Major Leaguer Jeremy Guthrie Keynotes First Pitch Dinner

Former Cougar Jeremy Guthrie, who now pitches for the Kansas City Royals, will be the keynote speaker at BYU's Jan. 18 First Pitch Dinner. (Photo by Vleisides Photo Studio/Kansas City Royals)

Current Major League pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, a BYU alum, will be the keynote speaker at the “First Pitch” Fundraising Dinner/Auction on Jan. 18.

Guthrie, who has pitched six years in the Major League with Cleveland, Baltimore, Colorado and Kansas City will speak at the event. To accomodate a larger crowd, the event has been moved from the Hinckley Building at BYU to the main floor at the Marriott Center. Other former Major League players with Cougar ties will also be in attendance.

The event starts at 6 p.m., with a dinner from Tucano’s, followed by a presentation of the Cameron Tuckett Award by former BYU Coach Glen Tuckett, and an address by Guthrie.

Guthrie posted a 5-4 record for BYU in 1988 with a 6.54 earned run average in 16 appearances and 64.2 innings prior to serving a mission to Spain. He then transferred to Stanford where he was drafted in the first round of 2002 by the Cleveland Indians.

Guthrie pitched three seasons for the Indians before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles.  He recorded a 47-65 record in five seasons at Baltimore before signing with the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals in 2012. Last year he was 15-12 with the Royals with a 4.05 ERA in 33 starts.

The Ashland, Ore., native currently resides in Kansas City with his wife Jenny and three children.

Those interested in attending the ticketed event should RSVP with Janalee Davis (janalee_davis@byu.edu).