Former Florida International University baseball player Tony Diaz, now 40, finally made the majors this year as the first-base coach of the Colorado Rockies, who appear to be bound for the playoffs in October for just the fourth time in franchise history.
Alec Acosta, a former Miami Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and Plantation American Heritage baseball standout, says that thanks to eating burritos he’s become a star player on the Davidson Wildcats in North Carolina.
UM beat Wake Forest 5-2 in an ACC tournament quarterfinal, pushing the Hurricanes’ winning streak to six and increasing its odds of receiving a berth in the 64-team NCAA tournament when bids are announced on Monday.
Former Miami Sunset High shortstop Michael Paez, whom neither FIU nor the University of Miami wanted, led longshot Coastal Carolina to its first national championship in any sport with a tense 4-3 win over Arizona in the College World Series final.
Defending national champion Virginia had a five-run inning against No. 1 University of Miami and weathered a rally to hold on for a 6-5 win in the first of a three-game series at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
For nearly a half-century, Jay Rokeach — or “JayRo” as he is commonly known — has been the in-stadium announcer at Miami Hurricanes baseball games, bridging two incredible eras of success between the late coach Ron Fraser and current boss Jim Morris.
As pitcher for the University of Miami as a scholarship athlete, Havana-born Luis Brande faced fierce opposition on the playing field. Didn’t phase him. Took on all challengers. There’s no crying in baseball, after all.