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    Oct. 27, 1997

    Former Notre Dame Player Participates in World Series

    Counsell
    Craig Counsell scored the World Series winning run against Cleveland in the 11th inning. (All Sport)

    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,

    Craig Counsell
    Craig Counsell
    the scoop play to second that ended the National League Championship series with the Atlanta Braves, the assist that put the Marlins ahead two games to one over Cleveland in the World Series and the assist that started a rally-killing double play in the top of the 11th inning of game seven vs. Cleveland ... captained 1992 Notre Dame baseball team to within one game of what would have been a rare appearance in the College World Series for a team from the northern half of the U.S. ... one of four Irish players named to that all-Atlantic Regional team ... earned team MVP honors on a 1992 Notre Dame squad that included 14 players who went on to be selected in the pro baseball draft ... followed in the footsteps of his father John as only father-son combination to captain the same team sport in Notre Dame history ... John Counsell--who played for Irish from 1962-64 and served as team captain in '64--formerly worked in the Milwaukee Brewers front office ... helped Notre Dame compile a .750 winning percentage (187-62-1) during his four-year career (the Irish currently own the seventh-best winning pct. in the '90s among Division I teams, at .728/356-133) ... ranks among several Irish statistical charts (see box below) ... known during his Irish career for quiet leadership and consistency ... used by the Irish as a #2 hitter due to his good eye and bat control ... fulfilled expectations for increased power as a senior, when he belted 12 home runs (he totaled just six in his first three seasons) ... played third base as a freshman and sophomore and shortstop during his final two seasons.

    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.

    1992 Notre Dame Baseball Team
    Notre Dame's 1992 NCAA Atlantic Regional Finalists

    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.

    COUNSELL'S CAREER AWARDS
    All-Atlantic NCAA Regional
    1992
    All-Midwestern Collegiate Conf.
    1992 - first team (shortstop)
    1991 - second team (shortstop)
    1990 - second team (third baseman)
    Notre Dame Awards
    1992 - team Most Valuable Player
    
    
    COUNSELL IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOK
    Career Records
    Games Played - 236
    Games Started (since 1989) - 223
    Bases on Balls - 166
    On the Irish Career Records Charts
    At-Bats             2nd, 795
    Total Sacrifices    2nd, 38
    Doubles             3rd, 50
    Runs                4th, 204
    RBI                 5th, 166
    Hits                5th, 235
    Stolen Bases        8th, 37
    On the Irish Season Records Charts
    Total Sacrifices            3rd, 15 ('91)
    Doubles                     4th, 22 ('92)
    Bases on Balls              5th, 49 ('91)
    Sacrifice Flies             5th, 5 ('91)
    Games Played                7th, 62 ('92)
    Games Started (since '89)   7th, 62 ('92)
    At-Bats                     7th, 227 ('92)
    Bases on Balls              8th, 45 ('92)
    On-Base Pct.                9th, .498 ('91)
    Sacrifice Bunts            10th, 10 ('91)
    
    COUNSELL'S CAREER PRO BASEBALL STATISTICS
    (prior to game 5 of the World Series)
    Year    Team                 Avg.    GP   AB   R   H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB   K  SB
    1992    Bend                .246     18   61  11  15    6   1   0    8   9  10   1
    1993    Central Valley      .280    131  471  79 132   26   3   5   59  95  68  14
    1994    New Haven           .280     83  300  47  84   20   1   5   37  37  32   4
    1995    Colorado Springs    .281    118  399  60 112   22   6   5   53  34  47  10
            COLORADO            .000      3    1   0   0    0   0   0    0   1   0   0
    1996    Colorado Springs    .240     25   75  17  18    3   0   2   10  24   7   4
    1997    Colorado Springs    .335     96  376  77 126   31   6   5   63  45  38  12
            COLORADO            .000      1    0   0   0    0   0   0    0   0   0   0
            FLORIDA-reg. season .299     51  164  20  49    9   2   1   16  18  17   1
            FLORIDA-playoffs    .344     15   41   4  12    2   0   0    5  10   8   1
    Major League Totals         .305     67  197  23  60   19   2   1   23 197  22   2
    Minor League Totals         .290    471 1682 291 487  108  17  22  244 244 202  45
     
    COUNSELL'S CAREER NOTRE DAME STATISTICS
        Yr. Avg.    GP/GS    AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  HP   K   SB-SBA    SB%  SH/SF   OB%   Slug%     Fld (PO-A-E)
        '89 .289    57/49   152  43  44   3   0   0   32  43  1   27      6-8   .750  10/NA  .427    .309    .939 (86-6-6)
        '90 .265    56/51   181  42  48  11   0   4   34  29  3   18    11-14   .786   7/NA  .364    .392    .904 (32-90-13)
        '91 .317    61/61   208  57  66  14   3   2   37  49  2   18     7-12   .583   10/5  .498    .442    .927 (78-189-21)
        '92 .339    62/62   227  62  77  22   1  12   63  45  3   19    13-16   .813    1/4  .450    .604    .923 (80-208-24)
    Tot.    .306  236/223   768 204 235  50   4  19  166 166  9   82    37-50   .740   28/9  .431    .456    .923 (276-493-64)
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