By: Rick Bender
HANOVER, N.H. — With the majority of Major League Baseball beginning the 2020 season today, two Dartmouth alumni have made opening-day rosters, headlined by Kyle Hendricks ’12 along with his classmate Cole Sulser ’12.
The 30-year-old Hendricks is starting his seventh season in the big leagues, all with the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander is set to start on the mound for the Cubs this evening, becoming just the second Big Green pitcher to get an opening-day starting assignment, joining Mike Remlinger ’88 who started the first game for the Cincinnati Reds back in 1998. The start will be the 163rd of Hendricks’ career, leaving him all alone in second place among Dartmouth hurlers, trailing only Jim Beattie ’76 (183). An eight-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2011, Hendricks also needs just 37 more strikeouts to surpass Remlinger as the Big Green’s all-time MLB leader.
Hendricks is 63-43 with a 3.14 ERA over 966.0 innings, walking just 218 and striking out 818 in his first six seasons. In his three years pitching at Dartmouth, he posted a record of 15-12 with a 4.87 ERA and was a first-team All-Ivy League pitcher as a junior before being selected in the MLB draft.
Cole Sulser (right) with brother Beau ’16 at 2020 Spring Training. Sulser, meanwhile, found out he made the Baltimore Orioles roster on Wednesday night as a reliever. The native of Santa Ysabel, California, made his major-league debut last September as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. In seven outings, he did not allow a run over 7.1 innings, surrendering five hits and three walks while striking out nine. Second only to Remlinger with 20 victories in a Dartmouth uniform, Sulser finished his collegiate career with a 20-6 record and 4.18 ERA in 204.1 innings, striking out 202 while issuing a mere 39 walks. He also earned All-Ivy League honors three times, making the first team as a junior.
Hendricks will be on the mound tonight when the Cubs host the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:10 p.m. (EDT), while the Orioles play their first game in Boston against the Red Sox tonight at 7:30 p.m.