Scottsdale Notre Dame coach may be headed to Baseball HOF

Jason Schmidt, a third year pitching coach for Notre Dame Prep’s freshman baseball team, is a candidate for Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1224Ns Education Mug Photo (Dodger)Mr. Schmidt debuts on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot this fall, one of 34 players on the 2015 BBWAA ballot for the Class of 2015, according to a press release.

BBWAA members who have at least 10 years of tenure with the organization can vote in the election, the release states.

Results will be announced Jan. 6. Any candidate who receives at least 75 percent of all BBWAA votes cast will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015.

The Induction Ceremony is July 26 in Cooperstown, New York.

An All-State MVP pitcher, as well as a football and basketball player in high school, he received a scholarship offer from the University of Arizona but elected to sign with the Atlanta Braves.

Mr. Schmidt made his Major League debut in 1995 as a relief pitcher for the Braves and later spent five seasons the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the San Francisco Giants in 2001.

In 2003 he made his first All-Star appearance and finished second in Cy Young Award voting. He went on to make two more All-Star teams and earn another Cy Young nomination with the Giants before signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006. He finished his 14-year career in 2009 with a 130-96 overall record and a 3.96 ERA.

A father of elementary school children, Mr. Schmidt contributes his pitching expertise to the NDP program out of his desire to “give back to the community.”

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