Ron DeSantis’ college baseball playing days under new scrutiny
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The Governor's individual success didn't translate into team wins.

Ron DeSantis captained his Yale baseball team, but a new story from an Ivy League rival’s school paper suggests that his individual achievements didn’t translate into squad success.

The Daily Pennsylvanian notes that the Governor was by all accounts a good captain, but the Bulldogs struggled during his time on the team.

“DeSantis collected 77 hits during years two and three with the Bulldogs, and notched an impressive on-base percentage of .380. Arguably his best college season came during his junior year, when he set career highs in hits with 44, home runs at five, and with 28 RBIs. However, the Bulldogs became cellar dwellers of the Ivy League, bottoming out with a 3-17 conference record in 2000,” notes reporter Walker Carnahan.

His senior year’s captaincy didn’t lead to on field wins.

“With DeSantis at the helm, the Bulldogs took a small step forward, but still finished last in the Ivy League with just six conference victories. Though DeSantis led the team in hits and set a new personal best in batting average with .336, he could not replicate the overall potency of his junior campaign,” Carnahan notes.

“He finished his career with 156 hits and a batting average of .313, but an Ivy League record of just 27-53.”

DeSantis played on his baseball past in the 2022 cycle. A May digital spot begins with an announcer’s voice: “The corporate media’s been throwing curveballs all day long, but they can’t get anything past this batter.”

There were 500 “limited edition Gov. DeSantis classic baseball cards” made available, each one costing $49.99, along with the option for autographed cards.

Soon thereafter, the Governor released “military baseball cards.” This was a limited release of “ten authentic autographed relic” versions.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


33 comments

  • Air Apparent. . ly not

    July 3, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    A.G. and company, just keep quietly repeating this to yourselves as you sit at your keyboards: “he kicked our guy’s a-s by 20 points, he busted Charlie so bad that now Charlie is Pete Buttjiggle’s towel boy,, he is going to president some day and there’s nothin’ I can do about it.” It will keep you grounded–like much of America’s air travelers these days.

    • rick

      July 3, 2023 at 3:56 pm

      ….that’s so bizarre freaking logic you have there, skippy!

      • rick

        July 3, 2023 at 4:02 pm

        ….sorry, air!
        That was intended for the person who is equating sports recruiting to affirmative action.

    • CK Kennedy

      July 4, 2023 at 8:26 am

      Yep and just keep telling yourself he’s going Meatball Ron is going to be president one day. That’s even more delusional.

    • laughing at you

      July 4, 2023 at 11:37 am

      just like daddy trump desatan will land in jail as well . we already see the federal judges striking down his attempts at facisim

  • Mickey

    July 3, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    To me the bigger story is that he attended Yale on affirmative action. Getting into a college because you play baseball is also affirmative action. Yet, he’s so against schools seeking more diversity to seeking to increase the enrollment of very bright black students blacks , The hypocrisy is astounding

    • Tjb

      July 3, 2023 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you Mickey. You assessment is spot on.

    • John

      July 3, 2023 at 2:13 pm

      Scholarships for athletes is also based on merit of how well you play. Why are you so against merit? I think what you’re really saying is you don’t see black students getting in based on that and would rather racist college policies that discriminate against other minorities.

      • Mickey

        July 3, 2023 at 3:26 pm

        No, that’s not it. You see, the blacks that get into ivy league schools are actually more qualified than most of the whites based on their academic record. In most cases they are recruited because of those records as the university seeks to diversify its campus. They run circles around the legacy students… many of which are B- or C students at best. So yes, merit with regards to academic performance is what these black students receive as well.

        • Jake

          July 3, 2023 at 6:31 pm

          More likely D- was on a financial need scholarship, with admission points for being 1st member of family to attend college, plus a letter of recommendation by former State Senator Rhem. Our boy’s a tool, unliked since childhood…always been a weird bully.
          Retweeting the homophobic ad on the last day of Pride proves the man’s intellect. He’s given too much credit for his brain. Communication isn’t his forte and it highlights his limited ability. He was a Congressional disruptor ( a Gaetz)and campaign finance crook.

        • Leonard

          July 4, 2023 at 7:43 am

          One of the problems with Liberals is that they throw out all kinds of “facts” that just aren’t true. Mickey–you say “the blacks that get into Ivy League schools are actually more qualfifed thas most whites based on their academic record”….that is patently false…and if it was true there would be no discussion about affirmative action. The great Thomas Sowell gives many examples of why affirmative action hurts black students…such as MIT where black students on average are in the Top 10% in math nationally but the average MIT student is in the Top 1% nationally–with affirmative action some students are set up for failure…which is according to Sowell 70% of black students at MIT fail….far better to put these exceptional students in a learning environment where they can excel and be all they can be.

    • John

      July 3, 2023 at 2:20 pm

      “Very bright blacks” don’t need affirmative action. The stupidity is astounding.

      • nail

        July 3, 2023 at 2:54 pm

        And dumb with lots of money get in very easily..But you wouldn’t know about that. es, MAGAs stupidity is astounding. They actually think they are going to win the elections. But MAGAts haven’t payed attention to the 24 who said hey already know they are going to get eaten alive, because of the MAGAs and their craziness on line and the crazy actions and lies of those in The Gouse of Clowns…

        • Klansmen of the left

          July 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm

          That’s rich coming from a klansman of the left. Shouldn’t you be out cutting holes in sheets and building crosses to burn?

    • nail

      July 3, 2023 at 2:47 pm

      We have the same thought pattern. I checked out a little history and found out he was ” recruited to play baseball for Yale”. To me, “Scholarship and Affirmative Action” go along with “recruited. ” He then taught school for a year, and then went to Harvard, (finally accepted & no money). That I wonder about. he said he graduated Summa from Yale. You don’t wait for a year when you were Summa at Yale…then star with a team
      You do not go to Yale and a year after Harvard to get a law degree and never practice law.. Not even in the service. He may have been in the “trial defense counsel” but his senior officer said he collected “pee samples.”.
      I caught an excerpt from his book “I was not woke in these liberal school that tried to indoctrinate me, but I came out to be the bigger AH, even hough 8 of the 9 Justices went to one or the other of these school, same with 13 Presidents. He had such a hard life. Thrn he married the Handmaiden at Disney “against my better judgement.”
      He sounds like he needed Ketamine to ward off the depression he has for those 7 years. Poor thing/NOT

      • carl

        July 4, 2023 at 9:07 am

        most ivy league schools recruit atheletes but they have to have strong academics to get in. as far as i know they do not give athletic scholarships.He graduated with honors from Yale so clearly he was academically endowed. i went to Harvard Business and it is rare that you are admitted straight out of undergraduate school. many naval officers collect urine samples-its a small part of their duties. i believe he also practiced law after Navy and before Congress as a prosecutor. Did you get anything right?

  • Media lies

    July 4, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    Millions upon millions documented from china,Russia,Iran funneled into the biden crime family, cocaine found in White House and yet far left klansmen are concerned about a baseball team 30 years ago. Typical democrat behavior.

  • eprezzano

    July 4, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Some of the smear comments are absurd and idiotic.Because Yale’s baseball team was average while DeSantis was captain has nothing to do with his ability.I can tell you as an alumnus of Penn there has never been anybody from the Daily Pennsylvanian who could have made a college baseball team.Gancarski is desperate for smear.Examine the history of the DeSantis career ,he might be able to write something worhwhile

    • Jake

      July 4, 2023 at 3:35 pm

      3W-17L in any season is failure, like his low human interaction ability, and his poll numbers. Doesn’t matter how far right or left you are, duh or de santis isn’t going to damage anything but Florida. Those who voted for him are oblivious to his policies that will include them. The racism, misogyny homophobia, intellectual and liberal culture hate from Desantis will keep southern man voting. The above ignorance will never allow you to open your mind or hearts.
      I know you all claim to be patriots. Just remember our governor’s assignment was black ops torture. That’s not an assignment a good Christian would accept. And southern man, don’t forget Desantis is a Catholic.

      • Klansmen of the left.

        July 4, 2023 at 3:55 pm

        Hunter is that you? Quit leaving your families drugs in the White House. They just had to evacuate the area from joes cocaine. Such a Christian family with its foreign bribes to using drugs in the Oval Office. No wonder klansmen of the left flock to this family. Similar values.

  • Real Thomas Kaspar

    July 4, 2023 at 6:21 pm

    Meanwhile Hunters cocaine found in Whitehouse.

  • Eprezzano

    July 4, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    You better move somewhere elsa

  • just sayin

    July 5, 2023 at 8:29 am

    JFC. You guys are better than this. Of all the things to criticize him about, you cherry-pick some stats to try to imply he might not have been a great captain at baseball twenty years ago? Who cares? Al Gore, Marco Rubio, and Gerald Ford were college football players. Michael Dukakis ran the Boston Marathon at age 17.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 5, 2023 at 4:44 pm

      This post states that “the Governor was by all accounts a good captain” despite the team’s losing record. This post also says Ron’s personal stats were very good. I read it as a pro-Rhonda story. So I will say LOL @ Rhonda because FP had to go back 20+ years to find something, ANYthing, positive to say about Rhonda.

      • Real Thomas Kaspar

        July 5, 2023 at 4:51 pm

        Governor DeSantis brought Florida through Covid and a statewide catastrophic hurricane with spectacular performance . Florida is greatly outperforming the national GDP and especially failing states of New York and California. Biden’s brain infarct and Hunters 10% bribe and cocaine use in the Whitehouse make DeSantis a much better candidate than Biden 2024 .

        • Dont Say FLA

          July 5, 2023 at 5:49 pm

          You can say all that, RTK, but that don’t make any of it true. Turn off the Newsmax!

          • Real Thomas Kaspar

            July 5, 2023 at 5:55 pm

            Today’s Flvoicenews.com quote . 100% accurate .

          • Klansmen of the left

            July 6, 2023 at 5:01 am

            That’s rich coming from a cnn sheeple. Just keep parroting what you’re told to believe and continue ignoring reality as the exodus of blue states continues and states like Florida continue to have a mass influx from those fleeing the tyranny of the left.

          • Dont Say FLA

            July 6, 2023 at 9:41 am

            Why all the hate on my commenting that I read the baseball post as being pro-Ron? It’s almost as if some folks don’t even read what they’re responding to.

          • Klansmen of the left

            July 6, 2023 at 11:04 am

            Exposing your ignorance isn’t hating on comments. Just shining a spotlight into that void you think is a brain.

  • Native Floridian Thomas

    July 5, 2023 at 8:58 am

    How did Hunters Whitehouse cocaine discovery affect mumbling Joe in the polls ?

    • Biden crime family

      July 5, 2023 at 11:15 am

      It wasn’t hunters. It explains joes behaviors. Mumbling, falling down, disoriented, constant confusion and delusions are all signs of drug abuse.

  • Will

    July 7, 2023 at 10:16 am

    He got in with affirmative action for athletes.

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