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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Steffen Majer helped Miami to College World Series; Later saw five pro seasons, became a firefighter

Steffen Majer started slowly for the Miami Hurricanes in 1988, but he came on strong at the end, both in relief and as a starter, The South Florida Sun Sentinel wrote.

His work even earned him a start in the College World Series in Omaha, The Sun Sentinel wrote.

"I'm not impressed with numbers," a confident Majer told The Sun Sentinel before that Omaha start. "I'm not into stats. It's what you do today."

Majer went on to pitch well enough today to see the pros over five seasons. He topped out at AA.

He later went on to do something else that mattered today. He became a firefighter. He even gained notice as he accepted a newborn baby surrendered to him at his fire station in 2008.

Majer's baseball career began in 1988, signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Miami.

Majer started with the Cardinals at short-season Hamilton. He went 2-4 over 12 outings, 10 starts, with a 3.32 ERA.

He moved to single-A St. Petersburg and Savannah for 1989. He saw 25 total outings, nine starts. He went 5-2, with a 3.32 ERA. He picked up an August win for St. Petersburg going 6.1 innings and giving up three hits and one earned run.

He returned to St. Petersburg at high-A in 1990 and also saw three starts at AA Arkansas. He then saw Arkansas in 1991 and 1992. He went 2-3 in 1992, with a 3.83 ERA in 22 outings, six starts. That 1992 campaign proved his last as a pro.

Majer then returned to South Florida and became a firefighter in Fort Lauderdale. 

In September 2008, Majer was one duty at his fire house when two young women pulled up. One asked where she could leave the newborn, under Florida's Safe Haven law, according to Firefighting News. Majer recalled reassuring the woman left in the car, who seemed the most concerned. 

"I told her the baby would be in the best care possible and it was a good decision she made," Majer told Firefighting News. "I even told her she could be proud of herself."

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,991
Made the Majors:1,327-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,664-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:543
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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