May 10, 2016 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - One month from today, the Phillies will be on the clock and a top prospect who pitches his home games 30 minutes away from their single-A Lakewood affiliate will be staring them in the face. Do the Phillies make Barnegat High School's Jay Groome the No. 1 overall selection? There are growing rumblings that the team will look elsewhere with that pick, and one major-league scout said he does not envy the Phillies' situation. "Picking first overall, I'd hate it," a baseball executive said.
August 22, 2015 |
Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich enters his senior season with more career tackles (355) than any active college player. The closest pursuer, Mason Monheim of Illinois, is 61 tackles behind. Yet when Matakevich was a senior at St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull, Conn., he did as much hitting on the baseball diamond as he did on the football field. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Matakevich was so proficient in baseball that even as late as his senior year in high school, he wasn't sure what sport to pursue.
July 31, 2015 |
MOOSIC, Pa. - In middle school, Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle was at a crossroads. Already 6-4 by the time he finished eighth grade, Biddle knew he had a bright future in sports, but he wasn't sure whether that future included a baseball field or a basketball court. "I really thought I was going to be 7 feet tall," Biddle said. "When I was in eighth grade, I was just like towering over everybody on the basketball court, and I was like, 'Man . . . I like basketball, I don't like it as much as baseball, but if I'm going to be 7 feet tall, I better learn how to post up or something.' " Biddle, a Mount Airy native, made the varsity basketball team as a freshman at Germantown Friends School, but he quickly learned great height doesn't always equal great success on the court.
July 22, 2015 |
AARON NOLA remembers the Friday nights at "The Box" as if they were yesterday, because, well, it was nearly yesterday he called LSU's "electric" ballpark his home. Nola was the ace of a Tigers team loaded with talent, a perennial College World Series entrant, playing in front of college baseball's best environment. LSU has led college baseball in attendance for an astounding 20 consecutive seasons, the last seven coming in their state-of-the-art facility, the new Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. "It's really electric over there," Nola said.
December 13, 2014 |
A baseball clinic at FDR Park, summer of 2009. A teenager went up to Jimmy Rollins and pointed out that he was almost as tall as the Phillies shortstop. "Actually, you are as tall as me," Rollins told him that day. "You could be with us. " That message really hit home, Kelly DuPree said Thursday, with virtually all the ballplayers in his RBI League youth program, which is run out of the Shepard Recreation Center at 57th and Haverford. Rollins may have been Superman to these youngsters, but he was a 5-foot-8 superhero.
February 21, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Even after a day in which the college baseball world used the Phillies organization as its speed bag, it is important to remember that the real villains in amateur athletics are the Division I presidents. They serve as de facto commissioners of a sports enterprise that exploits a vulnerable workforce in order to generate billions of dollars of revenue at the expense of its universities' academic missions. That said, whenever one finds himself on the side of the NCAA in a discussion about ethics, it is a pretty good indication he should find himself a quiet moment and consider what, exactly, it is he stands for. We don't know much about how the Phillies wound up costing Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler a yet-to-be-determined portion of his senior season, mostly because the Phillies refused to address the situation yesterday.
March 26, 2013
These South Jersey players have committed to attend colleges on baseball scholarships. Player High school College Christian Adorno St. Augustine Wilmington Frank Angeloni Highland Concordia Tom Bradway Mainland Lafayette Barry Buchowski St. Augustine Tulane Nick Cieri Rancocas Valley Maryland Trevor Datz Pitman Univ. of Sciences Jarrett DeHart Shawnee Louisiana State Derek DeMaria Gloucester Catholic Philadelphia Troy Dixon Egg Harbor Twp. St.
January 21, 2013 |
RON FRASER, the longtime University of Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, died Sunday morning, family spokesman Tony Segreto said. Fraser, known as "the wizard of college baseball," had battled Alzheimer's disease for many years. It was believed that Fraser was 79, though his family's statement did not release his age or other private matters, including a cause of death.
May 26, 2012
World Series at USA Baseball National Training Center, Cary, N.C. (double elimination). Saturday, Bracket 1 West Chester (42-10) vs. California State-Chico (40-17), 1 p.m. Minnesota State-Mankato (48-10) vs. Southern New Hampshire (42-13), 5 p.m. Monday, Bracket 1 West Chester/California State-Chico loser vs. MSU-Mankato-Southern New Hampshire loser, 1 p.m. West Chester/California State-Chico winner vs. MSU-Mankato-Southern New Hampshire winner, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Bracket 1 Game 9, 3 p.m. Thursday, Inter-bracket games Game 11, 3 p.m. Game 12, 7 p.m. Friday, Inter-bracket games Game 13 (if necessary)
April 20, 2012 |
More than ever, especially in light of the wacky circumstances, Mike Piscopo wanted to leave the baseball field with a sunny disposition. Thirty-six minutes and numerous adventures later, he did. The 6-1, 190-pound Piscopo, a senior, serves La Salle High as mostly a third baseman and part-time reliever, usually in save situations. In a game that began Thursday and concluded Friday, and wasn't interrupted by rain or tragic circumstance or anything else that might come easily to mind, Piscopo filled both roles.