LOCALS IN MLB

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

taylor-snyder-albuquerque-isotopes...
Brian Preece

Salem Hills Product Working, Waiting For Major League Call-Up

Taylor Snyder's most recent trip to Salt Lake hasn't been ideal, but it's a homecoming that Snyder wasn't sure would be possible just a few years ago.
7 days ago
CJ-Cron-Colorado-Rockies...
Kyle Ireland

Former Ute Becomes First NL Player To Reach Double-Digit Homers

Colorado Rockies standout C.J. Cron became the first National League player to hit double-digit home runs in 2022.
10 days ago
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 03: Andre Jackson #94 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against ...
Brian Preece

Former Ute Outfielder To Pitch For Los Angeles Dodgers

Former University of Utah outfielder/pitcher Andre Jackson has been called up to the Major League roster by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1 month ago
Tanner Banks - Chicago White Sox...
Kyle Ireland

Riverton’s Tanner Banks Makes MLB Debut With Chicago White Sox

Riverton's Tanner Banks made his Major League Baseball debut during the Chicago White Sox's game against the Detroit Tigers.
2 months ago
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 16: Tanner Banks #83 of the Chicago White Sox poses for a portrait during...
Brian Preece

Former Bruin, Ute Pitcher Makes Opening Day Roster With White Sox

Former Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah pitcher Tanner Banks has made the Chicago White Sox Opening Day roster.
2 months ago
Utah Baseball Receives Significant Gift From C.J. Cron