July 22, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The professional baseball season just recently reached the midpoint of the season. Below is a recap of what former Notre Dame players playing in the professional ranks have done to this point of the season. Click on the players name to view their entire updated professional bio.
The Irish currently have three players, Craig Counsell (1989-92), Milwaukee Brewers; Aaron Heilman (1998-01), New York Mets; and Brad Lidge (1997-98), Philadelphia Phillies; playing in Major League Baseball. All three are right in the middle of playoff runs. The Brewers sit 2.0 games behind the NL Central leading Chicago Cubs, while the Mets and Phillies are tied for the NL East lead. Milwaukee and St. Louis are tied for the NL Wild Card. Philadelphia and New York are just 3.0 games back.
Notre Dame has another five players on the brink of the big leagues in Triple-A.
Craig Counsell Aaron Heilman Brad Lidge Matt Macri
Brad Lidge Matt Macri
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
Brant Ust Craig Cooper Grant Johnson Jeff Manship Brian Stavisky John Axford Dan Kapala Wade Korpi Chris Niesel David Phelps Kyle Weiland Joey Williamson Brett Graffy Brett Lilley
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