On Tuesday, when former Arizona State Sun Devil Kole Calhoun entered the game for the Los Angeles Angels to play right field in the ninth inning, he helped the Sun Devil baseball program reach an important mark. He became the 100th player from Arizona State to play in the major leagues.
Calhoun, a hero in the 2009 College World Series, is the latest of a long line of Sun Devils. Some have been quite memorable.
Barry Bonds attended Arizona State, as did Reggie Jackson, Bob Horner and Paul LoDuca. Between the 100 Sun Devil big leaguers there have been, they have combined for nine MVP awards and 53 All-Star Game appearances.
"The Arizona State baseball program prides itself on teaching our student-athletes how to be successful at both the collegiate and professional level," head baseball coach Tim Esmay said. "This milestone is a nod to the hard work and dedication our players and coaches have displayed throughout the past 53 seasons of Sun Devil baseball."
There will be a celebration planned for this milestone. It will take place during next year's preseason banquet.