Baseball Executive Talks 2018

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.’’

 

Archdiocese Students Sit in Judge’s Chambers at Game 3 of ALCS

Immaculate Conception School’s Eagle Safety Patrol were honored by the New York Yankees at Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Monday night, a game won by the Yankees, 8-1.

The eighth-grade students from the school located on 151st Street in the Bronx were seated in the Judge’s Chambers, located in section 104 of right field.

“We are grateful to the Yankees. To recognize our students is a wonderful thing for them to do for our kids,’’ Sister Patrice Owens, S.C.C., principal of Immaculate Conception, told CNY.

The Eagle Safety Patrol, which consists of 21 students, was being honored for being leaders in the school and community. In recent months, the group have been difference makers in the school and community by doing such things as raising money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and Mexico. Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida suffered massive damage from hurricanes, and the people of Mexico were recovering from a devastating earthquake.

“They do a lot of service willingly,’’ said Sister Patrice. “One of our core values is service. We try to help the kids by providing opportunities to do service in the school and in the community. We make them aware of the opportunities and they are willing to to do it.’’

The Yankees also announced the Bronx-based Highbridge Voices will sing the National Anthem prior to Game 4 and will sit in the Judge’s Chambers for Tuesday’s game. Msgr. Donald Sakano, pastor at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, serves as president of the board for the Highbridge Voices and was a founder of the Highbridge Community Development Corporation, a non-profit dating back to the 1980s that now owns and manages some 50 buildings with over 2,100 households.

Highbridge Voices serves some 200 students, ages 9 to 18, between the academic year and summer programs.

Highbridge Voices has a 100 percent high school graduation rate and an 80 percent enrollment rate for college.

The Yankees have not announced honorees for Game 5. The Astros lead the best-of-7 series, 2-1.

PHOTO CAPTION: Students from Immaculate Conception School in the Bronx enjoy Game 3 of the American League Championship Series from the Judge’s Chambers in right field. Aaron Judge homered and the Yankees won, 8-1. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES

Padilla Wins Pro Baseball Title

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Nicholas Padilla and his Hudson Valley Renegades teammates captured the New York-Penn League championship with a 6-0 victory over Vermont on Thursday.

The Renegades, the Class A short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, scored five second-inning runs off Parker Dunshee who had not allowed a run in 38 1/3 innings during the regular season.

Padilla pitched a shutout inning in a semifinal series against the Staten Island Yankees. For the season, he was 3-2 with a 2.38 earned run average, allowing nine earned runs on 34 hits and striking out 29 over 34 innings.

 

Cosgrove Shines for Tri-City

Msgr. Farrell High School graduate Tom Cosgrove has surrendered only two earned runs and struck out 11 in his last three starts, 16 innings, for the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Northwest League Class A short-season affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Cosgrove finished the season with a 1-4 record and a 3.48 earned run average for Tri-City and a 1-4 record and 3.22 ERA overall, which includes his time with the Arizona Rookie League Padres in 2017.

Cosgrove pitched three seasons at Manhattan College before being selected by the Padres in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.

 

Cosgrove Shines in Losing Effort

Msgr. Farrell High School graduate Tom Cosgrove surrendered one run on four hits over six innings for the Tri-City Dust Devils in a 2-0 Northwest League loss to the Hillsboro Hops on Aug. 30.

Cosgrove, who pitched three seasons at Manhattan College before being drafted by the San Diego Padres in June 2017, is 1-4 with a 3.48 earned run average at Tri-City. He has allowed only two runs and struck out 11 over his last 16 innings.

Tri-City is a Class A short-season affiliate of the Padres.

 

Padilla Pitches 3 Strong Innings

Nicholas Padilla, a Cardinal Spellman High School graduate, allowed an earned run on two hits and struck out three over three innings for the Hudson Valley Renegades in a 4-3 10-inning, New York-Penn League victory over Tri-City on Aug. 29.

Padilla is 2-2 with a 2.03 earned run average and 26 strikeouts in 31 innings this season.

The Renegades, the Class A short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, are 1.5 games behind the Staten Island Yankees in the standings on Aug. 31 with a week remaining to the regular season. Hudson Valley is three games in front of Aberdeen (Orioles) and State College (Cardinals) for the wild-card spot.

 

Cosgrove Excels for Dust Devils

Msgr. Farrell High School graduate Tom Cosgrove has allowed one earned run over 10 innings in his last two starts to see his earned run average drop from 4.97 to 3.82.

Cosgrove, who struck out five in each of his last two starts, pitches for the Tri-City Dust Devils, a Class A short-season affiliate of the San Diego Padres in the Northwest League.

Cosgrove pitched three seasons at Manhattan College before being selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.