After just a few short days on the Park Rangers 2022 roster, Jacob Bishop quickly became a fixture for the team. He unconditionally supported every single member of the Rangers and maintained an incredible mindset even through the rough times.
Bishop’s story began at the age of five years old when his parents signed him up for T-Ball. From there, he spent the next 16 years working as hard as possible to become the strong, consistent, and mature player that he is today.
Being a left-handed player meant that there were limited positions that Bishop could play but he didn’t let that stop him. Instead, he worked hard to find the position that he would be the most successful at. After stints at first base, left field, and right field, Bishop realized that being a left-handed pitcher was where he could do the most to support his teams.
After playing high school baseball at Marian High School in Mishawaka, Indiana, Bishop was recruited to Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana as a LHP. Over the course of the last three years of his career at Wabash, Bishop has seen 69 innings of action and has acquired 80 strikeouts. During his stint for the Rangers this summer season, Bishop has seen 27 innings of action so far, racked up 31 strikeouts, and maintained an ERA of 2.67.
Along with playing in his second year of the College Summer League, Bishop is also working full time in his second year at Bullpen. He holds the roles of off-site field manager and on-site quad manager where he is heavily involved in operations and stats. Each summer, he balances training, playing, and working full time and does it all with incredible success.
Baseball is a sport that often challenges mindset and can bring out the best and worst in players. Bishop is one of few players in college baseball that can be considered a Master of Mentality. On and off the field, he works hard to maintain a growth mindset and remain positive in the face of adversity.
As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, Bishop has struggled for years on how to manage failure. His secret to staying focused and not letting the tough times get him down is giving himself five minutes to have his feelings and then move on. This approach has moved mountains for Bishop and strengthened his relationship with each and every teammate and the game itself.
“You don’t get to play this game forever so I’m going to enjoy every second that I can and try to help the guys around me have fun too.”
This summer with the Park Rangers has been huge for Bishop as he overcame a few different injuries and bounced back better than before. Not for one second did he let himself get down and that is where his strength lies.
After he earns his Masters in Sport Administration and his career as a player is over, Bishop hopes to continue working in baseball and make an impact with players.
The most important piece of advice that Bishop has to offer others is that “you’re not going to succeed every time, but giving it your all and competing every second you’re out there is all that matters.”