Shaker baseball consistently produces players who go on to play college ball, more than other Raider programs.
“I think our youth programs and off-season workouts have instilled a work ethic in the boys that allows them to reach their full potential,” head coach Mike Babinec said. Since he started coaching in ’07, at least one of his players has gone on to play in college each year.
“It is the ultimate satisfaction as a coach knowing that you may have played a small part in a player’s development and are proud to see that player be successful in any endeavor,” Babinec said.
From 1988-2006, social studies department chairman Charles “Bud” Longo was the head baseball coach. During his tenure, Longo had one or more players who played college ball each year, including Matt Guerrier, who now pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, Babinec added, “The credit goes to the boys who are committed to individual and team growth. They are willing to make sacrifices to play at the collegiate level.”