Former Pitcher Called up to the “Show”
Daniel Barone got “the call.” The former Sonoma State pitcher made his major league debut for the Florida Marlins last August in his first game in the “bigs” at Shea Stadium against the New York Mets. Barone is only the second-ever SSU baseball player to make it to the major leagues and the first since baseball Coach John Goelz arrived on campus in 1986. The only other SSU player called up was Marshall Brant, who played at Sonoma State in 1975. He played in several games for the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics in the early 1980s.
“This is a great day for the SSU baseball program and especially for Dan Barone. It is through his hard work that he has made his dream come true and it could not have happened to a better guy,” said Coach Goelz.
Barone, a native of Hollister, was an All-West Region pick for the Sonoma State Seawolves in 2004. After the season, he was drafted by the Marlins in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Barone started out the 2007 season in Double-A with the Carolina Mudcats. After 13 starts there, he was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he made an immediate impression. Through ten starts with the Isotopes, Barone was undefeated (7-0) with a 4.09 ERA. The Florida Marlins ended last season in 5th place in the National League East.