Steven Teitel Commits to C.W. Post

The Whalers organization is proud to congratulate Steven Teitel (Mepham H.S.), who verbally agreed to sign early with C.W. Post after receiving a generous scholarship offer.

Steven is a gritty catcher with outstanding leadership skills as well as a solid throwing arm. Steven is a difficult out at the plate as well. “Steven will foul you off until you have to pitch to him. He will make it difficult on you every time you face him,” said Whalers Owner Brandon Kurz. “He’s one of the toughest kids in the entire organization.”

While Steven is a tremendous competitor on the field, it’s Steven’s motivation off the field that makes him so special. Steven works tirelessly with his catching instructor, Hector Aristy. In addition, he has been working with his hitting instructor, Tom Merkle, every week for ten years. “His loyalty is evident. He has had the same hitting and catching instructors for years. He has been a Whaler since he was 13 years old. I cannot say enough about his integrity. C.W. Post is getting a high character kid with as big a heart as I’ve seen in this game,” said Kurz.

Steven’s Whalers career is highlighted by a recorded .312 batting average in over 400 career at-bats.

The Whalers look forward to him competing for 18u in 2012 and then hope to sign him to play for the Whalers’ collegiate programs in 2013. Steven will be named to the Whalers Hall of Fame upon his C.W. Post arrival.

“The Whalers would like to thank Steven and his parents Wendy & Bob for their loyalty to our program. It was an absolute pleasure to watch Steven grow to become a great ballplayer and an even better person,” said Kurz.

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Why We Play Baseball

10/15/2011, 9:45am (EDT)
By Jimmy Brennan, Junior Outfielder, St. John’s University Redmen

Jimmy Brennan (20) is a junior outfielder for St. John’s University in Queens, New York.  He was taken in the 45thround of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers after his senior year of high school before ultimately ending up patrolling center field for the Red Storm.  Over the course of his two years at St. John’s, Brennan has played an integral part in the team’s success serving as the leadoff hitter and starting centerfielder. His strong play was evident in his first two seasons, with the team reaching the BIG EAST championship in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011, winning the title in 2010. The Red Storm advanced to the NCAA tournament in both years as well.  He is eligible to be selected again in the MLB Draft this upcoming spring.  In addition to his dream to become a professional baseball player, Brennan is also an aspiring sports journalist.  He combines his passion for journalism with a unique perspective on the game of baseball which centers around his love for the sport. (S. Sidoti)

Jimmy Brennan, Outfielder, St. John's Redmen
Jimmy Brennan, Outfielder, St. John’s Redmen

Going into the final day of the 2011 regular season, the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, and St. Louis Cardinals were all battling for the lone wild card spot in their respective leagues.  At the start of September, Boston had a comfortable nine game lead over Tampa Bay while Atlanta had equally as comfortable eight game lead over St. Louis.  Terrible September swoons however put the two leaders into a gridlock by the end of the season.  Boston and Tampa Bay were tied with one game to play as were Atlanta and St. Louis.  By the end of the night, St. Louis had made clockwork of the Houston Astros, winning easily, both Boston and Atlanta had blown leads in the ninth inning while Tampa Bay came back to tie their game against the Yankees with two outs in the ninth only to win the game on an Evan Longoria walk off home run in the thirteenth inning.  As improbable as it seemed only a month before, The Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals were heading to the postseason and the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves were heading home.  The following was written in the early hours of September 29, 2011 following what many are referring to as one of the greatest nights in baseball history.

It’s easy to complain about the game of baseball.  You hear people complain all the time that it is a boring game.  There is a lot of standing around, it is slow, there is a lack of physicality that other sports bring to the table.  I’ve been playing almost all my life, I’ve reached some of the highest levels of the game and even I have the tendency to complainmyself.  It’s the five hour practices, the double headers in 90 degree heat or even on Sunday mornings when everyone else is sleeping in.  It’s those small injuries like a sore shoulder, jammed thumb, or a sprained knee that just do not seem to go away.  It’s the bus trips through the night, the hole in the wallhotels and sub-par meals, sometimes eating at 8am not knowing if you’ll get to eat again until later that night.  We’ve all been through the seemingly endless days when by the end you barely have the energy to take a shower let alone open up your lap top and do homework or study for a test.  Perhaps it is that we are constantly faced with adversity.  No other game deals its players failure and adversity as often as baseball does.  There is a constant pressure to perform if you dream to make it to the top.  If you aspire to be great, you have to step up and ask that much more of yourself, find anything that is going to give you that edge over your opponent.  While others are sleeping, you’re at the field.  While others are at the beach, you’re at the field.  While others are out barbequing and partying, you’re at the field.  Everyone has their nights when they go 0-for-5 or strike out three times.  Everyone lets up hits, and everyone lets up runs.  Regardless of how well you play, no one is ever going to have the odds in their favor.  No swing is ever perfect. No mechanics are ever completely sound.  No matter how much time you put in there is always more work to be done. Baseball is hard and whether you want to admit it or not, it makes everyone’s lives miserable at some point in time.

It is nights like these however that remind us why the game is great.  No other athlete is asked to come to his or her workplace as often as baseball players are asked to.  A professional season consists of 162 games.  That’s 162 days that range from bitter cold with the breath in front of your face, the bat sending stings up and down your arm with every contact with the baseball, to days where you’re asked to bake in the sun like a slug on the pavement, pouring more liquids out of your body then you can consume.  Baseball is hard, plain and simple.

In the movie A League of Their Own, Tom Hanks character Jimmy Dugan says, “It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  The hard… is what makes it great.”  No words have ever been so true.  That is what made tonight such a special night.  To see two teams come back from almost ten games out when the month of September began to now on the last day of the season heading to the playoffs. Thatdemonstrates how unpredictable the game can be.  Of the four games tonight, three of them had a team up with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning and proceeded to blow the lead and lose the game.  Tampa Bay with its season on the line scored six runs in the eighth and another one in the ninth on a pinch hit home run by a guy hitting .220 to tie the game and keep its season alive.  In what other game can you see such fight?  In what other game do you see such an overcoming of mental disparity?  This isn’t football where you engage yourself for sixty minutes sixteen weeks of the year, or basketball where one player taking control over the course of a few minutes can shape the entire game.  This is engaging yourself from the minute you step on the field for batting practice to seven hours later when you’re asked to get a hit with the bases loaded andtwo outs in the bottom of the ninth and the game on the line.  Try focusing solely on a task for five minutes without having your mind wander and see how it makes you feel afterwards.  I guarantee you it drains you mentally.  Multiply that byeighty-four and that’s one day of baseball.  Now do that for 162days from April to September and tell me how you feel.

It’s overcoming this mental edge and the physical toll on your body to accomplish greatness that makes the feeling morefulfilling than any you could ever imagine.  We work so hard for so long with one goal in mind and that is to win a championship.  To see a team celebrate like the Tampa Bay Rays did when their superstar, their guy, hit a home run in extra innings on the last day of the season to bring them to the playoffs, to see grown men run around like they were twelve again is what should drive us to want to compete.

With competition always comes a loser and nobody likes to lose.  It is simply not in our nature.  You feel for teams like the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox or any other team that has fallen so far to see their aspirations taken away from them.  Unfortunately it is a part of baseball or any game for that matter.  But you know what?  They are going to go out next year and take the field everyday because they love to compete and they love to win and a failure is only going to produce a fire.

While playing baseball, you often feel that you want to quit because so often things do not go your way.  It is that feeling that you achieve when you do succeed and when you do shove it right back in the games face that you can beat it and that it cannot get the best of you that keeps you coming back for more.  You should do it because you love it and you should love it because it’s great.  It’s the people you meet, the relationships you build, the heartbreaks you feel and the challenges you conquer that make baseball what it is: the greatest game in the world and for that we should thank it.

Eastern Baseball League Arrives On Long Island

10/12/2011, 9:39pm (EDT)
By EBL

Eastern Baseball League (EBL) is the newest Travel Baseball League for Suffolk County, New York.

Eastern Baseball League (EBL) is now accepting registrations for its Spring Season!

The Mission of the Eastern Baseball League is to provide the highest quality of baseball anywhere in Suffolk County, NY.  Giving young baseball players the opportunity to expand their baseball skills and knowledge in a competitive yet developmental league. 

Eastern Baseball League

Where the Stars of Tomorrow Come to Play!

New York – October 1, 2011 – Eastern Baseball League will begin its inaugural  season in the Spring of 2012.  Providing travel baseball teams a new venue to compete.  Teams can compete in the following age group divisions 8u thru 16u.  EBL will provide Spring, Summer and Fall Seasons along with seasonal tournaments throughout the year.  To Reserve your teams spot for the spring season visit our website for deposit and season details.

 

** When you play EBL, you never have to worry about paying umpires at the field.  Umpire fees are included in registration fee!
** Don’t have a home field. EBL has secured fields for the 8u, 9u, 10u, and 11u divisions. But fields are limited so register early to secure one of our fields! First come first serve basis only. Additional fee of $150 per season.

 

** Top team in each division gets a $100 voucher towards any EBL tournament or season registration and a team trophy.
** Each team will receive official EBL tee-shirts. 15 per team max.

(Spring Season)
** EBL app for smart phones. Coaches can check web site, Schedules, Standings, news and updates right on the field.
** EBL is an insured league!
** Timely customer service and so much more.  

Visit our web site at www.easternbaseballleague.com for complete details on Eastern baseball League, up and coming seasons, tournaments and special team discounts!

Busy Year In Professional Ranks For Hamptons Alumni

09/23/2011, 1:54pm (EDT)
By HCB

Ahmed, Klein among former HCB players to make dramatic impact in their first seasons.

Like the leadoff man in the order, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball serves as a table setter for collegiate athletes who have their sights set on the pros. This summer, a dozen former HCB players logged time in the professional ranks. Here’s a recap of their seasons:

A pair of Danville Braves, Nick Ahmed (Westhampton ‘09/Connecticut) and Kyle Kubitza (Southampton ‘09/Texas State), had standout debut seasons for the Braves’ Rookie Ball squad. Ahmed hit .262 with four homers and 24 RBI in 59 games. He also led Danville in runs (46) and stolen bases (18), and ranked second in walks (30). Ahmed was recently named the 18th best prospect in the 10-team Appalachian League this year by Baseball America.

Kubitza hit .321 in 44 games with Danville, driving in 34 runs. Kubitza finished with a flurry, batting .382 in August. In June, Ahmed was taken in the second round by Braves organization; Kubitza was selected a round later.

Pete Budkevics (Westhampton ’09/C.W. Post) was as reliable as can be out of the bullpen for the Great Lake Loons, the Dodgers’ Low-A Affiliate. Budkevics led the team with 45 appearances, a total that was also good for 12th in the Midwest League. Budkevics went 4-4 with a 3.39 ERA in his first full season in the pros.

After a record-setting career at Stony Brook, righthander Nick Tropeano (Riverhead ’09) continued his success in the pros. Tropeano went 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA for the Tri-City Valley Cats, the Short Season-A affiliate for the Houston Astros. Tropeano was spotless in August, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in four appearances; not only that, the 2011 fifth-round pick struck out 27 men in his 17 August innings, giving up just seven hits in that span. Tropano fanned 63 over 53.1 innings for the season; his K total ranked seventh in the New York-Penn League. 

Phil Klein (Sag Harbor ‘08/Youngstown State) finished his year 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA between the Texas Rangers’ Rookie Ball team and its short-season Short Season-A affiliate, the Spokane Indians. In 20.1 innings, the tall righthander struck out more than a batter-and-a-half per inning (31). He earned his first pro victory on July 19 when he tossed three scoreless relief innings in the Indians’ triumph over the Boise Hawks.

Klein’s Whalers teammate, Steve McQuail (Canisius), played a full season with the Vancouver Canadians, also of the Northwest League. McQuail batted just .200 but finished second in the league with 12 home runs despite playing in the Canadians’ cavernous home field, Scotiabank Field. McQuail’s 31 RBI ranked second for Vancouver.

A number of alumni have found their way to the independent Can-Am League. For the Newark Bears, 6-foot-9 lefthander Matt Fitton(Riverhead ‘09/Sacred Heart) put in a full year’s worth of work on the mound. He threw 45 innings in his senior season for the Pioneers, and then tossed 44.2 innings in Newark, recording an 0-1 record with a 3.43 ERA. Also in the Can-Am League, Glen Johnson (Westhampton ’10/Jacksonville) played alongside his father, former Met great Howard Johnson, who briefly came out of retirement to play for the Rockland Boulders. Glen went 3 for 4 with a homer in his pro debut and finished the season hitting .176 in four games. Two former HCBers – Andrew Bakowski (Riverhead ‘09/Brown) and Brett Moore (Southampton ’09/Mount St. Mary’s) – pitched for the New York Federals this summer. Bakowski went 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA in 10 appearances, while Moore made four starts and registered a 7.54 ERA.

Pitchers Jake Donze (Sag Harbor ’09/Murray State) and Steve Faulkner (Sag Harbor ‘09/New York Tech) both pitched in the independent Frontier League this season as well.

In all, the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League has more than 100 of its alumni playing professionally, including major league All-Star Ryan Vogelsong, Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan and Red Sox infielder Mike Avlies. The league had four players taken in the first five rounds of the 2011 draft – Ahmed, Kubitza, Tropeano and former Torrington Titans lefthander Chris Reed (Stanford), who was taken 18thoverall by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tyler Manez Verbally Commits to Elon University

9/23/2011, 12:00am (EDT)
By Kevin O’Keeffe & Brandon Kurz

The Whalers organization is proud to congratulate Tyler Manez (Plainedge H.S.), who verbally agreed to sign early with Elon University after receiving a very generous scholarship for both baseball and academics.

Tyler is a tall, lean left handed pitcher with outstanding composure on the mound as well as an excellent fastball, which he throws consistantly for strikes. He has great command over his offspeed pitches and he throws an 87 mph fastball. “Tyler is one of the best pitchers to ever put on a Whalers uniform, if not the best,” said Whalers Owner Brandon Kurz. “He’s certainly the best prospect the organization has had up to this point.”

Tyler is an elite athlete who plays multiple sports. He is a stand out football player for Plainedge High School. Tyler is currently a starting wide receiver. To add to his impressive resume, Tyler is an A student.

“Tyler stood out this year. He answered the call every time he took the field. When college coaches had guns on him, he responded. Down at Perfect Game, he pitched a gem. Down in Cary N.C. for the USA Baseball tryout, Tyler pitched extremely well. Even with all of these accomplishments, Tyler remains humble and dedicated to perfecting his craft,” said Kurz.

Tyler’s Whalers career is highlighted by over 40 wins, with a career E.R.A. of 2.05. Tyler struck out more hitters than innings pitched (over the years) with 392 in 355 recorded innings.

The Whalers look forward to him completing his Whalers career on 18u in 2012 and then hope to sign him to play for the Whalers’ collegiate program, the New York Atlantics in 2013. Tyler will be named to the Whalers Hall Of Fame upon entering Elon University.

“The Whalers would like to thank the Manez family for their loyalty to our program. It was an absolute pleasure to watch Tyler grow as a ballplayer and an even better person,” said Kurz.

The Ultimate Off-Season Program for Pitchers

09/20/2011, 9:24am (EDT)

By Brent Pourceau
In my previous article here, at the Baseball Player Magazine, called In-Season Throwing and Strength Maintenance Program, I first addressed the issues of young pitchers and their lack of an off-season. This is a major problem because I believe it is the primary factor of why arm injuries are increasing even at the youth level. In this article, I will layout the elements of the ultimate off-season and give you more information on the ultimate off-season program for pitchers.The Elements of the Ultimate Off-Season

  1. Rest
  2. Recover
  3. Rebuild
  4. Remodel

Rest

This starts the healing process. We do this every night when we sleep, which gives our bodies time to start healing without the stress from the requirements of the day. This sleep is so important every single night to prevent complete system failure. 10-12 hours is ideal but overtime, during an active season, this sleep isn’t enough to completely heal the body. This is when an off-season is critical. This gives the pitcher a good 2-3 weeks, before starting an off-season training program, to allow the body to completely heal itself. So to start your off season, you must take 2-3 weeks off from all activity and focus on proper rest.

Proper rest means you must create a sleeping environment that supports deep sleep. This means you must go to bed at a reasonable time and remove all distractions from your bedroom. These distractions include; noise, temperature and light. I recommend you make your room as dark as possible, with no sounds coming from inside or outside the room and set your room at a good temperature to prevent you from overheating at night. This will create the ideal environment to promote good sleep. Ear plugs or white noise will also help a great deal.

Recover

This would include nutrition and hydration. Now that you are getting good rest, your body is starving for nutrition. I recommend that once you awake from that proper sleep you immediately drink a 16 ounce glass of water because your body is dehydrated from a full night of no water. The best water you can put into your body is ionized or alkaline water. Here is a good article called, Healing the Pitcher with Water http://topvelocity.net/healing-the-pitcher-with-water/.

Once you fully hydrate yourself then I recommend that you take a whey protein or a good protein supplement to feed your starving system. You also need a carbohydrate for some morning fuel. It is a good rule of thumb to have carbohydrates whenever you take protein. This is to prevent your system from converting protein to fuel. You want your system to use the protein to help you rebuild and recover, not to fuel your system. Great examples of this would be egg and toast or a protein shake and oatmeal or whole grain bread.

The last bit of nutrition your body needs are vitamins and minerals. I would recommend that you do your best to get this from vegetables, grains and more good whole foods, but also supplement this with a good multi-vitamin and mineral. If you need a good recommendation on a multi-vitamin supplement please contact me.

Rebuild

The 2-3 weeks has ended and it is now time to start building your machine. As your body has been resting and recovering, it has also been atrophying. This means it has been breaking down and losing size and strength. This occurs because of the demands that you have put on your body. During rest, the demands on your body are minimal, so your body naturally reduces size and strength to adapt to the new demands. This is the purpose of the rebuilding process. We need to rebuild the machine to be ready for the demands of the season. This is also the opportunity to enhance performance and increase velocity.

Remodel

This element is in conjunction with the rebuilding processes. Not only do we want to rebuild our size and strength, but we also want to remodel more fast twitch muscle fibers. This means we are not only building size and strength but now speed. Speed and strength equal power. Pitching is a power position, so increasing your body’s ability to produce power will benefit you as an athlete/pitcher. If you are going to increase power and remodel more fast twitch muscle fiber, then you must use an off-season program that has been developed specifically for this purpose and also developed for the pitcher and his demands.

The Ultimate Off Season program for Pitchers

This program will include a fusion of exercises, lifts and drills to rebuild and remodel the pitcher for performance enhancement during the off-season. This program will include both a throwing program and a strength and conditioning program. This program must marry the throwing program and strength and conditioning program together to allow the athlete to make the most gains in pitching performance.

I have developed an in depth off-season program using this layout along with my playing and coaching experience and it is called the 3X Pitching Velocity Program. It is a 16 week program to take full advantage of your off-season. It is an intense program to help the pitcher add 5-10mph in the off-season. It takes a high level of commitment and will only benefit the pitcher who has a strong desire to be the best. It also comes with a Beginner’s Guide for all ages. For information on the program visit http://TopVelocity.net or contact me at http://Topvelocity.net/Contact.
If you are in high school or college and you want to get a little taste of the intense strength and conditioning program in the 3X Pitching Velocity program, then tryout this beginner training routine here at http://topvelocity.net/baseball-pitching-workout-beginner/