February 13, 1978 |
Blair Matthew Barbier (born February 13, 1978 in Marrero, Louisiana) is a former professional baseball player for the Chicago Cubs organization, former baseball standout for Louisiana State University and former volunteer assistant baseball coach with LSU for the 2007 season. Prior to that position he held a similar position at McNeese State University.
Barbier attended Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana where he was quarterback on the football team as well as a member of the baseball team. In 1996 he led the baseball team to a state championship, the school's first since 1984.
Barbier played for LSU Tigers baseball team from 1997 to 2000 and was a member of two national championship teams (1997 and 2000). In a game against Southern University in 1998, Barbier tied a Tigers record with five runs and five hits in a 26-0 victory.
With his team behind 5-2 going into the 8th inning in the 2000 College World Series, Barbier, as team captain, huddled the team together in the dugout and asked them, "Can you believe? Do you believe?" Barbier then hit a home run to bring the Tigers to within 2 runs. The Tigers completed the comeback in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game and the national championship, LSU's fifth in 10 seasons.
After college, Barbier played professional baseball for four years in the Chicago Cubs organization. His best season was with the Lansing Lugnuts in 2001. With them, he had a .314 batting average, 16 home runs and 77 runs batted in in 131 games. After leaving the Cubs organization in 2003, he spent the 2004 season with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League.
- 1997 Freshman All-American
- 1997 All-SEC
- 2000 College World Series All-Tournament Team
- "Tigers blast Southern, 26-0". The Advocate (Louisiana). March 5, 1998.
- CNNSI.com Bertman's Tigers rally to win fifth title since 1991
- "Blair Barbier Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved December 13, 2013.