The George Washington University: Baseball

COLONIALS IN THE PROS

Major Leagues

Stephen Korcheck '53
Steve Korcheck played varsity baseball from 1952 through '54 and played on the offensive line for the varsity football team from 1951-'53, captaining the football team his senior year. He was also the the Southern Conference's Player of the Year in football, Touchdown Club Area Player of the Year, and a third team All-America selection of the Associated Press, all during his senior year. In addition, Korcheck earned All-Conference honors in baseball. With strengths in two sports, Korcheck was drafted by both the Washington Senators and the San Francisco 49ers, but ultimately chose baseball. He went on to play professional baseball in 1954 and 1955 as a catcher for the Senators, hitting .278 for the Senators in 1955. He was slated for the starting berth in 1956 but was called into the Army. He spent one year with the U.S. Army, and played again for the Senators from 1958-'60. He returned to GW from 1966-'70 as head baseball coach and while there, earned his MA in 1966 and his EdD in 1970. As head coach, Korcheck guided the Colonials to a 62-62 record in five season. Sam Perlozzo '73
MLB Coach Since 1987
364-263 with three championships and no losing seasons as a minor league manager. 122-164 in parts of three seasons as manager of the Baltimore Orioles (8/4/05-6/18/07)
1987-89 New York Mets (Third Base Coach) 1990-92 Cincinnati Reds (Third Base Coach) 1993-95; 2008 Seattle Mariners (Third Base Coach) 1996-2000 Baltimore Orioles (Third Base Coach) 2001-04 Baltimore Orioles (Bench Coach) 2005-07 Baltimore Orioles (Manager) 2009-2012 Philadelphia Phillies (Third/First Base Coach) 2013-Pres. Minnesota Twins (Minor League Infield and Base Running Coordinator) A 1973 GW graduate, Perlozzo was an infielder for the Colonials and an Academic All-American. He was inducted into the GW's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. The Cumberland, MD native has spent the past 25 seasons as a major league coach or manager. In addition to serving as manager of the Baltimore Orioles for two seasons, Perlozzo has also served on the staffs of the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies. . He was a manager in the Mets farm system from 1982-1986 and compiled a 364-263 record, winning three league championships. In five seasons as a minor league manager he led teams to three titles and never had a losing season. Perlozzo won Manager of the Year awards in the Carolina League (1983) and Texas League (1984). He finished his minor league managerial career with a 364-263 record. Following his major league coaching stints with New York (NL), Cincinnati and Seattle, Perlozzo joined the coaching staff of the Baltimore Orioles in 1996. He served as third base coach (1996-2000) and bench coach (2001-05) before being promoted to manager. In his first major league managerial position, Perlozzo led the Orioles to a 122-164 record in parts of three seasons.
Gregg Ritchie '86 1986-95 Minor Leaguer in San Franciso Giants System 1996-06 Hitting Coach in Chicago White Sox Minor League System 2006-10 Minor League Hitting Coordinator - Pittsburgh Pirates 2010-2012 - Major League Hitting Coach - Pittsburgh Pirates A George Washington alum ('86) and GW Athletic Hall of Fame member ('99), Gregg Ritchie was named the head coach of the George Washington baseball program on October 9, 2012. Ritchie returns to Washington from Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates where he served as the team's hitting coach for the past two seasons. Named the Pirates' hitting coach on November 24, 2010, the 2012 season marked Ritchie's seventh with the Pittsburgh organization, having also served as the minor league hitting coordinator for five years. Ritchie has been instrumental in the development of the Pirates' homegrown two-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen, who in 2012 led the NL in hits (194), finished second in runs scored (107) and batting average (.327), placed third in on-base percentage (.400) and slugging percentage (.553), and also finished in the NL's Top 15 in home runs (31, t8th), walks (70, 8th), RBIs (96, 11th) and triples (6, 15th). As a team, Coach Ritchie's hitters ranked fourth in the National League in home runs this season, as McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez (30 HR), Garrett Jones (27 HR) and Neil Walker (14 HR) all enjoyed career-best years under Ritchie's tutelage. As minor league hitting instructor he traveled throughout the farm system of the Pirates, checking on and refining the techniques of young hitters at such locales as Hickory, NC, of the Class Low-A South Atlantic to Lynchburg, VA, of the Class High-A Carolina League to Altoona, PA, of the Class AA Eastern League to Indianapolis of the Class AAA International League. He also monitored the progress of hitters in the Dominican and Venezuelan leagues. Ritchie played four years at GW and ended his collegiate career in 1986. He played pro baseball for 10 years, including a stint with the San Francisco Giants from 1986-1992. He also played in the Mexican League, in the Texas Rangers system and in Taiwan in 1995. John Flaherty '90 Boston Red Sox, 25th Round, 1990
1992-93 Boston Red Sox 1994-96 Detroit Tigers 1996-97 San Diego Padres 1998-02 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2003-04 New York Yankees
Former New York Yankees catcher John Flaherty joined the Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network in the spring of 2006 as field reporter, studio analyst and a game analyst for YES' Yankees telecasts. Flaherty was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1988 and made his major league debut with them in 1992. He played 14 major league seasons with five teams (Red Sox 1992-93, Detroit Tigers 1994-96, San Diego Padres 1996-97, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1998-2002 and the Yankees 2003-05) before announcing his retirement March 7, 2006. Over his career, he had a .252 batting average in 1,047 games, and collected 849 hits, including 80 home runs. Mike O'Connor '02 Montreal Expos, 7th Round, 2002 Mike O'Connor was the seventh round selection of the 2002 First-Year player draft by the Washington Nationals, who were the Montreal Expos at the time. He was named the Nationals' organizations Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2005. O'Connor made his major league debut in 2006 when he started for the Washington Nationals on April 27 and allowed just three hits over five innings. O'Connor, who missed the 2007 MLB season with injuries, came back in 2008 and threw 99.2 innings for the Columbus Clippers (Washington Nationals) of the International League, compiling a 2.17 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP. O'Connor also appeared in five games for the Washington Nationals, throwing nine innings. In 2009, O'Connor threw in 26 games and spent time with the Nationals, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals organizations. In 2010, O'Connor signed with the New York Mets and played for the Buffalo Bison of the International League. He pitched to a record of 5-2 in 70.2 innings with a 2.67 ERA. In 2011 O'Connor returned to the Major League as a member of the New York Mets bullpen. During a two-week stint in parts of May and June he was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA, allowing just two earned runs with eight strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings of work. O'Connor spent the 2012 season in the New York Yankees farm system, pitching at AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He appeared in 31 games with 15 starts while compiling a 3.73 ERA with three wins and 95 strikeouts. He pitched for GW from 1999-2002 and was a member of the Atlantic 10 Championship team in his final year. 2002 Vermont Expos (A) 2003 Savannah Sand Gnats (A) 2004 Brevard City Manatees (A) 2005 Potomac Nationals (A) 2006 New Orleans Zyphers (AAA) 2006 Washington Nationals (MLB) 2007 Harrisburg Senators (AA) 2008 Gulf Coast Nationals (Rookie), Columbus Clippers (AAA) 2009 Harrisburg Senators (AA), Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Portland Beavers (AAA), Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) 2010 Buffalo Bisons (AAA) 2011 Buffalo Bisons (AAA), New York Mets (MLB) 2012 Scranton/Wilkes Barre (AAA) 2013 Rochester Red Wings (AAA) O'Connor's Major League Career

YEAR
ERA
W-L
App/GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
2006 - Washington Nationals
4.80
3-8
21-20
0
0
0
105.0
96
61
56
45
59
2008 - Washington Nationals
13.00
1-1
5-1
0
0
0
9.0
11
13
13
11
4
2011 - New York Mets
2.70
0-1
9-0
0
0
0
6.2
5
2
2
3
8
Total
5.30
4-10
35-21
0
0
0
120.2
112
76
71
59
71

Current Players In Minor Leagues

Pat Lehman '09 Washington Nationals - 13th round, 2009
2009 Vermont Lake Monsters (A), Hagerstown Suns (A)
2010 Gulf Coast Nationals (Rookie), Potomac Nationsl (A)
2011 Potomac Nationals (A), Harrisburg Senators (AA)
2012 Harrisburg Senators (AA), Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)
2013 Harrisburg Senators (AA)

All-Time Players In Professional Baseball

LHP Bobby Lucas '11 - Washington Nationals
RHP Tommy Gately '11 - Windy City Thunderbolts (Frontier League)
OF Brendon Kelliher '11 - Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League)
SS Tom Zebroski '10 - Kansas City Royals
RHP Eric Cantrell '10 - Kansas City Royals
1B Chris Luick '10 - Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League)
RHP Justin Dignelli '09 - Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Pat Lehman '09 - Washington Nationals
SS Michael Parker '07 - New York Mets
RHP Tim Sexton '07 - Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Derrik Lutz '06 - Cincinnati Reds
LHP Dan Pfau '06 - Washington Nationals
RHP Justin Prinstein '06 - Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium)
RHP Josh Wilkie '06 - Washington Nationals
RHP Nate CasaGrande `05 - The Grays (Can-Am League)
C Joe Michalski `05 - Baltimore Orioles
INF Geoff Milsom `05 - Evansville Otters
LHP Avi Rasowksy `05 - Florida Marlins
INF Ryan Roberson `05 - Detroit Tigers
OF Brad Rosenblat `05 - Brockton Rox (Can-Am League)
LHP Dan Sullivan `05 - Tampa Bay Devil Rays
INF Justin Orendorff '04 - Los Angeles Dodgers
OF Anthony Raglani `04 - Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Greg Conden `03 - San Diego Padres
RHP Jason Baker `02 - Milwaukee Brewers
OF Mike Bassett `02 - Cincinnati Reds
OF Tony Brown `02 - Montreal Expos
INF Matt Krimmel `02 - Cincinnati Reds
LHP Mike O'Connor `02 - Montreal Expos
INF Jake Wald `02 - San Francisco Giants
LHP Adam Belicic `01 - Los Angeles Angels
C Eric Mitchell `01 - Cincinnati Reds
INF Ryan Dacey `00 - Los Angeles Dodgers
IN/OF Matt Walker `99 - Detroit Tigers
OF Lance Migita `95 - Independent Contract
RHP Bill Anderson `94 - San Diego Padres
INF Greg Patton `94 - Boston Red Sox
P/INF Scott Sharp `94 - Cincinnati Reds
RHP Matt Aminoff `93 - Kansas City Royals
OF/P Mike Welch `92 - Texas Rangers
C/OF George Baker `91 - Florida Marlins
P/1B Mike Rolfes `89 - Atlanta Braves
OF/C Joe Ross `89 - New York Yankees
C John Flaherty `90 - Boston Red Sox
INF Kevin Fitzgerald `86 - San Francisco Giants
OF/P Gregg Ritchie `86 - San Francisco Giants
OF Marc Heyison `84 - Baltimore Orioles
INF Rodney Peters `83 - Cleveland Indians
INF Billy Goodman '80 - Texas Rangers
INF Joel Oleinik '77 - Pittsburgh Pirates
INF Sam Perlozzo `73 - Minnesota Twins
C Bill Collins `72 - Milwaukee Brewers
RHP Hank Bunnell `71 - Washington Senators
INF Tim Hill `66 - Washington Senators
RHP Bob Frederick `58 - Brooklyn Dodgers
1B Ray Looney `58 - Pittsburgh Pirates
C Steve Korcheck `53 - Washington Senators
INF Calvin Griffith `35 - Washington Senators

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