Jan. 19, 2017
By Michael Scholl
Former Notre Dame baseball player Jeremy Barnes was a guest on WSBT 96.1 FM's Sunday Huddle with Sean Stires last weekend. Barnes discussed his time playing professionally in Australia, while helping to grow amateur baseball in the country.
The Garland, Texas, native was a 2009 selection of the Philadelphia Phillies and spent four seasons in the Phillies' organization advancing as high as Triple-A Lehigh Valley before playing four seasons in Australia. Barnes has also been instrumental in developing amateur baseball in the state of Canberra.
In 2017, Barnes will return to the United States, joining manager Morgan Ensberg as the hitting coach for the Tri-City ValleyCats, the New York-Penn League Class-A Short-Season affiliate of the Houston Astros.
The 2017 edition of Notre Dame Baseball opens on Feb. 17, when the Irish face Lafayette in the opening game of the Alamo Irish Classic in San Antonio, Texas. The home opener is slated for Tuesday, March 21, against Northern Illinois at 6:05 p.m. Season passes are available now at und.com/baseballtix.
Michael Scholl joined Fighting Irish Media in August 2016, coordinating communications for the baseball program and assisting with the football team at his alma mater. The South Bend native earned a degree in political science from the College of Arts & Letters in 2009 before going on to work in athletics communications at Providence College, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati.