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JuCo to the Show: Owen Holt’s Unorthodox Journey to Professional Baseball

Owen Holt took an unorthodox journey to professional baseball, going from Lamar High School in his native Houston to football at Harvard and then dual-enrollment at Harvard and Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas, where he played baseball. His latest stop? The Cincinnati Reds organization, after he was drafted in 2021.


Righty

Owen Holt delivers a pitch in Harvard's 2020 loss to Alabama. He threw five scoreless innings in that start and will look to replicate that success as a member of the Reds organization.


Senior Perspective: Matt Thomas

It’s a strange thing to have the last 75 games of your collegiate career cancelled. In fact, during my four years, I only played in one-third as many. The Harvard Baseball Team has been such a core part of my identity in college, so I struggled to find direction and purpose when it was taken away. What did it mean to be a Harvard baseball player if we didn’t play any games?


Thomas Tees Off

Matt Thomas ’21 launches a drive into left field against rival Yale in an April 2019 meeting.


The River Rundown Ep. 4 Teaser with Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Brent Suter '12

On Episode 4, host Amir Mandani '21 sit down with Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brent Suter ’12 to talk about his path from college, through the minors, to the major leagues, and his passion for environmental sustainability and Earth Day. After spending several seasons in a hybrid role as a starter and a reliever, Suter has thrived out of the bullpen this season, already registering two wins and pitching to a 2.87 ERA for Milwaukee—who are first in the division. Listen to the full 26-minute podcast episode on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts


Podcast: The River Rundown Ep. 4 with Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Brent Suter '12

In Episode 4, we sit down with Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brent Suter ’12 to talk about his path from college, through the minors, to the major leagues, and his passion for environmental sustainability and Earth Day. After spending several seasons in a hybrid role as a starter and a reliever, Suter has thrived out of the bullpen this season, already registering two wins and pitching to a 2.87 ERA for Milwaukee—who are first in the division.


Old Stomping Grounds

Peter Woodfork '99 won three Ivy League championships as a player at Harvard, and he will hope to have that same kind of success as he presides over MLB's player development.


A Whole New Ballgame

For Jaren Zinn ‘21, it is all about maximizing the opportunities that he has. That is why the 6’4” right-handed pitcher is taking a leave of absence this semester, choosing instead to live and train in Allston, Mass., with a few of his teammates. Zinn hopes that by focusing on baseball this semester, he can make the most of his remaining two years of eligibility with Harvard Baseball.


Going Yard?

Tommy Seidl '21 hits during a weekly scrimmage at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass. Scrimmages have been taking place at the site throughout fall 2020.


Suddleson Steadfast Despite Lost Season

“It was disappointing but also added fuel to the fire,” Suddleson said. “The only thing to do after [not getting drafted] is to keep working hard and keep playing hard because that’s all you can do.”


Slugger

Jake Suddleson '20 takes an at-bat in a 2019 matchup with the Yale Bulldogs. In the 2019 campaign, Suddleson's junior season, the now-member of the Oakland Athletics organization put together a 0.372 batting average with 11 home runs.


The Suddle Art

Senior outfielder Jake Suddleson connects against Oklahoma State in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, a common occurrence for the 2019 Ivy League Player of the Year.


Harvard Baseball’s Complex Racial History: William Clarence Matthews and the Southern Road Trips

Former Harvard president Charles Eliot once said, “This year I'm told the team did well because one pitcher had a fine curveball. I understand that a curve ball is thrown with a deliberate attempt to deceive. Surely this is not an ability we should want to foster at Harvard.” While Eliot’s understanding of off-speed pitches may have missed the strike zone, he was correct to highlight that the baseball team during his tenure had a skewed moral compass. For some players on the team, the curves off the field proved more troublesome than those on the diamond.


Before His Time

Matthews, one of the best players of his time, had his professional baseball chances dashed by the MLB's systemized racism.


Harvard Baseball Travels West for Its NCAA Tournament Opener Against Oklahoma State

For McColl and the other seniors, the berth into the Tournament is especially meaningful. The veterans of the Crimson squad will leave their mark on the program as they don a Harvard uniform for the last couple of times.


Back in the Dance

The Crimson's last NCAA berth was in 2005.


The Elder One

Senior pitcher Kevin Stone cheers from the dugout of this season’s Beanpot Championship at Fenway Park.


Walk-Off for H

The Crimson completed a nine-run comeback in the ninth against Yale.


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