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Governors Island, New York 8-29-15 – 2 Games 1864 Rules

Charles Klasman, September 1, 2015

Game 1 Dry and sunny conditions on the island this past weekend. But temperatures were cooler and more manageable than the previous date. Hence both games spanned the full nine frames. It was Gotham that got out to an early lead in the match on aces from Scratch, Joe Ivy and Flash. The Mutuals evened the score in the fourth frame. There might have been more aces from the Mutuals except for Goth...
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 ...
Julian Hammond, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

Julian Hammond does not mince words. When it comes to playing baseball he explains his reasons straightforwardly and comes right to the point. “I like playing because it’s fun and I’m successful at it.” Any questions? No one would argue Julian’s point, not unless they would also question why he names Carlos Gonzalez and Clayton Kershaw as his favorite MLB players. “I like Ca...
Joshua Miller, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

When a game is on the line the clutch players always want the responsibility placed on them. Reggie Jackson, ‘Mr. October,’ hit postseason home runs – 3 in 3 at-bats on 3 pitches – when his team needed them most. Michael ‘Air’ Jordan defied gravity in more ways than his fans, his teammates, and his opponents, could imagine, when his Chicago Bulls won 5 NBA championships in 5 years. Whe...



Jake Matheson, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

You can always tell the people who love what they do from the people who just punch a clock. They’re the ones who show up first in the morning and leave last at night. They’re the ones who put in the extra time to do and redo the assigned task in order to get it right. They’re the ones with the fire in the belly, the will to endure hardship, and the capacity to recover from mistakes. They’...
Easton Nichols, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

Easton Nichols is a work in progress. When you ask the 5’3” 118 lb. P-1B-OF to name his favorite professional players and explain why they are his favorites, he will tell you that they all “went through a tough time when they were in the dumps and now they are greats!” Among them he includes Yasiel Puig, David Ortiz, Babe Ruth, Nolan Ryan and Orel Hershiser. Because he appreciates how thos...
DJ Burrage, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

Reggie Jackson became famous for saying, “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.” With an MLB career batting average of .262 to go with 563 home runs and over 1,702 RBIs, who’s to argue the point? He earned his nickname of “Mr. October,” by consistently performing in the clutch during postseason. Witness a .278 average, with 18 home runs and 48 RBIs during fall ball. DJ Burrag...
Campbell McHarg, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

There’s possibly no greater entertainment in sports than watching a star player having fun doing what he or she does best. Manny Sanguillen comes to mind in baseball, as do Terry Bradshaw in football, Martina Natrilova in tennis, and Jesse Ventura in wrestling. For the Slammers youth travel baseball team several players might compete for that title, but Campbell McHarg takes the honors. T...


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Alek Alges, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

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Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

Keeping it simple makes Traevin Osborn a valuable player for his Slammers. The 5’1” 82 pounder pitches and plays outfield for his youth travel team and does not mince words explaining why he enjoys playing baseball, “It’s fun!”Being good at what you do in life helps to make it fun; Traevin...
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Joe Nardini, August 31, 2015

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Christian Schaumburg, Slammers Gonzalez 2015

Joe Nardini, August 30, 2015

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Ty Chapman, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 30, 2015

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Ryan Gunning, Colorado Aces 2015

Joe Nardini, August 30, 2015

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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 t...

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