A view of the gates of Haymarket Park in Lincoln
The Huskers didn't play a home game at Haymarket Park until their 14th game this season. Photo Courtesy: Lydia Asplin

As Carson Kamm entered his freshman year, the freshman from Portland, Oregon was given an opportunity to make an impact as a student manager for the Cornhuskers baseball team. He battles the difficulty of balancing the job on top of his classes but understands the sacrifices are needed to get to the area that he wants to be in for his career.

Kamm arrives to every game at Haymarket Park four hours ahead of the scheduled first pitch. He uses this timeframe to rub up baseballs to prepare them for the game using a certain kind of rubbing mud. This mud makes it easier for the players to grip the baseballs during the contests. 

While describing his pregame duties, Kamm said: “The immediate role for the student managers is the task of rubbing up about 5 dozen balls to be used. If it happens to be a weekend series that number even increases to 15 dozen.”

Although the process is a huge time commitment, Kamm does not seem to mind. He states he is just grateful for the unique situation that allowed him to get a position within Nebraska baseball. 

When Carson Kamm met his roommate during the start of freshman year, it’s hard to imagine that he had any idea that it would lead to the opportunity of being a student manager for the Nebraska baseball team. Kamm, currently a sophomore majoring in Sports Media and Communications, now has that opportunity. 

“During my freshman year I met my roommate’s brother who happened to be on the baseball team and I was able to get to know him pretty well,” said Kamm. “I wanted to get involved in baseball in some aspect and he ended up referring me to the coaching staff as a potential option for a student manager position.” 

The roommate Kamm is talking about happens to be Joe Bunz, brother of Husker left-handed pitcher Jake Bunz. Kamm stated that he still remains in a strong relationship with both Bunz brothers off the field, but stays out of Jake’s way on the diamond.

“I let Jake do his own thing at practice and in games but we are still able to find time to see each other frequently through Joe off the field,” Kamm said.                                                              

Closer to game time, Kamm and two fellow student managers go up to the press box to set up their technology consisting of Trackman and Synergy, two appliances that are used by the team to track player performance and assist in scouting.

“I usually work with Trackman throughout the game, meaning I’m tagging each individual pitch with its result” (Ex: A fastball that resulted in a called strike). 

Kamm is undecided about a return for next season but is making sure to look at all options. 

When asked about his future, he said, “It’s an unpaid job, and there’s a lot of time commitment for not getting any compensation. But because I want to make this my full-time career, I may just stick around after this season.”

Ben Anderson is an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Sports Media and Communications.