Macalester Today Spring 2011

Mitch Glasser ’12 (Chicago) may be one of Macalester’s standout baseball players this season, garnering praise from head coach Matt Parrington and national accolades. But ask him about his individual season goals, and he shares a particularly challenging one: “I’d like to hit a fair ball over our 40-foot outfield fence.” Glasser knows this may be tough, noting that Fenway Park's Green Monster is a full three feet lower. “I hit a foul ball over it last year and even that felt great.”

Glasser and his teammates are coming off a strong 2010 season when they had 22 wins, which tied the college’s single-season record. Glasser, who batted .418 in 20 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) games and hit safely in 17 of them, was a big part of the team’s success last year. He was named to the All-MIAC team and was also first-team on the Jewish Sports Review All America Team.

“Besides being one of the most talented players ever at Mac, Mitch has a level of enthusiasm for the game that very few players can match,” Parrington says. “He’s a fun player to coach. He has settled in at second base and is perhaps the most athletic second baseman in the league.”

Despite their success last season, says Glasser, he and his teammates have no intention of resting on their laurels. “Winning 22 games was big, but it wasn’t enough to land us a spot in the MIAC playoffs,” he says. “I’m looking forward to improving our record. I’d love to be able to look back on my time at Mac and say that my team was one of the best in Macalester history.”