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Crown Jewel of Summer

Joe Nardini, May 26, 2017

Those who believe in the cultural and life values that youth sports teach know that youth baseball in particular embodies those timeless values first and foremost. Baseball’s contribution to society has stood the test of time since Alexander Cartright and a group of Team Knickerbocker contemporaries developed the first set of codified rules in 1845.a   The words of movie character Ter...
Number Zero is anything but

Matthew Orso, May 25, 2017

The New York Yankees retired the number of Derek Jeter in a heart-warming ceremony on May 14.  Jeter wore the number two on the back of his jersey during his 20 major league seasons from 1995 to 2014. With number two off the market for the Yankees, there is no single digit number remaining for any future Bronx Bombers—unless of course you count the number zero. Zero is personified as a ra...
Bruno Franco: The Truth About Youth Baseball

Joe Nardini, May 24, 2017

  Editor’s Note: LIB reprises the following article about Bruno Franco, who passed away recently. Bruno served youth baseball all his life and he inspired the formation and growth both of sandlot baseball throughout the five boroughs of New York as well as of the Bronx Umpires Alliance. He was and always will be one of the most beloved icons of youth baseball and the games’ umpires in ...
12th Annual GNYSAA Service to Youth Baseball Awards Dinner

Nakeem Grant, February 15, 2017

It was another festive evening at this year’s annual Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance (GNYSAA) Service to Youth Baseball Awards Dinner. Coaches, scouts, current and former ballplayers gathered once more on Jan. 19 at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach, N.Y. to celebrate their achievements and contributions to New York’s youth baseball community. GNYSAA members Victor Feld and Tom ...


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Legendary sports reporter, Craig Sager, dies at 65

Nakeem Grant, December 19, 2016

The sports world lost on its most iconic figures on December 15. Sideline reporter, Craig Sager, passed away at the age of 65 after battling cancer. Sager spent over 40 years of his life as a sports reporter, most notably with the NBA. From his candid reporting tactics to his colorful and stylish suits, Sager was a game changer in the sports industry. Although most of his work came as a sideline r...
All-Stars making noise in this year’s offseason

Nakeem Grant, December 19, 2016

From Cy Young candidates to Silver Sluggers, several of the MLB’s top players have made headlines this offseason. Here’s a look at some of the biggest offseason acquisitions and re-signings so far. The Boston Red Sox have added an ace to their star-studded roster by acquiring Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox in a blockbuster deal. The Red Sox shipped several of their prospects includin...
Anthony Varvaro leaves baseball to become a crime-fighter

Nakeem Grant, December 19, 2016

After spending parts of six seasons in the MLB, former relief pitcher, Anthony Varvaro, has found a new career path. On December 8, Varvaro graduated from New York’s Port Authority police academy and became a police officer. Varvaro, 32-year-old from Staten Island, made his last outing on June 15 for the Pawtucket Red Sox and decided to hang up his baseball cleats in the same month. However,...
Pro Tips for Kids: with former Expos reliever, Don DeMola

Matthew Orso, November 19, 2016

Don DeMola is a former pitcher for the Montreal Expos in the mid 1970’s. He was drafted by the Yankees in the seventh round of the 1970 Amateur Draft out of South High School in Commack, New York. “I was 18 years old when the Yankees invited me to Spring Training in 1971,” he said. Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Thurman Munson and Bobby Murcer were there. I felt like I was in heaven!” ...


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The Braves opt for Experience

Matthew Orso, November 13, 2016

The Atlanta Braves have reportedly signed Bartolo Colon to a one-year, $12.5 million contract. The 43-year old righty has spent the last three seasons with the Mets, posting a 44-34 record with a 3.90 ERA in 98 games—95 of which were starts. Once thought of as a long reliever at the start of the season, Colon led the Mets with 15 wins and a 191.2 innings pitched. Injuries to Matt Harvey a...
Jose Fernandez, 1992-2016

Nakeem Grant, September 25, 2016

The baseball world has lost one of its brightest young stars. Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident along with two other victims on September 25 in Miami Beach. There has been an outpour of condolences from current and former MLB players as well as athletes from other professional sports. He was only 24 years old. Fernandez defected from his home country, Cuba in 2007 ...
Tebow Pens a Contract with the Mets

Nakeem Grant, September 15, 2016

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has successfully landed a deal with the New York Mets. Tebow, who has not played baseball since his senior year of high school in 2005 received a $100,000 signing bonus on September 8 to play in the Mets’ minor league system. Tebow is no stranger to the Big Apple as he played for the New York Jets in 2012, his last full season on an NFL roster. The 29-year...
A Good Group of Kids - Diamond Pros: CDP 2016

Joe Nardini, September 8, 2016

An indomitable spirit has no boundaries and knows no limits. We are blessed to know one, and we stand in awe to see one. Although one emerges only so often, amazement and heart pounding expectation always define the moment each time it does. Witness the courage of a Kerri Strug, who executed a winning Olympic vault despite a hobbling ankle sprain. Watch the fortitude of an injured Willis Re...


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Reyes Returns to the Big Apple

Johnny Evered, July 1, 2016

The Dominican Republic baseball legend with a .290 career batting average, Jose Reyes returned to the New York Mets last week on a minor league deal. The four-time NL All-Star who last played for the Colorado Rockies was suspended earlier this year for domestic violence against his wife while they were on vacation. So, what happened to Jose Reyes? The game changer, leadoff batter, and bag s...
L.I. Baseball Magazine Remembers Sports Icon, Muhammed Ali (1942-2016)

Nakeem Grant, June 12, 2016

Boxing legend and social justice activist Muhammed Ali passed away on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74 after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was laid to rest at his hometown in Louisville, Kentucky just a week later where over 10,000 supporters celebrated his life and legacy. Born as Cassius Clay in 1942, Ali first captivated the sports world when he defeated Sonny Liston for t...
Freeport native Justin Dunn drafted by the New York Mets

Nakeem Grant, June 12, 2016

Boston College ace, Justin Dunn is latest player drafted to hail from Long Island. He was ranked as one of the top pitchers in the nation when the New York Mets drafted him as the 19th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Dunn, 20, began his baseball journey in Freeport, Long Island as a six-year-old before playing competitively at the age of eight. He stated that he’s thrilled to see his ...
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...


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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 GNYSAA.org 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...
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...


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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...
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...


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