Notre Dame High School baseball standout Brett Hayes ’02 has earned a World Series Championship title with the Texas Rangers. Hayes was hired to be the Rangers’ bullpen coach January of 2022, and in just two season he helped lead the team to its first-ever title.
“We could not be more proud of Brett Hayes and his success in Major League Baseball,” said Notre Dame Head Baseball Coach Tom Dill. “For him to compete at the highest level and be a world champion is an amazing accomplishment. He has always represented Notre Dame well along with any other organization in which he has been involved. Congratulations to the Texas Rangers and our own Brett Hayes!”
Hayes joins Patrick Gillick and Tim Foli in Notre Dame alumni who have earned a World Series title. Gillick led the Toronto Blue Jays to two World Series as a general manager in 1992 and 1993, and then led the Phillies in 2008. Foli won a World Series title in 1979 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Hayes was a two-year varsity starter for the Knights. After graduating from Notre Dame in 2002, he went on to play collegiate baseball at the University of Nevada – Reno, where he was an All-American.
After his career at Nevada, Hayes went on to play for three minor league teams, and six major league teams, including, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers.