Ten Bruin Alums on 2024 MLB Opening Day Teams

The 2024 Major League Baseball season began on Thursday with 10 UCLA baseball alumni on their Opening Day rosters.

Four former Bruin standouts were added to their teams' active rosters: right-handed pitcher Jake Bird (Colorado Rockies), Griffin Canning (Los Angeles Angels), Brandon Crawford (St

Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Torey Lovullo (Arizona Diamondbacks) are two UCLA-educated MLB managers returning for the current season. UCLA is the only college with sever

 Four more Bruin alumni will open the season on the Major League Injured List: right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees)

  infielder Matt McLain (Cincinnati Reds), outfielder Garrett Mitchell (Milwaukee Brewers), and right-handed pitcher Zack Weiss.

Today is Bird and Toglia's first Opening Day appearance. After 13 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Crawford's first Opening Day in St. Louis.

Bird plays his third MLB season in 2024. In two seasons, he's made 108 relief appearances for Colorado, posting a 4.53 ERA

 In 2024, he pitched 89 1/3 innings in 70 games as a sophomore. Bird's 4.33 ERA, 117 ERA+, and 77 strikeouts to 27 walks.

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