Jabe Bergeron ’04 did well before the big league scouts at Fenway.

Williams College baseball player Jabe Bergeron went 1-for-2, drove in two runs and scored a run as the New England College Division All-Stars beat the University Division 9-6, in the annual New England Senior All-Star Classic, held Monday night at Fenway Park.

Bergeron started at first base for the college stars and played six innings. He hit a triple into the triangle in right-center field to drive in a run. He scored on a wild pitch. He also had a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

Bergeron hopes to be drafted on Monday in Major League Baseball’s annual amateur draft.

The Williams College first baseman, who hit .419 this past season, would like to hear his name called when Major League Baseball begins its annual amateur draft on June 7.

“I’m at home right now,” Bergeron said the other day from his home in Chesterfield, N.H. “I’m trying to keep an even keel. In the back of my head, I think it’s going to happen.”

Bergeron admitted that he was a bit disappointed that he didn’t get a call after his junior year. But that lack of a call helped him get his degree at Williams.

“Now that I’m done with my four years, it’s nice that I still have a shot at the draft, and I don’t have to finish [school] later,” he said.

If baseball doesn’t work out, Bergeron has a job as a business analyst for C&S Wholesale Grocers in Brattleboro, Vt. He’s hoping he doesn’t have to trade in his bat and cleats for a tie and jacket just yet.

“As long as I got a place to show my talent and I’m playing games,” he said. “It would be sweeter to be drafted.”

We are all in favor of dream-chasing here at EphBlog, but would Bergeron really have left Williams without a degree if he had been drafted last year? Surely someone as smart as baseball coach Dave Barnard would have advised him otherwise. If Bergeron is good enough to get drafted at 21 then, presumably, he is good enough to get drafted at 22. And, the more that you want to chase your dreams, the better it is to have a college degree safely in hand.

Perhaps the wonderful network of Ephs in baseball — or at least the two that I know about: Jim Duquette ’88, General Manager of the Mets and George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees — will be able to help Bergeron. Certainly Bergeron (or Barnard) should drop both of them an e-mail message. It couldn’t hurt.

Networking is important, in baseball as in life.

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