VESTAL (WBNG) -- Three former Bearcats will be inducted into the Binghamton Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018 next December. Joining Josh Ruff (wrestling) and Jeff Wolniewicz (golf) is former baseball standout, Corey Taylor.
"Corey was one of the most dynamic and dangerous offensive players we've ever had in the history of this program," Binghamton baseball head coach Tim Sinicki said.
During Taylor's junior campaign in 2010, he hit .370 with 14 home runs and 66 RBI.
"He helped our offense because he made everyone around him better," Binghamton baseball hitting coach Ryan Hurba added.
"I just think I didn't give at-bats away," said Taylor. "My swing was never the prettiest. I didn't have the best mechanics. But I grinded through at-bats. I didn't give up when I had two strikes. I found ways to get on base."
"He was the most feared offensive player in the America East Conference," Sinicki added.
It's been eight years since Corey Taylor was named America East Player of the Year.
In fact, Taylor still leads the program in RBI, runs, home runs, and stolen bases.
"I played with so many talented guys that honestly made me the player I was," said Taylor. "And I would not have been half the player I was if it wasn't for them."
But a devastating injury suddenly ended his junior year.
"Getting hit in the face by a fastball is not fun, and getting hit in the face by a fastball at home, in the conference tournament, with a guy who threw really hard is even less fun," Hurba said.
That injury carried over into his senior season and eventually ended to his baseball career.
"Everything happens for a reason," said Taylor. "I don't have any regrets. I wouldn't change anything. I really enjoyed all four years here. I enjoyed my time after. I enjoyed the memories I have and the chances to spend time with my teammates. I played under some of the best coaches anybody could ask for."
Taylor is currently following in his father's footsteps and is enrolled in the Vestal Police Academy. He hopes to graduate in October.
He will be inducted into the Binghamton Athletics Hall of Fame on December 8, 2018.