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The longtime Cape Cod League coach has a relationship with future stars that's different than any they'll have with their many other coaches. Here, he remembers young Matt Harvey, young Evan Longoria, young Rich Hill, and more.

If you recognize the name John Schiffner, chances are you're either part of the college baseball scene or a big fan of the 2001 romantic comedy, Summer Catch. The long-time coach of Chatham in the Cape Cod League, Schiffner is played by Brian Dennehy in the film, and he considers it one of the highlights of his baseball career — though he wouldn't have minded the role going to Tom Selleck or Kevin Costner, he admitted.

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December 20, 2012 5:00 am

Perfect Game Presents


Allan Simpson

Rankings and scouting reports of the Cape Cod League's top 100 prospects

On December 5, 2012, Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game announced a partnership to help promote and cover the game at both the amateur and professional levels. As a result of this partnership, Baseball Prospectus subscribers will now get the opportunity to read some of the great premium content being published by Perfect Game for its members. Today, courtesy of Perfect Game, we bring you this special report on Cape Cod League prospects by Allan Simpson.

A juiced baseball that led to a dramatic increase in home runs was the No. 1 storyline in summer-college baseball in 2012, and nowhere was the surge more impactful than in the Cape Cod League, the nation’s showcase summer circuit.

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