Utah Baseball Receives Significant Gift From C.J. Cron

May 4, 2022, 12:07 PM | Updated: 12:08 pm
Utah Utes Baseball...
The Utah baseball team prepares to take on BYU in a fall exhibition on Oct. 15, 2021 at Smith’s Ballpark (Axe Tang/Utah Athletics)
(Axe Tang/Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah announced baseball alumnus C.J. Cron donated a significant gift to the baseball program Wednesday morning. Cron became the Utes’ first-ever first-round MLB draft pick in 2011 and has been an avid supporter of the program ever since.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be able to give back to the University of Utah baseball program,” Cron said. “Both the University and baseball program hold a special place in my heart. I would not be the person or ball player I am today without the unwavering support from everyone I crossed paths with at Utah. I will forever be a Ute!”

On The Rise

Utah baseball has steadily been on the rise since joining the Pac-12 and the donation from their most notable alum will go a long way to continuing those growth efforts. In 2016, Utah baseball became the first men’s program to win a Pac-12 Title. The 2022 season has been a good one with the Utes being competitive in most of their matches. Utah baseball currently sits in sixth place in the conference with a season record of 25-17-1 (10-11-0 in conference).

“Our sincere gratitude goes out to C.J. for his generosity toward our program,” head coach Gary Henderson said. “We are grateful to call C.J. a member of our Utah baseball family, and appreciate everything he has done over the years to support our team.”

As A Ute

Cron is entering his ninth season in the MLB and second season for the Colorado Rockies. As a Ute, Cron played three seasons under former coach Bill Kinneberg. Cron set the Utah career record with a .396 batting average. He would go on to to be a two-time first-team All-American in his last two seasons at Utah. Cron also was a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes award and Dick Howser Trophy.

“We are incredibly grateful for this generous gift by C.J., which will make a significant impact for our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “This really speaks to the high regard that C.J. feels for the University of Utah and our baseball program, and his desire to invest in its future growth.”

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Locals in MLB

Brian Preece

Instant Replay: Former Ute Hits MLB’s Longest Home Run Of Season

Former Utah first baseman C.J. Cron continued his career year with a titanic blast that landed more than 500 feet from home plate.
7 months ago
Brian Preece

Bees Bullets: Orlando Martinez Earns PCL Player Of The Week Honor

Bees outfielder Orlando Martinez was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for his performance August 9-14 against Sacramento.
7 months ago
Brian Preece

Bees Bullets: Offense Stymied As Bees Drop Series Against Sacramento

The bats never really got going for Salt Lake as the Bees dropped four of six games to the fifth place Sacramento River Cats.
7 months ago
Brian Preece

Former Ute Andre Jackson Comes Full Circle In Baseball Career

On the doorstep of the major leagues, Andre Jackson looks back on the Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2017 season as 'a blessing in disguise'.
8 months ago
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)...
JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer

Big Papi Still Awestruck As Hall Of Fame Induction Looms

Six months after he got one of the most amazing phone calls in sports, David Ortiz is still awestruck at his good fortune.
8 months ago
Brian Preece

2022 MLB Draft Brings Five Local Players Step Closer To Big Leagues

Five players with Utah ties were selected in the Major League Baseball player draft held during All-Star festivities this week.
8 months ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Utah Baseball Receives Significant Gift From C.J. Cron