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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 Terence Mann ...
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 Sunday. 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 r...
Bruno Franco: The Truth About Youth Baseball

Joe Nardini, May 24, 2017

Editor’s Note: NJB 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 the tri-st...
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 ...



Legendary sports reporter, Craig Sager, dies at 65

Nakeem Grant, December 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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...
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 professio...
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 a...
A Good Group of Kids – Diamond Pros: CDP 2016

Joe Nardini, September 7, 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 ...
Reyes Returns to the Big Apple

Joe Nardini, 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 w...
Goffle Brook Park, Hawthorne, NJ -- 2 Games 1864 Rules 5-22-16

Joe Nardini, 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 fres...
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. Bor...
Westside Park, Paterson 4-23-16– 2 Games 1864 Rules

Joe Nardini, 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. Althou...

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