Miles Mikolas, Sharks Hall of Famer, Named to National League All-Star Team

ST. LOUIS, MO. – With the 92nd Major League Baseball All-Star game looming, a second Nova Southeastern Shark Hall of Famer will join the festivities. Miles Mikolas has been chosen to represent the St. Louis Cardinals and the National League in Los Angeles, Ca. Mikolas is one of five Cardinals to earn All-Star recognition, joining Paul Goldschmidt, Ryan Helsley, and Commissioner’s legacy pick Albert Pujols (Nolan Arenado was chosen for the NL All-Star team, but will skip due to an injury).  

This is the second time in his career that Mikolas has been selected to the All-Star team, having previously been chosen in 2018 but the right-hander passed on the opportunity because his wife, Lauren, was due to deliver twins (Madelyn and Miles).  

Mikolas joins former NSU teammate and fellow Sharks Hall of Famer, J.D. Martinez in Los Angeles. Martinez, a member of the Boston Red Sox, was selected to the American League All-Star team on July 13. Mikolas and Martinez were both selected as All-Stars, as well.  

In 2022, Mikolas has been one of the premier pitchers in the National League. Heading into the all-star break, he ranks fifth in the NL in earned run average (2.54), third in innings pitched (120.1), and fifth in walks/hits per innings pitched (0.96). Mikolas nearly threw a no-hitter on June 14, pitching 8 2/3 no-hit innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  
Miles pitched at Nova Southeastern from 2007-2009, under then head coach and current Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Advancement, Michael Mominey, and was inducted into the Sharks Hall of Fame in 2019. During his collegiate career, Mikolas pitched 200.2 innings, compiling a career 15-8 record in 38 appearances. Miles, as a junior in 2009, held a 7-2 record, a 2.06 ERA, and threw five complete games, leading to Daktronics and Rawlings/ABCA All-South Region accolades.    

“Congratulations to Miles on his second selection as an All Star at the mid-summer classic. His hard work over the past several years has once again put him back in position to be recognized as one of the best pitchers in the game,” said Mominey. “I couldn’t be prouder of him and how he continues to represent and support our athletic program and our university in a first-class manner.” 

Mikolas was drafted in 2009 by the San Diego Padres, making his Major League debut on May 5, 2012, against the Florida Marlins. He then spent time with the Texas Rangers before playing with the Yomiuri Giants in the Japanese Central League from 2015 to 2017. Mikolas joined the Cardinals in 2018, earning an All-Star nod in his first season.  

The 92nd Mid-Summer Classic takes place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Ca., on Tuesday, July 19, and is available to watch on FOX beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

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Shark Hall of Famer, J.D. Martinez, Returns to MLB All-Star Game for Fifth Time

BOSTON, Ma. – For the fifth time in his Major League career, and fourth time as a member of the Boston Red Sox, Nova Southeastern Shark Hall of Famer J.D. Martinez has been selected to represent the American League in the 2022 MLB All-Star game in Los Angeles, Ca. Martinez is the third player from the Red Sox to be named to the AL All-Star team, joining Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts.  

Entering play on Thursday, Martinez currently ranks sixth in the AL in batting average (0.309), second in doubles (29), and ninth in on-base + slugging percentage (0.880). Among designated hitters in the American League, Martinez leads in hits (94), batting average, doubles, and is second in on-base percentage (0.375).  

During his time as a Shark, Martinez played under the tutelage of then-head coach and current Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Advancement, Michael Mominey. Martinez finished his Sharks career holding a 0.394 batting average and hit 32 home runs. As a junior in 2009, Martinez hit 0.428, with 15 home runs. Additionally, he earned Rawlings/ABCA All-American honors, making both the All-Sunshine State Conference and the All-South Region teams. Following his junior campaign, Martinez was selected in the 20th round of the MLB draft. Martinez was inducted into the NSU Sharks Hall of Fame in 2014.  

“Playing in the mid-summer classic is the ultimate individual recognition as a Major League Baseball player,” stated Mominey. “For J.D. to be selected for the fifth time is truly amazing and solidifies his place as one of the best in the game- maybe one of the best players in the recent era.” 

Martinez became the first Nova Southeastern Shark to reach the major leagues, making his debut on July 30, 2011, for the Houston Astros against the Milwaukee Brewers and first made the All-Star team in 2015 as a member of the Detroit Tigers.  

Mominey added, “we are certainly proud of J.D. and all of his accomplishments as a big leaguer, but most of all, he has been a great representative and ambassador for NSU and all of South Florida, who has never forgotten where he’s come from.” 

The slugger signed with the Red Sox as a free agent before the 2018 season and has enjoyed some of the best years of his professional career. During his Red Sox tenure, Martinez has averaged a slash line of .299/0.370/0.542, while hitting 123 home runs, 157 doubles, and driving in 399 runs, while making the All-Star team in 2018, 2019, and 2021.  

Martinez made baseball history in 2018, becoming the first player to win the American League Silver Slugger Award at two positions (Outfield and Designated Hitter) in the same season.  

The 2022 “Midsummer Classic” will take place in Los Angeles, Ca., on Tuesday, July 19, from Dodger Stadium. This marks the third time the All-Star game has been played in Los Angeles and the first time at Dodger Stadium since 1980.  

The 92nd annual All-Star game is available to watch on Fox beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19.  

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Newly-Renamed Miles Mikolas NSU Baseball Golf Classic Scheduled for Dec. 14

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern Athletics has announced that the Ninth Annual NSU Baseball Golf Classic will be named the Miles Mikolas NSU Baseball Golf Classic, and will now be held on December 14 at Grande Oakes Golf Club in Davie.
In its ninth edition, this tournament of baseball alumni, friends, family and program supporters returns to Grande Oaks for the fourth consecutive year, with former Shark and current St. Louis Cardinals All-Star pitcher Miles Mikolas further expanding his involvement, while also personally pledging a major financial gift in support to the NSU baseball program.

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“It means a lot to me to give something back to the place where it all started, a program that gave me a chance to grow into the player I am today,” Mikolas said. “Now it’s my turn to help the program grow. I’m one of the very fortunate people being an athlete, and being able to give back was important to me. Nova Southeastern University took a chance on me and had my back. I’m extremely grateful for that.”
An NSU Hall of Famer, Mikolas is one of three classmates from the 2009 Sharks baseball team to reach baseball’s highest level and 2020 marked his third season with the Cardinals. He grew up just an hour up the Turnpike in Jupiter, attending Jupiter High School coincidentally just four miles from the Spring Training home of the Cardinals. Staying close to home to play under former NSU Head Baseball Coach and now-Director of Athletics Michael Mominey, Mikolas earned immediate entry into the Sharks pitching rotation and finished his career with a 15-8 record in 38 appearances. Following his stellar 2009 junior season at NSU that produced a 7-2 record and a 2.06 Earned Run Average, Miles was one of five Sharks chosen in the 2009 MLB draft and became the highest-drafted Shark to date – selected in the seventh round by the San Diego Padres and making his MLB debut in 2012.
Mikolas’ career has earned him opportunities in California with the Padres and then the Texas Rangers, before his performance in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants produced a 31-13 record and 2.18 ERA to bring him to St. Louis – going on to be named an All-Star after leading the National League in wins during the 2018 season. Mikolas was on the mound for Opening Day 2019 for the Cardinals and ended that year as the series-opening starter in both the National League Championship Series and Divisional Series for St. Louis – just before his induction into the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame last fall. In the shortened 2020 season, a preseason injury shut Mikolas down for the year, but he’s set to return for the Cardinals in 2021.

Initial Registration Information for the
Ninth Annual Miles Mikolas NSU Baseball Golf Classic

Registration for this year’s December 14 event at Grande Oaks will open soon. Once registration specifics are available, the information will be posted on the Official Event Page and shared across all NSU Athletics social media accounts. Please take note the playing field is currently limited due to local and state COVID-19 restrictions. Registration will be limited initially to 72 players and registrations beyond that will be placed on a waiting list – those on the waitlist will be notified of their acceptance into the tournament when gathering restrictions allow for a larger field. The tournament will follow PGA guidelines regarding gatherings and competition, more information can be found here.

Message from Hall of Fame Alum Miles Mikolas:

NSU Baseball Alumni, Family and Friends:
I am extremely excited to announce the date for the Ninth Annual NSU Baseball Golf Classic on December 14 at Grande Oaks and I want to start by thanking you for participating in this year’s event. By taking part, you are supporting a great group of student-athletes in the NSU baseball team. Your involvement and contribution not only will help these young men succeed on the field, but off of it as well. Your donation will help fund the 2021 season and will provide the team with all that is needed to compete for another championship. Your generosity will make a lasting impact on young men that will become valuable members of the South Florida community and we thank you again for making this a great experience for all at the tournament.
Welcome to the Shark community. Hit ’em straight!

To stay up with all the latest with Sharks baseball, follow on Twitter @NSU_Baseball, on Instagram @NSU_Baseball and on Facebook /NSUBaseball.

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2016 Baseball National Championship Game to Re-Air Live, June 4 at 6 pm

Presented by Mr. M’s Sandwich Shops, Nova Southeastern University baseball will be re-broadcasting in its entirety the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championship Game between the Sharks and the Millersville Marauders in a winner-take-all College World Series finale that saw the Sharks claim the program’s first national title. The game will air on NSU’s YouTube channel live at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 4, lining up with the date of the original game at the USA Baseball National Training Facility in Cary, N.C.

In addition to the live broadcast, there will be live coverage and key plays on the team’s official Twitter account, @NSU_Baseball. During inning breaks in the action, communications staff will be hosting 2016 players and coaches in live interviews on Instagram Live at the team’s official account, @NSU_Baseball.

WHAT: 2016 NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship Re-Airing – Nova Southeastern vs. Millersville
WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Live on NSU Athletics’ YouTube


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