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1. MANNY RAMIREZ:
The pride of Washington Heights, Manny was drafted in the 1st round (13th pick overall) by the Cleveland Indians in 1991. Manny is a perennial all-star, and has played in 3 World Series, including the championship 2004 Boston Red Sox, for whom he was the World Series MVP.

In 2007, Manny’s Boston Red Sox again won the World Series. One of the top hitters in the world, and a certain Hall of Famer after he retires, Manny, was born with both natural ability and also maintains a tremendous work ethic and desire to succeed. Manny played for YSL for 5 years prior to signing, attended George Washington H.S., and still remains a role model for current YSL kids, both because of the similar backgrounds, and because of his hard work and commitment to excellence, even though he now lives in Florida.

2. JULIO LUGO:
A shortstop, Julio was drafted in the 33rd round of the 1994 draft by the Houston Astros. Julio, attended Ft. Hamilton H.S., and elected to return to Connors State College for his 2nd year, and then signed with the Astros in 1995. Julio has been a major league shortstop since 2000, & started the past 4 years with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodger during the 2006 season, and is now the starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox.

In 2007, Julio’s Boston Red Sox won the World Series. Julio played for YSL for 4 years, was the MVP of our national championship AAABA team in 1994 and remains involved with our Kids. His younger brother, Ruddy, currently is a major leaguer relief pitcher with the Oakland Athletics. In addition, various members of the Lugo family have been youth members of YSL for the past 16 years.

3. JOHN RODRIGUEZ:
An outfielder, John is a classic example of grit, determination, dedication to a goal, and never giving up. An undrafted ballplayer, John graduated from Louis Brandeis H.S. (playing YSL alumni and long-time coach Jose Suncar), and then attended Connors State College for two years. After finishing college, John signed in 1998 with the New York Yankees, and was a career minor leaguer with the Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and St. Louis Cardinals. This changed in mid-season 2005, when he was called up to the Major Leagues with the Cardinals, where he hit .295, and then followed that up with hitting .302 with the Cardinals in 2006, and was a member of the 2006 World Series champion Cardinals. John played for YSL for 7 years, still lives in the New York area, and remains an integral part of the YSL program.

4. NELSON FIGUEROA:
A pitcher, Nelson was drafted in the 32nd round of the 1995 draft by the New York Mets. Nelson has pitched in the Major Leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Pirates, Nelson hurt his arm in 2004, had surgery, missed the 2005 season, played AAA with the Washington Nationals in 2006, and played professional ball in Mexico in 2007. Before signing, Nelson attended Abraham Lincoln H.S. and Brandeis U, from which he graduated in the off-season in 1999. He is a tremendous role-model because of his academic achievement before playing pro ball, he played with YSL for 4 years, and both his brothers, Nicky and Zenon, grew up as part of the YSL program.

5. RUDDY LUGO:
A pitcher, Ruddy epitomizes the grit and determination of so many of the student/athletes in our program. Drafted out of Xaverian H.S. in the 3rd round of the 1999 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, Ruddy struggled for several years in the minor leagues, while dealing with arm problems and mediocre results. After a quality minor league season with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005, Ruddy made the big league roster in 2006 after tremendous spring training, had a solid rookie season, and was traded to the Oakland A’s during the 2007 season, where he had a tremendous second half of the season. The brother of fellow major leaguer (and YSL graduate) Julio Lugo, Ruddy played for YSL for 8 years prior to signing his pro contract in 1999, and remains an important part of the YSL extended family.

6. IGNACIO SUAREZ:
An infielder, Iggy was drafted in 2003 by the Boston Red Sox, and is slowly working his way up the Red Sox system. Not big, not strong, and not muscular, Iggy has combined his love for the game with hard work and dedication, to make himself the best ballplayer he can be. If hard work alone can get him to the major leagues, we have no doubt he will make it. Iggy attended John Bowne H.S., Blinn Junior College, and Texas State U., & played for YSL for 6 years.

7. JOSE FLORES:
After being drafted 3 times, Jose, An infielder, signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1994. Jose has been with several organizations, and briefly made it to the Majors in 2002 with the Oakland A’s & with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004. In 2005, he had a breakthrough season, hitting .336 with the Los Angeles Dodgers AAA (one step below the major leagues) team, and followed this up with a solid 2006 AAA season with the Cleveland Indians. In 2007, Jose began his professional coaching career with the San Diego Padres. Jose played for 7 years, and attended Brandeis H.S., New Mexico JC, and the U. of Texas. Jose is a tremendous role model, and has overcome all the odds, and we all hope he finally gets his opportunity in the big leagues in 2007.

8. DANNY CHRISTENSEN:
A pitcher, Danny was drafted in the 4th round of the 2002 draft by the Kansas City royals, had a very successful rookie season, and then suffered a serious arm injury in 2004 before undergoing elbow surgery. Danny bounced back with solid 2005 and 2006 seasons, and, although not having a great 2007 season, is still well on his way to the Major Leagues. A graduate of Xaverian H.S., Danny played for YSL for 2 years, has many close friends from YSL rooting for him, and remains a part of the YSL family.

9. YUSUF CARTER:
An outfielder/catcher, Yusuf was drafted and signed in 2005 with the Chicago Cubs. It was the third year in a row Yusuf had been drafted, and he was wise enough to get two years of college under his belt before signing. Although struggling somewhat in 2007, Yusuf was promoted to AA, and we have no doubt of his potential, nor of his ability to succeed on a major league level. The nephew of former big league star Joe Carter, Yusuf attended Canarsie H.S. and El Paso Junior College prior to signing, played for YSL for 4 years, and retains his YSL “roots” identity by remaining involved with our current student/athletes.

10. VICTOR LIRIANO:
An outfielder, Victor was drafted in 2005 by the Chicago Cubs, and was signed by Billy Blitzer, a former YSL coach, still a part of the YSL program, and now the Cubs area scout. Victor continues to work on his flexibility in order to limit further leg injuries, and spent the 2006 season, and part of the 2007 season, rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Victor attended James Monroe H.S., Western Oklahoma Junior College, & El Paso Junior College, played for YSL for 4 years, and continues (with his father) to be an important part of the YSL family.

11. BENNY CASTILLO:
An outfielder, Benny played pro ball from 1988-1998. In 2000, Benny became the 1st YSL pro manager, in the Northern League, where his team won the league championship. In 2003-2004, Benny managed for the Florida Marlins in the New York Penn League, and brought his team to do a free clinic for our YSL players in 2003. In 2005, Benny returned to managing independent ball in Arizona, while pursuing his Masters degree at U. of South Dakota. In 2007, Benny managed in the minor leagues with the Detroit Tigers. A giving person, Benny has maintained his strong YSL ties no matter how far from New York he is. We are all so tremendously fortunate to be able to call Benny our friend.

12. JOEL CHIMELIS:
An infielder, Joel was drafted in 1988 in the 11th round, by the Oakland A’s. In 1995, Joel was called up to the major leagues by the San Francisco Giants. During his career, Joel played pro ball in Puerto Rico, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico and Korea, before retiring in 2003. In 2004, he began his minor league coaching career, and is currently a hitting instructor with the Houston Astros. Joel graduated from Eastern District H.S. and Howard JC, before attending U. of Texas, played for YSL for 7 years, and is a great role model because of his educational attainment prior to signing a pro contract.

13. ALAN MARR:
An infielder, Alan signed with the San Francisco Giants, played in the minors, & then became a scout with the Giants. In 2005 Alan signed with the Baltimore Orioles as a national cross-checker and is considered one of the up-and-coming baseball people. Alan was a major force, in 2006, in the Baltimore Orioles drafting (and signing) our Pedro Beato, with the 32nd pick of the 2006 draft. Alan attended Canarsie H.S., Ranger JC, and Lamar U., played for YSL for 4 years, and will be inducted into the YSL Hall of Fame in December 2005. While living in Florida, Alan makes frequent trips to NY, and has remained a part of the YSL family.

14. SHAWON DUNSTON:
Shawon was a 3 time National League All Star and played in the Major Leagues for 18 seasons, before retiring after the 2002 World Series, in which he hit a home run. Shawon played for the Chicago Cubs (who drafted him with the first pick in the first round in 1982), San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets & St Louis Cardinals. Now working to get back into professional baseball as a television analyst, Shawon played for YSL 7 years and even though he lives in California, continues to remain a part of our extended family.

15. MIKE RODRIGUEZ:
Drafted in the 6th round in 1996 as a catcher by the Toronto Blue Jays, Mike battled injuries and retired in 2002. In 2006, he began his coaching career, with the Blue Jays, and he’ll do an outstanding job, especially understanding the dedication, and discipline he brings to the table. Mike was the starting catcher on our 1994 AAABA National Championship team, and attended Louis Brandeis H.S. (playing for YSL alumni and long-time coach Jose Suncar), Northeast Texas JC, and Tarleton State U. Mike played for YSL for 6 years and remains part of our Program.

16. FRANK RODRIGUEZ:
Drafted in the 2nd round of the 1990 draft by the Boston Red Sox, Frank, a pitcher, attended Eastern District H.S. and Howard County College, where he led Howard to a national championship and was the Junior College World Series MVP. Frank pitched in the Major Leagues with the Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, and Seattle Mariners before retiring due to injury. He is attempting a comeback in the Puerto Rico Winter League, and we wish him the best. Frank played with YSL for 4 years and, with his uncle Ed Aponte, remains an active member.

17. ALEX ARIAS:
Drafted in the 3d round, in 1987 in 1987 by the Chicago Cubs (signed by YSL alumni coach Billy Blitzer), Alex had a productive 11 year career with the Cubs, Florida Marlins (1997 World Series champs) , Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, and New York Yankees, from whom he retired after the 2002 playoffs. Alex started a new page to his career as a rookie manager in 2007 with the Baltimore Orioles. A George Washington H.S. graduate, Alex played for YSL for 5 years, and has stayed active as much as possible, even though he lives in Florida.

18. ELLIOTT AYALA:
Drafted in the 23rd round of the 1998 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, Elliott, an infielder, played in 2006 with the Calgary Vipers in the independent Northern League, and, refusing to give up the dream, continues to play independent league baseball. Not blessed with great size or physical skills, Elliott has maximized his skill level through dedication, discipline, and hard work. Elliott attended Alfred E. Smith H.S. and Northeast Texas JC, played for YSL for 4 years, still lives in New York, and remains a part of YSL during the off-season.

19. RAFAEL NOVOA:
Rafael, a pitcher, was signed by the San Francisco Giants in 1989, by YSL alumni Alan Marr. Rafael attended Fordham Prep H.S., and graduated from Villanova U., & was the captain of our 1st World Series team in Farmington New Mexico in 1986. Ralphie pitched in the Major Leagues with the Giants and the Milwaukee Brewers, and retired after the 1993 season from an arm injury. Currently living in Arizona, Ralphie is a Spanish TV announcer for Major League games. Ralphie played for YSL for 6 years, and remains an important part of the YSL family.

20. THERON TODD:
Drafted in 1987 as an outfielder by the Atlanta Braves, Theron played for 5 years in the minors prior to being released. Since, he has been a minor league hitting coach, and is currently with the Kansas City Royals. We fully expect he will one day be a Major League coach. Theron attended Baltimore County JC, and played for YSL for 2 years.

21. PEDRO BEATO:
A pitcher, Pedro was drafted in 2005 by the New York Mets. A graduate of Xaverian H.S., Pedro, having recovered from elbow surgery in 2004, wisely decided it was more important to first get his College education prior to pursuing his baseball dreams. Pedro attended St. Petersburg JC, had a great season, was unable to come to a financial agreement with the New York Mets, and was then drafted with the 32nd overall pick of the 2006 draft by the Baltimore Orioles, with him he signed. Pedro then had a quality rookie season in the New York Penn League, followed by a solid 2007 season in A ball, and is listed as a top prospect in the Orioles system by Baseball America. He has, as has his family, been a major part of the YSL family for these past 6 years, and is one of the most popular YSL players ever. We are proud of the maturity he displayed, both in going to College, and in the dedicated work he did, coming back from a potentially career-ending injury. We have no doubt, within a few years, that Pedro will be a tremendous major league pitcher.

22. DELLIN BETANCES:
A pitcher, Dellin was drafted in the 8th round of the 2006 draft by the New York Yankees, and signed a contract for the highest bonus after given a student/athlete drafted in the 8th round. Dellin had a tremendous rookie season in 2006 in the Gulf Coast League, with an earned run average of under 1.20 (earned runs allowed per 9 innings pitched), and was listed as the #6 prospect in the entire league by Baseball America. At 6’9”, Dellin is the tallest YSL player ever drafted, has dedicated himself to developing his coordination and pitching skills to match his physical size, and is pitching for the Staten Island Yankees in 2007. Blessed with a 98 mph fastball, Dellin has worked as hard as an YSL player ever has, to develop his talents. A graduate of Grand Street Campus H.S., Dellin played for YSL for 7 years, and he and his entire family remain a major part of our extended YSL family. As with Pedro, we have no doubt, within a few years, that Dellin will be a tremendous major league pitcher.

23. ADAM OTTAVINO:
A pitcher, Adam was drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. After signing, Adam had a solid 2006 season and followed it up with an even better 2007 season in High A ball. Adam was listed as the #8 prospect in the New York Penn League in 2006, by Baseball America. Coming from an education-oriented family, Adam turned down the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after being drafted by them out of High School in 2003, attended Berkeley Carroll H.S. and Northeastern U. (in Massachusetts), prior to signing, is continuing his undergraduate work at Northeastern, which we are very proud of him for doing, played for YSL for 5 years, and will continue to remain living in Brooklyn, and is an integral part of the YSL program. As with Pedro and Dellin, we have no doubt, within a few years, that Adam will be a tremendous major league pitcher.

24. RAFAEL CABREJA:
An outfielder who has also played the infield, Rafael was drafted in the 8th round of the 2006 season by the Boston Red Sox, and signed quickly, due to mediocre grades and an overwhelming desire to begin his professional baseball career immediately. Rafael had a solid 2007 season, while playing in the New York Penn League, and has the potential to make it all the way to the top, once he learns to better control his emotions. Rafael played for YSL for 7 years prior to signing, is one of many student/athletes to make the long trip from Washington Heights to Brooklyn these past 25+ years, to participate in our area-wide YSL program, and attended James Monroe H.S. Rafael turned down a scholarship offer from New Mexico JC to sign with the Red Sox.


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25. ANTHONY BOCCHINO:
A left handed hitting outfielder, Anthony was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round of the 2002 draft, and had several solid minor seasons before retiring. Anthony attended Xaverian H.S. and Marist College before signing, was a YSL member for 2 years, and remains a solid presence with our current youth enrollment. Not blessed with size or superior running speed, Anthony is a tremendous example of how hard work & dedication can overcome.

26. DANNY DE SOUZA:
An outfielder, Danny was drafted in 2004 by the San Francisco Giants, and was signed by Giants scout Alan Marr, a former YSL student/athlete. Danny attended Xaverian H.S, and then spent 2 years at Connors State College prior to signing. Danny played for YSL for 6 years and, with his electric smile and dynamic personality, remains deeply involved with the YSL program. We expect Danny to succeed in baseball but, if not, we know Danny will be a success in his life no matter what happens in his professional baseball career.

27. JASON CONLISK:
A middle infielder, Jason was drafted by the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) in 2002. While struggling, performance-wise, Jason continues to work hard and maintain his dedication, while pursuing his Major League dream. Jason attended Archbishop Molloy H.S. and Fordham U, played in 2 different World Series tournaments with YSL, played for YSL for 5 years, is an example of achieving educational attainment at a top academic College before beginning his professional baseball career, and, with his father Dan, remains active in our Program.

28. LUIS DE LOS SANTOS:
A 1st/3rd baseman Luis was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1984 draft by the Kansas City Royals. Luis played in the Majors with the Royals and the Detroit Tigers, and also in Taiwan and Mexico (where he set hitting records in 2000). Luis attended Newtown H.S., played for YSL for 5 years, had several brothers play with YSL, and retired in 2003.

29. KEVIN BAEZ:
Drafted in the 8th round of the 1988 draft by the New York Mets, Kevin, a shortstop, played in the Major Leagues with the Mets from 1990-93, and played in the minor leagues for several years after. Kevin attended Lafayette H.S. and Dominican College, and played for YSL for 3 years prior to signing.

30. LUIS LOPEZ:
Luis, a catcher/1st baseman, was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1983, and signed directly out of Lafayette H.S. Luis played in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians, and, for several years played professional ball in Japan. Luis played for YSL for 4 years, and currently has a nephew in our Program.

31. TROVIN VALDEZ:
Drafted in the 25th round in 1993, Trovin, an extremely speedy outfielder, signed with the Baltimore Orioles, and then played in the minor leagues with several teams before retiring in 2000. Trovin attended Brandeis H.S., Howard JC, and New Mexico JC, and played for YSL for 6 years.

32. LUIS LOPEZ, JR.:
Not drafted, Luis, a 1st baseman, signed with the independent Northern League in 1995 and with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1996. Realizing a dream, Luis made it to the Major Leagues in 2001, and stayed in the Majors with the Blue Jays and the Montreal Expos through 2004, at which time he retired. Luis attended Canarsie H.S. and graduated from Coastal Carolina U., and played for YSL for 4 years.

33. ROBERTO VAZ:
An outfielder, Rob was drafted in the 7th round of the 1997 draft by the Oakland A’s. Rob made it up to AAA, one step below the Major Leagues, before a injury ended his career. Rob attended Grady H.S., Northeast Texas JC, and Alabama U., where he was first team All American. Rob played for YSL for 4 years.

34. GEORGE CARRION:
Drafted in the 7th round of the 1995 draft by the Texas Rangers out of DeWitt Clinton H.S., George instead elected to attend Northeast Texas JC, where he helped lead his team to the 1996 JUCO National Championship, at which point he signed with the Rangers for a major bonus. Unfortunately, a series of arm injuries prematurely ended George’s career. George played for YSL for 6 years.

35. ALEX TORRES:
Alex, a pitcher, was not drafted, and, feeling it might be his only opportunity to do so, considering previous arm injuries, signed with the Detroit Tigers in 1999. Alex’s career ended in 2003. He attended St. Raymond’s H.S., and Cochise JC, and played for YSL for 2 years.

36. JOSE NUNEZ:
An infielder, Jose was drafted in 1996 by the Arizona Diamondbacks. After playing for several teams, Jose retired in 2001, and, in 2002 became a minor league coach with the Montreal Expos. Now a partner in a travel business, Jose played for YSL for 4 years. Jose attended Cardozo H.S. and Northeast Texas JC.

37. TIRZON NUNEZ:
Tirzon, an infielder and undrafted, signed a free agent contract with the Montreal Expos in 2002, but wisely realized that his future was in private industry. Tirzon played for YSL for 6 years, and attended Franklin D. Roosevelt H.S. and Northeast Texas JC, and was brought into the YSL by his brother Jose.

38. RANDY ROJAS:
An infielder, Randy was a free agent sign with the Houston Astros in 2001, and was moderately successful, before his career ended in 2003. Randy attended Canarsie H.S. and Connors State JC, and played for YSL for 4 years. Randy’s brother, Ray, also played for YSL and is currently a coach in the Program.

39. RUBEN FELICIANO:
A right handed pitcher, Ruben was drafted in 2000 by the Texas Rangers. Ruben graduated from Bushwick H.S. (from which he was drafted but did not sign), and attended Cochise JC and Kingsborough JC. Not having made in pro ball, Ruben is pursuing other interests. Ruben played for YSL for 3 years.

40. ALEX ZAPATA:
Not drafted, Alexis, an outfielder, signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Tigers in 1996. Alexis played for YSL for 5 years, was a member of our 1994 AAABA National Championship team, and will always be remembered for his mammoth home run, on television, in the first inning of the semifinal game.

41. DAVID CALDWELL:
After being drafted 3 years in a row, David, a pitcher, signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1994. Well on his way to the Major Leagues, David suffered an arm injury in 1997, and was never able to return to his previous form. David attended Canarsie H.S., was a first team All-American at Northeast Texas JC, played for YSL for 4 years, and is now a YSL coach.

42. WILLIE FRANCIS:
An outfielder, Willie was drafted in 1996 by the Cleveland Indians. A member of our 1994 AAABA National Championship squad, Willie attended Newtown H.S., Hill JC, and Ranger JC, and played for YSL for 4 years.

43. WAYNE SLATER:
An outfielder, Wayne was drafted in 1997 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wayne attended Franklin D. Roosevelt H.S., Northeast Texas JC, and Bethune-Cookman U., played for YSL for 4 years, and remains active in youth sports.

44. JASON KATZ:
An infielder, Jason was drafted in 1995 by the Atlanta Braves. Jason attended Cardozo H.S., New Mexico JC, and Northeast Texas JC, and played for YSL for 4 years. With his baseball career over, Jason returned to College for his diploma.

45. ISAAC ALLEYNE:
Isaac, a pitcher signed as a free agent with the Montreal Expos, and later pitched in the minors with the St. Louis Cardinals. Isaac played for YSL for 6 years, and returned to YSL in 2000 as a guidance counselor/pitching coach.

46. ERNESTO CASTRO:
Ernesto, an outfielder, was signed by the Seattle Mariners in 1989. He attended John Jay H.S. and Howard JC. Ernesto, who overcame more as a youngster than most people ever do in a lifetime, and who is someone we remain proud of, played for YSL for 8 years, and currently lives in Wisconsin.

47. ROBERTO DURAN:
Roberto, an outfielder, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990, and signed directly out of Seward Park H.S. After ending his pro career, Roberto attended Connors State College. Currently, both his sons are part of the YSL program.

48. RAMCES GUERRERO:
Ramces, a 2nd baseman, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1988. He attended John F. Kennedy H.S., Howard College, and Dominican College. Ramses played for YSL for 5 years (as did his brother Nelson), and is currently a school teacher.

49. RANDY RIVERA:
Randy, a pitcher, was drafted by, and signed with, the Atlanta Braves in 1989. Randy attended Aviation H.S., Ranger JC, and Oklahoma State U. Randy played for YSL for 4 years, and in early 1991 was tragically killed in a car accident in Oklahoma.

50. LUIS FIGUEROA:
A pitcher with an unbelievable curve ball, Luis signed with the New York Yankees in 1980, but opted, after a year, to marry his sweetheart and start a family, in lieu of a baseball career. Luis went to John Jay H.S. and Ranger JC, and played for YSL for 8 years.

51. BOBBY REEDY:
Bobby, a multi-position ballplayer, was drafted and signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1977. Bobby attended Thomas Jefferson H.S., and played for YSL for 3 years.

52. MIKE WILLIAMS:
Mike, a catcher, signed with the Texas Rangers in 1981. Mike attended Franklin K. Lane H.S., Hill JC, and U. of Texas at Arlington. Mike played for YSL for 7 years, and has been a long-time coach, giving back what was given him in his youth, and much MUCH more.

53. MIKE CHILDS:
A catcher, Mike attended Alexander Hamilton H.S. and Ranger JC prior to signing as a catcher (1st rounder) with the Texas Rangers in 1980. Possessed with a tremendous throwing arm, injuries unfortunately shortened Mike’s career. Mike played for YSL for 4 years.

54. RANDY THORPE:
An outfielder, Randy signed with the Texas Rangers in 1980 out of Abraham Lincoln H.S. and U. of Texas at Arlington, after having played for YSL for 2 years. Randy set a national stolen base record while at U. of Texas at Arlington.

55. STEVE KLEIN:
A pitcher, Steve signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1973 out of James Madison H.S. and Baruch College. One of our first drafted players, Steve played for YSL for 5 years.

56. MIKE SILBER:
An infielder, Mike signed with the Detroit Tigers in 1976 after attending Midwood H.S. and East Tennessee U. One of 3 brothers to play with YSL (Kenny and Allan), Mike played for YSL for 8 years, and was a volunteer for several years after finishing his pro career.

57. TOM MIRABITO:
A 1st baseman, Tom signed with the Detroit Tigers in 1982. Tom attended Canarsie H.S. and Ranger JC, and played with YSL for 5 years.

58. NORBERT ROMAN:
A catcher, Norbert signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978 out of Manhattan Vocational H.S., and later played professional ball in Italy. Norbert played for YSL for 2 years, and was followed by his brother Ruben.

59. PEDRO RABASSA:
Pedro, a 1st baseman, attended Thomas Jefferson H.S. and Ranger JC, where he was a 1st team All American on a national championship team. Pedro signed with the Seattle Mariners in 1979, batted .388, but retired due to injuries. Pedro played for YSL for 8 years.

60. DAVID PAROUSE:
A catcher, David attended New Utrecht H.S. and Dominican College prior to signing with the New York Mets in 1988. David played for YSL for 3 years, and is currently an attorney practicing law in New York.

61. CORNELL FOGGIE, JR:
An outfielder, Cornell attended Nazareth H.S. and George Washington U. prior to signing with the Cleveland Indians. Cornell played for YSL for 3 years.

62. WILLIE LOZADO: An infielder, Willie played professional ball from 1979-90, and became the first YSL player to make it to the Major Leagues in 1984, with the Milwaukee Brewers. Currently living in Kentucky, Willie played for YSL for 5 years. In 2000, his nephew, Henry, joined YSL.

63. JOSE RUBIERA:
Jose attended DeWitt Clinton H.S., Howard JC, and U. of Texas El Paso. Signed as a free agent outfielder in 1992 by the Texas Rangers, Jose played for YSL for 4 years and, among other things, has been a High School umpire.

64. FREDDIE SMITH:
A pitcher, Freddie, a 1992 16th round pick of the Cleveland Indians, attended Franklin D. Roosevelt H.S., Cochise JC, and Connors State JC. Freddie’s promising career was cut short by injury. Freddie played for YSL for 5 years, and continues to keep in touch.

65. DAVID WALLACE:
An outfielder, David was drafted by the Houston Astros in 1989. David attended Louis Brandeis H.S. and Howard JC, and has the dubious distinction of being the only known YSL graduate to be a Chippendale’s man. David played for YSL for 7 years
   
 
     

 

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