The Terps will have two alum on Opening Day rosters today as Major League Baseball kicks off the season.
Brett Cecil (2005-07) was named the closer for the Toronto Blue Jays in Spring Training, and will begin his seventh Major League season this afternoon. Cecil was an All Star in 2013 and has posted sub-3 ERAs each of the past two years as a key member of the Blue Jays’ bullpen.
Cecil shattered the Maryland single-season saves record in 2006, a mark which was tied by Kevin Mooney in 2013. Cecil is a native of Dunkirk, Maryland and a graduate of DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville. He recently worked out in College Park and threw to current Maryland catcher Kevin Martir.
Justin Maxwell (2002-04) made the Opening Day roster for the San Francisco Giants and will serve as a reserve outfielder. Maxwell also enters his seventh Major League season and has spent time with the Nationals, Astros and Royals.
Maxwell is also a Maryland native. He grew up in Olney and graduated from Sherwood High School, the same high school as current Terp Anthony Papio.
“I’m pretty excited,” Maxwell told the San Francisco Gate’s Henry Schulman. “I was a Giants fan growing up. We moved around a lot, and the Giants were my dad’s favorite team. He brought that over to me. Willie Mays was his favorite player. I was a big fan of Barry Bonds, Rich Aurilia and JT Snow.” Check out Schulman’s full article on Maxwell.
Several other Terps will begin their professional season in the Minor Leagues later this week. Check back with MBN in a few days for the full assignments of all the Maryland alum.