Baseball ‘legends’ to be recognized
02.06.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball team will host its annual Tournament of Champions, Feb. 10 – 12. The highlight of the tournament will be Legends Night on Friday, Feb. 10 at John Ray Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park.
“We are excited to honor Nick Stavinoha, Kyle VanHook, David Rollins and Daniel Stumpf as this year’s Legends honorees,” said 17th-year San Jacinto College Baseball Head Coach Tom Arrington. “This has become one of our spotlight events each year, and we look forward to seeing a big crowd on Feb. 10 to honor these former players.”
Stavinoha played the 2002 and 2003 seasons at San Jacinto College He was drafted in 2002 by the Houston Astros, but did not sign, instead transferring to Louisiana State University. He was drafted again in 2005, this time by the St. Louis Cardinals. Stavinoha made his major league debut in 2008 for the Cardinals, where he played until October 2010. A year later he signed a minor league deal with the Astros, but was later released in order to play for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan. He also played the 2015 season with the Sugar Land Skeeters.
Van Hook played for San Jac in 1976 and 1977, and later returned as an assistant coach for the 1989 and 1990 seasons. He was the head coach at Blinn College as well, leading them to the Junior College World Series (JUCO). He currently serves as a scout for the Seattle Mariners.
Rollins, currently with the Chicago Cubs, played at San Jac from 2009 to 2011. He was called up to the major leagues on July 4, 2015 against Oakland. Last year he saw action in 11 games, going 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 9.1 innings pitched. He went 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA in 25 innings pitched in 2015. Prior to his major league debut, he played five years in the minor leagues with eight different teams, where he was 23-16 with a 3.30 ERA. \
The Detroit Tigers’ Stumpf made his major league debut on April 7, 2016 with Philadelphia. He appeared in seven games with a 10.80 ERA in five innings pitched. Stumpf spent the entire season with Northwest Arkansas, finishing third among all Texas League relievers in shutouts per nine innings, and had the lowest opponent’s average. He played at San Jac in 2011 and 2012, and was named the most outstanding pitcher in the 2012 JUCO World Series.
The Legends Night festivities will begin at 7 p.m., at John Ray Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park on the San Jacinto College North Campus, when San Jacinto College faces off against Odessa College. Fans to the game will receive a free baseball, and will have an opportunity to meet the Legends honorees as well as additional former San Jac players in attendance.
The Tournament of Champions features 16 of the nation’s top teams, including 2015 national champion Northwest Florida State. Games will be played at John Ray Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park, Constellation Field in Sugar Land and the University of Houston.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.