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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Short in stature, tall in talent

Daniel Baine stands in front of the baseball diamond gates. Photo by || Christopher Geanakos || [email protected]

Not many students can say they have personally met the New York Yankees. Few claim to be aspiring athletes and studious pupils. But the Panthers’ right-handed baseball pitcher and biology major Daniel Baine can make such claims.

Standing at 5-foot-7 inches and 140 pounds, it becomes apparent Baine doesn’t conform to the athletic mold most people equate with a baseball player — he’s the lightest man on the team and shorter than most teammates, according to the official roster. Baine says these circumstances, which would normally be an impediment to the sport, have actually turned him into a better player.

“I’ve always known my whole life I’ve had to work harder than every man just to be able to have a shot,” Baine says.

Despite a short stature and lanky frame, his hard work has not gone unnoticed by his teammates and coaches.

“He comes and gets the job done, you know?” Jay Coyle, third baseman says. “He does what he does and he’s a good player— he’s a good guy too.”

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Right fielder Eli Hynes says that Baine brings all the good qualities that he personifies off the field into the game and works harder than anyone he knows.

“He’s just a great guy and a good teammate,” Hines says. “He’ll do anything for the team.”

In addition to hurling baseballs, Baine is a good student with an interest in academic fields such as biology, nuclear and quantum physics and a solid 3.1 grade point average, according to team records.

Despite his academic interests, Baine says he ultimately wants to enter the ranks of Major League Baseball, and knows there will be a long and hard struggle ahead, but he is not distressed.

“No matter what, you got to work for everything,” Baine says. “Stuff’s not going to be given to you on a silver platter, so you got to go out there and create your own opportunities to make it happen for yourself.”

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