Jabe Bergeron ’04 — the greatest active male Eph baseball player — has been pomoted to the “A” level (3 steps below the majors). The Eagle has a brief mention; the College provides all the details.

When Jabe Bergeron inked a free agent contract with the NY Mets in June he was originally assigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones in the Class A “short-season” New York Penn League. Bergeron played a handful of games in Brooklyn before the Mets moved him to Kingsport, TN in the Appalachian Rookie League to play for Mets legend Mookie Wilson.

After hitting .295 with 5 homers and producing 20 RBIs for Kingsport, and working extensively on the “load-up” for his swing, Jabe was called up to “regular-season” A ball to play for the Capital City Bombers (Columbia, SC) of the South Atlantic League. Technically this is a step above the Brooklyn Cyclones where Bergeron began his summer pro experience and was primarily done, according to the humble Bergeron, because of injuries on the Capital City squad.

Bergeron’s story is definately one of the feel good Eph stories of the summer. Although he was not drafted as part of the regular Major League Baseball draft, he was picked up by the Mets. Although I have no inside information, it seems highly likely that there was an Eph connection in play here since Jim Duquette ’88 is the general manager (i.e., the guy in charge) of the Mets.

Let’s hope that Duquette’s faith in Bergeron’s abilities continues to be rewarded.

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