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CBP and the GNYSAA Have Agreed on a Partnership

Nakeem Grant, May 16, 2016

Long Island Baseball Magazine has an announcement that we've longed to make for quite some time. County Baseball Publications and the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance have agreed to partner in pursuit of jointly held organizational goals, promoting youth baseball in the greater NY/tri-state region (NY-NJ-CT). Other goals that our new company has include the following: • Rec...
Daniel Corona Shines Light on Brooklyn’s Top Baseball Players

Nakeem Grant, March 15, 2016

When opportunity comes knocking at your door, you have to be willing to step up and answer that calling. Brooklyn native Daniel Corona has answered his calling and then some. How many kids can say they got to close out a World Cup game for USA Baseball’s 12 and under team? Daniel secured Team USA’s gold medal victory in the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Cup. He...
11th Annual GNYSAA Service to Youth Baseball Awards Dinner

Nakeem Grant, February 12, 2016

Since its inception 1961, the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance (GNYSAA) has supported the growth of youth baseball, showing kids how to play the game the right way. The website states their mission, “to serve the children of New York City and the Greater Metropolitan Area through baseball while promoting an attitude of professionalism and fair play.” John W. “Jack...
Griffey and Piazza are heading to Cooperstown

Nakeem Grant, January 12, 2016

The National Baseball Hall of Fame has unveiled its newest members! Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) for the 2016 Hall of Fame class. Griffey made history by receiving 99.3% of the votes, the most for any Hall of Famer. Piazza was elected with 83% of the votes during his fourth year on the ballot. Griffey and Piazza were trailbl...

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Baseball Talk with the Bronx Umpires Alliance

Nakeem Grant, January 12, 2016

The Bronx Umpires Alliance dinner is held annually for umpires in the Bronx area of New York. They mainly cover outdoor sports such as baseball, softball, and football. It’s a time for umpires to rejoice, discuss the previous season, and what’s ahead for the upcoming season. Their discussions at the dinner consisted of several common themes, including the state of coaching in youth base...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Head Coach Jose Morel

Joe Nardini, December 6, 2015

Youth baseball thrives wherever kids play the game in the right way for the right reasons. Just ask Jose Morel, head coach for the Bergenfield Bears youth travel team. Jose believes in helping young ball players to “grow as a unit, to cultivate and grow as a group.” Human development priorities figure greatly into his coaching philosophy, and the 2015 collection of Bergenfield Little League (B...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Xavier Haskins

Joe Nardini, December 6, 2015

At 11 years-old, playing for a 12u All-star team, you might say that 2B-C Xavier Haskins is ahead of his time. Then again, standing at 4’8” and 80 lbs., you might also say that he has a lot of catching up to do. Either way, he makes his mark as a player and a teammate. Like his teammate, Rodolfo Sanchez, Xavier is a little guy who plays bigger than you might expect. Xavier likes playing “...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Ricardo Suero

Joe Nardini, December 6, 2015

One of the time-honored truths of baseball is that, unlike other sports, it empowers the weak and humbles the strong. In that regard baseball is an equal opportunity sport: players of every size, shape and physical stature may achieve the same levels of success, provided they work hard enough to attain it. The Bears’ Ricardo Suero recognizes the inclusiveness of baseball. He likes playing...

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Bergenfield Bears 2015: Rodolfo Sanchez

Joe Nardini, December 6, 2015

In competitive sports, smaller players always have to work harder than the bigger players. Standing at 5’8” ‘Rocket’ Rod Laver was one of the shortest players in his sport, but he developed a wickedly powerful tennis serve that few could match when he played. Anthony Jerome ‘Spud’ Webb, standing at 5’6”, not only won an NBA slam dunk contest, but he did it in a league where players...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Malik Little, Jr.

Joe Nardini, December 6, 2015

Anyone who follows baseball has heard the well-known baseball maxim, “Baseball is a simple game; you see the ball, you hit the ball.” Although that quote comes from the 1988 movie, “Bull Durham,” it’s really an extended paraphrase of Pete Rose’s best piece of advice to aspiring young hitters. Once you get to know Malik Little, Jr. of the Bergenfield Bears, you could almost hear ...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Luke Beckles

Joe Nardini, December 5, 2015

In the universal family of baseball even fierce competitors build friendships that last entire playing careers and beyond. Classic rivals have always formed within the same teams as well as on opposing teams. Many morphed into classic friendships during and after their playing days. Among them, NY Giants’ manager John McGraw and ace pitcher Christy Mathewson, NY Yankees’ manager Billy Martin a...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Julian Pinto

Joe Nardini, December 5, 2015

Of all the Bears players who formed Bergenfield’s inaugural Cooperstown travel team, Julian Pinto sits right up there as one of the true ‘gamers’ on the squad. The 5’1” (make sure to remember that 1”) 99 lb. SS-3B-2B likes playing baseball “because I love sports and team comradeship.” He also likes playing travel games because “I enjoy playing against the best competition.” Yep...

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Bergenfield Bears 2015: John Gallagher, Jr.

Joe Nardini, December 5, 2015

John Gallagher, Jr., comes from a family of baseball lovers. In fact, he likes playing because, “My whole family loves baseball and it’s so much fun to play.” Standing at 5’7” and weighing 107 lbs., the right-handed Bergenfield Little League (BLL) P-C-1B-3B looks too tall to play at the 12u level. That being said, John plays tall, and that says it all. Speaking of playing tall, Jo...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Jason Ian Viray

Joe Nardini, December 4, 2015

As 1st basemen go, Major League Baseball has seen an imposing array of talented players. Just ask Jason Ian Viray. The 5’ 97 lb. P-1B for the 2015 Bergenfield Bears knows that in order to play first base, especially at the MLB level, a player has to play at the top of his game, every game, all the time. Preparation at the lower levels requires practice and proficiency. So, it’s good to hear Ja...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Giovani Gomez

Joe Nardini, December 4, 2015

Make no mistake, when Giovani Gomez dons his uniform and takes the field, he comes to play. The 5’4” 130 lb. LF-3B-1B-P-C for the inaugural Cooperstown Bears travel team likes playing baseball “because it requires Skill, Attitude, Focus, and Effort.” Although he might not have intended it, his view of the game reflects a common term embedded within it, as well as an important truth about l...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Carmelo Dube

Joe Nardini, December 4, 2015

It’s been said that baseball is a universal family. If anyone personifies that concept, Carmelo Dube would certainly be one of them. He plays baseball “for the love, fun and passion of the game (and) to travel to different towns and meet new people.” Wherever he goes, as long as it’s to play baseball, he feels right at home. Carmelo finds himself in great company. He names his favor...

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Bergenfield Bears 2015: Alejandro Penafiel

Joe Nardini, December 4, 2015

Team leaders emerge when they are needed. They rise to the occasion when no one else does or can, and they exhibit attributes such as discipline, perseverance, and teamwork. They do not get caught up in or distracted by statistics or personalities, they simply go out and perform and inspire others to do the same. Alejandro Penafiel plays baseball for the fun of it, “for the love of the sport...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Adela Morel

Joe Nardini, December 4, 2015

Adela Morel is not the first girl to play on a boys’ travel baseball team, and she will not be the last. Long before Adela played for her Bergenfield Bears at Cooperstown Baseball World (CBW), Kathryn Johnston, her hair tucked under a baseball cap, posed as a boy, tried out for and made a boys’ Little League team in Corning, New York sixty-five years ago. Playing with the nickname “Tubby” ...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Allan Jasper Viray

Joe Nardini, December 4, 2015

You would think that four years spent preparing for anything makes a person as well prepared as possible. Isn’t that why a typical high school curriculum and a standard college undergraduate program last four years each? If so, then AJ Viray has had sufficient preparation to play Little League Baseball. That’s how long ago the Bears’ 5’2” 102 lb. P-SS began playing the game, at age 8....
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Andy DeLeon

Joe Nardini, December 4, 2015

We have often heard that leaders are not born, but they emerge when the time requires it. Andy DeLeon is one of those players who shows up and steps up when his team needs him the most. Just ask his teammates on any of several championship teams where he has contributed. You could start with his teammates from the squad that won last year’s Paramus Tournament. Andy cites the semi-final in...

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Cooperstown Baseball World

Joe Nardini, November 25, 2015

Debra Reed: Doing it Right, Giving the Right Memories Anyone who has played the board game Monopoly learns quickly how to recognize when Opportunity Knocks. Six months after graduating from college, Debra Sirianni found herself in the right place at the right time. At the time she had her sights set on a career in the FBI, but a family friend told her about a new venture in youth baseball that ...
The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

Joe Nardini, October 18, 2015

It’ll Never Be Over, Yogi, Because You’ll Live in Our Hearts Forever!! ------------------------- In tribute to Yogi Berra, we reprint the following article which first posted on the NJ Baseball website in 2011 The Yogi Berra Museum has been host to many historic figures in baseball since the doors opened in 1998. With an average of 25,000 visitors a year the museum has become a uniq...
Yankees Legend, Yogi Berra Passes Away at the age of 90

Nakeem Grant, September 23, 2015

Today, the baseball world says farewell to New York Yankees legend, Yogi Berra who passed away late Tuesday night due to natural causes at the age of 90. Coincidentally, he passed away on the same day that he made his MLB debut 69 year ago. Yogi played catcher for the Yankees for 18 seasons and he amassed a litany of accolades during his magnificent career: 3x American League MVP, 18x All-Star and...
Tanner Klein, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

When, about 1,500 years ago, Chinese philosopher Confucius advised people to “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” he could not have had Tanner Klein of the Slammers youth baseball travel team in mind. Then again, knowing Tanner’s love of baseball, perhaps the great philosopher foresaw more than he let on at the time. To be sure, the present day ...

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