The Spartans, coming off a season cut short last spring by the COVID-19 pandemic, are taking every precaution to ensure a safe and strong start to this 2021 season, hitting the road to take on three teams in games starting Thursday and running through Saturday.
MBU Spartan Trey Steffler, a junior from Boise, Idaho, steps into the batter’s box. After a disappointing and abrupt ending to last season, the Spartans find themselves in an optimistic mindset heading into this season, opening against NAIA-ranked opponents. Photo Courtesy of MBU Athletics
Nick Sailer, a two-sport athlete and Academic All-American at Missouri Baptist University, has moved to the operations side of the university’s complex athletics programs, accepting a position as manager of Athletic Operations.
Photo by Trevor Chaney
Nick Sailer smiles as he looks at the two monitors at his desk in his new office in the Athletics Department at Missouri Baptist University, where he recently accepted a position as manager of Athletic Operations. Sailer said he is adjusting well to working alongside colleagues who a short time ago were his coaches.
Josh Fuentes, who played at Missouri Baptist University five years ago, is now the 11th-rated prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization, according to MLB.com, and he looks to continue his success as he got called up to the Big Leagues this week, delivering a base hit in his first-ever Major League at-bat.
Photos courtesy of MBU Athletics and the Colorado Rockies
Josh Fuentes, then and now. In the photo on the left, Fuentes fields a ball and makes the throw to first base while shoring up the infield as a Missouri Baptist University Spartan five years ago. In the photo on the right, Fuentes dons his big league uniform as he was called up this week to the Colorado Rockies.
A child wants to please their parents until they become a teenager, then the parents try to please their child, all because of the fear that one day they may leave.
Photo by Chaney Archive
Trevor Chaney, at 4 years old, sits in the backseat as he gets dropped off at his grandparents’ house. His early life was a series of dropoffs, mainly between parents, but now he has found solid and healthy footing.
“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” –Rogers Hornsby
Photo by Abby Kassebaum
Fans fill Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, for the annual rite of passage as winter makes way for spring and professional baseball officially returns to our lives.