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Camelot Knights Quickly Becoming a Premier Organization

JJ Palumbo of the Camelot Knights working on a hitting drill pic.twitter.com/5TkbGkTuss — Axcess Baseball LI (@axcessbaseball) January 20, 2018 One of the keys to team success is continuity–especially at the younger levels. The Camelot Knights have built their program’s success with this principle and their players are still only 11-years-old. “We go to battle with the same kids every week,” said Joe Palumbo, Director of the Camelot Knights. “The nucleus of this team has legitimately played together since they were 8-years-old. This is a group of friends that will be friends in 20 years and when they’re old and gray will be talking about these days on Facebook,” he said jokingly. What he does not joke about is the rapid ascension of the organizatio...

David Leiderman Signs Contract With Miami Marlins

David Leiderman (Bellmore JFK ’12) has signed a professional contract with the Miami Marlins today, the Hofstra grad announced on his Instagram. He was selected to participate in our Battle of the Border this past year but opted to not play due to attending pre-draft workouts. The power-hitting third baseman had a bit of down season in 2017 by his standards, coming off an All-CAA season in 2016. In that season, he batted .271 with a team-best 56 hits, 21 extra-base hits, 7 HR and 35 RBI. Following his junior season, there was legitimate talks that he would be selected in the 2017 MLB Draft. His most significant accomplishment was his tremendous season at Bellmore JFK in 2012 in which he batted .609 and was named the Diamond Award winner. He was named All-State as well as All-Long Isl...

Why I’m Excited For 2018

It is a slow news week so I will take some time out from our usual content of feature stories and event coverage to write why I’m personally excited for the start of the 2018 baseball season. As the years have gone on, I have been trying to make this website the most accurate depiction of the Long Island baseball scene as possible. This is the first year, in my opinion, that I can do that. Let me explain. While this began as nothing more than a hobby during my senior year at Adelphi in 2013, the demand for information and my own ability to have access to that information has allowed me to increase the quality and depth of content. No longer am I relying on box scores or secondhand descriptions of the news. Sometimes I laugh at the simplicity of the articles in 2014 and 2015. As each ...

How To Develop a Team-First Attitude

(Photo Credit: Bill Landon) by Sal Mignano An integral part of any successful team is for its members to have an unselfish, team-first attitude. Teams are sometimes successful in the win-loss column just due to pure talent, but that is not typically going to be a yearly occurrence. In fact, when a team wins just because of the pure talent it has, it is often without the excitement and exhortation of a tight unit. The major responsibility of this development is of the Head Coach. There are some teams, of course, that have some players who might be natural leaders, but ultimately the Head Coach is the one to foster that development through out the year. As a HS coach for 38 years, I had the fortune of coaching a ton of tremendous young men. My most successful and enjoyable seasons were the o...

What Is The Impact of Sabermetrics on Amateur Baseball?

So, the idea of advanced metrics is nothing new to the game of baseball. It has been part of the lexicon of the industry for over a decade and there’s a litany of research done on the matter. This article is not arguing the merits of number-crunching in the game of baseball. For that, I would highly recommend Brian Kenny’s Ahead of the Curve, which does a tremendous job of outlining why Major League Baseball does not value statistics that we grew up with such as RBI and wins. This article is, however, arguing why there’s no reason to get nervous that the implementation of sabermetrics in the professional ranks will have a trickle down effect on amateur baseball. I feel that I am uniquely qualified to speak on this topic since I previously worked for Baseball Info Solution...

Neal’s Knowledge: What Should a January Throwing Program Consist Of?

A pitcher should be treated like a race horse–carefully groomed and you cannot accelerate that process. When a pitcher picks up the ball for the first time in January, they haven’t pitched off a mound for over two months. I tell my pitchers before I see them on the mound they should have done a bit of long-tossing. You should not be going from inactivity to a mound. I took a lot of precautions to stay healthy in my career, and for that reason I landed on the DL only once–and it was a freak accident during BP while running sprints. Here are some crucial steps young pitchers should be following in order to avoid injury and be at their best by the time the season comes around. You should not be lifting heavy weights at all once you start throwing from a mound. Doesn’t matter how strong you ar...

PODCAST: Steve Marino and Chris Scura

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Video Feature: Beast United

A few weeks ago, we published a story on the incredible season of Beast United. They were recently ranked as the No. 11 team in the nation at their age group by Perfect Game. Last week, we went down to their winter workout at Parisi Speed School in Port Washington to speak with Head Coach James Labartino and watch their team Watch the above video to see the interview. If you would like your travel organization to have their own video feature, please email vinny@axcessbaseball.com  

Jesse Russo: Hungry For More

(Photo Credit: Old Westbury Athletics) Jesse Russo is not content with the numbers. The two-time All-Long Island selection is coming off consecutive seasons in which he batted .399 with a total of 47 stolen bases and 80 runs scored for the Old Westbury Panthers. Players of his ilk, however, never are content with their results and are always hungry for more. “When you start off 0-for-20, it’s tough to get your average up,” said the 2014 graduate of Clarke HS jokingly. Even despite the uneven starts to the past two seasons, he has put up numbers on par with the best players on Long Island. He is focused on improving the start to his 2018 season. “I’ve always thrived off of higher velocity, so when we face 82 or 83 MPH early on in the season, it takes a little b...

The Reliever’s Walk Up Song: Why Is It So Important?

(Photo Credit: Vincent Dusovic) by Julian Guevara Over the past decade the “nail down” reliever has become one of the most important positions in baseball. This is due in part to the plethora of incredible relief pitching and closers that emerged from the late 1990s-2010. Every ballplayer in the United States knows that the last thing you want to hear at Yankee Stadium in the top of the ninth is Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”. Of course, Mariano Rivera’s cutter is what the hitters really feared; however the song plays a huge role in getting the fans involved. My favorite example is the 2012 Oakland Athletics and their closer, Grant Balfour. Balfour, a genius in my opinion, did everything he could to get all 60,000 fans at the Oakland Coliseum involved. His chosen song is also a Metallica hit,...

PODCAST: Josh Gutes

On the latest podcast, we are joined by Hauppauge Head Coach Josh Gutes. He is entering his fifth year at the helm for the Eagles. In his first four seasons, he guided the team to three League titles. We discuss his experience playing for Hauppauge in the early 2000s, his experience coaching an MLB Draft pick (Nick Fanti), and his hopes for the 2018 season as they will be re-classified into Class A.

Details For the Awards Banquet

Tomorrow will be our third annual Awards Banquet. It will be held at Villa Lombardi’s beginning at 7pm. Doors will open at 6:45pm. Here are some details regarding the event. Attire is business casual. The event will conclude at 11pm. First course, entree and dessert will be included. A cash bar will be available to guests ages 21+ Awards will begin around 8:30pm and conclude around 10:30pm. We will be honoring the 35 players named to the college All-Long Island team. Each of their respective coaches will be speaking at the podium for a few minutes. We will also be honoring several other awards such as Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and many more. Guests are encouraged to take photos and pose in front of our 8×10 custom Step & Repeat banner. If you have n...

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