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Jeff Samardzija Biography

Jeff Samardzija was born January 23, 1985 in Merrillville, Indiana and is baseball pitcher with the Chicago Cubs. He is also a former football wide receiver at the University of Notre Dame.

On the Notre Dame football squad, he was a reserve for his first two seasons, catching a total of 24 passes. He first started at the 2005 Insight Bowl at the end of his sophomore season. He emerged as a star in the 2005 season, ending the regular season with 77 catches, 15 of them for touchdowns, for 1215 yards and making numerous All-America Teams.

He set single-season school records in both receiving yardage and touchdown receptions. Samardzija also caught a TD pass in each of Notre Dame's first eight games in 2005, giving him the school record for consecutive games with a TD reception. Samardzija made 78 catches for 1,017 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games in the 2006 season to finish as the all-time Fighting Irish leader in reception yards with 2,593.[1] He also made the Football Writers Association of America All-America Team following the 2006 season.

Jeff was selected as one of the three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, for the nation's top wide receiver. Although initially planning on trying to play both in the NFL and MLB, Samardzija announced after being selected in the Major League Draft that he would take his name out of the NFL Draft and play baseball.

On January 19, 2007, Samardzija announced he would forego the National Football League Draft and commit to a baseball career. Samardzija signed a five-year deal to play baseball full-time, starting with the Chicago Cubs. The deal has a no-trade clause and a club option for a sixth and seventh year. If the club option is exercised, the total value of the deal would be $16.5 million.

Samardzija started the season pitching for Single-A Daytona. The right-hander went 3-8 with a 4.95 ERA. He was called up to Double-A Tennessee on August 3, 2007. He made six starts with a 3-3 record with a 3.41 ERA.

On June 23, 2008, Samardzija was promoted to Triple-A Iowa after posting a 3-5 record in Tennessee with a 4.86 ERA.[6] In his career in Triple-A Iowa, he has posted a 4-1 record and a 3.13 ERA, with 40 strikeouts and 16 walks.

On July 25, 2008, Samardzija was called up to join the bullpen of the Chicago Cubs to replace Kerry Wood, who was placed on the DL.  He made his MLB debut the same day against the Florida Marlins, striking out the first batter he faced in the 7th inning. Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella was impressed with Samardzija's major league debut, saying he may never see the minors again. On July 27th, 2008, Samardzija recorded his first career major league save against the Florida Marlins.



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