Story by Bozz

Greetings everybody, it’s Bozz, you hear me every Saturday 10am-3pm and occasionally on Sundays 4-9pm on 105.7 The Hawk. I’m making my blog debut which I plan to write once a week. So I hope you enjoy reading them.

“…take me out to the ballgame…” You know there are several major league baseball players who hail from New Jersey, but locally, there is only a handful. So I did a little research and came up with the most famous baseball players from the Jersey Shore. We’ll start from the north and work our way down the coast…..

  • 1

    John Farrell, Monmouth Beach

    John was a Pitcher at Shore Regional High School. After being drafted by the Oakland Athletics, he did not sign and chose to attend Oklahoma State. John played in majors between 1987-96 (California Angels, Detroit Tigers and 2 stints with the Cleveland Indians). He managed the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Currently, he remains as manager of the Red Sox.

  • 2

    John Montefusco, Long Branch

    John was a star Shortstop/Pitcher at Long Branch High School and at Brookdale Community College. He beat out Gary Carter for the 1975 National League Rookie of the Year award. John was an All-Star in 1976. He played in the majors between 1974-86 (San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees).

  • 3

    Denny Walling, Neptune/Wall Township

    Denny grew up in Farmingdale, played at Howell High School and then Clemson University. He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals while still in college and then drafted again by the Oakland Athletics after he graduated in 1975. Denny played in majors from 1975-1992 (Athletics, Cardinals, Texas Rangers and 2 stints with the Houston Astros).

  • 4

    Brad Brach, Freehold

    Brad played at Freehold Township High School and then Monmouth University. He was drafted in the 42nd round by the San Diego Padres in the 2008 MLB draft. Brad played for the Padres 2011-13. He is currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles and was a member of the 2016 American League All-Star team.

  • 5

    Anthony Ranaudo, Freehold

    Anthony was a star Pitcher at St. Rose High School in Belmar, and a key player on St. Rose’s 2005 state championship team. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 11th round of the 2007 MLB draft. Anthony played at Louisiana State University and was a key player on the Tigers’ 2009 College World Series Championship team. He was drafted again in 2010 by the Boston Red Sox and made his major league debut in August, 2014. Anthony played in the majors 2014-16 (Red Sox, Rangers, and Chicago White Sox). He currently plays for the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization.

  • 6

    Al Leiter, Toms River

    Al grew up in Berkeley Township. He played at Central Regional High School where he was 1st team All-State and 1st team All-American both. Al was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1984, whom he made his debut with in 1987 and ended his career with in 2005. He played in the majors from 1987-2005 (Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, 2 stints with the Florida Marlins and 2 stints with the Yankees). Al was a 2-time All-Star, 3-time World Series champion (Marlins, twice with Blue Jays). Currently, he is a broadcaster with the MLB Network.

  • 7

    Mark Leiter, Toms River

    Mark is the older brother of Al, also played at Central Regional High School. He played in the majors from 1990-2001 (New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, California Angels, San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers).

  • 8

    Todd Frazier, Toms River

    Todd was born in Point Pleasant and grew up in Toms River. He was key player on the 1998 Toms River Little League World Championship team. Todd played at Toms River High School South and at Rutgers University. He was drafted 34th overall by the Cincinatti Reds in 2007 MLB draft and made his major league debut in May, 2011. Todd is a     2-time All-Star and was the 2015 home run derby champion. Currently, he is the 3rd Baseman for the Chicago White Sox.

  • 9

    Jay Groome, Barnegat

    Jay hails from Barnegat and played at Barnegat High School. He was drafted 12th overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 2016 MLB draft. Currently, Jay is pitching with the Red Sox’s single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League.

  • 10

    Joe Cicero, Atlantic City

    Joe grew up in Atlantic City and played at Atlantic City High School. He played in the majors 1929-30 for the Boston Red Sox, spent the next 14 seasons in the minors before playing one final season with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1945. Joe passed away in 1983 at the age of 72.

  • 11

    Matt Szczur, Cape May

    Matt grew up in Lower Township and played at Lower Cape May Regional High School. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 38th round of the 2007 MLB draft. Matt went on to Villanova University where he played both baseball and football. He was drafted again in 2010 by the Chicago Cubs and made his major league debut in August, 2014. Matt currently plays for the Cubs and was part of their 2016 World Series Championship team. In 2009, he donated bone marrow to a 15-month old Ukrainian girl who was battling Leukemia, which saved the girl’s life.

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