Senior Lobo baseball player opts out of returning for another season | KOB 4

Senior Lobo baseball player opts out of returning for another season

Lee Faria
Created: April 04, 2020 10:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The NCAA voted Monday to allow this year’s senior college athletes who were playing spring sports to get a second chance next year, but one Lobo baseball player decided he didn’t want to stick around.

Justin Watari started in every game for the Lobos before the plug was pulled due to coronavirus concerns.


“Especially with Coach "B"—he really teaches us how to become a man of course I took it seriously I don't have any regrets and I enjoyed every second being out there I'm surely going to miss it, but you know everything does come to an end,” Watari said.

Watari said he will graduate in May then attend graduate school in the fall. There is a chance Watari will be drafted in June, but he said he’s not putting all of his eggs in one basket.

“Everyone shoots to get drafted their junior year because that's where the most potential money is and because I'll be going into my second senior year I would be another year older and I know age plays a big part,” Watari said.

Lobo baseball head coach Ray Birmingham made it clear that the money the baseball program receives will go toward players who are coming into the program next season.


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