Just a Phone Call Away

Jeff Singer

Singer in 2015.

Wearing a cap adorned with the uppercase R of the Reading Fightin Phils, the minor league Class AA affiliate for the Philadelphia Phillies, Jeff Singer reared back and gunned a fastball past a swinging batter on the first crisp Friday night in September.

Two years prior, Singer wore another R on his cap—that of Rutgers University–Camden.

He has a chance of one day soon playing in the red cap of the Phillies. “Once you get up to double-A, you know you are just a phone call away,” Singer said.

If he gets that call, he would be the first player from Rutgers–Camden to play in the majors.

Singer transferred to Rutgers–Camden from Monmouth University for his senior year. After a stellar season, the management major worked at a Philadelphia car dealership while continuing to play baseball in a recreational league. Some good outings landed him on the Camden Riversharks where he impressed enough scouts to land a contract with the Phillies. Singer was promoted at the end of July to the Class AA team in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he finished the season.

Although he has a good shot to make the Phillies, he knows that there is no guarantee. “Some days you have those long bus rides and you think of every outcome,” Singer said. “The best-case scenario is stepping out onto that mound at Citizens Bank Park and getting to pitch there.”

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