THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The bigger road is not always the best road and Cal Lutheran junior baseball player Max Weinstein is glad he made that realization. After starting his collegiate athletic career at the Division I level, he made the transition to CLU where he has found his niche and is able to focus on his academics while he plays the sport he loves in the competitive Division III environment.
Out of Canyon High School, Weinstein, one of the top baseball players in the region who had garnered Foothill League Player of the Year and All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year honors, enrolled at the University of California, Irvine. The infielder and pitcher spent one year on the roster for the Division I Anteaters, but was unhappy after struggling with injuries and limited playing time despite the team advancing to the Division I College World Series.
In 2015 he made the decision to transfer up to Thousand Oaks where he felt he had a better opportunity, not only to continue his playing career, but more importantly in the classroom.
"I wanted to attend a school where they had a business management major," he shared, "And Cal Lutheran was the better fit for my future career aspirations of working in the sports management field."
In the meantime, Weinstein is excelling on the diamond as well as in the classroom. The starting second baseman for the Kingsmen, who can also play other infield positions and pitch, has had a breakout year, leading the way in batting average (.379), slugging percentage (.544), at-bats (103), runs (20), hits (39) and triples (2) while sitting second on the team in doubles (7) and RBIs (15). He also ranks third with a .423 on base percentage.
He has been instrumental for the Violet and Gold this spring and it has definitely left an impression on him.
Being a student-athlete has helped to shape the person that Weinstein is.
"I feel I am a better overall person and citizen and I have learned valuable traits that translate not only on the baseball field, but in everyday life," he continued, "The most important impact it has had on me is my attitude toward the true definition of hard work. I have learned through being a student-athlete that nothing is going to be handed to you. If you want something, you have to work your tail off to earn it."
Weinstein shared that one of the most memorable moments that he has had at CLU was winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Postseason Tournament at Occidental College last year, saying it was a really special moment with an amazing group of guys.
Well before Weinstein was fielding ground balls and rounding the bases, he was part of another kind if hit.
"My mom got me into acting when I was six years old and I did that until I was 10," he said. Some of the popular television shows that you may have seen him on include Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Las Vegas, Ghost Whisperer, JAG, Without a Trace and the House of Sands and Fog.
While acting is not likely in his future, the training he learned on the set at an early age as well as the lessons he is continuing to learn on the diamond and in the classroom have provided important foundations for him to be successful in everyday life.
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