Yankee Pitcher Gerrit Cole ‘08 Heads to 5th MLB All-Star Game
July 15, 2022 at 8:44 AM
New York Yankees pitcher and 2008 OLu alumnus Gerrit Cole is headed to his fifth Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The appearance is Cole’s fourth in a row in the midseason classic (2020 did not have an All-Star Game due to the pandemic). At the halfway point of the 2022 season, Cole is a stellar 8-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 106.1 innings pitched. The Yankees currently own the best record in the league.
Gerrit was initially drafted by the New York Yankees in 2008, directly out of Orange Lutheran, but ultimately decided to attend UCLA instead of pursuing a professional career. After a successful career with the Bruins, he was drafted #1 overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. He has spent his ten big league seasons with the Pirates, Houston Astros, and Yankees.
At the time of his number retirement, Cole credited Orange Lutheran with shaping him into the person he is today. "The relationship aspect, the educational aspect, the competition, and the instruction all played huge roles in the person I am today,” he said.