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Major League Baseball is back and so are your former Trojans

Ian Kennedy and Brad Boxberger are expected to make their 2020 MLB debuts this summer

USC Trojans Alumni Baseball Game

The Major League Baseball player’s union and commissioner have finally reached an agreement it seems, and it looks like we’ll get a baseball season after all. They’ve agreed upon a 60-game schedule and will apparently return to the diamond in July.

A great breakdown of what to expect and what has been agreed upon is over here at our very own McCovey Chronicles: MLB announces 60-game regular season.

So with what we do know, and with what we don’t, here’s the former USC Trojans currently on roster for you to get excited about:

Ian Kennedy, RP, Kansas City Royals
Brad Boxberger, RP, Miami Marlins

Kennedy is the star here as he played for USC from 2004-2006 and has played in the majors since 2007. He posted a career 24-12 record with the Trojans and posted an ERA under 3.00 in two of his three years. He struck out 380 career batters including 158 in 2005 that ranked fourth-best in school history.

He was drafted 21st overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees and made his pro debut in 2007. Currently, he has a career record of 97-103 with an ERA of 4.09 and 1,633 career strikeouts. He has 30 saves and is set to play for the Royals this season.

Kennedy is signed to a five-year, $70,000,000 contract with the Royals.

Boxberger played for USC from 2007-2009 and posted a career win-loss record of 11-12. He struck out 223 batters and allowed a batting average of just .235 against him. He posted an ERA below 3.25 in two of his seasons and allowed fewer than 1.0 hit per inning pitched in his career.

He was drafted by the Royals in the 2006 MLB draft and made his pro debut with the San Diego Padres in 2012. He led the American League in saves during the 2015 season and was an All-Star that season. He currently has 395 career strikeouts and 77 career saves. Boxberger is signed to a one-year, $1,000,000 deal with the Marlins for 2020.

Welcome back baseball, welcome back MLB and welcome back Pro Trojans! Fight On!