Alvernia University is a Division III school located just over an hour from Philadelphia. It’s in Reading, Pa., which is also home of the Phillies’ AA team, the Reading Fightin’ Phils.
…So why would anyone from Alvernia have any interest in the New York Mets?
I’ll give you two reasons: Mets catcher and Alvernia alumnus Anthony Recker…
…and infielder/Alvernia alumnus Zach Lutz.
Few Division III schools have had any alumni in the majors, but the Mets have two from the same school. This is the first time two former Division III players from the same school were on the same MLB roster at the same time. Recker is three years older than Lutz, but they did overlap at Alvernia, playing together in 2005.
And just to add to the jealousy of other D-3 baseball programs, neither one is the first Alvernia Crusader to play in the Majors. That would be this guy:
Wade Miller was the Astros’ 20th round pick in the 1996 draft and had a career 62-46 record with the Astros, Red Sox and Cubs.
A couple of the other former D-3 players currently in the Majors are Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia (Wheaton College in Massachusetts) and Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (University Of Wisconsin/Stevens Point).