Mark Cooke

2022 Dodger Nation: Team Scout Day – Scouting Blog

September 15th, 2022

Keith Grant | Digital Media Strategist | Firecracker Sports

Long Island Dodgers Nation: Team Scout Day (9.10.22)

It was an awesome turnout this past weekend for the LI Dodgers Team Scout Day with lots of young talent on display and some rising seniors looking for a home in 2024 that helped their stock. The event took place at PAL Stadium in Holbrook, New York. We saw 8 college coaches attend the event from the surrounding area. In total we had 40 players at the event ranging in graduation classes from 2023 to 2027. Thank you to the LI Dodgers coaching staff for giving us the chance to evaluate their guys.

We are going to highlight some of the top players that participated but also some up and comers who you should keep an eye out for in the coming months. Top performers are listed at the bottom of this email for the major testing categories, including the schools that were present for this event. While many players showed good ability here were some of the top players who showed well at the scout day

12 Hours from Home: O’Halloran Sees Familiar Faces

Andrew Ciechanowski | Firecracker Sports

“12 Hours from Home: O’Halloran Sees Familiar Faces”

Hyannis Harbor Hawks pitcher Connor O’Halloran was able to meet with his former travel program this past Thursday. Terriers Baseball, an organization based out of Mississauga, Ontario, are in town for Firecracker Sports’ 1st ever Underclass National Pro Showcase. O’Halloran played in the program for three years and took time to meet with players to shed some light on his experiences at the University of Michigan and in the Cape Cod Baseball League, playing for the Hyannis Harborhawks.

Mental Monday with Go 4 Gold

Jon Gold, M.A | Go 4 Gold

“Helping your athlete work through Failure”

Good results don’t change the fact that loosing or bad results still hurt. No matter how many times we win or no matter how well your athlete does, bad results and losses will always be more hurtful and difficult emotionally. Because of this we become susceptible to avoiding failure and losses. 

We call this… 

Mental Monday with Go 4 Gold

Jon Gold, M.A | Go 4 Gold

“The System & Toolbox”

This past Wednesday I spoke in front of a group of students (and future entrepreneurs) about having a side-hustle. I was noticing some of those pre-performance nerves before speaking, and as a performance coach and counselor, I questioned those nerves. I wondered why I still get nervous when I teach and work with others in manage their own nerves. “If I coach people through this, shouldn’t I be able to do this!?” I teach others to manage physiological and….

Scout Book with Mike Alberts

Mike Alberts | Scout Book 4.27.22

“The Recruiting Process”

There is no such thing as a typical recruiting process.  It is different for every player.  How does it begin? When does it begin? What should I be doing?  The questions are endless.  This process can cause a tremendous amount of stress on the player.  In this blog I will try to tackle some of the most common questions…

Scout Book with Mike Alberts

Mike Alberts | Scout Book 4.20.22

“Winter Training, Developing at Home, and Nutrition”

In this episode of Scout Book we tackled 3 topics.  They are different in nature but what makes them common is the timing.  They all help kickstart the offseason.

As a coach and scout I always valued Winter (Off season) training.  Often you see a player who has ability but many things that you would like to see improved.  If you want to gain 10 lbs of muscle…

Scout Book with Mike Alberts

Mike Alberts | Scout Book #2

“Importance of the 5 tools”

Everyone knows the 5 tools of a baseball player: Hitting, Hitting for Power, Defense, Running, and Throwing.  Each player can be graded in each category.  When you grade a player’s tools he receives 2 grades; One for the present and one for the future.  Depending on the player’s age and ability…

Mental Monday with Go 4 Gold

Jon Gold, M.A | Go 4 Gold

“Curiosity is a Superpower”

In performance we default to results. Whether “good” or “bad” we ride the roller coaster of emotions and become exhausted by this ride. Up and down, twist and turn…  It takes a toll on us. In turn we become restless.

We get consumed by the counterproductive thoughts…

Scout Book with Mike Alberts

Mike Alberts | Scout Book #1

“Division 1 Aspirations”

Only 5% of high school baseball players actually play college baseball.  That 5% of players is spread out over D1-D2-D3, NAIA, and Junior College (2 year schools).  Not all D1’s are created equal.  There are 301 D1 baseball programs.  The D1 schools are ranked by…

Mental Monday with Go 4 Gold

Jon Gold, M.A | Go 4 Gold

“Do something hard”

The only way to get better at grappling with adversity is more adversity. When we face challenges unprepared we are susceptible to panic and breaking down. Why wait for the break down or adversity to see if we can handle it? Train it. Deliberately practice handling challenges so that when we face challenges in competition we’ve “been there done that.” Although we may not be able to simulate the exact stressor or situation, we can work to be better at responding to challenging stimuli.

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