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Crown Jewel of Summer

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

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Bergenfield Bears 2015: Head Coach Jose Morel

Youth baseball thrives wherever kids play the game in the right way for the right reasons. Just ask Jose Morel, head coach for the Bergenfield Bears youth travel team. Jose believes in helping young ball players to “grow as a unit, to cultivate and grow as a group.” Human development priorities figure greatly into his coaching… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: Ricardo Suero

One of the time-honored truths of baseball is that, unlike other sports, it empowers the weak and humbles the strong. In that regard baseball is an equal opportunity sport: players of every size, shape and physical stature may achieve the same levels of success, provided they work hard enough to attain it.

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Bergenfield Bears 2015: Rodolfo Sanchez

In competitive sports, smaller players always have to work harder than the bigger players. Standing at 5’8” ‘Rocket’ Rod Laver was one of the shortest players in his sport, but he developed a wickedly powerful tennis serve that few could match when he played. Anthony Jerome ‘Spud’ Webb, standing at 5’6”, not only won an NBA… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: Malik Little, Jr.

Anyone who follows baseball has heard the well-known baseball maxim, “Baseball is a simple game; you see the ball, you hit the ball.” Although that quote comes from the 1988 movie, “Bull Durham,” it’s really an extended paraphrase of Pete Rose’s best piece of advice to aspiring young hitters.

Quote from the legendary Pete Rose

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Bergenfield Bears 2015: Luke Beckles

In the universal family of baseball even fierce competitors build friendships that last entire playing careers and beyond. Classic rivals have always formed within the same teams as well as on opposing teams. Many morphed into classic friendships during and after their playing days. Among them, NY Giants’ manager John McGraw and ace pitcher Christy Mathewson,… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: Julian Pinto

Of all the Bears players who formed Bergenfield’s inaugural Cooperstown travel team, Julian Pinto sits right up there as one of the true ‘gamers’ on the squad. The 5’1” (make sure to remember that 1”) 99 lb. SS-3B-2B likes playing baseball “because I love sports and team comradeship.” He also likes playing travel games because “I… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: John Gallagher, Jr.

John Gallagher, Jr., comes from a family of baseball lovers. In fact, he likes playing because, “My whole family loves baseball and it’s so much fun to play.” Standing at 5’7” and weighing 107 lbs., the right-handed Bergenfield Little League (BLL) P-C-1B-3B looks too tall to play at the 12u level. That being said, John plays… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: Jason Ian Viray

As 1st basemen go, Major League Baseball has seen an imposing array of talented players. Just ask Jason Ian Viray. The 5’ 97 lb. P-1B for the 2015 Bergenfield Bears knows that in order to play first base, especially at the MLB level, a player has to play at the top of his game, every game,… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: Giovani Gomez

Make no mistake, when Giovani Gomez dons his uniform and takes the field, he comes to play. The 5’4” 130 lb. LF-3B-1B-P-C for the inaugural Cooperstown Bears travel team likes playing baseball “because it requires Skill, Attitude, Focus, and Effort.” Although he might not have intended it, his view of the game reflects a common term… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: Carmelo Dube

It’s been said that baseball is a universal family. If anyone personifies that concept, Carmelo Dube would certainly be one of them. He plays baseball “for the love, fun and passion of the game (and) to travel to different towns and meet new people.” Wherever he goes, as long as it’s to play baseball, he feels… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: Alejandro Penafiel

Team leaders emerge when they are needed. They rise to the occasion when no one else does or can, and they exhibit attributes such as discipline, perseverance, and teamwork. They do not get caught up in or distracted by statistics or personalities, they simply go out and perform and inspire others to do the same.

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Bergenfield Bears 2015: Adela Morel

Adela Morel is not the first girl to play on a boys’ travel baseball team, and she will not be the last. Long before Adela played for her Bergenfield Bears at Cooperstown Baseball World (CBW), Kathryn Johnston, her hair tucked under a baseball cap, posed as a boy, tried out for and made a boys’ Little… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: Allan Jasper Viray

You would think that four years spent preparing for anything makes a person as well prepared as possible. Isn’t that why a typical high school curriculum and a standard college undergraduate program last four years each? If so, then AJ Viray has had sufficient preparation to play Little League Baseball.

That’s how long ago the Bears’… Continue reading

Bergenfield Bears 2015: Andy DeLeon

We have often heard that leaders are not born, but they emerge when the time requires it. Andy DeLeon is one of those players who shows up and steps up when his team needs him the most. Just ask his teammates on any of several championship teams where he has contributed. You could start with his… Continue reading

Tanner Klein, Slammers Gonzalez 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… Continue reading

Julian Hammond, Slammers Gonzalez 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?

Carlos Gonzalez showing his range in the outfield (Courtesy of dodgerthoughts.com)

No one would argue Julian’s point, not unless they… Continue reading

Joshua Miller, Slammers Gonzalez 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,… Continue reading

Jake Matheson, Slammers Gonzalez 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.… Continue reading

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