Spotlight on Kevin Leininger

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    After losing nine letterwinners from last season's squad, the Indiana baseball team welcomes 17 newcomers this season. In the coming weeks we will feature each IU newcomer leading up to the team's Feb. 22 opener against DePauw. Kevin Leininger is next up in the spotlight.

    Leininger heads into his first season as a Hoosier after a dominant senior season at Toledo St. John's Jesuit High School. The 5-11 infielder was selected first team all-district, first team All-Toledo City League (TCL) and co-TCL Player of the Year as a senior.

    The Perrysburg, Ohio, native's superlative 2004 came on the heels of a junior season where he was a first team All-TCL and a first team all-district honoree. Additionally, as a sophomore in 2002, he garnered second team All-TCL honors and second team all-district accolades.

    A three-year letterwinner for head coach Ed Mouch, Leininger also played summer baseball for the Underwood Orr. The son of Alan and Margo Leininger has one brother, Andrew (23).

    "Kevin had a very good fall offensively but needs to be a little more consistent defensively. As he improves his defense and continues to swing the bat, he will get some playing time."

    BEHIND THE SCENES WITH Kevin Leininger

    Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio

    High School: Toledo St. John's Jesuit High School
    Position: Infield
    Height/Weight: 5-11/165
    Bat/Throw: R/R

    Should the NCAA eliminate aluminum bats?

    Who is the best hitter in baseball?
    Alex Rodriguez - he can do anything at the plate.

    Who is the best pitcher in baseball?
    Randy Johnson/Mariano Rivera

    Should there be a salary cap in major league baseball?
    When the Marlins can beat the Yankees without it, why have it?

    Should Pete Rose be allowed back into baseball?
    It's about hits, not bets.

    Who is the best player you have ever faced?
    I faced Chad Billingsley my junior year. He was a first-round choice for the Dodgers that year. I was 2-for-3 against him, and he hit me with a fastball.

    If you could face one pitcher in baseball history, whom would you face?
    Mariano Rivera

    Who is your favorite team?
    Detroit Tigers

    What is the best coaching advice you have ever received?
    "It's just a game."




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