Memo to Independent Baseball Scouts: At all cost, try to get Marc Mirizzi.
Sure, this onetime New York Yankees draftee will play at 32 most of next season. It doesn't matter.
The switch-hitting shortstop has won not one but two Indy league championships with his bat. In 2004, it was Mirizzi who hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap an improbable seven-run inning which catapaulted the St. Paul (MN) Saints to a stunning Game 5 Northern League title victory against Schaumburg, IL.
Flash ahead two years and it was Mirizzi's two-out double in the sixth inning of Game 5 last weekend which broke a 1-1 deadlock and boosted Fort Worth, TX to the American Association crown. The victim: His old team, the Saints. Mirizzi went 9-for-23 with 3 runs batted in to capture MVP honors.
Ready for another irony? This onetime USC Trojan was on a second half South Atlantic League championship team in 1999. And the manager of that Greensboro, NC team was none other than Stan Hough, who piloted Mirizzi's 2006 championship Fort Worth Cats.
Friday, September 15, 2006
LEAVE THE SPOTLIGHT TO MARC MIRIZZI
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.