Years after pitching for Palomar College, Bobby Shore is now a coach for the Comets.
Laboring for the Frontier Greys, an independent team in the Midwest that doesn’t have a home and travels to every game, Bobby Shore suddenly found himself a man in demand.
Palomar College baseball coach Buck Taylor offered Shore a job as the Comets pitching coach.
Before Shore could answer, North Dakota, an NCAA Division I school offered him the same position.
“I was really flattered a Division I program wanted me,” said Shore. “After thinking it over, Palomar was a better fit for me.
“I love Buck and Ben Adams (Palomar’s top assistant). I worked as the bullpen coach last season, so I know all the returning pitchers.
“There is a comfort level for me at Palomar.”
Shore takes over for Jared Suwyn, who moved to Cal State San Marcos. Shore brings a wealth of experience to a Comets team that was 36-8 last season, lost in the state championship finals and opens a new on-campus field this season.
One of the stars of the 2001 Oceanside American team that reached the Little League World Series, Shore was 11-1 as a senior at Oceanside High and was the Avocado League Player of the Year as well as first-team All-CIF San Diego Section.
The right-hander was 11-1 as a sophomore at Palomar, including two playoff wins.
He transferred to Oklahoma and was 10-5 as the Sooners made it to the College World Series.
Shore is the only player in Palomar history to play in both the Little League World Series and the College World Series.
“I think I’ve got a pretty good background,” Shore said. “And I’ve been in pro ball.
“All the levels are very different. I’ve been there, and I think I can pass on some knowledge.”
Shore was drafted by the Seattle Mariners out of Oklahoma and climbed to the High-A California League before he was released.
He signed with the Greys this season because they gave him the chance to start every fifth day while also being the team’s bullpen coach.
One of his pitchers is left-hander Max Homick, who played at Rancho Bernardo and USD. One of the Greys’ catchers is Dillon Haupt, who played at Mira Mesa and USD.
All are successful. Shore is 5-6 with a 3.52 ERA in 15 starts. Homick is 1-1 with a 1.82 ERA in 10 appearances. In 59 games, Haupt is hitting .276 with nine homers and 27 RBIs.
“This has been a very interesting season,” Shore said. “Our team is owned by the (Frontier) league. We’re based in the St. Louis area but don’t have a home field.
“We’ve got a couple of two-hour bus rides, and a couple of 10-hour trips, but pretty much everything is 3-5 hours.
“It’s grind, but it’s also a lot of fun. I’ve grown as a player and person because of this experience.”
Palomar has a history of sending coaches to the next level.
Suwyn is at Cal State San Marcos and USD pitching coach Tyler Kincaid got his start with the Comets.
“Bobby did a great job for us in the bullpen last year,” said Taylor, who also said former Vista and Cal State Bakersfield star Hayden Carter will join the staff as bullpen coach. “So when Jared left, Bobby was our first choice.
“His experience speaks volumes. Beyond that he’s a great communicator. He’s up front with kids. He tells guys how it is. And they like that.”
Shore was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Palomar and said he “turned down really good money” to pitch at Oklahoma.
“I realized I wanted the big-time college experience,” Shore said. “I wanted to go to a school where football Saturdays were an event.
“And I’m glad I did.
“I have a college degree and don’t have to start my life over at age 26 or so.”
Shore will work on his master’s degree in administrative leadership at Oklahoma while at Palomar.
“I spoke with the coaches at Oklahoma before I turned down North Dakota and took the Palomar job,” Shore said. “They encouraged me to go for my master’s because that degree opens so many more doors.
“I ventured out of California after Palomar to experience different things.
“That worked out pretty well. No regrets.
“I only hope this works out as well.”
BOBBY SHORE'S PITCHING PORTFOLIO
Year / Team / W-L / ERA
2004 / Oceanside / 0-0 / 4.27
2005 / Oceanside / 2-4 / 5.29
2006 / Oceanside / 11-1 / 2.03
2007 / Palomar / 3-2 / 3.31
2008 / Palomar / 11-1 / 2.40
2009 / Oklahoma / 3-2 / 4.14
2010 / Oklahoma / 10-5 / 4.12
2011 / Pulaski / 0-1 / 3.06
2012 / Everett / 0-0 / 3.00
2012 / Clinton / 4-3 / 1.94
2013 / High Desert / 6-5 / 5.42
2014 / Normal / 4-8 / 5.50
2015 / Greys / 5-6 / 3.52