Play Ball!

Football might be America’s most popular sport, but baseball will always be our pastime.
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Football might be America’s most popular sport, but baseball will always be our pastime. And Bergen County loves its boys (and girls) of summer—youngsters learning at the tee-ball level, those currently striving to make it to the pros, and the lucky and talented who lived the dream of playing Major League Baseball.

We’re keeping close tabs on Old Tappan native Rob Segedin, 28, who has split time this spring with the Los Angeles Dodgers and their minor league affiliate in Oklahoma City. Segedin, a first baseman, made his MLB debut in 2016, playing in 40 games while smacking two homers and 12 runs batted in. At press time, he was on the disabled list nursing a thumb injury. Also on the radar is Englewood Cliffs native Rob Kaminsky, who was the first Bergen resident ever drafted straight out of high school (St. Louis nabbed him with a first-round pick in 2013). The 22-year-old pitcher is now on the double-A level in the Cleveland Indians organization. And then there’s former Rutherford High School star Vin Mazzaro. He picked up a win as a member of the San Francisco Giants last year and has 24 victories over his eight-year career. Mazzaro was unsigned at press time.

If you’re a fan of baggy knickerbockers and stirrups from baseball’s olden days, be sure to check out Historic New Bridge Landing’s Vintage Baseball double-header from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8. The games, presented by the Bergen County Historical Society, will pit the Flemington Neshanock against the New York Mutuals. All players and umpires will don uniforms and use equipment from baseball’s early days. Swing by bergencountyhistory.org for more details.

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