"John Paul Papa" is an United States/American former professional baseball player. Papa, a right-handed pitcher, appeared in three Major League Baseball/Major League games, all in relief pitcher/relief, for the Baltimore Orioles in –, and spent the remainder of his career in minor league baseball. He attended the University of Bridgeport and the University of New Haven, stood tall and weighed .

Papa signed with the Orioles in 1958 for a $65,000 bonus rule/bonus. That season, Major League Baseball rescinded the infamous "bonus rule" that would have mandated that the Orioles keep Papa on their 25-man roster for two full seasons; the rule was blamed for wrecking the careers of numerous "bonus babies" whose talents rusted on the bench, rather than being developed in the minors. Sent to the Baltimore farm system, Papa hurt his arm in his third pro season, trying to throw the slider in Class B. But he made the Baltimore opening-season 28-man roster in 1961 at the age of 20.

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Since most of our kids aren't on scholarship, if you get a student that's a little shaky, then they're probably not going to make it.

We should be able to place very high in every event against these teams. I was very happy with the way the kids came back from the winter break conditioning-wise, very impressed. The only group that isn't really ready yet is the distance runners.

Outside our hallway, we have an academic board. The students want to see their name up there. It may not seem to be a big deal for someone walking down the hall, but they do care.

The early meets of the indoor season don't mean too much as far as where you finish is concerned. Right now I'm looking to see as much improvement as I can from everybody, and use the indoor season as a good way to practice for the outdoor season.

I think sometimes that with the individual sports, the athletes take the attitude of individualism. When you're out there competing, you're by yourself and I think they take that attitude with school as well.

We need to get much sharper in the upcoming months. From what I see in practice so far, the coaching staff and I are very excited about our potential, and we should be a very good team throughout the year.

Everybody did a nice job out there. We're progressing quite nicely and we're headed in the right direction.

We'll try the buzzer first and see how it works.

I give the students all the flexibility they need. For example, we have had several student government presidents on our teams in the past.