St. Olaf to retire Sprout's number on Saturday, May 3
April 28, 2014
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf baseball program on Saturday, May 3 will retire the jersey number of Brian Sprout '02, a St. Olaf Hall of Famer that led the Oles to three straight MIAC titles and holds almost every offensive record in program history.
The ceremony will take place between games in a Saturday's home doubleheader with Hamline University. The number retirement will be the first in program history for a player.
The ceremony was first scheduled for 2013, but was moved to this season due to a compacted schedule as a result of the spring's dismal weather.
A two-time captain, Sprout was a twice an All-America selection, a three-time MIAC MVP and a four-time all-region and All-MIAC selection. He is the program's career leader in average (.408), hits (240), runs (201), at bats (574), home runs (39), triples (15), and doubles (58); and has the single-season records in hits (74), home runs (13) and triples (7).
With Sprout in the lineup, St. Olaf won three straight MIAC titles, from 2000-02, when the club compiled a 53-7 record in league play.
"Brian was one of the most dominant baseball players the MIAC has ever seen. From day one at St. Olaf he was a leader on the baseball field," said head baseball coach and athletic director Matt McDonald. "He was a tough competitor who played the game the right way."
Sprout spent parts of seven seasons in minor league baseball. He played in the Northern League with Fargo-Moorhead and Joliet in 2002 and 2003 before being signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fall of 2003. He reached the Dodgers' AA affiliate Jacksonville, before joining the St. Paul Saints (American Association) in 2006.
In all, he was a career .268 hitter in affiliated baseball with 17 homers in a 69 RBIs in 154 games. In independent baseball, he played in nearly 400 games, where he was a career .301 hitter with 31 homers and 207 RBIs. His best season came in 2006, when he hit .350 for St. Paul with 10 homers.
He was the Northern League's Rookie of the Year in 2003 and an all-star with the Saints in 2006.
He also played football at St. Olaf. As a wide receiver, his career included an all-conference honor and a captainship his junior year. He ranks 10th in career receptions (94) at St. Olaf and is sixth in career receiving touchdowns (17).