Gamecocks bringing back pro baseball players for special event

nwhite@thestate.comJanuary 22, 2014 

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ELISE AMENDOLA — ASSOCIATED PRESS

The South Carolina athletics department is bringing back many of its former baseball players now competing in the professional ranks for a get-together luncheon next week before they head to their spring training camps, The State has learned.

Clyde Wrenn, a special assistant in the development office, confirmed when reached Wednesday that he is organizing the program that will take place Jan. 31 at Carolina Stadium. The event is not open to the public.

The baseball outreach follows a pair of events last year that brought together former USC quarterbacks as well as former USC football players who reached the NFL.

The school has invited 27 former players still competing in major league or minor league baseball, and Wrenn expects that 12 to 15 will be able to attend.

“It’s a chance for them to eat and visit with each other, but the big thing is we want to let them know we care about them,” Wrenn said.

Recent stars from the 2010 to 2012 College World Series teams expected to attend include Michael Roth, Jackie Bradley, Scott Wingo, Christian Walker, Blake Cooper, Matt Price and Tyler Webb. Roth and Bradley both played in the major leagues last season for the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox, respectively. Wrenn also is hopeful that former players like Justin Smoak, who now plays for the Seattle Mariners, Billy Bucker and Mike Cisco will be able to attend.

He added the school also is trying to put together a March event that will bring together former USC football standouts currently playing in the NFL.

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