|New Modified Winter Workout Session Now Open!
Due to demand, we have now opened a new winter workout session for modified age kids. For more information and the register today, CLICK HERE.
|DP Fall Teams Wrap Up Their Seasons
This past weekend saw the end of three very successful seasons for all three of Diamond Pro’s fall teams. During our fall season, we stress development and improvement and it was important for us that the players understood that. Part of their development, though, is continuing to go out there and compete every single day. We want them to compete not only against the other team but against each other as well. Competition within a team only drives overall improvement and benefits everyone. We are very proud of the way that all three teams, 12u, 15u, and 17u, competed throughout the fall.
All of our fall teams brought returning DP players together with new players which turned out to be a great experience for all. Our 12u team was coached by Tom Rogers and had a very successful fall as they outscored opponents 118-44. Our 15u team competed against some of the best local teams and Buffalo area teams. Coached by Zack Melino, their most notable wins came this past Sunday as they swept team New Era in Buffalo. The 17u Showcase team not only played against high school teams but had the chance to compete against the best junior colleges in the area. Coach Tony Fuller helmed a team that played Monroe Community College, Niagara County Community College, and Genesee Community College. The 17u team also traveled down to Fort Myers, Florida for the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Tournament with over 200 teams. They represented Diamond Pro proudly as they played against some of the best teams in the country.
As fall ball ends, we are now shifting gears to prepare ourselves for summer 2017. We hope all our fall ball players will continue to work hard as the cold winter months’ approach us. Best of luck to all players during their school seasons and we look forward to working with them soon.
|Clement, Simonetti to open season against each other
By PAUL GOTHAM
Myrtle Beach is more than a 13-hour drive from Rochester, N.Y., but on Friday the city in South Carolina will serve as home to a pair of former Section V standouts as Ernie Clement (Brighton) and the Virginia Cavaliers take on Conner Simonetti (Fairport) and the Kent State Golden Flashes.
"I'm really excited," Clement said recently by phone. "It’s always fun playing against other guys from Rochester."
The two teams will open the Division I college baseball season in the Caravelle Resort Tournament at Pelicans Ballpark home of the Chicago Cubs Class A-Advanced affiliate, Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
"It’s always nice when you’re starting out the season playing against such good competition, so you can get a gauge of where you’re at," Simonetti commented. "Having two kids from the same area in such good programs makes it better. It’s always nice to have those competitions where you’re playing against each other."
Clement made 62 appearances (61 starts) in 2015 for the national champion Cavaliers. He hit .292 in the College World Series and was named to the All-CWS Team.
"It’s crazy," Clement stated. "The expectations for this year are so amped up. Our coach has really emphasized how it’s a new season and a new team. We can’t let last year’s success keep us from maximizing our potential as a baseball team."
Simonetti, a 35th round selection of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2013 MLB Draft, led Kent State in 2015 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI. This despite a nagging finger injury.
"It’s still pretty swollen. I can bend it. There’s still a little bit of tightness, but it’s very obvious there’s something wrong with it when you look at it."
Simonetti added 10 doubles and three triples last year. He hit .283 and earned Academic All-MAC (Mid American Conference) honors.
"I’ve followed his high school and college career pretty closely," Clement added. "He’s one of the best around our area. He’s always been a big home run guy. It’s really cool. I’ve been keeping up with his recent success at Kent State."
While in Monroe County, the pair both train at Diamond Pro - the East Rochester indoor facility owned and operated by former minor league veteran Matt Dryer.
"To have two guys playing on that kind of stage for an opening day at the Division I level where we all come from is pretty cool," said Dryer noting the recent wintry conditions in western New York. "It’s neat to watch them grow as guys and as players."
Simonetti was 12 years old when he started going to Diamond Pro for individual instruction.
"Conner was the first lesson I ever gave," Dryer recalled. "I put a ball on the tee. He took one swing, and I told him he is going to be a professional baseball player. His dad looked at me like I had two heads.
"The first time I ever met up with Ernie, I told him that he needed to work on his defense which shows how much I know because his defense is absolutely spectacular."
Friday will be the first time Clement and Simonetti play against each other at any level, but it won't be a first for DP students.
During his freshman season, Clement and Virginia played Cornell with Spencer Scorza (Penfield), Tommy Wagner (Victor) and Dale Wickham (Victor) on the roster.
DP pro's Chris Bostick (Washington Nationals) and Grant Heyman (Arizona Diamondbacks) met during the 2015 Fall Instructional League.
"I never played against anybody that I knew from Rochester," said Dryer who was part of the 2001 national champion University of Miami Hurricanes before spending more than seven years in professional baseball. "To have all these guys competing against each other is pretty cool. The fact that they all come and train under one roof when they’re home makes it even more special."
Coming out of high school, Bostick was a 44th round pick of the Oakland A's in the 2011 draft. He is currently on the Nationals 40-man roster. Bostick spent one season playing for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
The Diamondbacks chose Heyman in the eighth round of the 2014 draft. He hit .333 this past season for the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A Northwest League.
Both Bostick and Heyman train and give instruction at Diamond Pro during the off-season.
Bostick, Heyman and Simonetti all played in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Bostick earned 2011 NYCBL Player of the Year honors. Heyman hit eight home runs in 80 plate appearances for the 2012 Geneva Red Wings. Simonetti led the NYCBL in 2015 with nine home runs and was named First Team All-League.
Dryer was selected in the 35th round out of high school by the San Francisco Giants.
A 4 p.m. first pitch is scheduled, Friday. Fans can listen to the game here.
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|You won't want to miss this opportunity to have your son receive instructions from the entire Diamond Pro staff. Hitting, Fielding, Throwing, Situational Hitting, Baseball IQ, Infield and Outfield Work, Pitching Mechanics, Dynamic Stretching and Speed Work are just some of the topics covered during the program. Professional scouts and college coaches will serve as guest instructors at some sessions.
Space is limited. Sign up today for your chance to train with the DP Pro's this winter!
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|Diamond Pro Select Camp 2015
|DP's Andrew Bailey Named AGR Player of the Year
By James Johnson
Shoulder and surgery are two words a baseball player hopes never join him in the same sentence.
Honeoye Falls-Lima senior Andrew Bailey said a bone was shaved down in his right shoulder in November before his senior season, a procedure to deal with a past separation.
A session of batting practice in late February helped eliminate concerns with each swing of his bat. Bailey, a pitcher and third baseman for the Cougars, went on to have a strong season this past spring and earn the praise of Section V coaches as the All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year. READ MORE...
|Clement revels in NCAA title with Virginia
Brighton's Ernie Clement said all the right things last year when it sounded as if people doubted his decision to play baseball for the University of Virginia.
"Nobody thought I could go in here and get any playing time," the freshman second baseman said. "So I usually just smiled and said, 'You've got to work hard. I'm just happy to have the opportunity.' "
Sometimes in sports that's all you need, a chance (see: Gehrig, Lou).
This summer, the questions people ask Clement will be much different. They'll probably start with, "How does it feel to win a national championship?" READ MORE....
|Clement Named to All-College World Series Team
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Virginia baseball team won the 2015 NCAA Championship with a 4-2 victory over Vanderbilt Wednesday evening in Game 3 of the College World Series Finals at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. In taking the series, two games to one, the Cavaliers (44-24) earned the first NCAA championship in program history while finishing off a remarkable postseason run in which UVa -- a No. 3 regional seed -- went 10-2 while becoming just the third No. 3 or 4 seed to win a CWS championship.
The national championship is the 23rd in Virginia Athletics history and the third for UVa this season (men's soccer, men's tennis). Virginia is the second ACC team to win an NCAA Baseball Championship and the first since Wake Forest in 1955.
|Ernie Clement Delivers Game Winner as UVA Forces Decisive Game in CWS Final
Ernie Clement followed with an RBI single to left, and Woodruff drove a ball into center for two more runs.
The Cavaliers have scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning or later in each of their nine NCAA tournament wins.
Clement, a freshman, and Woodruff, a senior came into the game...READ MORE
|DP DOMINATES ALL-COUNTY HONORS
Andrew Bailey, Nate Chase and Johnny Ricotta led a Diamond Pro class consisting of 21 All-County selections including three Monroe County Player of the Year honorees.
Chase (Webster-Schroeder) a senior pitcher/third baseman, earned Division I Player of the Year. Joe Carrier (Victor), Steve Edgett (Webster-Thomas), Jake Hewitt (Penfield), Shane Marshall (Webster-Schroeder), Sean O'Neill (Webster-Schroeder) and Mike Wagner (Victor) joined Chase on the first team. Justin Graham (Webster-Schroeder), Jack Hartnett (Penfield), Matt Johnson (Fairport), Aaron Schlarbaum (Victor), Brennen Smith (Webster-Thomas) and Jeff Waldrop (Fairport) earned second-team honors.
Bailey (HF-L) was named Division II POY. Tanner Cooper (Canadaigua), Ryan Olivio (HF-L), Max Troiani (Pittsford-Mendon), Jake Worley (HF-L) and Robby Zielinski (Pittsford-Sutherland) were named to the first team. Ryan Swenson (Pittsford-Mendon) earned a second-team spot.
Ricotta (Greece Athena) earned Division III POY. Justin Bunting (Greece Athena) and Zach Harter (Gates-Chili) grabbed second-team nods.
Kevin Blum (Greece Arcadia) garnered Division IV first team.
|Kansas City drafts DP's Matt Portland
Congratulations go out to Diamond Pro's Matt Portland who was selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Kansas City chose Portland in the 17th round (519th overall). Portland, the 2011 and 2012 All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year out of Victor High, complied a record of 6-13 over three seasons at Northwestern University. The southpaw struck out 121 in 157 innings and finished with an ERA of 4.53.
|Ernie Clement's walk-off single sends UVA to CWS
|CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Ernie Clement (Fr., Rochester, N.Y.) hit a two-run, walk-off single to cap a three-run ninth-inning rally that gave the Virginia baseball team a 5-4 victory over Maryland Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field in Game 2 of the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional. The hit punched the Cavaliers' fourth trip to the College World Series as UVa won the first two games to clinch the best-of-three series. READ MORE....
|Clement in the swing with Virginia baseball
|Courtesy of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
By KEVIN OKLOBZIJA
When Ernie Clement arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia, in June of 2013 for a showcase baseball tournament, he knew he wasn't the guy that coaches from major NCAA Division I schools came to watch.
Instead, he viewed it as another opportunity to be seen, another chance to make an impression, another you-never-know-can-happen day on the ball diamond.
Indeed, you never know.
Clement, at the time a senior-to-be at Brighton High School, excelled in that showcase and ended up leaving with a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia. READ MORE...
|Grant Heyman and the fire burning inside
Grant Heyman is back to work. That's the way the Arizona Diamondbacks farm hand prefers it.
A winter with a touch of discontent behind him, Heyman is doing what he does best: competing.
"I’ve never really had an off-season before," Heyman said recently. "This was the longest period of time I’ve gone without competing in a game, and it's almost kind of frustrating because I love to compete."
A three-sport athlete in high school, Heyman had to sit by and watch others during the months of November, December, January and February.
"It was a long time just working out, which is good. It was nice to rest my body."
Afforded time Heyman fanned the flames of his competitive fire and added new routines to his exercise regimen.
"I was just looking for an edge to get on other guys," he noted. "Do some different sorts of training."
Along with getting hacks in the batting cage, Heyman spent time boxing and taking yoga.
"Boxing is perfect for hand to eye coordination," the Pittsford, New York native noted. "If you think about it when you swing and you throw a punch, it’s almost the same kind of movement."
The two techniques, seemingly opposite in approach, combined to give Heyman balance. Boxing provided the violence of impact like bat crashing ball. Yoga offered a chance to to clear the mind and improve mobility.
"Yoga was a big part of this off-season for me," Heyman said. "It’s been big for me because I’m not very flexible. Because of that I’ve had a couple of hamstring pulls thing like that.
"I feel a lot more mobile, and I feel a lot more athletic really," Heyman added. "I was just really trying to train my core, my fast twitch, hand to eye...I’ll definitely do more next year."
In between workouts, the 21-year old gave instructions at the Diamond Pro in East Rochester, New York.
"I’ve learned a lot about my own swing by teaching other people how to fix their swing if that makes sense. I’ve learned so much about myself just helping other people. It’s been a really good experience for me in a lot of ways. I learned a whole lot."
He worked with students both individually and in groups.
"I’ve picked up on little things. I find myself teaching to stay inside the ball, and then it clicks in my head when I’m hitting or not hitting inside the ball. I fix my own mistakes by helping these other players fix their mistakes. It’s helped me make adjustments throughout the off-season with my own swing which is obviously what baseball is about, making adjustments."
Heyman also came to appreciate the opportunity provided by the indoor training facility. He was one of six current or former professional players including ...READ MORE
|DP's Grant Heyman featured in the Chicago Tribune
When Cougars outfielder Grant Heyman was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the eighth round in 2014, he had options.
After playing in college for Miami and Southern Nevada, Heyman could either sign with Arizona and begin his professional career or move on again to Oregon State.
"I was like, you know what, I'm ready, I'm young, I want to get into it right away," Heyman said.
Heyman signed with the Diamondbacks, helping lead the short-season Class A Hillsboro Hops to the Northwest League title. He now finds himself thriving in his first full professional season with the Cougars. READ MORE....
|We are pleased to announced that former professional Brian Stavisky has returned for full-time hitting and fielding instruction. A sixth-round draft pick of the the Oakland Athletics in 2002, Stavisky went on to play nine seasons in professional baseball. Read Stavisky's bio here.
|Chris Bostick ready for move to Nationals
It’s easy to forget Chris Bostick is less than four years removed from high school. The 21-year old shares the wisdom and insights of a seasoned veteran as easily as he fields a Sunday hop before throwing to first.
Maybe that’s what happens when one packs a decade’s worth of experience into a few short years.
From Aquinas Institute to the New York Collegiate Baseball League to an MLB draft pick of the Oakland Athletics to Texas Rangers’ farm hand, Bostick has had success at every stop. He will take that experience to the Washington Nationals organization where he recently landed as part of a three-player trade.
“As a minor leaguer getting traded is almost always a good thing,” Bostick said recently. “It’s not anything to be sad about that’s for sure. For me to get traded in the first place it means I’m seen as having value. It’s definitely good.”
Almost one year to the day when he was sent to them, the Texas Rangers traded Bostick and a minor league pitcher to the Nationals in exchange for major league veteran, Ross Detwiler. Bostick leaves behind a Rangers farm system full of top prospects at the middle infield positions for an organization perhaps in need of help at second base and shortstop.
“It seems as though the deal was made for me if that makes any sense. When I went to the Rangers, it was a minor league guy for a minor league guy. In the end it was a four-player trade – two big leaguers switching. Two minor leaguers switching. This year it’s more of like I was a bigger part of the deal. A big league player and two minor leaguers, but not a lot has been said of the other guy that was part of the deal. I think this one is better.”
With the Rangers, Bostick battled for a spot with the likes of... READ MORE.
|Steve Springer and an opening day state of mind
EAST ROCHESTER, NY -- Steve Springer likes the idea of opening day.
The Toronto Blue Jays scout and performance coach is not necessarily enamored with parades, ceremonial first pitches and decorative bunting, but he likes the renewed spirit offered by the first game of the season.
If he had his way, hitters would enjoy a season full of opening days.
"Freedom is in opening day," Springer told a gathering of coaches, players and parents Sunday morning at the Diamond Pro baseball training facility. "There is no yesterday to get in the way. You walk up to the plate with the confidence of an attainable goal to hit the ball hard."
Taken in the 1982 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets, Springer spent 14 years playing professional baseball. Since then he has shared with young hitters the lessons he wished he understood early in his career.
Springer's approach gives a nod to the unconventional. In a game, and world, focused on results, Springer emphasizes the process.
Even if that means embracing failure. READ MORE...
|Diamond Pro 13u Champions - 2014 Rochester Highlanders Invitational
|Big News From Diamond Pro
To all my valued clients,
I am thrilled to announce Diamond Pro has its own facility!! We are now located at 160 Despatch Rd. East Rochester, NY 14445
(former Frozen Ropes building). We have nearly 12,000 sq feet of turf to play with, 7 batting tunnels, and the ability to pull all the netting back and have a full 60 90 infield. We have remodeled the entire facility to give it a fresh new look and feel. Needless to say we are so excited to have a complex that meets our growing needs.
Our menu of classes, clinics, showcases, field and cage rentals, as well as dates and pricing are available here
. Private Lessons will still be booked online here
. For questions please call 585-381-2273
We are also thrilled to announce the addition of a few new Diamond Pro staff members. Jamie Lehman will oversee pitching instruction and be available for private and group pitching lessons. Jamie pitched for the Expos, Nationals, and Blue Jays for a total of 6 years of Pro Ball. He was originally drafted in the 29th round in 2003. Jamie is now the north east scout for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has drafted two Diamond Pro students in recent years, Trey Pascazi and Grant Heyman. We are also excited to have DP students Chris and Benny Bostick on staff. Chris Bostick is one of the Oakland A's top prospects after he had a tremendous 2013 campaign. See his stats at: http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=607471
Benny Bostick was an All American 2b/OF at St. John Fisher College. He is regarded as one of the best players ever at SJFC. We have also added Jose' Sanchez as a hitting and fielding instructor. Jose' has just completed his 5th year of Professional Baseball in the Independent League. Our Staff continues to grow with current and former Pro players set to teach our kids how to play the game properly. The DP staff is second to none.
We hope everyone had a great fall, and we look forward to a fantastic winter of Baseball in our new home.
Yours in Baseball,
- Matt Dryer
|14U North Coast 2013 Champions
|Congrats to DP Students - Named to AGR Team (Spring 2013)
|Player of the Year:
Conner Simonetti - First baseman/pitcher, Fairport
Tommy Wagner - Second baseman/pitcher, Victor
Frankie Carnevale - Shortstop, Greece Athena
Pete Carrier - Third Baseman, Victor
Dale Wickham - Shortstop, Victor
Hunter Merrill - Middle Inf, Pittsford Sutherland
Ernie Clement - Shortstop, Brighton
Jimmy Latona (Churchville-Chili)
Johnny Ricotta (Greece Athena)
Tom Mastrodonato (Aquinas)
Brett Prong (Victor)
Pat Metzger (Victor)
Eric Statt (Greece Arcadia)
Jeff Rachow (Greece Arcadia)
Will Hampson (Harley-Allendale Columbia)
Sean Sheets (Red Jacket)
Zac Burnette (Sodus)
|DP Hurricanes at Frontier Field
|Ernie Clement Commits to University of Virginia
"I'm very happy for Ernie as UVA is one of the best Baseball programs in the country. He is a great kid, a tremendous athlete, and has a very bright future ahead of him"
– Matt Dryer
|Conner Simonetti & Jonah Heim selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft
To all my valued clients,
We here at Diamond Pro would like to congratulate two of its students, Conner Simonetti and Jonah Heim on being selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft! Heim, was taken in the 4th round by the Baltimore Orioles, and Simonetti was selected in the 35th round by the Cincinnati Reds. Simonetti and Heim now join Cito Culver (NYY), Chris Bostick(Oak) Trey Pascazi (Toronto) and Grant Heyman (Toronto) as DP students to be taken in the MLB draft.
"I have had both of these guys since they were 15 years old. In fact, Conner was the very 1st lesson I gave here in Rochester. Needless to say I'm very proud and excited for them and their families. We all wish them luck as they chase the dream!" - Matt Dryer
DP Students Simonettiand Heim Selected in MLB Draft
|Victor's Tommy Wagner sets Section V hits record
Tommy Wagner went 2-for-3 to break the Section V record for career hits in Victor’s 5-3 win over Rush-Henrietta in a Monroe County baseball game on Tuesday.
Wagner finished with two doubles and an RBI to bring his career total to 184 hits for the Blue Devils (16-2).
Wagner broke the record of 183 held by Cody Dix of Lyndonville (2007-2010).
Photo by KRIS J. MURANTE / staff photographer. www.democratandchronicle.com
|Fairport's Conner Simonetti sets home run record
Conner Simonetti set a new Section V record with 22 career home runs Thursday in a 15-3 win for Fairport over Greece Athena in a Monroe County baseball game. Simonetti had two home runs.
Photo by SHAWN DOWD / staff photographer. www.democratandchronicle.com
|Brian Stavisky Joins The Diamond Pro Staff
Brian is an accomplished all-around hitter who ranks as only Notre Dame player ever to post career batting average above .350 while also hitting 30-plus home runs and 10-plus triples ... signed with Oakland Athletics organization after junior season, as sixth-round draft pick.
- Read Brian's bio here
|Diamond Pro Merchandise Now Online!!!!
We are excited to announce that we have Diamond Pro merchandise on sale and just in time for the holiday’s! - Learn more
|Ryan Sullivan Added to Diamond Pro Staff
Ryan played two seasons at Monroe Community College finishing with a batting average of .324. He collected seven home runs and 70 RBI. With the University of Rochester, Ryan hit .347 and 41 RBI. He earned first-team Liberty League and UAA honors.
|Tom Rogers Joins the Diamond Pro Staff
Tom Rogers joins the our staff for the 2013 season. His primary responsibility will be to work with pitchers.
Rogers was a teammate of head coach Tony Fuller at Monroe CC where they helped the Tribunes to two Region III Championships. Rogers completed his academic and athletic collegiate career at Columbia Union College (Takoma Park, MD). At Columbia Union, he was part of the 2008 United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship team and was named USCAA honorable mention All-American. During that season he set school records for wins (10) and innings pitched (72).
Rogers spent the 2008-09 at Columbia Union as the pitching coach before returning home to the Rochester area to serve as the pitching coach at Churchville Chili. Since 2010 he has served as the pitching coach at Fairport High School. He also has spent the last four summers as the head coach of the Brooks Shepard American Legion Team.
|ER's Pascazi Selected by Blue Jays
East Rochester senior Trey Pascazi was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 23rd round of baseball's first year player draft. read more ...
|Blue Jays call Grant Heyman’s name
Pittsford Sutherland senior Grant Heyman was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday. read more ...
|Grant Heyman workout with the Texas Rangers
|Simonetti hits pair of HRs in 7th-inning as Fairport rallies
Written by Staff reports
"Conner Simonetti hit two home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift No. 3 Fairport to an 11-10 win over sixth-seeded Rush-Henrietta in the quarterfinals of the Section V Class AAA baseball tournament Friday.
Simmonetti hit his second home run of the inning with a walk-off solo shot to left center to cap off back-to-back home runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for Fairport (13-8).
Simonetti, who finished 3-for-5, led off the eight-run inning with a home run."
- Read full article at democratandchronicle.com
|McQuaid's Trey West Hits A Bomb
Photo by KRIS J. MURANTE / staff photographer. www.democratandchronicle.com.
|Sutherland Prospect Grant Heyman
|Spotlight on Chris Kemp
The Webster Christian senior pitcher hurled a perfect game in the Warriors season-opener on April 2, in a 10-0 victory over Wheatland-Chili. It is believed to be the first perfect game thrown in Section 5, and one of only 12 pitched in baseball in the state, since 1948.
Kemp struck out the side in every inning, except the second and seventh, to finish with 19 Ks. The remaining two outs came on a blooper to third base and a groundout to shortstop.
- read full article -
|Congrats to the following Diamond Pro students for being selected as All Greater Rochester athletes
Tre Pascazi, Conner Simmonetti, Jimmy Wagner, Brad Kaska, and Michael Gibbs
|A Diamond Pro returns to Rochester
By Mike Bailey, staff writer - Greece Post
Brighton, N.Y. — Matt Dryer had that moment that he says every baseball player has when their career comes to an end. It’s two little words that can often stump many a retired athlete.
Luckily for Dryer he discovered the answer to that question and the youth of Monroe County will probably be benefiting the most.
- Read full story -
|Matt Dryer Featured in the York Daily Record
Revs' Dryer calling it quits
By JIM SEIP
Daily Record/Sunday News
Even after confirming his retirement, former Revolution slugger Matt Dryer sounded like the same free-spirited, easy-going player that became a fan-favorite in two seasons in York.
"I got a tattoo of a huge skull," Dryer said from his home in upstate New York, "and my phone is just lighting up with text messages about it right now."
The Revs lost perhaps the most recognizable face in franchise history when Dryer informed team officials he will not return for a third season with the club. Dryer has retired in order to pursue a career teaching youth baseball lessons.
"I totally want to come back and play," Dryer said, "but at the same time I have to think about my future. I have to give up baseball at some point. And right now I
One of the original Revolution players, Dryer had been with York since the first spring practice in Lakeland, Fla., and had become a fan favorite. (Daily Record/Sunday News - file)think I have something really special."
Dryer spent seven seasons in the minors, reaching Double-A with the Cardinals in 2006. He spent the last two seasons with the Revs, batting .246 with 18 homers and 58 RBIs last season.
Despite earning an invitation to the Atlantic League All-Star Game in 2007, Dryer became more known for his willingness to associate with York fans.
"Matt was one of the first players I ever signed when I worked in Somerset (in 2003)," said Adam Gladstone, the Revs' director of baseball operations. "All he ever wanted to do was play baseball. That showed in his dedication to the game, and it showed in the way the fans in York bonded with him.
"I'm sorry to see him go, but I'm happy he was able to (retire) on his terms."
Working out in the offseason, Dryer had a chance encounter at his local gym near Rochester, N.Y. Talking to a fan about his career and his willingness to teach youth lessons, the man at the gym directed him to a former minor league baseball player, John Valle.
Valle spent 13 years in the minors and played alongside Cal Ripken Jr. for the Triple-A Orioles affiliate in Rochester. A guru for youth baseball lessons in the Rochester area, Valle - now in his 50s - wanted to slow down. Dryer wanted to get started, and the connection just worked.
Dryer taught two lessons to a pair of Valle students, and he felt he found his new career.
"It just. ... snowballed," Dryer said. "I've got 80 kids, and like four high school teams."
He founded "Matt Dryer's Diamond Pro School of Hitting" and hopes to build his own indoor facility in the future. He has also contacted his tattoo artist about printing T-shirts to market his new school.
Dryer admits he would "give anything" to play one more season, but the financial rewards in teaching lessons are greater than what he could earn playing minor league ball.
He also just experienced one of the more trying seasons of his career last season. His grandfather and uncle passed away, and then he had to leave the team to tend to his ailing father.
Even when the Revs clinched an Atlantic League playoff berth, it was a bittersweet moment. Dryer couldn't play after suffering a hairline fracture when he fouled a ball off his left leg during his last at-bat. He sported a nasty looking bruise in the postseason, but still managed to limp out and take batting practice with a heavily wrapped leg before Game 2 of the Freedom Division Series.
"The injury had nothing to do with my decision," Dryer said. "I didn't like how the season ended, but looking back my last pro hit ended up being an opposite-field home run against Lancaster. That's pretty cool."
An original member of the Revolution, Dryer had been with York since the first spring practice in Lakeland, Fla., in 2007.
"Matt made such an impression with the fans, because he was so approachable," Revs General Manager Matt O'Brien said. "He would talk to fans, and he had no problem starting a conversation with someone sitting in the stands. That was just his personality." read more ...