Encinitas names Sept. 14 as Mickey Moniak Day

To celebrate Leucadia baseball star Mickey Moniak, who was selected first overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2016 MLB Draft, the city of Encinitas will proclaim September 14, 2016 as Mickey Moniak Day.

In a news release, the city said it is proud of everything that Moniak has accomplished and wants to show him that Encinitas supports him in all of his future endeavors with the MLB. It added that Mickey Moniak Day in Encinitas will serve as a reminder to the community that any local resident can accomplish their goals and ambitions, just like Moniak has.

“Congratulations to Mickey! He is an impressive baseball player, and we are so proud that our Leucadia star will be joining the big league,” said Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar. “Know that the city of Encinitas will be cheering you on, whoever and wherever you are playing. We’re excited for you to show the rest of the nation exactly what you’re capable of.”

Not only a star on the baseball field, the Encinitas resident since 2008 has worked hard at every aspect of his life, including his schoolwork at La Costa Canyon High School.

“Mickey was the epitome of a great student-athlete; on the field and off Mickey was always working hard,” said La Costa baseball coach Justin Machado. “He may have a gold medal from Team USA, but that’s not what defines him. He’s a grounded, capable and level-headed player — even at 18 years old, which is impressive. I can’t wait to watch him play his first major league game. We’re all so proud of him.”

Mickey and his parents will be present to receive his proclamation.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Mickey, and we’re excited that the city of Encinitas is showing him great support. Who knew our son would have a day named after him? It’s an incredible honor, and we’re so pleased to be a part of it,” they said in the release.

The official proclamation of Mickey Moniak will occur at the Sept. 14 public meeting of the Encinitas City Council. For more information, visit

— Submitted press release