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Manhattan Has Recruiting Ties Rooted In South Florida

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 04/17/2017
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By Sean Brennan (Riverdale Press)

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What’s the first place that comes to mind when you think of recruiting bases for Manhattan College baseball?

New York? New Jersey? Long Island? Sure, they all fall into the category of the usual recruiting haunts, and players from those locales do dot the Jaspers roster.

But to find Manhattan’s other hot recruiting spot you’d have to hop on Interstate 95 South … and settle in for a long ride.

When you enter the land of the Waffle House and Cracker Barrel, you’re getting warmer. When the Stop and Shop supermarkets are replaced by Winn-Dixie and Publix, you’re almost there.

Finally, if you were brave (crazy?) enough to make the 20-hour drive straight through, you have now entered area code 305, Miami — home of South Beach, ocean breezes and one of the most fertile baseball regions in the nation.

Manhattan’s recruiting pipeline to South Florida got its start under former coach Steve Tripper, now the head coach at Stetson University in central Florida, and it continued under Tripper’s successor, Kevin Leighton, now the head baseball coach at Fordham.

But current Jaspers head coach Jim Duffy has kept the recruiting lines open, and he has enjoyed a large amount of success from his forays into Miami.

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