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Diamondbacks University: Josh Collmenter’s academic resume

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Feb 17, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Josh Collmenter (55) talks with the media on the first day of spring training camp at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Josh Collmenter (55) talks with the media on the first day of spring training camp at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
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By now you may have heard that Josh Collmenter is teaching the Diamondbacks physics, giving the team lessons on gravitational pull and the time-space continuum. Many of the players on the team have eschewed the music loudly playing in the locker room to gather around Collmenter’s dry-erase board to learn about science. Most of the pitchers on the squad have enjoyed the lesson, possibly because Collmenter deems them to be the “more intelligent species.”

Pitching absolutely requires some deal of intellect, although baseball players are not stereotyped as the brightest academic minds on campus. Collmenter, however, appears to have a student’s mind with a jock’s fastball.

His academic record indicates that he is one of the brightest pitchers in the game. Collmenter was the salutatorian  of his high school graduating class in 2004, and went on to attend Central Michigan University. At CMU, which U.S. News and World Report named as one of the country’s 200 best schools, Collmenter was named the Mid Atlantic Conference (MAC) Scholar Athlete of the Week twice in 2007 and was named to the Academic All-MAC baseball team that year. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in marketing and a 3.82 GPA.

Collmenter’s resume would look pretty solid if he were applying for a job outside of the baseball realm. But Collmenter is a smart guy, and must know that his $1.85 million salary with the Diamondbacks is a little bit more lucrative than the average physics professor salary of 97,431. So it appears as though Collmenter’s physics lectures will remain a hobby.

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