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"Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you"...... Paul Simon

You may not have been Joe DiMaggio, but our SJR eyes are looking for you. We are undertaking a major initiative to find our baseball alumni. SJR's historic baseball program lives and breathes today because of the accomplishments of its past. Every boy that puts on an SJR baseball uniform puts on a symbol of excellence that has a story from the past attached to it. When they graduate as men, they have grown up in that uniform and pass it on with their own stories to be told to the next generation of players. You left as teenagers looking toward your futures, and many of you now look back at your past.
We would like to honor our alumni and their accomplishments in life, not just baseball.

We will feature photos, stories of past and present and give you a chance to tell us where you are?

DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS FROM YOUR PLAYING DAYS? We want to put together a collection of SJR baseball photos from the past. Scan them in (as they didn't have digital cameras back then, did they?) and send them to us at SJRBASEBALLSTATS@GMAIL.COM

CLICK THE PHOTO BELOW TO BE TAKEN TO A GALLERY
OF THE HISTORICAL PHOTOS!!!

WE STARTED A FACEBOOK PAGE FOR SJR BASEBALL ALUMNI

 

 

 

ALUMNI NOTES

In 2015, SJR is honoring those players that have been drafted by, signed and played the regular season for a Major League Baseball organization (at any level). In our history we have had 10 that have met all three criteria
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PLAYERS DRAFTED AND SIGNED BY MLB ORGANIZATION

PLAYER SJR GRAD YEAR TEAM DRAFTED BY DRAFT YEAR MLB Team Played For
John Flaherty
1985
Boston Red Sox
1988

Yankees, Red Sox,
Padres, Tigers, Devil Rays

Craig Connolly
1986
Oakland Athletics
1990
 
Anthony Magnelli
1988
St Louis Cardinals
1993
 
Steve Hayward
1989
Boston Red Sox
1993
 
Steve Caseres
2005
Los Angeles Dodgers
2008
 
Tommy La Stella
2007
Atlanta Braves
2011
Braves, Cubs
Pat Kivlehan
2008
Seattle Mariners
2012
Padres, Reds
Rob Kaminsky
2013
St Louis Cardinals
2013
 
Artie Lewickie
2010
Detroit Tigers
2014
 
Isais "IQ" Quiroz
2014
Texas Rangers
2014
 

PLAYERS SIGNED BUT NOT DRAFTED (Free Agents)

PLAYER SJR GRAD YEAR TEAM SIGNED BY SIGNING YEAR
Mike Just
2002
Houston Astros
2009
Kevin Ferguson
Houston Astros
2014

 

PLAYERS DRAFTED BUT DID NOT SIGN

PLAYER SJR GRAD YEAR TEAM DRAFTED BY DRAFT YEAR
Brian Brannigan
1984
Montreal Expos
1986
Brent Weiss 2005 Colorado Rockies 2005
Brendan Lobban
2008
Cincinnati Reds
2008
Austin Bodrato 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates 2008

 

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OUR MAJOR LEAGURERS


John Flaherty
Class of 1985

John was the 1st of 3 SJR baseball players to make it all the way to the Major Leagues. After his All Bergen County baseball career at SJR in 1985, he attended and graduated from George Washington University. Drafted by Boston in 1988, Flaherty progressed within the Red Sox farm system before joining the parent club in 1992. He played 14 major league seasons with five teams (Red Sox 1992-93, Detroit Tigers 1994-96, San Diego Padres 1996-97, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1998-02 and the Yankees 2003-05).

He is best known to many Yankees fans for his 2004 pinch-hit walk-off single that ended a 13-inning regular reason game against the Red Sox. In 2005, he became Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson's personal catcher, in addition to backing up starting catcher Jorge Posada. During his MLB career, he had a .252 batting average in 1,047 games and collected 849 hits, including 80 home runs.

John joined the YES Network team in the spring of 2006 as field reporter, studio analyst and game analyst for YES' Yankees telecasts. He received a New York Emmy Award nomination in 2011 for his analyst work at YES.

In 2012, John presented a signed #17 NY Yankee jersey to his high school alma mater. It proudly hangs in the foyer outside the gymnasium

 

 

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Tommy LaStella
Class of 2007

One of the best hitters in SJR history, Tommy graduated in 2007 and went on to a successful college career at Coastal Carolina. He was drafted in the 8th round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Atlanta Braves. He made his Major League debut in May of 2014 with the Braves where he got 2 hits in that game vs the Red Sox. He was traded by the Braves to the Chicago Cubs in 2016 where he helped the Cubs attain their first World Series Championship in almost 100 years! He reamins with the Cubs in 2017.

 

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Patrick Kivlehan
Class of

Patrick played football for Rutgers. After his senior season, he decided to try baseball again after not playing since his days at SJR. He ended up as the Big East player of the year and was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 4th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. After several years in the minors he got his break in 2016 with the San Diego Padres where his first MLB hit was a home run! The Cincinatti Reds claimed Pat of of the waiver list at the end of the 2016 season. In 2017 he went to Spring training and made the MLB squad!

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