Gulfport Admirals to retire Jonathan Holder’s number this Saturday

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Of all the players to pass through the Gulfport baseball program over the years, only one of them has ever made it to the show. This weekend that former Admiral will receive the ultimate tribute from his alma mater.
New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Holder is the man of the hour, although he won’t actually be present for Saturday’s festivities. At about 12:45 p.m., Holder will have his number 23 jersey retired and then painted out on the wall in left-center, to the left of the logo and underneath the 330 mark. His parents will be in the house on his behalf to accept his old jersey framed in a shadow box.
All the while, the Mississippi State alum will be on his grind at spring training, continuing to do his high school family proud. Gulfport second baseman Castor Lee said, “Well, he gives us a little more motivation to play harder just because we get to see somebody that’s come from Gulfport make it to the pros.”
Gulfport Baseball head Coach Jamie McMahon said, “Not only is he a great baseball player, he’s a good person. Having somebody with his personable skills and then along with his athletic ability, he’s a great representative for Gulfport baseball. I was like if anybody plays in the major leagues, then definitely they need to be honored by having their jersey retired.”
Saturday’s ceremony will take place right before Gulfport’s game with West Harrison, concluding what will have been a four game, four team affair. Joining them will be Biloxi and Starkville rounding out the field for the annual classic.
Here is the schedule for the Gulfport Baseball Classic:
Biloxi vs. West Harrison at 5 p.m. on Friday
Gulfport vs. Starkville at 7 p.m. on Friday
Biloxi vs. Starkville at 11 a.m. on Saturday
Gulfport vs. West Harrison at 1 p.m. on Saturday
All four teams play two games. The Admirals and Indians are saving their head-to-head match-ups for late March.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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