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PODCAST: Special Guest Robert Malandro

PODCAST: Special Guest Robert Malandro

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Recap:

  • Malandro grew up in Brooklyn during the 1950s as a diehard Brooklyn Dodgers fan. His family moved to Valley Stream during his adolescence which is where he attended high school.
  • He was a Nassau County Cop, and he retired in 1991.
  • He became aware of Holy Trinity job opening by a newspaper ad and became the JV football coach first before taking over as baseball head coach in 1987.
  • He used the same signs that St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog used.
  • In 1997 he led Holy Trinity to the first CHSAA title of his tenure. He followed that up with another title in 1998.
  • He liked to schedule as many as 40 games per year, with many of the non-league games coming against top teams like Division, Clarke and Massapequa.
  • In 2003, he had his first draft pick, Jonathan Kalkau. He was signed after hitting 3 HR and driving in 9 runs in a championship game.
  • In 2006, they beat Massapequa in a scrimmage behind starting pitcher Keith Couch. It was the same year that Massapequa went undefeated at 26-0.
  • Couch was a 2007 graduate who wound up getting drafted out of Adelphi in 2010. He says he really flourished after getting to Adelphi.
  • He also had draft picks in 2010 and 2011 (Max Almonte and Alex Robinson).
  • He wanted to call up Robinson as a freshman but waited until his sophomore year.
  • Robinson was untouchable in 2011 when winning the Gatorade Player of the Year for NY.
  • That team had 6 Div-I players on it including Chris Hardardt and Jack Parenty.
  • He considered retiring following his 2012 championship but decided to stick around.
  • Holy Trinity was the only team to defeat Chris Cappas in 2017, they won 2-1. They didn’t hit the ball well but executed with the little things.
  • He is very confident in incumbent coach Dan Luisi, who he coached. Luisi proved that he earned the job by coaching at Stony Brook and in the Hamptons League.

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Vinny is the Editor-In-Chief of aXcess Baseball. He is a 2013 graduate of Adelphi University. He previously worked for Bleacher Report and Baseball Info Solutions.

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