NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Bees are set to play six games this week and log close to 1,000 miles traveled. While this might seem like a full-time job at times, it feels like summer vacation for one Bee in particular.
This summer you can find Teddy Schoenfeld patrolling left field at New Britain Stadium for the Bees, but the rest of year he’ll be at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The computer science and neuroscience major says he “doesn’t really have a free minute” at MIT but is enjoying every second this summer in central Connecticut.
“This is the best,” Schoenfeld said about the environment of the FCBL. “Especially playing in front of people like this who are coming out on their Fridays and Saturdays to watch a baseball game. That’s pretty special.”
Schoenfeld was ultimately focused on using baseball to get into the best school possible while still playing at a great program during his college search.
“I was always someone that cared about the classroom and the field,” Schoenfeld said. “I looked at a lot of other schools and I landed on MIT because of the combination [of academics and baseball]. I got to play early on, go to a great school, and be surrounded by a great group of guys.”
He said there’s a lot of pressure at MIT to be career-oriented. So much so that a lot of his teammates have other jobs to go along with schoolwork and athletics. However, Schoenfeld knows he only has a finite number of years left to play this game, so he wants to make the most of it while he can.
The MIT Engineers – a Division III program – don’t practice as much as a Division I school might, but Schoenfeld says he’s still able to find the time to work on his game. The results have shown up for the Colorado native who batted .373 with 69 hits and 32 RBI this season for the Engineers.
He’s continued the success into the summer with the Bees. Schoenfeld currently holds the team lead with a .438 batting average, 1.025 OPS, 28 hits and 14 walks.
Along with his double major, Schoenfeld has spent time at MIT as a member of the Chi Phi fraternity, Music Production Collaborative and Machine Intelligence Committee while also interning with BallerTV, BrainCo, Neurable and Nference. He doesn’t view his added responsibility as a hindrance to practice time, however. Instead, Schoenfeld explained that it’s as simple as recognizing he needs to be 100% focused when he does have the chance to improve his game.
“As long as you put in those good, focused hours there’s definitely enough time,” Schoenfeld said. “It’s good to have time away from the field mentally. It’s a lot of mental strain as well as physical. All hours of the day you’re focusing on what you have to be doing whether you’re on the field, in the classroom, or just hanging out with the guys.”
Time management is far from a new skill for Schoenfeld. During his time at Boulder High School in Colorado he was a member of the tennis team to go along with baseball. He placed as an all-region honorable mention in tennis and First-Team All-Region in baseball. Off the field he was President of the National Honor Society, an AP National Scholar, conducted data analysis at the University of Colorado and was a speaker at his high school graduation.
For now, though, Schoenfeld can focus on trying to keep his league-best batting average and helping his team get back on track. The Bees remain in third place after a nightmare weekend when they were outscored 27-1 by the first-place Vermont Lake Monsters. Schoenfeld sat out both games in Vermont over the weekend.