FAMILY BUSINESS: Jake Boone takes a big cut in a 2019 game during his sophomore season for the Princeton University baseball team. Foregoing his senior season for Princeton, star shortstop Boone recently signed a contract with the Washington Nationals to join the pro ranks. Over his Tiger career, Boone played in 72 games in two-plus seasons, hitting .250 with 71 hits, 31 runs, and 24 RBIs. Boone is adding the latest chapter to his family’s illustrious pro baseball history, whose line of Major League players includes his father (Bret), uncle (Aaron), grandfather (Bob), and great-grandfather (Ray). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
By Justin Feil
Jake Boone had every intention of returning for his senior season with the Princeton University baseball team in 2020-21 before turning professional.
Instead, he accelerated the process to fulfilling his lifelong dream when he signed with the Washington Nationals in August.
“Obviously it’s something I’ve worked for my whole life,” said Boone, reflecting on joining the National League franchise.
“To have a club give me an opportunity like the Nationals, I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to start working and start continuing toward my dream. This is just another step. I’m excited.”
Boone is continuing to take classes that began August 31. It’s looking unlikely that any minor league baseball will take place before next spring, and Boone is training for that chance and hoping to stay on academic track with Princeton’s virtual classes. Past Tiger players who left early would finish their degrees in two fall semesters after missing a spring semester.
“If it was in-person, that’s probably how I would have done it – fall semester, fall semester – that’s the typical route,” said Boone. more