Many people forget about the fact that a Major league baseball player does not just appear on the face of the earth and head straight to the big leagues. These players are groomed and their skills sharpened when playing at a college or university.
There have been a total of 57 players that have made their way from playing for the Irish, to going to play in MLB. These players date all the way back to the early history of the baseball program as well as the sport itself.
Since the early days of them suiting up at Notre Dame, there have been players that went on to make the Irish a proud team. Attending the school alone is an honor, but to call yourself an athlete is an even greater honor to have.
Brad Lidge is one player that has been a proud member of the Irish team, then went on to be a key player for his team, and lead them to several victories in the past few seasons. He has the distinct honor of being part of a World Series team and helping to lead the team to a World Championship.
Few players get this honor, but Brad Lidge is one of the players that can say that they are part of a championship team, as a result they are able to bring a level of pride back to the Notre Dame Irish.
This is a feat that few teams are able to brag about. But with players like Lidge leading, there is soon to be another former Irish player that will bring a World Series win to his team.
Another proud former Irish player that has led his team to greatness, Carl Yastrzemski. During his 23 years with the Red Sox, he led the majors as well as the team in the most hits, and earning well over 400 home runs in his career. This feat is rarely seen these days as many players never reach the level of greatness that Carl Yastrzemski reached in his career.
There have been few players that have even come close to matching the stats that Carl Yastrzemski had in his run in professional baseball. During his 23 year career, Carl Yastrzemski went to two world series.
This futher cements th fact that the players that come from the Irish baseball team are leaders and know how to get the job done on the field.
These are a couple of players that have called themselves an Notre Dame Irish player, these players are a team that produces greatness and as a result will continue to produce future Hall of Fame players. This will lead to there being more players that make Notre Dame proud.
There is a rich and long history that is associated with the Irish of Notre Dame, this is a team that players are proud to call themselves a part of. For this reason there will be other players that will carry on the tradition of having players in Major League baseball that head to the big game and lead their team to a World Championship.