COLUMBIA — Redshirt freshman pitcher Gerrion Grim hadn't yet played a game for the Missouri baseball team, but he realized the program wasn't a good fit for him. He decided last week to leave the team.
Grim said the decision was based on his "development as a player." He plans on continuing that development at the junior college level before eventually returning to Division I.
"I felt I needed to take a step back and just get to develop more on the juco level and just basically develop my assets as a player more before trying to play on a DI level," Grim said.
Another factor in Grim's decision was his desire to be a two-way player, as both a pitcher and a hitter. Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said he couldn't offer Grim that opportunity at Missouri.
"See he wants to be a hitter and a pitcher, and we’re looking at him just as a pitcher, so he wants to explore other opportunities and be able to do both," Jamieson said. "We couldn’t promise him that."
Grim is the second Tiger to quit the team this season. Junior outfielder Sal Belfonte informed Jamieson before the team's series in late-March against Tennessee that he was done with collegiate baseball. Belfonte cited a desire to focus more on his academics and his future, which didn't include baseball.
Grim said his departure from the team has nothing to do with Belfonte's.
"Sal left for his reasons, I left for mine," Grim said. "I don’t think there’s any connection. We have two different reasons."
Grim also said his decision to leave isn't a reflection of his feelings toward the Missouri baseball program.
"It’s no knock to the program at all," Grim said. "It’s just I don’t feel like it’s a good fit for me personally. I feel like in a few years, they’re gonna succeed highly in the SEC, if not next year."
As for where he'll play next, Grim is still in the process of making a decision. What he does know, however, is that he wants to stay in the area.
"I know that for sure," Grim said. "I like the Midwest, around the Missouri-Kansas area."