Former Illini Baseball Star Signs With Yankees
Aug. 9, 2000
Champaign, Ill.- Former University of Illinois third baseman Craig Marquie signed a free agent deal with the New York Yankees yesterday and reported to the Yankees spring training headquarters in Tampa today. Marquie will be assigned to the Yankees rookie league team based in Tampa.
Marquie was a four-year starter at third base in the outfield for Illinois. He graduated as one of the most decorated players in University of Illinois history and holds Illinois career records in games played (240) and total bases (469). Marquie also ranks second all-time in career hits (289), third in RBI (190) and runs (200), fourth in home runs (38) and fifth in doubles (47).
Marquie was a three-time All-Big Ten pick, earning first-team honors in 1998, second-team honors in '99 and third-team honors as a senior in 2000. He was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week, both in 1997 and '99, and is the only Illini in school history to be named the Big Ten Player of the Week as a freshman. He earned All-Big Ten Tournament honors in 1998 and and 2000 and was named to the 2000 NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament team. Marquie was the starting third baseman on Illinois' 1998 Big Ten Championship squad and the 2000 Big Ten Tournament championship team. He participated in two NCAA Regionals and hit a home run in the final game of his career at the 2000 Clemson Regional.
Marquie joins several Illinois alumni in the Yankees organization, including former teammates Dusty Rhodes (Class A Tampa), Brett Weber (Class A Greensboro), Jason Anderson (Class A Staten Island) and D.J. Svihlik (Rookie League Tampa).