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#1 Lou Barbieri

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 09:43 PM

Watching the "pre-game" show on ESPN for the MLB Home Run Derby.
They showed some film clips of several of the players participating.
One of the players said he started playing BB as a 2 year old playing Tee-Ball.
His father was the manager and his older brother was on the team so the father talked to the other managers and got approval to have his 2 year old son play.

Obviously this was not LL Tee-Ball, now way LL BOD would allow a 2 year old to play Tee-Ball, especially not 20 years ago!
Don't even think a Waiver would have been approved.

3 year olds (league age 4) in Tee-Ball is bad enough. ;o)

#2 Jeremy

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 09:53 PM

This year many of our LA 4's havn't even turned four yet even though the season is over.

I do know a kid who at two could hit coach pitch balls to the outfield with consistency (didn't play in a league) he ended up being a high round pick in majors at LA 9.

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 12:29 PM

When I first became the President of a PONY League in Florida the best young player was a 9 year old in the Mustang Division (9-10s).
He was better than most (maybe all) of the players in Bronco (11-12s).
He eventually got drafted by MLB and got to AAA but injuries ended his career prematurely.

We also had a great pitcher in the Palomino division.
He got a scholarship to the University of Florida.
While he was there he went in for a "simple" operation on his shoulder and didn't survive (unknowingly he was allergic to the sedative he was given).
We ended up naming the large field at our Complex after him.

When we moved up the gulf coast I became President of a local Little League.
They had a great left handed pitcher who went on to have a number of good seasons in the MLB (two time All Star).
He was also a very good hitter for a pitcher (5 Silver Slugger Awards).
He too was plagued with injuries and ended up retiring.
He came back with "some MLB friends" every year and put on clinics for us.

The President of that league after I left (she was the VP my last season there) has had both her sons drafted by MLB Teams in the last few years.

OOOPS, almost forgot one!
Many many many years ago when I lived in Massachusetts I coached a young boy (I once dated his mother's sister - but that's a different story!) that ended up playing a number of seasons for the Boston Red Sox.
I think he still does a radio show in the Boston area.

I've been lucky to have seen a lot of very good/great players at young ages.

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:43 PM

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 08:02 PM

Yup, he was the lefty pitcher.

The stud 9 that made it to AAA is Mike Myers (or Meyers, can't remember which).

The UF pitcher who passed away in shoulder surgery was Steve Georgiadis.

The local Framingham Mass kid that played for the Red Sox is Louie Merloni.

The two brothers drafted by the MLB are Brian and Tyler Humphries.

Hope they don't mind me putting their names here!

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 09:24 PM

He is the only pitcher with five Silver Sluggers so it's pretty much the same as putting his name out on here....lol....In 58 years my leagues been around I think the furthest anyone has got was in the rotation for Texas A&M....not another D1 player I know of.



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