POSITRACTION: Nick Derba ’07 Returns as Assistant for Manhattan Baseball

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Nick Derba ’07 Returns as Assistant for Manhattan Baseball

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Manhattan baseball program welcomes back former Jasper standout Nick Derba ’07 who joins the team as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2013 campaign. Derba was a three-time First Team All-MAAC selection during his career from 2004-2007 before going on to play six seasons of professional baseball within the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

“I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to begin my coaching career in the presence of a winning coaching staff and a group of winning players,” said Derba. “It is only that much sweeter that I can begin my coaching career in the same uniform I wore as a student-athlete.”

Derba was selected by the Cardinals in the 30th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft and climbed the minor league ranks during his professional career. He spent the majority of his career playing for the Double-A affiliate Springfield Cardinals and was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Derba played in 368 games in the minors, recording 217 hits and 103 RBI, while also scoring 120 runs.

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[JR: There is something about this story that makes me wish I could go back to campus and make a significant contribution to Alma Mater.]

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