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Christian Schaumburg, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 30, 2015

Some people cannot get enough of a good thing. To a young player like Christian Schaumburg, you just cannot get enough baseball. He likes playing baseball “because it’s fun (and) I like the challenge.” For the 5’1” 96 lb. OF-P, the fun part comes as easily as it does for any 12 year-old. Unlike many in his age level, though, the challenge part comes almost as easily. Natural talent speak...
Ty Chapman, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 30, 2015

Whoever said, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right,” must have had player Ty Chapman in mind. What else would you expect from a young player who has already achieved recognition as one of the best players in his Babe Ruth League? What else would you expect from a young player whose stated goals include “to be a leader and a role model who is respectful and puts 110% into every...
Ryan Gunning, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 30, 2015

Star players always have their respective fan following, however everyone admires the unselfish, quiet leaders who are students of the game. Bob Gibson and Stan Musial come immediately to mind, when they pitched and played left field respectively for the St. Louis Cardinals. No pitcher ever dissected opposing batters as effectively as Gibson, whose penetrating gaze from the mound could make an oak...
Kolton Miller, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 30, 2015

Casey Stengel, the revered “Old Professor” of the New York Yankees, once said of reliable second baseman Bobby Richardson, “I wish I had nine of him, you just wind him up in April and in October he comes back with a pennant.” Most managers would agree with that assessment of any player who thinks only of his team and how he or she contributes to its success. Kolton Miller is that kind o...

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How To Do Everything in Baseball: With Former All-Star Outfielder Bob Watson

Matthew Orso, April 17, 2014

In the next installment of our “Pro Tips for Kids” series, I sat down with former Yankees' outfielder Bob Watson to discuss all things baseball! Watson began his Major League career in 1966 as a member of the Houston Astros. He made his Major League debut at the age of 20 and spent most of the next four seasons going back and forth from the Minors to the Majors. Watson became a regular in t...
Pro Tips for Kids: with former Padres' Pinch Hitter Mark Sweeney

Matthew Orso, January 31, 2014

In the next installment of our Pro Tips for Kids series, I sat down with Mark Sweeney, perhaps the greatest pinch hitter in baseball history, to discuss all things baseball! Sweeney was drafted in the 9th round of the 1991 MLB draft by the California Angels. After a few seasons in the minor leagues, he would go on to make his Major League debut on August 4th, 1995 for the St. Louis Cardinals. S...
Pro Tips for Kids: with former Yankees' Outfielder Billy Sample

Matthew Orso, January 30, 2014

In the next installment of our Pro Tips for Kids series, I sat down with former Yankees' outfielder Billy Sample to discuss all things baseball! Sample was drafted in 10th round of the 1976 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers. He spent two seasons in the minor leagues before coming up to the Major Leagues during the 1978 season. Despite playing only eight games that season at the MLB level, Sa...
Pro Tips for Kids: with former Yankees' Pitcher Chase Wright

Matthew Orso, January 29, 2014

Chase Wright was born on February 8th, 1983 in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Growing up, Wright would always tag along with his older brother. “My brother is my idol because growing up, we were so close,” said Wright. “We played the same sports together growing up and were always together.” Wright, as a child, and his family vacationed in Arlen to watch Texas Rangers play. The Rangers wer...
Pro Tips for Kids: with former Cardinals' Pitcher Eric Rasmussen

Matthew Orso, January 29, 2014

In the next installment of our Pro Tips for Kids series, I sat down with former Cardinals' pitcher Eric Rasmussen to discuss all things baseball!   Rasmussen was drafted in the 32nd round of the 1973 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. It's rare for a 32nd round pick to last in professional baseball, let alone make the Major Leagues. However Rasmussen proved doubters wrong and made it to th...
How to be a Pitcher: with former New York Yankee Steve Karsay

Matthew Orso, January 27, 2014

In the next installment of our Pro Tips for Kids series, I sat down with Steve Karsay to discuss all things baseball.   What defines a champion? Is it the amount of World Series rings that they have on their hands? Or is it the heart and passion that fuels their drive for the game? I believe the second choice outweighs the first considerably. As a pitcher in the Big Leagues, Steve Karsay was...

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Brady Ingalls, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 30, 2015

If hard work defines the man, word searching the term on the internet will produce a photo of Brady Ingalls. Brady represents the best of youth baseball in that he truly believes in the power and the reward of a superior work ethic. The 5’4” 115 lb. athlete’s work ethic makes him a valuable asset to his Aces team because it enables him to play any one of four positions, C-P-1B-3B with equal...
Cale Lansville, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 29, 2015

Every once in a while someone in youth sports gets it. We mean of course that preparing kids for life forms the essential purpose of youth sports. Sometimes a parent will surprise you by encouraging a son or a daughter to play fair and show sportsmanship to an opponent. Occasionally we will see a coach teach his or her players to show respect for the other team, which just lost by a big score. Eve...
Tony Castonquay, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 29, 2015

Whoever said that hard work and passion form the ingredients of which baseball legends are made must have known that Tony Castonquay would someday make his mark on the game. If the C-OF-3rd baseman for the Colorado Aces could predict the future, he would arrive in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown before you finish reading this article about him. He unabashedly explains that he likes playing baseb...
T. J. Rheem, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 29, 2015

Everyone knows the expression “A Chip off the Old Block.” In T.J. Rheem’s case, the reference pertains to hard work and hustle. His Dad, Walker Rheem, did not ascend to the rank of Vice President of Sales in his company without hard word and determination. That lesson has not escaped the young P-3B. It did not escape Derek Jeter, Nolan Arenado and Albert Pujols, his favorite professional ...

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Radek Birkholz, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 29, 2015

On most teams you will see the strongest arms playing shortstop, 3rd base and pitcher. Radek Birkholz plays those three positions for the Colorado Aces. At 5’2” and 120 lbs., Radek Birkholz plays a power game, and he brought that with him to Cooperstown Dreams Park (CDP). It should not surprise anyone then to know that he names Clayton Kershaw and Giancarlo Stanton as his favorite professio...
Logan Carlisle, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 29, 2015

Among the life lessons that youth sports teaches, knowing where you want to go in life and having the confidence to get there rank pretty high. Logan Carlisle, OF-3B-P for the Colorado Aces, has a clear set of goals that he wants to attain. Without a second thought, he tells you that he wants “to become a professional ball player, to pitch a no-hitter, and lead the league in least amount of erro...
Jackson Szmul, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 29, 2015

Lovers of baseball come in all shapes and sizes, and they span every generation. P-OF-1B Jackson Szmul of the Colorado Aces stands 4’11” and weighs 97 lbs. but his love for the game is much taller and significantly larger. It has to be. At 12 years-old he states that he has played baseball “for ten years.” In other words, he started playing baseball when he was 2 years-old. When people ...
Joe Ciardullo, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 29, 2015

It takes heart to play travel baseball and to contribute as a team player. Joe Ciardullo, OF-P for the Colorado Aces, has the heart to do both. He loves playing baseball because “the game is so much fun, and I get to be outside in the sun all day with my best friends.” As an honor roll student in school and as a member of “back-to-back Slumpbuster champions,” he understands the importance ...

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Connor Eise, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 29, 2015

Few can match Connor Eise’s determination. Whether playing centerfield or 3rd base, his passion for the game inspires his teammates as it does all who watch him play. Standing at 5’4” and 125 lbs., Connor commands a field presence at the 12u level. It figures that Connor names David Ortiz and Bo Jackson as his favorite MLB players. Both are defined by a total commitment to the game, t...
Blake Rarog, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 29, 2015

At the many 12u youth travel tournaments around the country, one player or two stand out for their size and impact on the games. At 5’6” and 140 lbs, Blake Rarog makes that impression. Not all, however, can back up that initial impression with memorable performances. In preparing to compete at the Cooperstown Dreams Park 2015 (CDP) tournament, Blake figured to leave his mark. As a player, h...
How to Beat the Shift

Nakeem Grant, August 15, 2015

In this day and age, the shift is used on a regular basis in baseball. For those unfamiliar with the term, a defensive shift is where a team moves their players towards one side of the field. It has become a vital defensive strategy in the game today based on a hitter’s tendencies as to where they frequently hit the ball. On some occasions, it’s just used to psyche hitters out. Here are some t...
Johnny's Interview with MLB Blogger, Sterling Myhre

Johnny Evered, August 10, 2015

Sterling Myhre is a 16 year old Junior at St. Albans High School in Washington, DC. Sterling started his blog, "The First Week Of Summer" in October of 2013 with the goal of chronicling his annual baseball trips with his dad that take place during the first week of summer vacation. In July of 2014, Sterling's blog became a MLB Pro Blog and one of only four "youth pro blogs." Since then, Sterling'...

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Johnny Evered's Division Predictions for 2015

Johnny Evered, July 10, 2015

Hello baseball fans! Here's my predictions for the final MLB standings in 2015! American League AL East: 1: Baltimore Orioles 2: New York Yankees 3: Toronto Blue-Jays 4: Tampa Bay Rays 5: Boston Red Sox AL Central: 1: Kansas City Royals 2: Detroit Tigers 3: Minn...
MLB Trade Talk

Nakeem Grant, July 10, 2015

The MLB trade deadline is less than one month away. There hasn't been any large trades or deals done so far this season, but things should heat up in MLB offices as the deadline approaches on July 31st. The Philadelphia Phillies have two big-named players that have been linked to trade rumors for quite some time. Cole Hamels is outright the best left-handed pitcher that any team could trade...
Zack Hample: The Ballhawk

Johnny Evered, July 5, 2015

Now how, out of all the people, did ballhawk, Zack Hample catch Alex Rodriguez's 3000th hit which was a home run? This is a question that I have been asking myself as Hample seems to be a magnet for baseballs. Zack Hample, a baseball enthusiast, caught A-Rod's 3000th hit at Yankee Stadium on June 19th. Initially, he declined to give it back. "I have never sold a ball in my life and I'm not ...
The Amazin' Steven Matz

Johnny Evered, July 3, 2015

Have a day, Steven Matz! The Mets’ stud rookie proved last Sunday that the Mets have a new potential star in their starting rotation. The 24-year old lefty was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas last week to make his MLB debut for New York. Mat’z entire family was present to see him take on the Cincinnati Reds. This was a special day for the Matz family but later on, it would become a histor...

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