Despite a minor league contract following graduation, Diplomats' ace Todd Marshall '92, never got a change to pitch a Major League Baseball inning, however, the former F&M fireballer did recently get a taste of life in the bigs. Marshall offered GoDiplomats.com a few of his own words regarding the his experience throwing from the hill at Target Field.
"Playing a corporate event in the new Twins stadium was a treat. The facility is a first class design from the locker rooms to the dugouts to the seats. After entering the stadium, I was escorted to the locker room where they had placed a jersey in a locker with my name on it. Tom Kelly, the former Twins manager was on hand in the locker room to share stories of the Twins World Series victories in the early 90's.
After taking batting practice on the field, we were introduced over the PA system and our pictures were shown on the electronic scoreboard. The highlight of the night was getting the call from Joe Nathan to come into the game as a relief pitcher.
Besides Joe Nathan and Tom Kelly, Kent Hrbek also participated as one of the coaches. All in all, the event was very well done, the Twins players were true professionals, and I had a chance to enjoy some baseball in one of the premier stadiums in the big leagues."
18 years after graduation, Marshall still owns the school record for strikeouts, seating 220 batters. He also maintains the F&M record for strikeouts per 9 innings, fanning 10.53 batters per complete outing. In his career, Marshall compiled a 13-10 overall record with four saves and a 4.45 ERA. At the time of his induction he will remain second in career starts (29), fifth in compete games (10), sixth in innings pitched (186 2/3).
Marshall led the Diplomats in strikeouts all four years, and twice led the team in innings pitched. In three of his four seasons he limited opponents to a batting average of .205 or less. As a sophomore, he ranked seventh in NCAA Division III in strikeouts per seven-inning game with an 11.9 average. He finished his senior campaign fourth overall in NCAA Division III statistics for strikeouts. He averaged 11.6 K's per nine innings that season.
As a junior, he no-hit Moravian (W, 5-2) and suffered just one conference loss in a 4-2 season. In addition, he led the team with 52.2 innings pitched while compiling a 4.27 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .214 average. That year, Marshall led the team to its first post-season berth since 1980 with a bid to the ECAC Championships. Marshall is inextricably linked to F&M baseball lore. In the first game ever played at Caplan Field, he struck out four consecutive batters to record a save as F&M knocked off nationally ranked Elizabethtown. His accomplishments were not limited to the field. Marshall was a three-time Middle Atlantic Conference Academic All-Star. Marshall's baseball career did not end in Lancaster. He signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres after graduation, and pitched for the club's single A team in Spokane, Washington.
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