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Maddon named Manager of the Year
November 18, 2015

Joe Maddon (Lafayette College, Scranton Red Soxx) was selected National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He previously won this award with Tampa Bay in 2008 and 2011. Under his leadership the Chicago Cubs won 97 games, a 24 game improvement, and defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Division Series.

In other MLB news LHP C.J. Riefenhauser (Chipola, Stamford Robins) was traded to Seattle from Tampa Bay.

Garvin Alston (Florida International, New York Generals) was named bullpen coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He resides in Phoenix and his son, Garvin,Jr, will be playing for Arizona State this spring.

Matt Alvarez (Boston College, Staten Island Tide) was assigned to the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League by the Kansas City Royals. Alvarez was the top ACBL prospect in 2013 after signing a free agent contract with the Royals during the 2013 ACBL season. This season he posted a 2-2 record with two saves and a 3.66 ERA in 51.2 innings for Wilmington, the Royals' high A affiliate in the Carolina League.

Former Trenton pitcher Jeff Singer signs with Phillies
October 16, 2015
Jeff Singer signs with Phillies
Former Trenton General Jeff Singer recently signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 6-0 LHP posted a 4-1 record with a 2.62 ERA in 45 innings for the Generals in 2012.

He followed this with a 2-0 record in 2013 with a 2.11 ERA in 17 innings.

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Vogelsong finishes season strong
October 2, 2015
Ryan VogelsongRyan Vogelsong (Kutztown University, Quakertown Blazers, 96-97) allowed only one hit in four innings with no walks and six strikeouts in relief as the San Francisco Giants lost 3-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Although the Giants moved Vogey to the bullpen in early September he feels that he could still provide 30 or more starts for a major league team next year and will become a free agent at the end of the season.

In 2015 he posted a 9-11 record in 22 starts and pitched 135 innings with an ERA of 4.67.

Oriente Named Field Manager of Blazers
September 19, 2015
Dewey Oriente, 2016 Field Manager
Dewey Oriente, a former ACBL All-Star and outstanding player at Saint Joseph's University, has been named field manager of the Quakertown Blazers for the 2016 season.

Dewey Oriente is in his first season at DeSales where he will serve as the Recruiting Coordinator. He will work with the Bulldogs' hitters and outfielders. Oriente comes to DeSales after serving as Widener University’s Hitting Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and JV Coach for the past four years. Widener enjoyed tremendous success while Oriente was on staff helping guide the Pride to back-to-back 25+ win seasons. Oriente played a role in helping the Pride capture the 2014 MAC Commonwealth Championship and 2015 ECAC Southeast Region Championship. During his work with the Pride’s hitters, he mentored eleven All-Commonwealth Conference and five All-Mid-Atlantic Region hitters. He also saw two of his hitters go on to win the Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in 2014. Additionally, the Pride were statistically ranked among the top of the MAC Commonwealth in several key offensive statistics each season.

Oriente competed four years for Saint Joseph’s University from 2006-2010. In 2009, he was named ABCA All-Region, Honorable Mention All-Atlantic 10 Conference, Philadelphia Big Five Team and Philadelphia Big Five Academic Team. In his breakout season, Oriente finished the year hitting .403, which still stands as the last Hawk player to reach that plateau in program history. Following the 2009 season, Oriente was selected Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and First Team All-Big Five. He completed his second season as an Assistant Coach with the South Jersey Giants in the ACBL where he guided them to back-to-back playoff berths.

Oriente graduated Saint Joseph’s in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Finance and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science with a concentration in Sports Management at Wilmington University.

Swarmer tops ACBL awards and named All-American
August 21, 2015
Matt SwarmerMatt Swarmer (Kutztown University, Allentown Railers, 2014-15) was the unanimous selection for both the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award and the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

The 6-5 RHP went 8-0 in the regular season with a 0.55 ERA in nine starts. He put up an astonishing 89 strikeouts with only three walks in 65 innings in the regular season. The rising senior at Kutztown University then pitched the Allentown Railers to the 2015 ACBL Championship by going 2-0 in the playoffs with 19 strikeouts and just one walk in 17.1 innings while allowing only one earned run.

Swarmer was also recognized nationally as he was named as a first team starter on the Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-American team.

Justin Cassinelli (Susquehanna, Staten Island Tide, 2015) won the ACBL Hitting and Slugging Award. The rising junior hit .386 with a .627 slugging average.

Kyle McKelvy (Widener, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) was named Relief Pitcher of the Year after posting five saves.

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