Nerves remedied with a bit of coach’s confidence and good sense can only help Manhattan College baseball freshman pitchers William Fabra, Joe Jacques and Joey Rocchietti so much.
This is especially true on a team in which even as freshman, the pitcher’s mound is up for the taking. All pitchers know slacking isn’t an option because anyone can be called to pitch at any point during a game.
But these freshmen aren’t freshmen at all.
“They may be freshman in the classroom,” Head Coach Jim Duffy said, “but the one advantage we have over some of the fall sports is we don’t really expect our freshman to act like freshman anymore. They’ve been a part of the program now for almost eight months.”
In Yoandry Galan’s near four year professional baseball career, he’s played an average of 55 games a year in a 60 game season.
His durability to play nearly every game should remind any baseball fan of when Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Orioles’ shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. broke the 56 year record of consecutive games played with 2,131.
“He has played every day from the time he walked in here, long before I got here…,” Manhattan College baseball Head Coach Jim Duffy said. “His consistency and his effort that he brings on a daily basis, and his talent level and his baseball IQ are all really tough to match.”
The 60 game race to the college baseball MAAC championship crowning is about to be underway this week.
Where does Manhattan College baseball sit?
For a student-athlete, juggling school and sports is a task not too many would be willing to say is their passion and a part of their life in which they love.
Manhattan College junior outfielder Chris Kalousdian (3.36 GPA) and junior right-handed pitcher Mike Scarinci (3.60 GPA) would say just that. Both of which were elected by the team to be its new captains.