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New Ulm HOF class members honored to be inducted

NEW ULM — If you look at the statistics for Chris Cariveau, one of two former players inducted Sunday into the New Ulm Baseball Hall of Fame, one of the many career statistics of Cariveau’s that jump out at you are his innings pitched.

Since beginning his amateur baseball career in 2002 with the New Ulm Brewers, the right-handed Cariveau has pitched 829 2/3 innings.

That does not include his statistics for seasons 2017, 2018 and 2019, which right now are unavailable.

But there is one other baseball item that many baseball fans may not know.

Yes, Cariveau was the winning pitcher for the New Ulm Eagles in a complete-game victory for the state championship in 2002.

But the day before, Cariveau came in relief and got the win in the state semifinal game.

“I pitched 6 2/3 innings in that game and then came back the next day and pitched in the state championship,” he said. “You just go out and do it — you need to win so you just go out and do it.”

Cariveau said that at 19 years of amateur baseball, he would like to go one more year and end his career at 20 years.

“When I first started I thought it would be cool if I could play 20 years so if I can do it one more year it would be great,” he said. “Otherwise I enjoyed it.”

The other former player inducted Sunday was also a right-handed pitcher who is now a Professor of Medicine at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in Ryan Walters.

Walters had a career mark of 33-4 for the Brewers with 402 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.12.

Walters said that being elected to the New Ulm Baseball Hall of Fame means a lot.

“I never saw this honor coming,” he said. “I reflected on this particularly now that I have moved out of state and see that amateur baseball is not like this everywhere.

“I have not been back in New Ulm since 2006 but I will tell you that I still want the ball in 2021. No different than it was the years that I played for the Brewers.”

Walters said that some of fondest memories come from just being with his teammates.

“Just being with the guys on the Brewers and also hanging out with players from the other teams. We are competitive on the field but there is a lot of camaraderie on both sides, a lot of good memories.”

One of the non-players elected was Mike French, who described being in the New Ulm Baseball Hall of Fame as being a part of a special group of people who have spent a lot of time dedicating themselves to serving the community and baseball.

“We are trying to do our best to put on a good show for our fans in New Ulm,” he said.

French, who has been on the New Ulm Baseball Association Board of Directors since 2003, said it is enjoyable.

“There are days when it is really busy and you can hardly keep up,” French said. “But at the end of the day we pat each other on the back and say ‘good job.’ It has been enjoyable and gratifying.”

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