Immediate Release: August 2, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Former Binghamton second baseman Jim Calderone will begin his professional career with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Class A Frontier League. Calderone, who graduated in May, signed a contract with the organization and will report to the team for the final month of the season. He becomes the 13th BU player to sign a pro contract in the last five years.
The Thunderbolts are based in Crestwood, Ill. and have won the Frontier League championship twice in the last three seasons. They play a 96-game schedule that runs from May 20-Sept. 5. The team has won 12 of its last 13 games and sits in second place in the East Division. The top two teams advance to the playoffs.
Calderone, a scholar-athlete, was a first-team all-conference selection this past spring after leading the Bearcats with a .373 average, school-record 75 hits and 25 multi-hit games. He had a .453 on-base percentage and only committed five errors in 228 chances at second base. Calderone was the MVP of the 2009 America East Championship after steering the Bearcats to their historic title and subsequent NCAA appearance.
Binghamton, winners of four straight America East regular season titles, won a school-record 31 games in 2010. Head coach Tim Sinicki's squad was ranked No. 6 out of 68 teams in the final Northeast Regional poll by Ping!Baseball.com. The program has increased its win total in an NCAA-record seven straight seasons.
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