Arizona Wildcats baseball
The Arizona Wildcats baseball team is the intercollegiate men's baseball program representing the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, United States. They compete in the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12) of NCAA Division I. The baseball team had its first season in 1904. The baseball team has captured four national championship titles in 1976, 1980, 1986 and 2012, with the first three coached by Jerry Kindall and the most recent by Andy Lopez. The team has appeared in the NCAA National Championship title series eight times (1956, 1959, 1963, 1976, 1980, 1986, 2012, and 2016). They have appeared in 34 baseball tournaments in their rich history. Arizona is ranked seventh in all-time regular season game wins with 2,347.
|2019 Arizona Wildcats baseball team|
|University||University of Arizona|
|Head coach||Jay Johnson (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Hi Corbett Field |
|Colors||Cardinal and Navy|
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|1976, 1980, 1986, 2012|
|College World Series runner-up|
|1956, 1959, 1963, 2016|
|College World Series appearances|
|1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 2004, 2012, 2016|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017|
|1963, 1966, 1974, 1989, 1992, 2012|
Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet StadiumEdit
The former home of Arizona baseball is Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. The park is located on the campus of the University of Arizona, adjacent to the McKale Center, home of the UA athletics department. Arizona played its games at the Kindall Field from prior to the 1967 season through the end of the 2011 season. Modernization of the facility was completed for the 1975 season. Originally called Wildcat Field, the park was officially dedicated Frank Sancet Field on April 19, 1986, in honor of Arizona's longtime head coach. Sancet, who coached from 1950–72, posted an 831–283–8 (.744) mark at the helm of the Cats.
Relocation to Hi Corbett FieldEdit
In an effort to have the Wildcat baseball program compete in the best possible facilities, in August 2011, the UA signed an agreement with the city of Tucson for Arizona baseball to play its home games at city-owned Hi Corbett Field, located about three miles southeast of campus, for the 2012 season (beginning with a five-year lease with an option to renew for an additional five years). The UA spent about $350,000 to make several upgrades to the former spring training facility (used as such by the Cleveland Indians and the Colorado Rockies), where the Wildcats previously played selected games in the 1960s and '70s. Through the first three-game series of the 2012 season against North Dakota State, the attendance at the stadium was a total of 8,870, which was nearly 1/4th of the total home attendance for the Wildcats' previous season at Sancet Stadium.
In 2012, the Wildcats posted a 38–17 regular season record (20–10 in Pac-12 conference play), capturing a share of the Pac-12 baseball championship, the school's first league title since 1992. As a result, Hi Corbett Field hosted both an NCAA Regional and Super Regional tournament, and Arizona won both of those to advance to the 2012 College World Series (the program's first postseason appearance in Omaha since 2004) where the team won its fourth national championship. In the 2012 season, the team brought in almost $350,000 in ticket revenue (not including revenue for tickets sold during the NCAA Regional or Super Regional); this is compared to the 2011 season, when Arizona baseball brought in $69,000 worth of ticket revenue in its final season at Sancet Stadium. The relocation of the Wildcat baseball program to Hi Corbett Field has been noted as a major factor in the team's successful 2012 season.
- Brian Anderson – World Series Champion (2005)
- Steven Ballard – current Chancellor at East Carolina University
- Jett Bandy – catcher, Milwaukee Brewers
- Shelley Duncan – manager of the Hillsboro Hops (minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Scott Erickson – All-Star selection (1991), World Series champion (1991).
- Terry Francona – 2x World Series champion (2004, 2007)
- Chip Hale – former manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and current 3B coach of the Oakland Athletics
- Ron Hassey – World Series Champion: 1989, only catcher to catch two perfect games.
- Rich Hinton
- Jack Howell
- Nick Hundley – current catcher of the San Francisco Giants
- Jerry Kindall – member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
- Scott Kingery (born 1994) – Major League Baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies
- Don Lee – spent 9 years in the majors with 6 different teams.
- Hank Leiber – 1-time All-Star (1938) spent 10 years in the majors for the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants.
- Mike Paul
- Dan Schneider
- Ed Vosberg – World Series Champion (1997)
- Eddie Leon
- Kenny Lofton – 6-time All-Star (1994–99), 4-time Gold Glove Award (1993–96).
- Trevor Hoffman – 2nd all-time Major League saves holder with 601 total saves, 7x All-Star (1998–2000, 2002, 2006–2007, 2009), Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, 2017.
- J. T. Snow – 6x Gold Glove Award winner (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
- Joe Magrane – led the NL in ERA in 1988 with 2.18.
- Dave Stegman
- Craig Lefferts – ranks 76th on the MLB All-Time Games Pitched List (696).
- Brad Mills – 2x World Series Champion (2004, 2007)
- Dan Meyer
- Mark Melancon- current pitcher of the San Francisco Giants
- Ryan Perry
- Kevin Long – current hitting coach of the New York Mets
- Rob Refsnyder – utility player for the Cleveland Indians. 2012 College World Series champion and Most Outstanding Player.
Student-Athlete jerseys are retired but not individual player numbers.
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- "UA Baseball to Play at Hi Corbett Field". UA News. University of Arizona. August 10, 2011.
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- "Arizona Advances to First CWS Since '04". ColumbiaTribune.com. The Associated Press. June 10, 2012. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
- "University of Arizona Baseball: Making the College World Series...and Money". Forbes.com. Forbes. June 13, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- Adams, Steve. "Chip Hale Returns To Athletics As Third Base Coach". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
- "Retirement of jerseys" at Wildcats website