PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University’s Graig Badger (Union, NJ) was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL), which is based in the NY-NJ-PA area. Batting leadoff and playing second base for the New Jersey Colts, Badger led his team to a league-high 30 victories and a first-place finish in the Kaiser Division’s regular season standings.
Badger ended the regular season at .352 (38-for-108) with a team-best 30 runs scored. He also checked in with a league-best .507 on-base percentage, aided by a league-best 25 walks. He set a single-season Colts record for stolen bases (38), breaking his own mark of 22 set in 2002. His two-year total of 60 is the third-highest in league history.
Badger was the starting second baseman for the Kaiser Division in the annual ACBL All-Star game, batting leadoff, where he reached base in four of five plate appearances (two hits, two walks).
Badger was also productive in the playoffs, hitting .333 while leading to the Colts to the Championship game.
Badger was Rutgers’ leadoff hitter in 2003, setting a single-season record for stolen bases (41) and walks (56) while batting .318 and scoring 61 runs, the most since 2000, when David DeJesus scored 85 times. Rutgers posted a 37-22 record, including a 19-6 mark in the BIG EAST. The team captured the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship, advanced to the tournament title game and advanced to the NCAA Regional at Tallahassee, FL, where it s season ended with a 17-7 loss to then No. 1 Florida State.