Wednesday 13 April Sports Desk
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Former UNM baseball player Sam Haggerty has returned to Albuquerque as a member of the Tacoma Rainiers. In his first game of the season against the Isotopes, Haggerty went to the plate with a 2-4 RBI and scored a running goal. He could also see former Lobo teammate DJ Peterson heading into the court with a home run of his own.
“It feels good,” Peterson said. “You have a lot of memories here. My career started here, so to speak. You know it was great to see DJ last night. I have seen DJs do many things in this stadium. What he did last night came as no surprise to me.”
Haggerty was drafted from UNM by Cleveland in 2015 and has played in the major leagues with Seattle and the Mets, but has struggled to stay in the big league for reasons beyond his control.
“One of my biggest issues is health. I have an injury pattern. I had surgery last year and right now I just need to get my body ready to play at this level so I can stay in the big leagues and stay there. These guys are good out there.”
In other news, UNM Athletics has broken ground on a new state-of-the-art training facility. The $4.3 million Mutual Champions Training Center is located at University Stadium behind the South End Zone and Head Football Coach Danny Gonzales is excited about the start of the project.
“When I decided to come back and take this job, they promised me we would fight for championships,” Gonzales said. “You’re holding out until the end of the deal, now it’s our turn. They give us some things we didn’t have. There is still a long way to go to be in the top 3 in this league in terms of finances and facilities, but we are moving in that direction.”
Also, on Wednesday, La Cueva High School held its final official book signing day. Seven athletes have signed to take their academic and athletic careers to the next level, including first-team All-State footballer Brendan Baird, who has committed to SMU.
“I love Texas, I love the coaches, it feels really good, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it,” Baird said. “It’s been a tough couple of years. I tore both my knees so it’s good to feel like I’ve finally laid down somewhere so that’s nice.