Oct. 27, 1997
Former Notre Dame Player Participates in World Series
Former Notre Dame award-winning infielder and team captain who helped the Florida Marlins claim the 1997 World Series title as starting second baseman ... acquired by the Marlins in midseason trade with Colorado Rockies ... was cheered on during the World Series at Cleveland's Jacobs Field by several of his former Notre Dame teammates, including current Irish assistant coach Cory Mee ... headlines a group of 14 former Notre Dame players who were active in professional baseball during the 1997 season ... first former Notre Dame player to be on a World Series roster since 1983, when relief pitcher Ron Reed played on the Philadelphia Phillies team that lost to the Baltimore Orioles in five games ... the 13th former Notre Dame player to play in the World Series and fifth to play on a World Series-winning team, joining pitcher Ed Reulbach (1907 and 1908 Chicago Cubs), pinch-hitter Jean Dubuc (1916 Boston Red Sox), pinch-hitter John McHale (1945 Detroit Tigers) and Reed (1980 Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2 over Kansas City) ... one of 33 former Notre Dame student-athletes who have gone on to play on the winning team in the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Championship or Stanley Cup (that group includes 23 Super Bowl winners, three NBA title winners and two Stanley Cup winners) ... one of 14 former Notre Dame athletes to play on such a championship team during the 1990s, joining Joe Montana (S.F. 49ers, 1990), Mark Bavaro, Eric Dorsey and Dave Duerson (N.Y. Giants, 1991), Steve Beuerlein (Dallas Cowboys, 1993), Ricky Watters and Bryant Young (S.F. 49ers, 1995), Craig Hentrich, Lindsay Knapp, Derrick Mayes and Aaron Taylor (Green Bay Packers 1997), Bill Laimbeer (Detroit Pistons, 1990) and John Paxson (Chicago Bulls, 1991-93) ... hit .299 during 164 regular season at-bats with Florida ... his .293 batting (12-for-41) in 15 postseason games ranked third among Marlins players with 12-plus postseason ABs, behind Darren Daulton (.364) and Gary Sheffield (.320) ... his postseason totals included four runs, five RBI, two doubles, 10 walks, eight strikeouts, a stolen base and just three errors ... lifted a one-out, ninth-inning sacrifice fly that scored Moises Alou to tie game seven of the World Series (2-2) before scoring 11th-inning, game-winning run on two-out linedrive up the middle by Edgar Renteria ... assisted on five noteworthy putouts for the Marlins, including the play that clinched a playoff spot, the out that ended the divisional series with the San Francisco Giants,
FORMER NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH PAT MURPHY ON COUNSELL: "I've never been associated with a player that has improved as much in four years. He's going to be very valuable to some pro team--he's invaluable to us."
AS A SENIOR: Served as one of three captains and earned team MVP honors on 1992 Irish squad that went 48-15 ... helped Notre Dame win at Miami in second round of NCAAs (6-3) before losing to the host Hurricanes two days later in the regional title game (5-1) ... ended his career with at least one hit in 20 of his final 22 games ... established still-standing Irish career records for games played (236) and bases o balls (166) ... his season honors include first team all-Midwestern Collegiate Conference, all-MCC Tournament, all-Atlantic Regional and Notre Dame team MVP ... enjoyed career-best totals in batting avg. (.339), doubles (22) and home runs (12, double his total from his first three seasons) ... finished season with 63 RBI in 62 games.
AS A JUNIOR: Second team all-MCC pick after making switch from third base to shortstop ... was the only Irish player to start all 61 games ... hit .360 against top-20 teams ... went 3-for-4 in 6-3 victory over LSU ... went 5-13 with 9 RBI in College Baseball Classic ... walked five times and was hit by a pitch in one game versus Xavier ... tied for team lead with three triples ... led the squad with 49 walks ... hit .317 for the year.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Began to hit with power, notching 11 doubles and four home runs after a rookie season in which he hit for extra bases just three times ... compiled an eight-game hit streak in April ... notched three RBI in 7-3 loss to Evansville in the MCC Tournament.
AS A FRESHMAN: Showed flashes of offensive potential ... had 13 multiple-hit games, including six straight late in the season ... knocked in three runs in his first collegiate game, against Trinity ... went 3-for-5 and tallied four RBI in MCC finale against Detroit.
PREP & PERSONAL: His father, John, was captain of the 1964 Notre Dame baseball team and later served as an assistant coach for the Irish after playing four years in the Minnesota Twins organization... a three-year letterman in baseball and team captain as a senior at Whitefish Bay HS... twice all-conference ... hit .475 as a senior, .411 as a junior ... stole 20 bases as a junior, 12 as a senior ... played on the 1988 Junior Olympic championship team from Milwaukee ... graduated from Notre Dame's College of Business Administration.