Navy coach Paul Kostacopoulos (Navy Athletics)

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King In The North: Naval Gazing

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There’s really no more striking or clever way to put this than just stating the facts, so here goes: Navy is 29-10-1, with a team batting line of .300/.395/.418, a team ERA of 2.67 and a plus-123 run differential.

That’s a pretty impressive résumé for any team from the Northeast, let alone a Patriot League team, let alone a service academy, one of only a handful of college baseball teams made up of players for whom going pro isn’t just unlikely, it’s not even a consideration.

While most top college ballplayers are eyeing a shot at the big leagues, Navy’s players are preparing to go to war. Baseball is of secondary importance (though drafted players can apply for waivers to shorten their military service commitments).


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