Trojans Found Throughout the Major Leagues on Opening Day|
April 3, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- It's only fitting that the collegiate program with the most major leaguers (111 total) had representation throughout Major League Baseball as the 2017 season opened up this week.
Seven former Trojans suited up for opening day, six being pitchers - Brad Boxberger (Tampa Bay Rays), Danny Columbe (Oakland A's), JP Howell (Toronto Blue Jays), Ian Kennedy (Kansas City Royals), Tommy Milone (Milwaukee Brewers) and Andrew Triggs (Oakland A's). The lone Trojan position player on an opening day roster was New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda.
Duda had a big opening day for the New York Mets, going 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing double and a walk as the Mets defeated Atlanta, 6-0. Milone threw two innings in relief for the Brewers, while Howell threw a third of an inning in his Blue Jays debut. Kennedy will start tomorrow for the Royals vs. the Twins, while Boxberger began the season on the 10-day DL.
Trojans could also be found throughout the coaching ranks -- Brian Bannister (Boston Red Sox, Vice President, Pitching Development/Assistant Pitching Coach), Jason Brown (NY Yankees, Bullpen Catcher), Rich Dauer (Houston Astros, First Base Coach), Jacque Jones (Washington Nationals, Assistant Hitting Coach), Jason Lane (Milwaukee Brewers), Mark McGwire (San Diego Padres, Bench Coach), Brent Strom (Houston Astros, Pitching Coach).