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Join RIT baseball coach Rob Grow BS '88, all-time leader in coaching wins and 2006 RIT Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, as he speaks with two former MLB players who are part of the Tiger baseball community. Greg Keagle is currently RIT Baseball's Assistant Coach and spent 11 seasons in professional baseball. Doug Linton is currently the Colorado Rockies’ Pitching Coordinator. He played for seven seasons in MLB.
Greg Keagle was a sixth round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 1993, and in 1996, he made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers. He went on to pitch three seasons in the majors, appearing in 46 games and making 23 starts. As RIT’s Assistant Coach, Keagle has helped the RIT pitching staff become one of the best in all of Division III. In 2015, three pitchers earned All-Liberty League honors, while the staff as a whole recorded a 3.88 earned run average, walked just 98 batters in 308 2/3 innings, while holding opposing batters to a .256 average. In 2016, RIT pitchers set a program record by striking out 230 batters.
Doug Linton played all or part of seven seasons in Major League Baseball between 1992 and 2003 for the Toronto Blue Jays, California Angels, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles. He also played one season in the KBO League for the LG Twins in 2002. Linton made his Blue Jays debut on August 3, 1992, where he pitched 3.2 innings out of the bullpen, allowing one run and striking out four as Toronto lost 7–1 to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. In 1996 Linton set a career high in wins with Kansas City, as he had a 7–9 record with a 5.02 ERA in 21 games and a career high 104 innings pitched. After his playing career Linton moved on to coaching and has been with the Colorado Rockies for 15 years. His first 6 years were spent as a minor league pitching coach while the last 9 years he has been the Pitching Coordinator. As Coordinator Linton has 6 Minor League teams and the Dominican Republic Academy reporting to him which encompasses 100 pitchers.
Rob Grow BS '88 collected his 500th win in 2019. In 2017, Grow and the Tigers enjoyed their finest season in program history, winning the Liberty League Championship for the first time, while making their first NCAA Division III Baseball Championship appearance. RIT set single-season program records for most wins (33), highest winning percentage (.785), highest fielding percentage (.973), runs scored (317), hits (432), doubles (105), home runs (23), runs batted in (287), total bases (642), slugging percentage (.452), and walks (191) during the 2017 season. The pitching staff re-wrote the school record book that year with the most strikeouts (319), shutouts (4), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.22), and lowest WHIP (1.19) in program history. Grow played three years of baseball for the Tigers as an outfielder. He is among the career leaders in runs scored, walks and on-base percentage. In 1988, he set the Tiger single-season record with a .554 on-base percentage.
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