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Kaitlin Alexander
February 16, 2024

Miami Marlins Xavier Edwards number retired leaving a legacy

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The first athlete to receive this honor at North Broward Prep.

The illustrious journey of Xavier Edwards, now a distinguished infielder for the Miami Marlins, traces back to his transformative years at North Broward Preparatory School. On February 12, a historic moment unfolded as Edwards became the first athlete to have his jersey number retired, marking a monumental milestone in the school's athletic history. The ‘18 graduate jersey #9 will now be displayed on the outfield fence in the left-center field. 

Reflecting on this honor, Edwards explains, “It feels surreal. My number is retired on campus. It is crazy that I transferred to this school my junior year of high school, never knowing the impact this school would have on my life.”

High School Star to Miami Marlins Major League Baseball Player

North Broward Prep Baseball Coach Brian Campbell shares that Edwards helped elevate the program's stature and instill a culture of excellence. “Unfortunately, we did not win a state title when he was here. But he has a direct impact on the state titles that we do have because he made North Broward a cool place to play baseball. I cannot wait to see the wonderful things he will do in his career. From now on, #9 at North Broward is his.” 

The symbolic significance of Edwards' jersey #9 resonates deeply with him, embodying familial ties and personal milestones. From his inaugural game on North Broward's field to his memorable performances in regional finals, the #9 symbolizes resilience, determination, and unwavering support. 

Xavier Edwards' Jersey Retirement Ceremony  

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While addressing the crowd, former athletic director and current Nord Anglia Education’s Director of IMG Collaboration, Mike Ostrowski, shared the placement of the #9 location in the outfield. “During Edwards first game, at the bottom of the first inning, he hit an inside-the-park home run, near the placement in the outfield. His last at bat in the regional final, he hit one over the fence.” 

Edwards, beaming with pride, shares with the baseball players and fans, “Thank you to everyone here today. A big shoutout to my parents and this school. North Broward was the first school I was excited to go to and I loved each moment. The best coaches I ever had. I cannot say enough kind words about this place and everything that this school has done for me. It will always hold a special place in my heart. Go Eagles!” 

Impact on North Broward Prep Baseball

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During his tenure, Edwards catalyzed a remarkable turnaround for the Eagles' baseball program, propelling them to unprecedented success. He joined the team when the Eagles were a sub-.500 program with an 11-16 record. “During my senior year, we ended up breaking the school record in wins. The baseball program has come a complete 180 and flourished ever since.” The Eagles finished 22-9, one win away from qualifying for the state semifinals. 

His stellar senior season statistics were.406 with 24 stolen bases, 43 runs scored, and 46 RBIs, making him one of the top players in the country. The San Diego Padres selected Edwards with the 38th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. 

As North Broward continues to flourish as a baseball powerhouse, Edwards' legacy serves as a guiding light for future generations of athletes. The baseball team won back-to-back state titles in 2021–22. Last year’s season, a bid for a three-peat ended in the state finals, with a loss to Clearwater Calvary Christian. The team is starting the season with hopes of winning the state championship. Competing at the states championship for the fourth year in a row.  

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Senior first/third baseman Gian De Castro, who signed to play on Arizona State University’s baseball team, shares that attending Edwards number retirement ceremony was an awesome experience. “Xavier is a big inspiration to me. He inspires me to want to be not only a better player with a magnificent work ethic but also to be an even better person to the people around me.” De Castro is one of five players to receive a Divison 1 offer to continue to play ball. 

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What's next for Xavier Edwards?

Edwards advice to aspiring players emphasizes the importance of perseverance, “Stay diligent. Surround yourself with good people and great coaches who believe in what you can achieve. You will be amazed at what happens. Believe in yourself. There is really nothing that you cannot reach.” 

As Edwards embarks on his second season with the Miami Marlins, his return to familiar grounds for spring training evokes a sense of pride and gratitude. Amidst the cheers of family, friends, and fans, he embraces the opportunity to continue his professional journey while cherishing the roots that shaped him. 

In celebrating Xavier Edwards, North Broward Prep honors not only an exceptional athlete but also a beacon of inspiration and resilience. His legacy will be a reminder of the transformative power of passion, perseverance, and the Eagles' unwavering support. 

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