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Tracking former UF athletes through their professional sports careers

Maronde makes his mark in L.A., Rodriguez next?

Nick Maronde figured he’d give himself a nice birthday present on Wednesday. The left-handed pitcher, who was called up by the Angels on Saturday, struck out the only batter he faced in his debut against the Mariners the following day. Then, on the same day he turned 23, the third-round draft pick out of Florida in 2011 turned heads to help the Halos complete a huge sweep of the red-hot Athletics. With the A’s down two runs in the seventh… Read More »

Drafted Gators will need to break mold of MLB Draft

Florida made history in this year’s MLB Draft, but history once again stands in the way of departing Gators at the next level. There’s no question this was the most successful draft for UF’s baseball program in nearly a century of existence. Junior catcher Mike Zunino became the highest-drafted Gator ever while an unprecedented eight Florida players were selected in the first nine rounds of the draft. But hearing your name called in the MLB Draft doesn’t mean your name… Read More »