Major League Baseball is officially back today -- and five former Notre Dame student-athletes are on major league rosters; Jeff Samardzija (Cubs), David Phelps (Yankees), John Axford (Indians), Jeff Manship (Phillies) and A.J. Pollock (Diamondbacks).
Samardzija made history this afternoon for the Cubs. He pitched seven scoreless innings against the Pirates today -- yet the Cubs lost 1 - 0 in ten innings. Samardzija is the first Chicago Cubs pitcher to throw "back to back" scoreless starts on Opening Day in 80 years!
To learn more about each of these former Irish stars -- click on their name below:
LINK: JEFF SAMARDZIJA -- PITCHER
LINK: DAVID PHELPS -- PITCHER
LINK: JOHN AXFORD -- PITCHER
LINK: JEFF MANSHIP -- PITCHER
LINK: A.J. POLLOCK -- OUTFIELDER