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    FIGHTING IRISH Freshman Todd Miller.
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    Freshman Todd Miller.
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    Feb. 15, 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 right-handed pitcher Todd Miller.

    Hometown: Franklin, Tenn.
    High School: Montgomery Bell Academy
    Position: Righthanded Pitcher
    Height/Weight: 6-3/195
    Bat/Throw: R/R

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

    Best thing about the team:
    Our Unlimited Potential.

    What are three words that best describe coach Schrage?
    Competitive, Foused, Knowledgable.

    Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
    Greg Maddux.

    What is your favorite major league ballpark?
    Yankee Stadium.

    What would be the title of your autobiography?
    "Do the Job" by Todd Miller.

    What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
    Pitching and winning the State Semi-Final Game as a Freshman.

    Are you a fan of the American League's designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
    National League.

    Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?
    Yes.

    Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
    Alex Rodriguez, Jake Peavy.

    Favorite baseball team:
    New York Yankees.

    Favorite player:
    Derek Jeter.

    Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
    No.

    Why did you choose Notre Dame?
    It's been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid and I wanted to be a part of its tradition.

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