Excitement and anticipation for fans are building as Major League Baseball opens preseason camps next week with first spring-training games scheduled for Feb. 23.
The same could be said for people in Major League Baseball.
On Sunday, I had the opportunity to chat with Ben Cherington, vice president of baseball operations for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cherington was speaking at a Baseball Miracles event in Newburgh and resides in the Hudson Valley with his wife Tyler, a 1996 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie. Tyler’s father John Tumminia, a scout with the Chicago White Sox for 32 years, is the CEO and founder of Baseball Miracles, which brings baseball and softball to children with economic and environmental disadvantages throughout the world.
Here is what Cherington, who won the 2013 World Series as general manager of the Boston Red Sox, had to say about what’s ahead for the Blue Jays and the American League East.
“We’re excited for it,” he said of the 2018 season. “Every year is a precious year in baseball. Every team starts spring training with beliefs they can contend and win. That’s certainly our aim this year. We’ve got a little work left to do between now and when the season starts. We still will like to add to the team.
“It’s going to be a very competitive division. Obviously, the Yankees and Red Sox are going to be really good. So we’re going to be in for a battle. We’ve got a great group of people in Toronto. It’s a great city. It’s a great fan base. We’ve got really good players. We just have to go out and play well everyday, stay healthy and maybe get a little bit of luck.’’
Here are a few photos from Baseball Miracles baseball and softball clinic at Armory Unity Center in Newburgh on Feb. 4. 150 children participated in the clinic, receiving instruction from professional baseball scouts as well as college and high school coaches. Read more on the day in the Feb. 15 edition of Catholic New York.
Baseball Miracles just released a list of over 20 instructors for its next mission trip which will be at the Armory Unity Center in Newburgh on Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
The instructors will include former New York Yankees pitcher and Marist College softball coach Joe Ausanio, Baseball Miracles founder and Chicago White Sox scout John Tumminia, former U.S. Military Academy baseball coach Joe Sottalano, former Marlboro High School baseball coach Dave Onusko, former Toronto Blue Jays farmhand and Long Island Duck Jason Monti, Boston Red Sox minor-league pitcher Mike McCarthy, Philadelphia Phillies scout Alex Agostino, Cleveland Indians pitching coach Brian Sweeney, New York Yankees associate scout Kelly Rodman, Baltimore Orioles associate scout Kyle Bamburger and Washington Nationals trackman operator Matt Burns.
In addition, Miami Marlins scout and former California Angels pitcher Willie Fraser and Toronto Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington will be part of a special guest round table.
Rick Zolzer, public address announcer and vice president of the Hudson Valley Renegades, will be MC.
Baseball Miracles, a non-profit organization, is a team of baseball and softball instructors teaching the game to boys and girls with economic and environmental disadvantages throughout the world.
Click here to learn more about the event and Baseball Miracles.
Baseball Miracles is planning its next mission trip for Sunday, Feb. 4 at the Armory Unity Center in Newburgh.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Each registrant will receive a baseball glove, baseball to take home as well as a hot dog, chips and drink as part of the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” luncheon.
Field director is Philadelphia Phillies Scouting Supervisor Alex Agostino and team captains are Roy Underwood and Trevor Purcell, assistant baseball coach at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh.
A special guest round table at the clinic will include Ben Cherington, former Boston Red Sox general manager and current Toronto Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations, and Willie Fraser, a Newburgh native who pitched in Major League Baseball and is now a scout for the Miami Marlins.
The Baseball Miracles team just returned from Argentina where 300-plus kids participated over the two days. Baseball Miracles partnered with the Federacion of baseball in Argentina and the Buenos Aires Shankees baseball team.
Baseball Miracles, a non-profit organization, is a team of baseball and softball instructors teaching the game to boys and girls with economic and environmental disadvantages throughout the world. Founder and director John Tumminia, a Major League Baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox, is a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Marlboro.
Contact Caroline Breeden at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.baseballmiracles.org for more information about the event in Newburgh.
ABOVE: Courtesy photo from Baseball Miracles showing a group shot of participants in Argentina.
Baseball Miracles shared its happenings during a busy month as its instructors prepare to leave for Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 9.
The non-profit organization announced it will have a booth at the 2017 Winter Meetings in Orlando and has a junior ambassador program for high school and college students to create awareness in their communities for Baseball Miracles.
Baseball Miracles is a group of baseball and softball instructors coming together to teach the sports to boys and girls with environmental and economic disadvantages throughout the world. The instructors have visited Kenya, South Africa, Honduras, Ireland and Canada as well as South Dakota, New Orleans and Kentucky.
Baseball Miracles is sending 12 volunteers to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in November to conduct a two-day baseball clinic in a partnership with Federacion de Beisbol-Argentina.
“The team at the Federacion de Beisbol has been fantastic to work with,” Baseball Miracles Founder John Tumminia, a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Marlboro and a longtime scout for the Chicago White Sox, said in a press release. “Their dedication to a successful visit from our team has made our passion and excitement for this trip grow more and more each day. The children in the community will undoubtedly have the support they need once we leave to continue their exploration of baseball.”
Baseball Miracles has been collecting baseball equipment from all regions of the country over the past year for this trip. Each child at the clinic will receive a glove and baseball.
Click here to learn more about Baseball Miracles.