Baseball

    Spotlight on Jon Fixler

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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. Jon Fixler is up next in the spotlight.

    A 6-2, 200-pound catcher from Riverwood, Ill., Fixler comes to the Hoosiers from Deerfield High School. He lettered for two years under head coach Kevin Marsh and was listed as one of the top 100 area players by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune in 2004. Fixler also was mentioned as one the top 100 Midwest Prospects by the Chicago White Sox and invited to the Midwest Area Code Games.

    At Deerfield, Fixler batted .465 his senior season with six home runs and 17 doubles on the heels of earning Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2003. He played for the Summer Lake Forest American Legion team and batted .422 with seven home runs and 35 RBI over 25 games.

    In addition to starring on the diamond, Fixler earned two letters in football and was selected first team all-state by the Illinois High School Association at quarterback as a junior and senior. He was chosen all-conference, all-area and named Offensive Player of the Year both seasons as well.

    The son of Ken and Julie Fixler has two sisters, Andi and Danielle.

    HEAD COACH BOB MORGAN ON FIXLER:
    "Jon is a very good, athletic catcher who has a chance to get a lot of playing time. He throws the ball well and has improved offensively. Jon is a very good athlete who is getting better everyday."

    FIXLER ON CHOOSING IU:
    "Indiana University is a place where I can receive an exceptional education and have an opportunity to play Big Ten baseball. After visiting the school and meeting the coaches, I felt confident that IU was the right place for me to spend my college career."


    BEHIND THE SCENES WITH Jon Fixler

    Hometown: Riverwood, Ill.

    High School: Deerfield High School
    Position: Catcher
    Height/Weight: 6-2/200
    Bat/Throw: R/R

    Should Pete Rose be eligible for the Hall of Fame?
    Yes

    If it is proven that any athlete has taken steroids, should their records include an asterisk?
    No

    Should steroids be illegal?
    Yes

    Should the NCAA eliminate aluminum bats?
    Yes

    If you could face one pitcher in baseball history, whom would you face?
    Roger Clemens

    Who is your favorite team?
    Chicago Cubs

    Who is the best hitter in baseball?
    Manny Ramirez

    Who is the best pitcher in baseball?
    Mark Prior

    Should there be a salary cap in major league baseball?
    No

    Should the NCAA impose a mandatory season opener on all NCAA institutions?
    Yes

    Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
    I listen to the same music and eat the same food.



     

     


       

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