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Book Shares Man's Baseball Struggles

Details Experience Of Being A College Player

Stamford, CT | Added on November 13, 2011 At 08:05 AM

Ken Jacobi struggled through four years of Division I college baseball. Now, he is sharing his story so others can learn from his hardships.

Jacobi, who grew up in Milford and now lives and works in Stamford, published his book, Going With the Pitch: Adjusting to Baseball, School and Life as a Division I College Athlete in April 2011. The book follows his career as an outfielder and designated hitter for Binghamton University from 2005 to 2009.

"I wanted to share with baseball fans and athletes -- especially players in high school -- what it's like to be a college baseball player," Jacobi said. "And I don't mean a top prospect who is at a big time school. This book is about the ins and outs, the struggles of an everyday player."

Binghamton is far from a baseball power. The school boasts less than 12,000 undergraduates. Its baseball program has only played in one NCAA Tournament. It is a school, Jacobi says, where most players know their career ends when they graduate. He says that finality is the reality for most student athletes.

"That's the mass audience this book appeals to," he said. "Like me, most players play in college and then it's over. Then you've got to go work for a living."

The book chronicles both the highs and lows of Jacobi's college career, from transitioning to college during his freshman year, to struggling for playing time, to winning the America East conference in 2009. He says his lowest point came during his junior year, when the grind nearly made him turn his back on baseball.

"I wanted to quit. I'd had enough," Jacobi said. "I wanted nothing to do with baseball anymore."

But he persevered. Eventually, he realized major league baseball wasn't in his future and decided to enjoy baseball while he still could.

Jacobi kept a journal of his college career as "a way to remember" it when it was over. Little did he know he was actually writing his book.

And now he has a story to tell.

"I don't go out and give direct advice in this book," Jacobi said. "All I do is retell my story. And I hope people take something away from it and learn from what I went through."

So far, Jacobi has seen some results. He says a man whose son plays at Cornell University e-mailed him about the book. Jacobi says the man explained how he and his son read the book and learned what to expect in the coming years.

"It was great to hear," Jacobi said. "That's what the book is all about."

Jacobi estimates the book has sold between 1,000 and 1,500 copies so far. The book is available on in paperback and for Kindle. A Nook version is available at

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