The New York Atlantics Name Lou Bernardi Field Manager for 2012

03/25/2012, 11:48pm (EDT)
By Baseball Player Magazine

The New York Atlantics are pleased to name Lou Bernardi as the Field Manager for 2012.

Lou began his baseball career as a student/athlete at New York Institute of Technology as a four year player. He then moved on to play Independent Professional Baseball for the New York Federals in the New York State League as well as the St. George Roadrunners in the Golden League.

“Its an honor to be named Field Manager for the NY Atlantics. Having played in the ACBL for three years as a member of the LI Mustangs, I am fully aware of the commitment and dedication it takes to be successful in this league. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with some great college athletes and leading the Atlantics to a winning season,” said Bernardi.

After being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in 2012, the Atlantics are making a considerable effort to win the Kaiser Division in 2012. This move bolsters the coaching staff along with recently promoted General Manager Keith Kenny (Adelphi University) and 2nd Year Head Associate Coach Dan Luisi (Post University).

“The Atlantics are lucky to have such a great coaching staff in place for 2012. It’s our hope to build around Lou and hopefully move forward with him at the helm of the Atlantics for a long time. I know what kind of commitment he puts into the game and I’m proud to have him in the organization,” said Brandon Kurz (Chairman).


Dave Rivera Verbally Commits to Bloomfield College


03/16/2012, 9:36am (EDT)
By Keiran Black & Brandon Kurz

The Whalers organization is proud to congratulate Dave Rivera (Bayshore H.S.), who verbally agreed to sign with Bloomfield College on Friday. Dave was given a full scholarship to attend the college.

Dave is a very talented catcher, who specializes on defense. “Dave is an outstanding athlete, especially on defense. As a catcher he has outstanding instincts and leads by example. Dave also plays an outstanding defensive third base,” said Whalers owner Brandon Kurz. “He can get rid of the ball quickly and make sharp, accurate throws. He receives the ball well and calls a great game. Pitchers love throwing to Dave.”

Dave is a team leader both on and off the field. “I’ve had the opportunity to coach Dave for both the Whalers and Bayshore H.S. Plain and simple, Dave has given everything he has to earn an athletic scholarship,” said Mike Herbst. Bloomfield is getting a key piece for their lineup. He’ll catch regularly and play third base on his offdays. Hopefully, he won’t leave the lineup,” said Whalers Director of Player Development, Kieran Black. 

Dave is also a difficult out at the plate. He has a strong approach and makes consistant contact, putting the ball in play almost every at-bat. His strong work ethic and strong role on the team should give him the consistant at-bats in 2012. 

Dave’s Whalers career is highlighted by a recorded .285 batting average in over 400 career at-bats. He has been a Whaler since he was 15.

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. Dave will be named to the Whalers Hall of Fame upon his Bloomfield College arrival. 

“The Whalers would like to thank Dave and his family for their loyalty to our program. Esteban Rivera, Dave’s younger brother is also in our program. It’s a pleasure to watch the Rivera brothers grow in our program. We wish Dave all the best at Bloomfield,” said Kurz. 

Preseason HS Baseball Begins in New York Area

03/14/2012, 9:00pm (EDT)
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

2012-03-12 – All Over The New York Area

St. Mary's third baseman Albert Estwick 

All over New York City and Long Island, locker room doors opened to waiting school buses and preseason baseball scrimmages began today for some local high school baseball teams. And the warm sunny day was the perfect backdrop.

Although none of these contests count in any way towards any school’s record, it does allow veterans to remember what worked for them last year. New players get a chance to show what they can bring to their teams. And coaches get to test theories and situations without any downside.

Scrimmages, like games, are the show. Each player sees just a few opportunities for get a base hit, throw a runner out, turn a double play, or hurl a 1-2-3 inning. Players learn and get better during practice, whether it’s during off-season, pre-season, or in season. Tomorrow most of the teams that scimmaged today will likely practice. And other teams will see their first action against opponents.

The cycle has begun.


Hamptons Collegiate Baseball Releases 2012 Schedule

03/07/2012, 10:24am (EDT)

Each team will play 40 regular-season games to compete for four playoff spots
Hamptons Collegiate Baseball has released its 2012 schedule, which will feature 140 games in seven communities on the east end of the Long Island.

The Westhampton Aviators will begin the defense of their ACBL Hampton Division title on Sunday, June 3, when they face one of two expansion teams in 2012, the Center Moriches Battlecats. Westhampton outdueled the North Fork Ospreys in the division championship series a year ago and went on to defeat the Lehigh Valley Catz on the road before bowing to the Staten Island Tide in the league championship game.

The first Sunday in June will feature two other games, including the first home game in the history of the Shelter Island Bucks. Shelter Island will host its neighbors to the north, the Ospreys, at 5 p.m. Down on the South Fork, the Sag Harbor Whalers will host the Riverhead Tomcats at Mashashimuet Park in each team’s opener.

View the full schedule by clicking here.

Three landmark dates are also a part of the 2012 schedule. On Wednesday, June 27, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball will host its first-ever golf outing at Rock Hill Golf & Country Club. Check back on for details as they become available. On Monday, July 9, HCB will conduct its fourth annual MLB Scout Day, in which players from each team will be evaluated by major league scouts at Stony Brook Southampton. Then on Wednesday, July 18, the Hampton Division teams will take on a collection of players from the Wolff and Kaiser Divisions in the ACBL All-Star Game at MCU Park in Brooklyn.

Lenny Martinez Commits to Eastern University.

03/01/2012, 11:35am (EST)
By Kevin O’Keeffe & Brandon Kurz

Lenny Martinez, Division H.S.

The Whalers organization is proud to congratulate Lenny Martinez (Division H.S.), who verbally agreed to sign with Eastern University. Lenny was given a guaranteed roster spot on the team and should see significant playing time.

Lenny is a gritty infielder with multiple tools including solid defense, good speed, great baseball instincts, and the ability to put the ball in play. “Lenny has solidied the Whalers at 2nd base for a long time. He tried out for the Whalers privately when he was 13 years old. I remember thinking that Lenny was a gritty player and he had the potential to be special,” said Whalers owner Brandon Kurz. “He ended up being a very special player in our organization for five years, going on six.”

Lenny started his career as a catcher, but decided to switch to the middle infield just as his Whalers career was beginning. Throughout his Whalers career, he has played both middle infield positions, all outfield positions, and he even pitched. He once pitched a one hit shut out against a top ranked rival team to help earn the Whalers a tournament championship.

As a pitcher, Lenny features five pitches in his arsenal including the famous “Levittown Knuckle Drop”. He has outstanding mound presense as well as a great pickoff move.

Lenny is also a very difficult out at the plate. He has a strong approach and makes consistant contact. His gritty mentality and style of play helps make him a fun player to watch and coach. “He’ll steal second base and dive in head first without drawing a throw because he got such a good jump. He’ll come up with a face full of dirt and then steal third on the next pitch,” said long time Whalers coach Kieran Black. “He can pull a double down the left field line if you try to beat him inside and he can go the other way for the same result if you pitch him away.”

Lenny’s Whalers career is highlighted by a recorded .331 batting average in over 800 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. Lenny will be named to the Whalers Hall of Fame upon his Eastern University arrival.

“The Whalers would like to thank Lenny and his parents for their loyalty to our program. The Martinez family have been huge supporters of the Whalers and we look forward to seeing them at Lenny’s summer college games in the future,” said Kurz.

Vitamin Water Baseball Player Magazine Tournament Schedule

02/24/2012, 12:30am (EST)
By Jeff Noreman, Photo by YSPN Photography

Whalers 17U Middle Infielder, Lukas Pracher (Manhasset H.S.)
Vitamin Water and Baseball Player Magazine are proud to bring competitive amateur baseball tournaments to Nassau County.

Each tournament will be held at Mitchell Park, Eisenhower Park and surrounding Nassau County locations. These tournaments include Elite Championship Tournament Baseball (ECTB), Virginia Sports Complex, and Baseball Player Magazine Qualifiers with built in paid births to future tournaments.

Tournament Director, Kevin O’Keeffe said “we’re hoping to attract the top tier teams to these events by inviting Division I & II college coaches to the 17/18u tournaments and by including bids to future tournaments for all ages.

BPM is also proud to announce reduced tournament fees for 2012! Click here to view the Vitamin Water BPM schedule.