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Szuminski Watch

March 22, 2004
March 22, 2004

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Szuminski Watch

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Padres pitcher and rocket scientist Jason Szuminski, 25, is
trying to become the majors' first MIT grad. How is he doing?
SI's Szuminskimeter tells all.

This is an article from the March 22, 2004 issue Original Layout

Facing major league hitters for the first time in his career,
Szuminski was nearly perfect in his first four outings. He struck
out the first batter he faced, Anaheim's Shane Halter, and gave
up one hit in 4 1/3 innings--often pitching in the early
innings, when the opponents' starters are still in the game. In
six games he has a 1.42 ERA. "I feel like my stuff's getting
better each time out," he says.

COLOR PHOTO: RONALD C. MODRA (SZUMINSKI)COLOR PHOTO: MOVIE STILL ARCHIVES (JERRY LEWIS) BRAIN GAMESCOLOR PHOTO: DAVID WALBURG (BUS) BUSHESCOLOR PHOTO: COURTESY MLB PHOTOS (LOGOS) BIG LEAGUESCOLOR ILLUSTRATION LAST TIME THIS WEEK