St. John's Red Storm baseball

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St. John's Red Storm
St. John's Red Storm logo.svg
Founded 1906; 112 years ago (1906)
University St. John's University
Head coach Ed Blankmeyer (23rd season)
Conference Big East
Home stadium Jack Kaiser Stadium
(Capacity: 3,500)
Nickname Red Storm
Colors Red and White[1]
         
College World Series appearances
1949, 1960, 1966, 1968, 1978, 1980
NCAA Tournament appearances
1949, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018
Conference tournament champions
1985, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1997, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2018
Conference champions
1987, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2018

The St. John's Red Storm baseball team represents St. John's University, in New York City in college baseball. The program is classified in the NCAA Division I, and the team competes in the Big East Conference. The team is coached by Ed Blankmeyer.

The St. John's baseball team has been to the College World Series six times, recorded 37 NCAA appearances, 9 Big East Championships and have sent more than 100 players on to professional baseball careers.

Facilities[edit]

The team plays at the 3,500-seat Jack Kaiser Stadium, dedicated in 2007 to the Hall of Fame Coach and former St. John's Athletic Director. The stadium is one of the largest college baseball stadiums in the northeast, and is a featured venue on the EA Sports MVP NCAA Baseball video game.[citation needed] The stadium was conceived out of a deal between the university and the Giuliani administration. The administration wanted to find a location for a single-A team that would be affiliated with the New York Mets. Expressing concern about quality of life issues and the spending of public money for a private religious institution, surrounding neighborhood civic groups and local politicians protested the plan. In order to placate their concerns, however, the Mets offered to open it up to the communities for local high school games and youth programs.[2] This stadium was built despite large protests by community residents as well as State Senator Frank Padavan[2] (while also using city financing)[3] The Red Storm played the first ever game at the Mets' new ballpark, Citi Field on March 29, 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ St. John's Athletics Brand Guide (PDF). Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Bagli, Charles (February 19, 2000). "Queens Groups Plan to Sue To Stop a Baseball Stadium". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Bagli, Charles V. (February 19, 2000). "Queens Groups Plan to Sue To Stop a Baseball Stadium". The New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved May 24, 2010.