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McKay Named to D1Baseball’s All-Decade Team

Brendan McKay - photo by Brendon D. Miller - Bluegrass Sports Nation

The Darlington, Pa. native earned the utility spot on the All-Decade Team.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One of the most distinguished and celebrated players in college baseball history, former University of Louisville standout Brendan McKay was named to D1Baseball’s All-Decade Team on Friday.

McKay, who starred for the Cardinals from 2015-17, was one of 17 players selected to the team, earning the nod at the utility position.

The consensus 2017 National Player of the Year, McKay was a three-time First Team All-America selection at Louisville, winning the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year honor in each of his three seasons.

During his collegiate career, McKay dominated both at the plate and on the mound. The southpaw was 32-10 with a 2.23 ERA in 315.1 career innings. His 391 strikeouts are the most of any Louisville pitcher all-time, while he ranks second in innings pitched and wins, and third in ERA. At the plate, McKay had a career .328 batting average with 28 home runs and 132 RBIs.

Following his junior season in 2017, the two-way star was drafted fourth overall by the Tampa Bay Rays, becoming the highest MLB draft pick in program history. McKay made his Major League Baseball debut on June 29 against the Texas Rangers, retiring the first 16 batters he faced in the second-longest perfect game bid in a debut since 1961.

McKay, along with former Louisville and current Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith, will headline the 2020 Louisville Baseball Leadoff Dinner next month.


University of Louisville baseball alumni Brendan McKay and Will Smith will be the featured guests at the 2020 Leadoff Dinner presented by Republic Bank. The annual event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Both of the former Cardinals made their Major League Baseball debut during the 2019 season.
The annual dinner will begin at 7 p.m., ET in the Grand Ballroom at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Tickets for the Leadoff Dinner are $65 each and can be purchased online here. Tables of 10 for the event are also available for $650. The deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 17, while more information can be obtained by contacting Ronee Baxter at 502-852-2015 or at [email protected].


The 2020 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2020 UofL baseball tickets can be found at

The season ticket package covers weekend series against ACC foes Notre Dame, Virginia, Clemson, NC State and Virginia Tech, in addition to non-conference games against Kentucky and Indiana.

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