18 Foreign Players Flock To Roswell, N.M. 0

By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.
Editor/Collegiate Baseball

ROSWELL, N.M. — It’s not uncommon for college baseball teams to get a player or two from outside the United States.

New Mexico Military Institute’s baseball team, under the leadership of Chris Cook, has taken international recruiting to an entirely new level.

This season alone, 18 foreign players out of 35 total athletes are citizens of other countries. It is highest amount of international players he has ever brought in

They come from South Korea, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Japan, Guatemala, Cuba and Venezuela. Now in his 11th season with the Broncos, he has landed 33 international players over the past three years.

The irony of all this is that New Mexico Military Institute is a junior college that is located in Roswell, N.M. — the undisputed alien capital of the world.

Last year marked the 75th anniversary where an extraterrestrial spacecraft crashed in the New Mexico desert near Roswell with debris and possibly alien bodies that were recovered by the U.S. government, which was allegedly covered up.

Millions of people make the pilgrimage to Roswell each year from across the world to see the International UFO Museum & Research Center and other attractions in this city.

You haven’t lived life to its fullest until you have seen the McDonalds in Roswell which is the shape of a crashed alien spacecraft. Across the parking lot at Dunkin Donuts is a green colored alien 50 feet high.

But that’s a story for another day.

Our focus is on New Mexico Military Institute and the amazing job Chris Cook has done.

“It’s pretty crazy how our program has evolved into bringing in so many international players,” said Cook.

“Some of it was by design and several were very random.

“I have one New Mexico high school player who is from Cuba and actually a Texas and Arizona player both from Mexico who I don’t really even count in the numbers.

“I ended up with the Guatemala player by accident. He was planning to attend our school on his own and happened to play catcher. We needed some depth at that position.

“Several of the Latin American players were recruited through a prep school in Pennsylvania while a couple of others came from random contacts that reached out to many programs across the USA.

“The Korean kids have been a recruiting push for me since the Fall of 2020 which was right after the COVID-19 spring. We couldn’t recruit and couldn’t even leave campus for a long time due to state restrictions.

“So I ended up bumping into an online showcase in Korea. After signing a couple of these players, I actually went to Korea the next two falls and picked up several more.

“The same sort of thing happened with a Japanese player I have. I saw him online after his college placement company in Japan posted videos on their senior players.

“We have a strong international admission’s program, and they do a great job of supporting our international recruiting efforts.”

To read more of this story, purchase the Feb. 10, 2023 edition of Collegiate Baseball or subscribe by CLICKING HERE. Cook explains how he started recruited international players and why it has turned into a recruiting bonanza. In addition, he explains how players from the Orient and Latin America have taught him to be a better coach by adjusting his coaching style.