06/26/2017 11:35 AM
As the saying goes, home is where you make it, but for one player he is taking his home on the diamond to the professional level.
Former Mustangs shortstop Brett Marr is taking his passion and love for the game of baseball to the next level as he is faced with the challenge of competing in the Professional Independent Baseball League for the Sioux Falls Canaries.
This has been a long time coming as his journey through each level of the game has been defined through work ethic and determination. Marr started his baseball career even before he could remember, and he never even glanced back.
“My first game was when I was five, but I played with my dad in the backyard since forever,” Marr said. “Even when it wasn’t baseball season I made sure to hit or throw almost everyday to be ready.”
Growing up in Warrensburg right next to one of the best Division II baseball programs in the country, University of Central Missouri, Marr knew what it took to be the best. As he grew to be a man, his baseball abilities skyrocketed taking Warrensburg High School by storm. Marr stood out amongst some of the best as he dominated the high school baseball scene, bringing home four all conference awards, three all district awards, and one all state award, before getting an offer to play at Rockhurst University.
Marr continued his dominance through his freshman year at Rockhurst as he posted a .308 average accompanied by 25 RBIs and two home runs in 48 games played. As he blasted his way to the top of the Rockhurst stat chart, he never forget his roots and passion for the game.
“Every time I step on the field I feel like I’m home and where I’m supposed to be,” Marr said. “I get nervous before almost every game, but once I’m in the game comfortable, there is no place I’d rather be.”
Just as Marr had found a new home on the Rockhurst diamond, summertime appeared and along with that an opportunity to find another field to call home, historic Phil Welch Stadium. The Rockhurst baseball prodigy posed for a breakout year where the greats once stood, but Marr had to wait one more year till he would be noticed.
Marr’s 2017 Mustangs campaign was something special, though it was short it was nothing less than phenomenal. Marr boasted a .382 batting average with 14 RBIs in the 15 game span, but his last four games were something for the history books as he went 14 for 17 along with 12 RBIs. Earning him the accolade of MINK League player of the week before he signed with the Canaries.
Marr will always be remembered for his time at Phil Welch, but he too will always treasure his memories in St. Joseph.
“I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without the Mustangs,” Marr said. “Coach Johnson and the whole organization have helped me so much. Now the goal is to keep playing as long as I can and see where baseball takes me.”