First-baseman Jason Jacobs is having what may be the best offensive year in Cyclones history — but he doesn’t only lead in the statistical categories. He leads on the field, too.
The second-year Clone leads the New York–Penn League with 10 home runs, and has a team-leading 43 RBIs — but his teammates look to him for more than big numbers.
“He’s our leader,” said shortstop Matt Bouchard. “He does so much on the field, but he always gets us revved up in the clubhouse before games when we need it. He’s our guy.”
Manager Edgar Alfonzo has certainly noticed the improvement in Jacobs, who hit only .217 last year — almost 60 points lower than this season.
“He’s been outstanding,” said the skipper. “He’s getting chances to drive in runs and he’s making the most of it. He’s been swinging the bat well all season.”
Jacobs is just three homers and three RBI short of the team’s single season records, both set by Frank Corr in the inaugural 2001 season. Even if he misses those marks, the West Palm Beach, Florida-native is satisfied with what he’s accomplished.
“I’ve had a great season and I think it’s because I wouldn’t want to take the field with anyone else,” said Jacobs, who has hit seven of his dingers at the pitcher-friendly Keyspan Park.
“This is the best team I’ve ever played on and I think I owe a lot of my success to my teammates. They’ve had my back all season.”