Garrett Neubart was not the most powerful hitter during his time at Columbia. He may have been the fastest, and he is arguably the best all-around player in Columbia’s storied college baseball history.
Neubart batted .391 during his four-year career, in which he started nearly every game in center field for Paul Fernandes. Fifteen years after he graduated, Neubart still ranks in Columbia’s top five all time in runs scored, base hits, doubles and triples. He is the program’s all-time leader in career stolen bases with 90.
Neubart had a number of prolific seasons on the diamond. In his rookie season of 1992, Neubart stole 20 bases and cemented himself as one of the top newcomers in the league. There was the 1993 season, when Neubart stole 31 bases, had five three-base hits and was the spark that propelled the Lions to its first-ever Gehrig Division title.
Then there was the 1995 season, when Neubart and teammate Bart Teal each posted eye-popping .458 batting averages. Neubart reached base more than half the time that season, ripped 17 doubles, scored 53 runs, stole 27 bases and totaled 71 base hits, a single-season record that was tied by current Columbia senior Nick Cox in 2008.
Neubart was also an academic standout. He received Columbia’s Eisenhower Watch as the senior male student-athlete with the top cumulative grade point average and was named to the Academic All-America first team as a senior.
Drafted in 1995 by the Colorado Rockies, Neubart played professionally in the Rockies and Mets organizations for five seasons. He reached Triple-A Norfolk in the Mets system in 1999 before beginning a career in finance at Deutsche Bank in New York City.
Neubart and his wife, Michele, live in New Jersey with their five-year old twin sons, Colby and Blake.