Freshman Brendan Kane plans to bring club baseball back to Seton Hall University this spring.
After holding a meeting last week, Kane said there are already 35 students who have signed up for the team. He is hopeful that the club will be ready to go.
“The whole goal of this team is to give people who felt their chance of playing baseball was cut short another chance to play,” Kane said. “I was trying to walk onto the [Seton Hall] varsity baseball team, and I got cut. So this team gives people like me another shot.”
Sophomore Nate Santos said he was excited to see Kane bring club baseball back to Seton Hall.
“Baseball is a fantastic sport,” Santos said. “Having a club for baseball allows all of the kids who can’t play Division I baseball the opportunity to travel and gain an all around better experience with players that share the same interest.”
Before officially becoming a recognized club team, Kane said Seton Hall will have to go through a provisional phase where it plays exhibition games against various teams. Kane said he is hopeful that the provisional phase this spring goes well and the New Jersey Baseball Club Association will officially recognize the club in the spring of 2017.
The league will include games against clubs from Fordham, New York, Monmouth, Montclair State, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Haven, Adelphi and Lafayette.
Before the season can begin, Kane said his main focus is finding a home field for the team to play its games and practice on. He said he is hopeful the team will be able to use Cameron Field Park in South Orange as its home field.
Another one of Kane’s responsibilities for the upcoming season is creating and managing a budget. He estimated that the fee for each player will range between $100 and $200.
“The fee will cover the field costs, transportation, equipment and uniforms,” Kane said. “For this year, I am expecting to use T-shirts as jerseys and only purchase hats.” Kane encourages anyone interested to come and sign up.
“We want everyone, as many people as possible, to sign up,” he said.
Despite already having a large roster Kane added, “I can guarantee that anyone who pays their fee will receive playing time.”
For those interested, Kane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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