Two-time national champion at Oregon State and eight-year big leaguer Darwin Barney is joining the MLB to PDX effort.
On Wednesday, the Portland Diamond Project announced the signing of Barney as an advisor and investor. He joins seven-time MLB all-star Dale Murphy in the advisor’s role, and Barney said he is excited to help out.
“I was born and raised in the Portland area, and being part of this campaign to bring an MLB team to my hometown is especially meaningful to me,” he said in a PDP news release. “I want to provide any expertise and support I can to the success of this initiative.”
Barney attended Southridge High School and was part of back-to-back national championship squads with the Beavers in 2006 and 2007. His college coach, the recently retired Pat Casey, said: “Darwin is a 10—he’s one of the most dynamic and charismatic guys I’ve coached, not to mention he’s one hell of a player and competitor.”
Barney is currently a free-agent after playing eight MLB seasons with the Cubs, Dodgers and Blue Jays. He won the National League 2012 Gold Glove Award with the Cubs, boasting a .996 fielding percentage.
You can read the news release here.