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Reyes Returns to the Big Apple

Johnny Evered, June 30, 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...
Goffle Brook Park, Hawthorne, NJ -- 2 Games 1864 Rules 5-22-16

Charles Klasman, June 30, 2016

This was the first time that either the Gotham or Neshanock clubs had played at this location. A small group of local spectators had assembled and a local group of ballists were displaced by the game upcoming. The Neshanock to this point had been undefeated this season. Their veteran hurler was fresh off the unable to play list after surgery. On the Gotham side, it was Scratch, the long time catch...
N.J. Baseball Magazine Remembers Sports Icon, Muhammed Ali (1942-2016)

Nakeem Grant, June 11, 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...
Westside Park, Paterson 4-23-16– 2 Games 1864 Rules

Charles Klasman, April 26, 2016

As it was played last year at the same location, the day began with light rain and some doubt about the possibility of the clubs to play the day’s games. However, a local farmer provided valuable insight as to the future of the day based on his observations of his cows and right he was. Although other local teams postponed their matches, the Gotham and Atlantic Base Ball Clubs began just aft...

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...
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...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Head Coach Jose Morel

Joe Nardini, December 5, 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...

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Bergenfield Bears 2015: Xavier Haskins

Joe Nardini, December 5, 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...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Ricardo Suero

Joe Nardini, December 5, 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 att...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Rodolfo Sanchez

Joe Nardini, December 5, 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, ...
Bergenfield Bears 2015: Malik Little, Jr.

Joe Nardini, December 5, 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 hit...
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 G...
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....
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 12...
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...

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