie 1976 1978-86
  Mike Remlinger 1988 1991-2006
  Mark Johnson 1990 1995-2002
  Brad Ausmus 1991 1993-2010
  Ed Lucas 2004 2013-14
  Kyle Hendricks 2012 2014-17

Ausmus never donned a Green and White uniform because he was the property of the New York Yankees while attending classes at Dartmouth, graduating in 1991. He went on to an 18-year career in the major leagues, with 10 of the seasons coming with the Houston Astros and an All-Star season in 1999 with the Detroit Tigers. Three times he won a gold glove behind the plate and helped the Astros reach their first World Series in 2005. One of the game's best defensive catchers, he posted a .994 fielding percentage, retiring after the 2010 campaign as a career .251 hitter with 80 homers and 102 stolen bases. Since 2014, Ausmus has served as the manager for the Tigers, posting a 250-234 record (.517) with a Central Division title to his credit in his first season at the helm.

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 (10-Year Wait Finally Over) 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. Lucas played two seasons with the Marlins, hitting .255 with five homers and 37 RBIs in 163 games. 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 to earn several votes in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting. 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. In 2016, he led all of MLB with a 2.13 ERA while posting a 16-8 record, helping Chicago win its first World Series in 108 years and finishing third in the NL Cy Young balloting.

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.

Players

Kyle Hendricks (RHP)
Drafted in 8th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers
Led MLB with 2.13 ERA and finished third in NL Cy Young voting in 2016
Started Game 7 of both the 2016 NLCS and World Series to help Cubs win first crown in 108 years
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: 2011-17
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
Hit .250 with a .361 on-base percentage at three levels in 2016, topping out at Triple-A
Currently assigned to the Birmingham Barons of the Double-A Southern League, also served as emergency back-up bullpen catcher at the MLB level
Major League Affiliate: Chicago White Sox
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2010-12
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2012-17

Cole Sulser (RHP)
Drafted in 25th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians
Went 2-5 with a 4.34 ERA over 64.1 innings at three different levels in 2016, topping out at Triple-A
Currently assigned to the Columbus Clippers in the Triple-A International League
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 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 56.2 innings with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League in 2016
Entered 2017 season with 258 strikeouts in 217.2 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: 2013-17

Mitch Horacek (LHP)
Drafted in 9th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles
Went 5-11 with a 4.59 ERA in 27 starts over 133.1 innings with the Frederick Keys in the High-A Carolina League in 2016
Currently assigned to High-A Frederick Keys
Major League Affiliate: Baltimore Orioles
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2011-13
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2013-17

Duncan Robinson (RHP)
Drafted in 9th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs
Made eight relief appearances in professional debut in 2016
2017 mid-season All-Star in Midwest League before promotion to High-A Carolina League with Myrtle Beach
Major League Affiliate: Chicago Cubs
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2013-16
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2016-17

Beau Sulser (RHP)
Drafted in 10th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates
Currently assigned to the West Virginia Black Bears in the Short Season-A New York-Penn League
Major League Affiliate: Pittsburgh Pirates
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2013-17
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2017

Michael Danielak (RHP)
Drafted in 19th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics
Currently assigned to the Vermont Lake Monsters in the Short Season-A New York-Penn League
Major League Affiliate: Oakland Athletics
Seasons at Dartmouth: 2013-17
Seasons in Profesional Baseball: 2017
Story: Danielak Starts Pro Career

Front Office

Sandy Alderson '69, New York Mets
General Manager

Matt Klentak '02, Philadelphia Phillies
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