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Pretty funny stuff... Baseball's symphony of sounds article by Tim Kurkjian

As players, many of us can relate to this... :)


Nice article by Kurkjian

The above article made me think of one of the funniest talkers in baseball - Pedroia...…


Added by Kyle Grucci on May 2, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Doug Clark and Mexico win Caribbean World Series

Congrats to Doug Clark and Mexico on winning the Caribbean world series! I played ball with his brother, Gavin - also a very good ballplayer.…


Added by Kyle Grucci on February 9, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Get Dirty Baseball Rap

A good friend of mine, fellow ballplayer, and CheckSwing member, Shane O'Connor, recently recorded a very cool Baseball Rap titled "Get Dirty".  I uploaded it to CheckSwing -  listen for yourself  GETDIRTY.mp3

If you like it, show your support and get it on iTunes - …


Added by Kyle Grucci on March 13, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Tragedy - Young Mariners' Outfielder Killed

This is just awful....  


"When news like this comes across the proverbial "wires"...there's really no way to begin the story other than just state the facts.

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in the Nethlerlands today.

Police were called to a home early…


Added by Kyle Grucci on November 21, 2011 at 12:19pm — 6 Comments

Southwick Dirt Dogs capture 2nd Title in 3 Years

September 26, 2011 - 10:33 PM McKenzie Field, Holyoke, MA - The Southwick Dirt Dogs overcame an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the Enfield Warriors 13-8 and claim their 2nd WMWBL Title in the past 3 years. The Dirt Dogs, who won the regular season championship were the #1 seed in the playoffs. They defeated…


Added by Kyle Grucci on September 28, 2011 at 12:57pm — 1 Comment

Did you see this play by David Wright yesterday?

In case you haven't seen it already, check out this play by David Wright yesterday (below).…

Added by Kyle Grucci on August 18, 2011 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

Very Frustrated - It should be about the kids

What a frustrating weekend in the world of youth baseball/softball in my town.  We are ramping up for the beginning of the youth baseball and softball seasons.  First, a little background...My 2 daughters played softball in the league last season.  My youngest played her third season in the 7-9 league.  I've coached that team each of those years.  My older daughter played in the 10-12 league.  I was the assistant coach… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on April 13, 2011 at 12:00am — 28 Comments

Introducing "This Week On CheckSwing"

Recently, we added a section to the left-hand side of the CheckSwing front page called "This Week on CheckSwing" - a listing of the 10 most active discussions, blogs, photos, or videos from the current week.  It's updated on the fly to always provide you with a quick glance into what's happening on CheckSwing.  Take a look and let us know what you think!

Added by Kyle Grucci on December 21, 2010 at 4:23pm — 1 Comment

Good Luck Tonight, Cap!

A childhood friend of mine is set to make his return to Major League Baseball and the Brewers starting rotation this Thursday against the Marlins. After 2 Tommy John surgeries and rehab the last 2 years, he's made his way back. Good Luck, Cap! …


Added by Kyle Grucci on June 1, 2010 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

While "Discussing" the Strike Zone with the Umpire this Weekend...

I was coaching my kids' 10-12 game yesterday afternoon and we were short one player, so I had my youngest daughter play (She's 8 and technically has 2 more years in her current league which is all pitching machine). In the 10-12 league, the first 3 innings are kid-pitch (with a paid umpire) and the last 3 innings are the machine. Obviously there is quite a difference in the speed and accuracy of the machine v.s. the pitchers. Not to mention the fact… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on May 10, 2010 at 10:00am — 46 Comments

Join CheckSwing for a chance to win the new CheckSwing T-shirt

We're giving away 5 new CheckSwing T-shirts this week! Join between March 15th, 2010 and March 19th, 2010 for a chance to win your brand new CheckSwing T-shirt!

Also, get additional chances in the drawing by inviting your teammates and coaches to join. Just click the "Enter Email Addresses" button on the

Invite… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on March 15, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Tiffany Brooks Becomes First American Female Pro Baseball Player of the 21stCentury

Congratulations, Tiff!

--For Immediate Release, March 4, 2010--

Tiffany Brooks Becomes First American Female Pro Baseball Player of the 21stCentury

Brooks Signs Contract with Big Bend Cowboys of Alpine,…

Added by Kyle Grucci on March 6, 2010 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

A Day at the Ripken Coaches Clinic

This past Saturday, Bill and I attended the Ripken Baseball Coaches Clinic at the high school in Milton, Massachusetts. Put on by former MLB players Cal Ripken Jr., Billy Ripken, and John Habyan, it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. John started off with pitching - going through many of the drills that he uses with his… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on February 23, 2010 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

Season's Greetings!

Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year to everyone at CheckSwing!

Added by Kyle Grucci on December 25, 2009 at 11:48am — 1 Comment

The Game of Baseball

I was listening to a local sports talk radio station yesterday and the hosts (none of whom were ballplayers) were discussing the worth of certain MLB players. In doing this analysis, they were placing quite a bit of emphasis on individual statistics - specifically RBI. They were then comparing players based on their 2009 RBI totals and equating that directly to the player's ability to drive in runs. As I was listening, all I kept thinking was how… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on October 23, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments - The Baseball Social Network for Players and Coaches Everywhere - The Baseball Social Network for Players and Coaches has quickly become the leading online destination for serious ballplayers and coaches. Members share ideas, make new connections and help one another to improve their baseball knowledge and skills.

Youth players, parents, high school players, college players, adult league players, women's baseball leagues, independent league players, minor leaguers, major leaguers- past and present... pro… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on September 14, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Congratulations, Chris Richard!

Congratulations to fellow CheckSwing member Chris Richard on his recent call-up to the big leagues. I was watching the Red Sox game today and saw Chris come to the plate. That's awesome! Way to stick with it and work hard to get back!


Chris Richard was selected from Triple-A Durham to fill some big shoes after Rays first baseman… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on September 13, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Anyone attending the Cape Cod League All-star game at Fenway this Thursday?

If you're in the Boston area this Thursday, July 23rd, check out the Cape Cod League All-star game at Fenway Park. There is also a home run derby before the game. General Admission tickets are only $10. Bill and I plan on attending. I added the event to the CheckSwing event calendar - HERE. RSVP to let us know who's… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on July 20, 2009 at 10:13am — 6 Comments

Big Win last night for the New England Dirt Dogs!

Great game last night between the Dirt Dogs and Senators in the Western Mass Wood Baseball League (WMWBL). With the game tied 3-3, with 2 outs in the bottom half of the last inning, Greg Traska worked a walk and then stole second. With 2 strikes on the batter, he took off for third and the throw was off the mark and went into left field. He then broke for home and slid in safely with the winning run.

The win puts the Dirt Dogs 3 up in the loss column over the Senators and gives us… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on July 16, 2009 at 11:42am — No Comments

It's Your Baseball Community

As new players and coaches join, the community is getting more and more exciting. Players and coaches are connecting with friends from their past that they have not seen or talked to in years! One of the great things about playing ball is the camaraderie that's established on the field and in the dugout. Lifelong friendships are formed from playing ball with someone. If you know any teammates from previous teams that you've played on in… Continue

Added by Kyle Grucci on May 29, 2009 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

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