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The Bergenfield Challenger League

Chris Masucci, January 16, 2015

Baseball in Bergenfield is as much a tradition as it is a sport in this city, a game that is timeless and one that both children and adults alike can enjoy. For the Bergenfield Challenger League, this love of baseball is incredibly strong. The program, which is now in open enrollment, is designed to help special needs children both participate in and enjoy recreational baseball. “We suppo...
On-the-Field Relationships for Pitchers

Nakeem Grant, January 15, 2015

Pitchers have to be in tune with all the key elements in a game in order to give their team the best chance to win. A smart pitcher shares a relationship with their catcher, coach, fielders and the home plate umpire. They have to be on the same page with each entity in order to give their team a better chance of winning. Here are some tips and pointers on how to establish these relationships for a...
2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Class

Nakeem Grant, January 7, 2015

The National Baseball Hall of Fame just got a little bigger with the addition of four MLB legends. Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio are the newest players to be enshrined in baseball immortality. This Hall of Fame class might be one of the most star-studded groups to enter Cooperstown in recent memory. Here’s a breakdown of each player along with the qualities, accolad...
Baseball Talk with Dan Gutman

Johnny Evered, January 6, 2015

Hello readers and sports fans! I have a super-special interview today! I recently interviewed author and New York Mets fan Dan Gutman. Dan Gutman is the author of many books, including his famous baseball series titled, "The Baseball Adventure Series", where he writes about a boy who has the ability to travel through time using a baseball card as a time machine! It's a great series for young reade...



Finesse Pitchers: A Dying Breed in Pro Baseball

Nakeem Grant, January 6, 2015

Crafty, precise, meticulous and witty. These words are what come to mind when I think of a finesse pitcher in baseball. They may not possess overpowering fastballs, but they sure know how to dissect a lineup. Sadly, finesse pitchers are becoming a dying breed in today’s game. In this article, I will share my thoughts on why finesse pitchers are scarce in the pros today and if they will cease to ...
Baseball Talk with Peter Wagoner

Johnny Evered, January 5, 2015

Peter Wagoner is currently the general manager of Palm Springs Power Baseball. A fan of every team with the name, "Cleveland" in it, Wagoner grew up as a Cleveland Indians fan. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Wagoner and he rewarded me with valuable information and advice. Please sit back, relax and check out my interview with Mr. Wagoner (I know I would)! JE: How did you come to e...
MLB Drug Drama on the Hush in 2014

Nakeem Grant, December 19, 2014

With 2014 coming to an end, I would like to reflect on a major topic that not many people would realize in hindsight during last season. The stories of drug usage have been relatively quiet during the 2014 MLB season with everything that’s been going on in this sport. I think this has to do with many different factors on how players, coaches and managers have adapted to the drug-free culture of ...
U.S. Naval Academy Baseball Participates in Bob Feller Award Ceremony

Johnny Evered, December 4, 2014

The United States Naval Academy's baseball team was given the chance to volunteer at the annual Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Ceremony on November 5th in Washington D.C. 28 players and staff attended the ceremony where they were received with praise and respect from spectators and others in the room. The award ceremony was created in 2013 by the United States Navy, Major League Baseball and...


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Left-Handed Aces Up for Grabs

Johnny Evered, December 3, 2014

Headlining the free agent market in the starting pitching category is none other than former Red Sox and Oakland Athletic Jon Lester. Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is also said to have his name mentioned multiple times in trade talk. These two lefties symbolize one thing: Domination. Lest...
Discovering Your Go-to Pitch

Nakeem Grant, December 2, 2014

As a pitcher, it’s always great to know that you have at least one pitch that you can confidently throw in any count and any situation. Having this particular pitch is a huge ego booster because you know that when you’re in a jam on the mound, you can use this pitch to your benefit. This is know...
Former NY Mets First Baseman is On the Move

Johnny Evered, November 29, 2014

Former Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis has reportedly been traded to the Oakland Athletics in a deal that occurred on November 23rd. The A's now have a starting first baseman if Ike Davis continues to remain healthy. The full deal was Ike Davis and International Bonus Sl...
Finesse vs. Power vs. Power-Finesse

Nakeem Grant, November 23, 2014

In baseball, there are three kinds of pitchers: Power pitchers, finesse pitchers and pitchers that possess the unique combination of power and finesse. There have been several MLB legends that have utilized at least one of these pitching styles. Each style has its own list of pros and cons so as a y...
Small Ball vs. The Long Ball

Nakeem Grant, November 22, 2014

In some of my recent articles, I have mentioned how the game has changed from the steroid era. It’s time to define the different offensive strategies and approaches in the game of baseball. There was a time where small ball reigned in baseball. I’m talking about the days of no batting helmets, b...
Farewell to Bud Selig

Nakeem Grant, November 17, 2014

Baseball has said goodbye to a number of notable players and coaches over the last few years. This list includes Derek Jeter, Bobby Cox, Paul Konerko, Cito Gaston, Mariano Rivera and Chipper Jones. Longtime MLB commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig will resign from his position following the end of the...
2014 World Series Recap

Nakeem Grant, November 14, 2014

The 2014 MLB season ended in style with an unbelievable World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. Many predicted that this would be a highly competitive, back and forth World Series and these two teams did not disappoint the critics. It was a classic matchup with a st...
Something to Watch: The Return Tommy John Pitchers

Nakeem Grant, November 14, 2014

2014 was an exciting year for starting pitchers in the majors. There were a number of pitchers that put up All-Star stats on the hill. With the dominance of all these exciting aces, it made us forget about the alarming amount of notable starting pitchers that underwent Tommy John Surgery (TJS) befor...

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