Junior Casey Martin.

Countdown To First Pitch: In The Dugout With Casey Martin

Feb. 18, 2008

The University of Notre Dame baseball team welcomes 19 newcomers to the diamond this season. The class was ranked as one of the top in the entire county — fourth by Baseball America and sixth by Collegiate Baseball. In the coming weeks, UND.com will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team’s Feb. 22 opener against Liberty. The sixth Notre Dame player in the spotlight is infielder Casey Martin.

Hometown: Chesterton, Ind.
Previous School: Indiana State
Position: Infielder
Height/Weight: 6-4/230
Bat/Throw: R/R

If you were to play another sport at Notre Dame, what would it be?

Best thing about the team:
Our ability to laugh at each other.

What are three words that best describe coach Schrage?
Composed, Knowledgeable, Persistent.

Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
Derek Lee.

What is your favorite major league ballpark?
Wrigley Field.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
“Where I’ll Be” by Casey Martin.

What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
Signing my letter of intent to the University of Notre Dame.

Are you a fan of the American League’s designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
I think the DH is a great addition to the game even though I am a fan of traditional old time baseball.

Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?

Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens even though I hate the Yankees.

Favorite baseball team:
Chicago Cubs and White Sox.

Favorite player:
Ted Williams.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

Why did you choose Notre Dame?
It provided me with the best opportunities in the country.

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