Joey Falcone, a 27-year-old Columbia baseball player and former Marine Corps medic, is interested in pursuing a major league career after serving two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, the New York Times reports.
Faclone is older than most college baseball players, but he has two more years of eligibility. Falcone hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father played in the major leagues from 1975 to 1984.
Falcone, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound, left-handed designated hitter, posted a team-leading .536 slugging percentage as Columbia (26-19) set a university record for Ivy League victories, going 16-4 in league play. Falcone went 6 for 9 as Columbia swept two games against Dartmouth to win the Ivy League Championship Series. [...]
Falcone said thoughts of returning to baseball filled his mind toward the end of his military duty. “My desire to play and give it a shot never left me,” he said, “and I was confused about why it never left me.”
He enrolled at the College of Staten Island to return to competition while pursuing a nursing career. At Columbia, he is an economics major with a concentration in mathematics.