MLB Draft Continues …

The San Diego Padres selected Seton Hall University’s Cullen Dana in the 30th round, 891st overall. Dana, who resides in Orange County and played at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, sat out the 2018 season due to injury. He was a 2018 Preseason All-Big East selection and was a All-Big East second-team honoree in 2016 and 2017. He also was a Freshman All-American in 2016.

Two picks later in the 30th round, the Oakland Athletics picked Gio Dincong of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County. Dincong, a California native, is a graduate of The Beacon School in New York City. In 2018, the senior outfielder hit .356 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI, 48 runs scored and 34 walks in 54 games.

In the 33rd round, the Oakland Athletics drafted Joseph Pena of St. Thomas Aquinas. Pena, who is from Brooklyn, hit .366 with a home run, 37 RBI and 50 runs scored in 2018.



Giants Pick Manhattan Catcher

Manhattan College catcher Fabian Pena was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 25th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.

Pena just completed his junior season and hit .255 with six home runs and 36 RBI for the Jaspers, who finished with a 25-28 record. He started all 53 games for Manhattan in 2018.

Pena, the 736th overall pick in the draft, is a graduate of Calusa Prep in Miami.



Iona Prep Grad Drafted by Pirates

Brad Case, a graduate of Iona Prep, was drafted Wednesday by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round, becoming the first graduate of an archdiocese Catholic high school to be selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

Case, the 504th pick overall in the draft, had a 5-6 record with a 3.46 earned run average in 2018 for Rollins College in Florida. In 96.1 innings, he allowed 37 earned runs on 106 hits and struck out 74.


Cosgrove Rebounds After Slow Start

Tom Cosgrove has allowed four earned runs over his last 14 innings for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, a full-season affiliate of the San Diego Padres in the Midwest League.

He surrendered 11 earned runs over 11 innings in his first three outings of the season.

Cosgrove, who is 1-2 and averaging a strikeout per inning, was a 12th round pick of the Padres in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft out of Manhattan College. He is a graduate of Msgr. Farrell High School on Staten Island.


Rusty Staub Memorial Mass

Rusty Staub was remembered for his generous heart at the Rusty Staub Memorial Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday. Staub died last month in Florida at the age of 73.

Staub, a former star with the New York Mets and the only player in Major League Baseball history to have over 500 hits with four teams, was known for the Rusty Staub Foundation and giving to the less fortunate. A two-time honoree at the archdiocese’s annual CYO dinner, he teamed with Catholic Charities to serve over 1,000,000 meals annually to the hungry people of New York.

Here is what was said by friends and fans:

“Rusty has bypassed Cooperstown because on the very first ballot he’s made God’s Hall of Fame in heaven,” said Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities in the archdiocese, in closing his homily.

“He was just a great person and he was my first baseball crush. I had to be here for him. He had a pure, wonderful heart,” said Mets fans Darlene Beattie of Peekskill.

“This was a man of great generosity with a huge heart,” said Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

“He will be missed around the offices. He will be missed at my golf tournaments. He will be missed everywhere,” said Mets owner Jeff Wilpon.

“He would have been great if he never got a hit. I think that says something about him,” said former Mets pitcher and current Mets broadcaster Ron Darling.

“He was a huge part of the city. I think you look at him as a baseball player, but I think millions of New Yorkers may have never known he played baseball because of his heart and what he did for the police and firemen. That’s the most important thing. Baseball is what we do but it’s not who we are. Rusty was definitely more than that,” said former teammate Lee Mazzilli, who was introduced to his wife by Staub.

“He was the first to ever say to me, ‘remember you’re a teacher, no one cares what you know until they know that you care,” said Bobby Valentine, who recalled Staub saying this when a young Valentine was coaching the veteran Staub with the Mets. Staub was older than Valentine.

Strong Start for Iona Prep Grad

Iona Prep graduate Colin Moran is off to a strong in his first full season of Major League Baseball.

The third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates is 10 for 29 with a home run, eight RBI and a .387 on-base percentage in the early season.

Moran, the sixth overall pick by the Miami Marlins in the 2013 draft, was traded to the Pirates by the Houston Astros in the Gerrit Cole trade. He played in 16 games over the previous two season for the Astros.

Rusty Staub Passes Away, Known For Being A Mets Legend, Charity Work

Rusty Staub died earlier today in a Florida hospital.

In New York, he was a hero on the field for his play with the New York Mets and off the field for his charity work. The Rusty Staub Foundation raised nearly $20 million and his work with the foundation and Catholic Charities served one million meals annually to those starving people in New York.

Staub was twice honored at CYO New York dinners for his work, becoming the first winner of the two separate CYO awards at the dinner.

Click here to read what he said at the 2016 CYO Dinner about his faith, which came months after he suffered a heart attack on a flight from Ireland to New York.