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… Continue reading
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… Continue reading
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 the premier athletes in north Jersey and… Continue reading
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 Johnny Pesky,… Continue reading
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… Continue reading
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 actions aren’t written down in the rulebook so they… Continue reading
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Did you know that MLB stars like Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki first started playing professional baseball in Japan? However, they may have never came over to the United States if not for 1995 NL Rookie of the Year and MLB star pitcher, Hideo Nomo.
Nomo first… Continue reading
Have you ever had that feeling at the plate where the bat feels like a twig? That feeling when the baseball looks like a beach ball no matter where it’s pitched? What about that feeling on the mound as a pitcher? That feeling where the baseball feels light and hollow? Did you ever feel like wherever… Continue reading
Over the course of a baseball season, bats can feel heavy, pitching arms can get sore, and running down to first base can feel like a mile. Every player goes through a period of exhaustion. Baseball is a sport that is predicated off of physical conditioning. They are many young, prospective players that have the ability… Continue reading
When you think of New Jersey youth baseball, the New Jersey Falcons organization is fast becoming a recognized name. The brainchild of Ed Ward, the NJ Falcons, in only 4 short years, has grown into a developmental and competitive organization rivaling the best in the country.
One pitch, one error, one run, one play. These aspects can be difference between winning and losing. For this reason, it is important as a ballplayer to analyze any element that can potentially change the outcome of a ballgame. The players with the most “savviness” are commonly the ones that are the most successful. I’m sure… Continue reading
Derek Jeter is the greatest shortstop in modern baseball history. In this, his final season, New Jersey Baseball Magazine takes a look back at one of the top moments in the career of Derek Jeter.
Today we look back at April 2, 1996, when Jeter makes his first big impression in… Continue reading
New Yorkers and baseball fans alike were stunned last month when Derek Jeter announced that this year will be his last season in the majors. With this, it’s only right to reminisce about all of the great moments that he has given us, where he ranks among the all-time greats, and what he will leave behind… Continue reading
Welcome to Mid-March in the amateur baseball season. The days are longer, and the Sun is shining brighter. For many middle-school and high-school athletes across New Jersey, tryout season is over and it’s time to prepare for the regular season. The next few weeks until opening day can be the most important days of the season.… Continue reading
Dr. Frank Jobe, the man who performed the first “Tommy John” surgery, passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 88.
“He was operated on in January for ruptured diverticulitis,” said Tommy John, who did a phone interview with Sports World News on Thursday evening. “I went to see him about two weeks ago and… Continue reading
NJBM’s resident Video Game Umpire, Sean Orso, takes a look at Virtual League Baseball on the Virtual Boy video game system.
So far in our baseball video game reviews here on New Jersey Baseball Magazine, we have been focusing on the earlier video games from the 1980s, such as on the Atari 2600 and the Nintendo… Continue reading
Roger Mischel, Queensborough Community College (QCC) Head Baseball Coach, could not have timed it any better. Over his 7 years as a Division 3 Junior College coach at QCC, plus 5 years in summer ball, he has wanted to stage his own travel baseball tournament and give kids the opportunity to play at a well-organized, competitive… Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Matthew Barrett, head of PremierSports. To find out more about PremierSports, please check out the website www.premiersports.com
For decades, the Instructing and Training industry has grown at a conservative rate, at approximately 5-7%. Its label as a “cottage industry” has been the key to its succe
The fast-growing youth travel team industry has given rise to a parallel, equally massive athletic instruction and training industry, which has threatened the quality of baseball training, the integrity of the game, and the fabric of youth development. Matthew T. Barrett, Founder and CEO of PremierSports, a unique athletic training service that connects premier private coaches… Continue reading
Injuries have forever been a part of Baseball. Like it or not, players (primarily pitchers) are susceptible to injuries if they do not learn how to take care of themselves.
This is where Professional Baseball Instruction steps up to the plate.
On Wednesday, Profession Baseball Instruction, or PBI as… Continue reading