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As of April 2, 2020, there is no way to tell if there will be a high-school baseball season in New Jersey. The NJSIAA has said all the right things about doing everything in its power to provide interscholastic competition for spring athletes in 2020, but with no clear end to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. in sight, the decision likely rests with a higher-ranking department.

The best everyone can do is to keep hope alive and to stay ready, which is why the baseball content at Shore Sports Network will be coming in hot over the next several weeks. There will be an abundance of features to scroll through while we wait for a hopeful start date and if that date never comes, at least there will be some account of the hundreds and hundreds of local players who were ready to roll before the plug got pulled on the season.

We'll start it off with the usual division-by-division previews and because we don't know if we will actually have a division schedule, we are going to call them "outlooks" this season. I'm not sure how much different an outlook is from a preview, but it is most certainly a different word.

The only difference between this year's previews and those from past years is that the capsule on each team is a tad shorter and there are no breakout players listed. There will be much more detail on teams in the upcoming Shore rankings feature, as well as a larger list of potential breakout players heading into the would-be 2020 season.

These previews would be coming out in advance of any high-school opening day so for those conditioned to check in on them before the first pitch every year, hopefully this brings back a little bit of that familiar feeling that comes with the start of the season.

Enjoy, and to those of you who know you are better than your ranking, I'm hoping against hope you get to prove the prediction wrong.

Division-by-Division Outlooks

Class A North (CBA, Freehold, Freehold Twp., Howell, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlboro, Middletown South)

Class A Central (Holmdel, Manasquan, Monmouth, Raritan, RBC, Rumson, Shore, St. Rose)

Class A South (Brick, Brick Memorial, Central, Jackson Memorial, Southern, TR East, TR North, TR South)

Class B North (Colts Neck, Matawan, Middletown North, Neptune, Ocean, Red Bank, St. John Vianney, Wall)

Class B Central (Asbury Park, Henry Hudson, Keansburg, Keyport, Mater Dei, Pt. Beach, Ranney)

Class B South (Barnegat, Donovan Catholic, Jackson Liberty, Lacey, Lakewood, Manchester, Pinelands, Pt. Boro)

 

Returning 2019 All-Shore and All-Division Players

 

Shore Conference Baseball 20 in 2020

Beyond the Top 20: The Underdogs of the Shore Conference

No. 20: Toms River South

No. 19: Point Beach

No. 18: Colts Neck

No. 17: Brick

No. 16: Marlboro

No. 15: Toms River East

No. 14: Howell

No. 13: Jackson Liberty

No. 12: Freehold Township

No. 11: Ocean

No. 10: St. John Vianney

No. 9: Toms River North

No. 8: Manasquan

No. 7: Wall

No. 6: Manalapan

No. 5: Middletown South

No. 4: Red Bank Catholic

No. 3: Point Boro

No. 2: Christian Brothers Academy

No. 1: Jackson Memorial

 

Top Players in the Shore by Position

Top Catchers at the Shore

Top First Basemen at the Shore

Top Second Basemen at the Shore

Top Shortstops at the Shore

Top Third Basemen at the Shore

Top Outfielders at the Shore

Top Pitchers at the Shore

Top Two-Way Players at the Shore

 

"Breakout" Players for 2020

Breakout Seniors

Breakouts to Come in 2021

 

Plus additional feature stories throughout the spring