From the NECBL and Don Leypoldt
Players flock to the NECBL to learn. In the summer of 1997, pitcher Scott Chiasson (rhymes with “Jason”) realized an important lesson while twirling for the League’s Eastern Tides.
“(I learned) that I wasn’t that good yet!” Chiasson laughed. “I still had a lot to learn, I knew that. I hadn’t been pitching very long and I was up against guys who were better than me.”
As a freshman at Division III powerhouse Eastern Connecticut State (ECSU), Chiasson, a Norwich, CT native, exclusively played shortstop. As a sophomore, Chiasson continued to play short while also pitching. With the arrival of infielder Nick Tempesta, a Massachusetts State Player of the Year who’d eventually be drafted by the Blue Jays, Chiasson could move full time to pitching, a transition he started in that 1997 summer.
The 6’3” righty got plenty of experience for the Tides- he was second in the NECBL in appearances and was one of just two pitchers that summer to