Former Bulldogs found in the pros
Baltimore Orioles manager and former Mississippi State player Buck Showalter watches batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals. (Photo by Charlie Riedel, AP)
Mississippi State has had many great players over the years.
Some of those players have moved on and found themselves playing professional baseball.
There are 20 former Bulldogs either playing or managing in professional baseball.
"We keep up with those guys and just let them know we're here for them," MSU head coach John Cohen said, who played in the Minnesota Twins organization. "It's just so neat to see them kind of take their game off on their own, become really independent and kind of create their own way of doing things."
There are six Bulldogs playing in Major League Baseball. Pitcher Paul Maholm is playing with the Atlanta Braves, Mitch Moreland is the starting first baseman for the Texas Rangers, Jonathan Papelbon is the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Nat "Buck" Showalter manages the Baltimore Orioles, Chris Maloney is the first base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, and Bobby Thigpen is the bullpen coach for the Chicago White Sox.
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