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CSP Client Spotlight: TJ Jann

 

 

Here’s Coach Zomberg’s second installment of the CSP Client Spotlight, featuring TJ Jann.

 

 

Born and raised in Westford, MA, TJ Jann is a Penn State graduate with a degree in Finance and is now pursuing his Masters in Finance from Boston College. We can only admire the way TJ looks out for his little brother, who also works out at CSP. Without a doubt, this hard-working, yet tender, young buck will be a success, both on and off the field.

 

   Let’s start with baseball…

 

TJ Penn State

 

   What inspired you to play the game?

 

I’ve always loved the New York Yankees. My dream since I can remember was to either play for the Yankees or the New York Knicks. Becoming Mariano Rivera’s replacement was always my dream job and bizarrely enough, if things had gone according to plan, I timed it up pretty well!

 

   Word has it that you once played with CSP coach, Greg Robins.  Tell us more!

 

I had the pleasure of playing with Greg a long time ago when I was 16 years old. We both went to the same hitting coach so in turn we were both asked to play on the 18u team in the fall.

 

   We heard you were terrified of him?  Is there truth to this? 

 

If you don’t know already, Greg is an imposing force in the weight room. Picture Greg Robins on a baseball field right now, with 16-18 year olds, and tell me you would not be terrified. Well, one weekend, Greg filled in as a catcher, so as the team’s third baseman, I learned the difference between the arm of a 16-year-old kid and a 22-year-old man. Whenever anyone stole third or if we had a runner on third, I was just praying Greg didn’t throw it because it most likely would have killed me. He did throw a runner out at third that game, not because I caught the ball, but rather due to the fact that the ball was lodged into the palm of my glove.

 

Side note: He hit a ball with a wood bat about 1,000 feet. To this day, it is the longest home run I have ever seen. I’m guessing it probably still hasn’t landed.

 

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   Why Penn State?

 

I chose Penn State for the ability to both pitch and hit (most schools on the East Coast wanted me solely as a pitcher). Penn State also has a great academic reputation and a strong alumni network so I knew if baseball didn’t work out, I would still be in very good shape.

 

   If you could relive the career of one MLB Player, who would you choose and why?

 

Easy question: Mariano Rivera. My childhood idol is the greatest closer to ever play the game. He dominated every team in the league his entire career and did it with one pitch. Every hitter knew exactly what pitch was coming yet still couldn’t hit it. How’s that for dominance?

 

Not only was he a dominant player, but also he went about it in such a professional manner. There is a reason that his final season included such an incredible celebration from around the league. His calm and collected demeanor could not be broken at any point, no matter how bad the situation was. To see a player be called the greatest to ever play the game at his position, and still have the respect of even the arch rival Boston Red Sox, I can’t imagine a better career than that.

 

   Aside from baseball…

 

   Tell us about your time as an “all-star” basketball player in high school?

 

Basketball, believe it or not, was my better sport growing up. I always thought I was going to make it to the NBA and revive my disappointing Knicks franchise (that now lies in Melo’s hands), but opted to focus on baseball when I was told there was a professional baseball career in my near future.

 

In high school, I was an All State basketball player and MVP of my league. I loved basketball; it was so much fun and it gave me a break from baseball. While I was usually one of the biggest players on the court, I typically played on the perimeter and shot 41% from three. My claim to fame is that I played with Nerlens Noel, and against Shabazz Napier, Alex Oriakhi, and Phil Pressey to name a few NBA players.

 

TJ Basketball

 

   How has being an athlete shaped your personality?

 

Being a part of a team really teaches you how to effectively work with others and communicate. Sports also brought out the leadership in me as teammates typically turned to me for answers or help when they were struggling with any aspect of their game or even life. The competitive nature I have as an athlete has allowed me to succeed not only on the court or field, but also in the classroom and office. I always want more, no matter how successful I am, and it’s my competitive edge (instilled from athletics) that drives me.

 

 

   Enough with athletics…

 

   What 5 songs would we most likely hear on your playlist?

 

This one is tough. I like a wide variety of music. It really depends on what kind of mood I am in or what I am doing at the moment. I’ll give you five songs that I currently listen to often: Lightning – Cash Cash, I Don’t Care – Fall Out Boy, Bright Lights – Matchbox Twenty, Do or Die – Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church. I told you it was pretty diverse.

 

   What do you want to do with your MSF?

 

I am hoping to get a job with either a hedge fund or a venture capitalist firm when I graduate. Evaluating companies on whether or not VC’s should invest in them is something I’d like to do. If not, I’d love to work with private wealth management or portfolio management with a hedge fund.

 

   What’s your spirit animal, and why?

 

Bear. I am strong, confident and welcome a challenge, but sometimes my own pride can be my downfall. I also just took a quiz on a random site and it gave me “bear.”

 

   CSP Talk…

 

TJ Chin 

 

   What separates the CSP training environment from other training facilities?

 

I think CSP is the best place to train no matter what. The fact that each individual has his or her own personalized program is fantastic. Not only are they personalized, but also they are created after a physical evaluation to locate any weaknesses and areas that need work. I’ve never seen another place that can even compete with this method. Also, the wealth of knowledge on the floor is great as there is always someone there to help you with an exercise. It’s nice to know that the people working there actually care about the clients and are there to help them get better. There is a reason the top players in the country choose to train at Cressey Performance. You’ve got to train with the best to play like the best!

 

 

 

 

 

Noteworthy CP-Family Performances

 

This past week was another productive one for the CP Baseball Family.  Here are a couple of highlights worth pointing out:

 

Adam Ravenelle (Tigers Prospect) officially signed his first professional contract following a successful college career which culminated with a high-pressure 6-out save to secure a national championship for Vanderbilt.  Adam has completed over 300 training sessions here at CP dating back to when he was an 8th-grader.  We’re extremely proud of his successful career thus far and look forward to seeing what is ahead.  Here’s an article discussing his next big step.

 

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Corey Kluber (Indians) earned his 8th win of the season in a dominant outing against the Royals on Sunday.  Corey worked into the 9th and struck out 10 batters.  He is now 4th in the league in strikeouts (137) and 3rd in innings pitched (125 1/3).  Here’s an article featuring Terry Francona’s reaction to being booed by his home fans as he approached the mound to remove Corey just two outs shy of his 2nd career complete game.

 

Mike Montgomery (Rays Prospect) earned a Triple-A All-Star selection following a first half that included an 8-1 record with a 3.30ERA.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed that his hard work is rewarded with a big-league call-up as the fall approaches!  All-Star article

 

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John Gorman (Boston College) has turned a temporary contract with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League into a full-time contract and has placed a firm grasp on their closer role.  Through 8.1IP, John has a 1.08ERA and a batting average against of .154.  Boston Globe article

 

 

 

 

2014 CPFamily MLB Draft Review

 

 

With 18 members of the CP Family taken this weekend in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, we have now seen 52 athletes have their name called dating back to the spring of 2011.  Some of the highlights included:

 

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-  5 CP Family members were selected during MLB TV prime-time broadcast of the first 2 rounds and we saw 6 guys go in the top 100 picks of the draft.

 

-  Tyler Beede became the 1st player in New England history to be drafted twice in the 1st round, and the 18th in MLB First-Year Player Draft history.

 

-  6 different athletes who have trained with us through high school and college prior to being selected to play professionally (Beede, Ravenelle, Chin, Anderson, Bereszniewicz, and Alfonso).

 

-  Forrest Wall became the highest drafted HS 2nd baseman in draft history.  He also demonstrated that his baseball skills are second only to his fashion skills after being selected 35th overall.

 

 

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    A big CP congratulations goes out to the following 18 guys:

 

Tyler Beede – Selected 14th overall by the San Francisco Giants out of Vanderbilt University  Story

 

Forrest Wall – Selected 35th overall by the Colorado Rockies out of Orangewood Christian High School (FL) Story

 

Jake Stinnett – Selected 45th overall by the Chicago Cubs out of the University of Maryland. Story

 

Joe Gatto – Selected 53rd overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out of St. Augustine HS (NJ) Story

 

Spencer Turnbull – Selected 63rd overall by the Detroit Tigers out of the University of Alabama Story

 

Austin DeCarr – Selected 91st overall by the NY Yankees our of the Salisbury School (CT) Story

 

Adam Ravenelle - Selected in the 4th round by the Detroit Tigers out of Vanderbilt University  Story

 

Eric Stout – Selected in the 13th round by the Kansas City Royals out of Butler University  Story

 

Ben Brewster – Selected in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox out of Maryland  Story

 

Andrew Chin – Selected in the 15th round by the NY Yankees out of Boston College  Story

 

Carl Anderson – Selected in the 19th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Bryant University  Story

 

Will Toffee – Selected in the 23rd round by the NY Yankees out of the Salisbury School (CT)

 

Ty Sterner – Selected in the 23rd round by the Cincinnati Reds out of the University of RI  Story

 

Billy Bereszniewicz – Selected in the 28th round by the LA Dodgers out of SUNY Binghamton  Story

 

Tyler Herb – Selected in the 29th round by the Seattle Mariners out of Coastal Carolina  Story

 

James Alfonso – Selected in the 30th round by the Seattle Mariners out of U. of Hartford  Story

 

Tucker Simpson – Selected in the 39th round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Chipola CC (FL)  Story

 

Scott Manea – Selected in the 40th round by the Seattle Mariners out of St. Johns HS (MA)  Story

 

 

 

 

 

CP Weekend Roundup

 

 

Another weekend of filling up the stat sheet is in the books for the CP Family.  From the NE-10 Tournament, to the NL West, CP athletes have been swinging the bats well and piling up strikeouts on the mound.  Here’s a look at this past weekend’s noteworthy performances:

 

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AJ Pollock (DBacks) has put together a 6 game hitting streak, including multi-hit games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  AJ has raised his batting average to .286 for the season.  Stats

 

Corey Kluber (Indians) earned his 3rd win of the season, striking out 9 in a 6-3 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Corey has now piled up 57 strikeouts in just 51.2 innings pitched.  Box

 

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Steve Delabar (Blue Jays) struck out 7 batters over the course of 3 relief appearances this past weekend (4.1 innings pitched). Stats

 

Steve Cishek (Marlins) earned his 7th save of the season in a 3-1 Thursday night win over San Diego.  Earlier in the week, Steve managed to earn the win in relief in both Monday and Wednesday night’s games against the Mets. Stats

 

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Oliver Drake (Orioles AA) is thriving in his new role as a reliever/closer with the Bowie Baysox. Through 12 appearances, he holds a 1-0 record with 6 saves and a 1.98ERA.  Here’s a great article about his hot start in 2014.

 

The Bryant University Bulldogs had a great weekend, sweeping a 4-game series against Fairleigh Dickinson.  On the weekend, Carl Anderson hit 3 home runs.  In Saturday’s first game of a double-header, CP athletes (Anderson, Zarozny, McCarthy and Bingell) combined to drive in all 8 runs in a 8-3 victory.  Box

 

Tyler Beede and Adam Ravenelle (Vanderbilt) combined to throw 8 innings, allowing just a single run in a tough 1-0 loss to #11 Florida on ESPN-U this past Thursday.  Tyler struck out 6 and Adam struck out 2 in his 2 innings of relief.  Box

 

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James Alfonso (Hartford) was 2-for-3 with 2RBI in a 8-6 win against U-Mass Lowell on Saturday afternoon.  Box

 

Andrew Chin and Jeff Burke (Boston College) combined to throw 9 innings in a 5-3 win against Binghamton on Sunday afternoon.  Burke earned the win with 5 innings of scoreless relief.  Box

 

John Gorman (Boston College) had a solid start on Friday against Binghamton, tossing 5 scoreless innings.  Unfortunately for the Eagles, Billy Bereszniewicz and his Bearcats were too strong, winning the game 9-3.  Billy was 1-3 with a pair of walks and 3 runs scored.  Box

 

Alex Person (SNHU) earned his 3rd win of the season with 2.2 innings of solid relief against Stonehill in the NE-10 Conference Tournament Semi-Final.  SNHU won the game 6-5 and went on to win their conference title the following day.  Box

 

Austin DeCarr (Salisbury HS) struck out 19 in a complete game 1-hit shutout of the Taft School.  Austin’s performance was good enough to prompt a tweet from Peter Gammons.  Tweet

 

Please note: Due to the large volume of CP athletes playing competitive baseball at this moment in time (roughly 700+), plenty of impressive stat lines will unfortunately go unnoticed!  With this in mind, if you are aware of a performance worthy of note in our Weekend Roundup, we’d love for you to email us a heads up  (CresseyPerformance@gmail.com).  

Thanks in advance!

 

 

 

 

 

CP Mid-Week Honor Roll

 

 

A couple of CP athletes have earned recognition for their impressive performances during the past couple of weeks.

Here’s a look at some conference/organization player of the week honors handed out to the CP Family:

 

 

Cooney

 

Tim Cooney (Cardinals AAA) earned St. Louis Cardinals Organization Pitcher of the Month honors for April after going 3-1 with a 2.35ERA over a 5 start period for the Memphis Redbirds.  Article

 

 

Walsh

 

Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce University) was named Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week for the week ending on April 27 and soon thereafter earned recognition as East Region Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.  This honor didn’t come as a surprise after having gone 9 for 18 at the plate.  His stat line on the week included a double, 3HR, 10RBI and 8 runs scored. Article

 

 

Superko

 

Tim Superko (Tufts University) earned NESCAC Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing a 7-inning complete game to beat Bates 4-2 and help the Jumbos to the top seed in the East Division of their conference tournament.  Article

 

 

DuBois

 

Derek DuBois (Clark Univerity) earned First-Team All-Conference honors in the NEWMAC after going 5-1 in conference.  Derek was twice named Pitcher of the Week in conference during 2014.  Article

 

 

Please note: Due to the large volume of CP athletes playing competitive baseball at this moment in time (roughly 700+), plenty of impressive stat lines will unfortunately go unnoticed!  With this in mind, if you are aware of a performance worthy of note in our Weekend Roundup, we’d love for you to email us a heads up  (CresseyPerformance@gmail.com).  

Thanks in advance!

 

 

 

CP Family Weekend Roundup

 

Please note:  Due to the large volume of CP athletes playing competitive baseball at this moment in time (roughly 700+), plenty of impressive stat lines will unfortunately go unnoticed!  With this in mind, if you are aware of a performance worthy of note in our Weekend Roundup, we’d love for you to email us a heads up  (CresseyPerformance@gmail.com).  Thanks in advance!

 

Another good weekend is in the books for the CP-Baseball-Family.  Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy performances from the last few days:

 

Kluber

 

Corey Kluber (Indians) was dominant in 8 innings of work on Sunday.  Corey struck out 13 White Sox, including 7 straight at one point.  Despite allowing just 3 hits and 1 earned run, he did not factor in the decision.  Box Score

 

Cishek

 

Steve Cishek (Marlins) converted an impressive 4-out save to help the Marlins complete a sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday evening.  Steve struck out 1 batter in the 5-4 victory while earning his 6th save of the season.  Box Score

 

Gomes

 

Brandon Gomes (Rays) earned his 2nd win of the season in Boston on Thursday, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.  He returned the following night at Yankee Stadium to toss 2 more scoreless innings.  Thursday’s Box Score

 

Tim Collins (Royals) returned from a dominant rehab stint in Triple-A (struck out 10 of 14 batters) to throw 2 scoreless innings of relief against the Detroit Tigers.  Tim allowed just a single hit and struck out 1 batter.  Box Score

 

Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) earned his 7th win of the season, striking out 7 batters in 5 innings of work against Missouri.  Vanderbilt won the contest by a score of 5-3.  Box Score

 

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Adam Ravenelle (Vanderbilt) helped the Commodores complete a sweep of Missouri with 3.1 impressive innings of scoreless relief on Sunday afternoon.  Adam allowed just 1 hit in the 3-1 win.  Box Score

 

Billy Bereszniewicz (SUNY Binghamton) was 5 for 8 at the plate in a double header against U-Mass Lowell on Saturday afternoon.  In the first game, Billy was 3 for 4 with 2RBI and 3 runs scored in a 10-6 win.  Box Score

 

John Gorman (Boston College) worked a no-hitter into the 8th inning of a game which BC would ultimately win 3-2 against Pitt.  John struck out a career high 8 batters and allowed just 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.  He did not factor in the decision.  Recap

 

The CP guys down at Bryant University carried the offense in a 5-4 Friday afternoon win against Sacred Hart.  Carl Anderson, John Mullen, AJ Zarozny, Buck McCarthy and Dan Cellucci combined to go 8 for 17 at the plate, including 2RBI and 4 of the 5 runs scored by Bryant in the game.  Box Score

 

 

 

 

Huge CP Family Weekend Roundup

 

 

Today’s CP Family weekend roundup spans baseball from the high school level on up to the big leagues.  It was an interesting weekend here at CP, as the University of Maryland baseball team made a bit of a last-minute trip to CP to get a Saturday afternoon lift in after having their previously scheduled game rained out.  Despite having managed to get a good training session in, the Terps were unable to avoid the wrath of the CP Family, as BC swept the three-game series and all three winning pitchers were long-time CP guys.

 

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Here’s a look at more than a dozen noteworthy baseball performances from this past weekend:

 

CP’s Major League Baseball Athletes

 

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AJ Pollock (D-Backs) hit his second home run of the season on Friday evening.  AJ is 6 for his last 12 at bats, including Saturday’s game, in which he fell a home run short of hitting for the cycle against Cliff Lee.  Video

 

TJ McFarland (Orioles) put together three strong innings of 1-run relief against the Royals on Friday evening.  TJ recorded a pair of strikeouts in the 5-0 loss.  Box Score

 

Brandon Gomes (Rays) earned his second hold of the season with 3 innings of scoreless/hitless relief against the White Sox on Saturday.  The Rays won 4-0.  Box Score

 

Steve Delabar (Jays) tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief against the Red Sox on Sunday.  Steve earned his 4th hold of the season.  Box Score

 

 

CP’s MLB-Affiliated Minor League Athletes

 

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Mike Montgomery (Rays AAA) tossed the first 8.1 innings of a no-hitter against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday for the Durham Bulls.  Mike struck out 9 batters and retired the final 22 batters he faced.  Video

 

Justin Nicolino (Marlins AA) earned his second win of the season with a scoreless 8 inning effort on Sunday afternoon.  Justin allowed just 3 hits and struck out 4.  He now has a 2.83ERA for the season.  Stats

 

John Andreoli and Rafael Lopez (Cubs AA) put together solid offensive performances this weekend for the Tennessee Smokies of the Southern League.  Rafael hit safely in all 3 games, including 2 doubles and an RBI. John had hits on Saturday and Sunday and also stole a pair of bases.  Lopez stats and Andreoli Stats

 

Shawn Haviland (A’s AA) dropped his 2014 ERA to a 1.74 with another great start for the Midland Rock Hounds of the Texas League.  Shawn worked 7.2 innings, allowing just 3 hits and no runs.  Stats

 

Anthony Seratelli (Mets AAA) hit safely in all 3 games this weekend for the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.  Anthony’s stat lines included a triple and 3 walks.  Stats

 

 

CP’s NCAA Athletes

 

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AJ Zarozny (Bryant) returned from injury to go 3 for 3 with a pair of solo home runs in a 12-2 win over Mt. St. Mary’s on Saturday.  AJ’s teammate and CP training partner, Buck McCarthy, was 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored in the contest.  13 of the 15 hits by Bryant in the game were by CP athletes (Bingell, Cellucci, McCarthy, Mullen and Zarozny) Box Score

 

Boston College swept the visiting Maryland Terps in a 3-game series here in Boston.  All three eagles starters earned the win, and all three were CP guys.  Congrats on a great weekend, Andrew Chin, John Gorman and Jeff Burke. Recap

 

Ty Beede (Vanderbilt) struck out 7 in 5 impressive innings against visiting Georgia before the game was suspended due to a power outage.  Recap

 

 

CP High School Athletes

 

Shane Combs (St. John’s Shrewsbury) tossed a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Leominster HS.  Shane struck out 7 and allowed just a single baserunner on the day.  On a related note, this game was caught by Shane’s CP training partner, Scott Manea.  Recap

 

 

 

 

Mid-Week CP-Family MLB Notes

 

 

In addition to CJ Riefenhauser’s big league debut this past weekend, the CP Family has managed to leave their mark on the professional baseball seen consistently over the couple of days.  Here’s a few new updates, highlighted by a Jays/Orioles contest that featured contributions from three different CP guys:

 

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Steve Delabar (Jays) earned the win in a 9-3 Toronto victory.  Steve tossed a scoreless 8th inning and pushed his record to 2-0 on the season.  Steve’s Bio

 

TJ McFarland (Orioles) made his return to the big leagues to join fellow CP athlete, Ryan Flaherty (0-for-2, 2BB).  TJ also threw a scoreless/hitless inning of relief.  Box Score

 

Steve Cishek (Marlins) converted his 33rd consecutive save for the Marlins (4th of 2014).  He also struck out the final batter of the game, allowing the Marlins and Braves to combine for 28 strikeouts, an MLB single-game record.  Video

 

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Jed Bradley (Brewers Prospect) earned Pitcher of the Week honors for the Florida State League.  Jed threw 6 scoreless innings in his start on Wednesday, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 5 on only 76 pitches.  Bradley has the 4th highest K’s/9IP in the league, averaging 8.8/9.  Article

 

Luke Jackson (Rangers Prospect) also earned Pitcher of the Week honors, having been dominant in his Texas League start on Tuesday.  Luke has a 1.96 ERA and has not allowed a run in 2 of his 3 starts this season.  Article

 

 

 

CP Baseball Roundup: All-Levels Edition

 

 

This weekend was packed with baseball highlights from the CP baseball community.  The best stories included MLB debuts, strong collegiate pitching performances and some double-digit HS strikeout totals.  Here’s a look at our favorite news and notes from the weekend:

 

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CJ Riefenhauser (Rays) made his MLB debut on Saturday evening against the New York Yankees.  CJ retired all 4 batters he faced in order.  Here’s a link to the video highlights of his outing.

 

Steve Cishek (Marlins) earned an MLB win and a save on consecutive nights this weekend against the Seattle Mariners.  Steve’s scoreless inning of relief on Friday was good enough for the win.  Box Score

 

Brandon Gomes (Rays) has held opponents scoreless in 8 of his 9 relief appearances this season, including two more outings this weekend against the Yankees.  Brandon now has an ERA of 3.86 on the year.  Stats

 

Buck McCarthy (Bryant University) carried the Bulldogs offense on Friday, going 3-3 at the plate with 1BB and 2RBI in a 7-0 win over LIU Brooklyn.  Box Score

 

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Dan Cellucci (Bryant University) drove in 2 of his team’s 3 runs in a 3-1 win in the second game of a Friday double-header against LIU Brooklyn.  Dan was 1-3 on the day.  Box Score

 

Drew Johnson (Stoneham High School) got a mention in the Boston Globe HS Baseball Roundup after tossing a complete game shutout against Melrose HS.  Drew struck out 13 in the contest.

 

Sid Warrenbrand (Lincoln-Sudbury High School) struck out 15 in a complete game 1-hit effort against Framingham High School this afternoon.  LS earned an 8-0 victory, with much of the run support coming from Alex Wieland‘s grand-slam.

 

 

 

 

CP Client Spotlight: Chuck Abdalian

 

 

I’d like to introduce the CP community to Chuck.  After surveying the staff for their own Chuck fun facts, I quickly learned that he’s gained a Chuck Norris-like persona around CP.  Among the tidbits I came across, my favorites included:

 

-  Chuck Abdalian shaves his head twice daily

-  Chuck Abdalian holds the gym record for fist-bumps with CP staff during a single training session (174)

-  Chuck Abdalian keeps caffeine up at night

-  Chuck Abdalian can execute a Turkish Getup with a 16kg kettle bell (likely the only true statement I collected)

 

Since the majority of these facts are useless, it is best that we move on to some actual Chuck information.  Here’s a little look into his training world.  Enjoy!

 

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Q: How long have you been training?

I started training when I was 14, running a mile and lifting weights on alternate days. I have been training for most of the last 50 years.

 

What is your long-term training goal?

After high school sports, my training goal was to stay in the best shape I could within the time constraints of my professional career.

 

What is your favorite exercise?

My favorite exercise is the overhead forward lunge along with the deadlift and glute hamstring raise.

 

What is your least favorite exercise?

I have not met an exercise I do not like, but I have been heard cursing the Prowler on some humid days.

 

What is your most memorable accomplishment (training, personal, professional, etc) since joining CP?

When I started at CP 3 years ago I could not stand up straight due to a lower back injury. Leading up to my injury were years of running and biking 1,500 to 2,000 miles a year and lifting weights 3 times a week. I was in great shape, but my body was unbalanced, which contributed to my injury. So, my most memorable accomplishment since joining CP is the remediation of my injury, I now stand up straight! I am also in better overall shape – the CP Team has restored my athletic agility. I train 5 times a week and have gone over 1,000 days without an injury since coming to CP. I am now starting my 51st year of training.

 

What does being part of the CP Family mean to you?

Being a part of the CP Family is very unique. I look forward to my training sessions and have missed very few workouts since coming to CP.

 

The CP Staff and clients truly become your family and friends, since we all share a common goal and passion. The goal is Excellence through hard work fueled by determination. No matter what age group client’s fall into – from 10-year-old boys and girls to senior men and women athletes – we are all striving to continuously discover, develop and push our potential. The sign over the entrance to the CP facility states, “Discover your potential” and the next sign you see when entering the gym is “Excellence Starts Here”. That says it all. There is never a display of ostentatious “Attitude” by clients or staff, but from the friendly banter, you know the people surrounding you share your passion and display an inner intensity and drive to “leave it all in the ring” to quote Bob Costas tribute to Joe Frazer’s professional attitude.

 

Belonging to the CP Family is powerful – some regular clients drive one and a half hours to regularly train. That is a real testament to the CP Team.

 

What is your favorite CP Family moment?

On the Columbus Day holiday a few years ago, a CP client, a professional rugby player, came in with his girl friend as a guest. She was a model and athlete, in better shape than anyone at CP! She wanted her work out recorded for professional purposes. On of my favorite interns of all time, Kyle, a real character, was assigned the task of recording her workout. The expression on his face was priceless as he went about his assigned task. Of course, this was a singular and ironic occurrence at CP, which made it special. Usually the only videotaping going on is of a pitcher’s mechanics or New Balance filming a commercial. We all shared something in common with the CP guest that day – we shared excellence and determination.

 

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Having trained in other gyms, what makes the training environment at CP unique?

I have enjoyed a long professional career and have worked with a broad spectrum of fellow professionals. In my opinion, the CP Team are first class professionals with a deep knowledge and passion for what they do. This attitude infuses the training facility and their clients. The CP Team ranks with the best professionals I have worked with, hands down. I have seen first hand the impact on young athletes. As an example, I have watched the development of a determined young man from the time he was an 11 years old skinny kid. He is now 14. He has become very strong, athletic, quietly confident and even more determined. He displays exceptional deportment and character. He embodies the CP philosophy “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit.”

 

Finally – no curls allowed. Don’t let Eric catch you doing a curl! Now that is as unique as all of the CP Staff wearing tee shirts with sleeves!

 

What would you say to those who think that CP is only for baseball players?

Functional training forms the base for all sports specific training, so CP is not just for baseball players. I have worked out with not only professional baseball players, but also rugby players, softball players, Olympians, professional women football players, as well as grade school, high school and college athletes representing all sports and of course senior athletes and that occasional model.

 

 

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