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Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras, Dead at the Age of 22

Nakeem Grant, October 27, 2014

The baseball world was shocked to hear the sad news on Sunday during Game 5 of the 2014 World Series. Oscar Taveras, the #2 prospect in Major League Baseball, died in a car accident in his home country, the Dominican Republic. His girlfriend, whom he was with during the crash, also died. Condolences poured in from every direction for Oscar’s family and loved ones once the news got around. ...
MLB GM's Billy Beane

Johnny Evered, October 10, 2014

William Lamar "Billy" Beane III, was born on March 29th, 1962. Thought of as the best possible option of the 1980 Major League Baseball draft, many had expectations that he was the next " Yaz" or potentially a Lou Gehrig type of player. Scouts from around the country, from colleges and MLB clubs would visit Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, California to have an advanced look at the young, yet ...
Don't Miss the 2014 MLB Postseason

Nakeem Grant, October 2, 2014

In case you missed it, the American and National League Wild Card games were filled with epic individual and team performances. In the AL, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland A’s 9-8 in 12 innings in what turned out to be an instant classic. In the NL, Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0. Although this game wasn’t as competitive as the Roy...
Go Navy Go!

Johnny Evered, October 1, 2014

The Navy baseball alumni game is officially scheduled. On October 25th, Navy baseball alumni players will come from around the country to gather together for this special game. The Naval Academy is not known for sports, however, they are known for producing thousands of phenoms that have gone on to change the world for the better. Located in Annapolis, MD, the Naval Academy is home to many war vet...

Baseball Says Goodbye to Two Class Acts

Nakeem Grant, September 30, 2014

Last Sunday marked the end for the 2014 MLB regular season campaign. But it also marked the end for two of the game’s greatest for the Yankee shortstop, Derek Jeter and White Sox first baseman, Paul Konerko. Both players will surely be getting a phone call from Cooperstown in the near future. Jeter and Konerko were both team leaders, perennial All-Stars and World Series champions but above all, ...
Phillies Do's and Don'ts for the Upcoming Offseason

Johnny Evered, September 29, 2014

The Philadelphia Phillies have finished the 2014 MLB season in last place in the National League East Division with a record of 73 - 89, far behind the Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and the first place Washington Nationals. The Phillies have now missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. At this time last year, the Phils were almost in the exact situation as they are in now,...
Mike Trout is Making New Jersey Proud

Nakeem Grant, September 19, 2014

New Jersey native, Mike Trout, has had another remarkable year in his 3rd season in the majors. He has done absolutely everything for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this year. Trout has put on a show reeling in fly balls out in center (no pun intended), producing runs with his bat and being the ultimate sparkplug for the Angels. Trout has been the favorite to win the AL MVP award all season lon...
A Mid-Summer Classic for All Seasons

Joe Nardini, September 8, 2014

The Padavan-Preller Field complex in Bellerose, New York, home to the HBQVB youth baseball association, has seen more than a fair share of outstanding athletes and memorable games. Over the July 11-13 weekend in 2014 it saw its first Midsummer Classic tournament. It will most certainly not be the last. Staged for 12u and 14u teams from the metropolitan New York area, the tournament established ...

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The Top MLB Prospect from New Jersey: Anthony Ranaudo

Johnny Evered, August 25, 2014

Anthony Ranaudo, 24, was born on September 9th, 1989 in Freehold, New Jersey. A budding prospect, Ranaudo achieved " The Dream " by being called up on August 1st, 2014 to the Boston Red Sox in order to make to his first career start as a player in the MLB against the New York Yankees, the team Ranau...
An Interview with Washington Nationals TOP Prospect: Lucas Giolito

Johnny Evered, August 25, 2014

Lucas Giolito, 20, is the Washington Nationals top prospect in their minor league organization, tenth-best prospect in the minors and the second-best right-handed starting pitcher in the minors (bankings by MLB.com's draft and prospect expert, Jonathan Mayo). Selected 16th overall by the Washington ...
Baseball Every Day

Joe Nardini, August 25, 2014

Anyone familiar with Hudson County knows that Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey occupies top billing as a college preparatory high school, with its students at the highest levels of academic achievement. Anyone who knows Hudson County sports also knows that the Prep turns out some of t...
20-Year Anniversary of the 1994 MLB Lockout

Nakeem Grant, August 13, 2014

On August 12th, 1994, Major League Baseball came to a halt. The game that helped to shape America was gone. Baseball saw its first lockout in 22 years at the time. Several players and teams were having an unbelievable season before the lockout and so baseball fans were robbed in not seeing the outco...
Shutting Down the Basepaths

Nakeem Grant, August 9, 2014

Baseball is a cat and mouse game. Pitchers play to prevent runners from getting on base and scoring while hitters are trying to get on base, get in scoring position and potentially score. Baserunning and base stealing will forever be a quintessential part of the game because it can change the scena...
Channeling Don Zimmer: The Role of the Bench Coach in College Baseball Christopher J. Anderson Assistant Baseball Coach, Drew University

Staff Writer, July 16, 2014

The position of baseball bench coach has an elusive past. Sports historians continue to debate who worked the dugout as the first bench coach in the history of baseball. Was it Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants who, from 1919 to 1921, rode the pine as special assistant to John McGraw? Was it ...
Performing in the Clutch

Nakeem Grant, July 12, 2014

Based loaded two outs in the bottom of the 9th. The crowd is raucous. A walk would tie the game, a base hit to the outfield or a strikeout could end the game. As a former player, I’ve been in positions quite similar to this scenario both as a pitcher and a hitter. I have succeeded and failed durin...
Baseball's Unwritten Rules

Nakeem Grant, July 1, 2014

Baseball is America’s pastime. In its coveted history, most of the general rules have made this game a sport that is based on intellectual stability. There have always been boundaries for players to respect and follow so therefore, there are certain actions that cross the line. These  ac...

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