Hello,

We noticed you're browsing in private or incognito mode.

To continue reading this article, please exit incognito mode or log in.

Not an Insider? Subscribe now for unlimited access to online articles.

Pitcher Perseveres

Injured alum hopes for a major-league comeback.

In 2004, Jason Szuminski ‘00 made history as the first MIT alumnus to play major-league baseball, appearing in seven games as a relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres. But after Szuminski returned to the Chicago Cubs, the team that had drafted him shortly before graduation, he got sent back to the minors and developed tendinitis and then injured his shoulder. He had surgery in June 2005 to repair a torn labrum.

Jason Szuminski ‘00

“It’s frustrating watching all the action of spring training when you can’t be out on the field playing,” says Szuminski, who rehabbed after surgery at the Cubs’ spring training facility in Arizona. Then, on March 22, the Cubs released him.

This story is part of the July/August 2006 Issue of the MIT News magazine
See the rest of the issue
Subscribe

“This was my last year on my contract with the Cubs, and I had a pretty good feeling they would release me later in the summer,” he says. “They did surprise me by jumping the gun, but it really doesn’t change a whole lot.”

“I can’t play for anybody until I finish my rehab and get my arm back to pitching, so getting well is still the number one priority,” says Szuminski, who is now rehabbing at a private facility that caters to professional athletes. His agent, Andy Lipman, agrees. “We’ve been talking to some teams,” he says, “but he’s got to get healthy.”

Whether or not he makes it back to the majors, Szuminski still goes down in the record books as the first MIT graduate to appear on a major-league baseball card. (Art Merewether, SM ‘25, and Skip Lockwood, SM ‘83, both attended MIT after their professional baseball careers.) “It’s pretty neat to have your own card,” says Szuminski. “You can actually buy them on eBay.”

Be the leader your company needs. Implement ethical AI.
Join us at EmTech Digital 2019.

Register now
Next in MIT News
Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Insider Plus.
  • Insider Plus {! insider.prices.plus !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Everything included in Insider Basic, plus the digital magazine, extensive archive, ad-free web experience, and discounts to partner offerings and MIT Technology Review events.

    See details+

    Print + Digital Magazine (6 bi-monthly issues)

    Unlimited online access including all articles, multimedia, and more

    The Download newsletter with top tech stories delivered daily to your inbox

    Technology Review PDF magazine archive, including articles, images, and covers dating back to 1899

    10% Discount to MIT Technology Review events and MIT Press

    Ad-free website experience

/3
You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. This is your last free article this month. for unlimited online access. You've read all your free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for more, or for unlimited online access. for two more free articles, or for unlimited online access.