Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Paul Baretta

Paul Baretta was a 1965 graduate who stood out in both basketball and baseball. Paul was a varsity player for the basketball team during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He was captain his last two years and averaged 16 points per game during that time. He was selected All Northwest Conference in both his junior and senior years and also received the MVP coaches award both years.

However, baseball is where Baretta really excelled. He was the starting shortstop from his sophomore to senior year, had a .480 batting average during those three years, was captain as a junior and senior, all-conference shortstop all three years, received the coaches MVP award as a junior and senior, and culminated with the Richard E. Patterson award in his senior year.

Baretta continued his baseball career at SCSU from 1965-1969. He was the starting shortstop his last three years with a .380 batting average and leading the team in home runs his junior and senior year.

He was drafted out of SCSU into professional baseball by the New York Yankees in 1969 in the 32nd round, playing in the minor leagues through 1973 reaching the Double A level. He was released in March of 1973.

Baretta began his coaching career as the Berlin High school varsity baseball coach from 1978-1988, winning the conference championship in 1980, 1983, and 1984. During that time he was a physical education and health teacher at the school.

After ending his coaching career he became a major league scouting supervisor for the New York Mets from 1988-1998 and the Kansas City Royals from 1998-2000. In his 12 years of scouting he signed six players who went on to play in the majors.

Paul is presently a professional one to one baseball instructor year round and on the staff of Goose Major League Instruction LLC as a hitting and fielding instructor.

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