Salt Cats History
The Salt Cats came into the NYCBL in 2010 after playing in the Eastern Collegiate Baseball League for two seasons. We have had several players from several Colleges and Universities located throughout the United States and Canada and have enjoyed the experiences and quality of the soon to be 43 year old New York Collegiate Baseball League. The NYCBL is one of the most historic Collegiate Summer Baseball Leagues in America and is funded by Major League Baseball. All members of the NYCBL belong to the National Alliance of Collegiate Summer Baseball and are governed by NCAA rules and regulations. The league is partially funded by Major League Baseball.
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Meet our 2021 Broadcast Crew and our 2021 players on Salt Cats 2021 "Salt Cast" a 10 series podcast to bring us into the upcoming season.
Click on the link or our Logo for EPISODE #5-- FEATURING Luke Arvantides (B'ville/Niagara U) , AND Jarrod Williams Cobleskill StateU.
We do hope you enjoy our series that will walk us into our 2021 season in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
Nick Gravel a 2021 Salt Cat RHP from Keystone College was named 1st Team All Colonial States Conference as a pitcher. He was also named Rookie of the Year for the Conference. Congrats to Nick and to the First Place Keystone Giants.
Tompkins Cortland Community College alum and former professional baseball player Billy Crowe has signed with the Salt Cats for the summer 2021 season. He will be an assistant coach handling defenses and catchers. His coaching assignment may also include coaching first base. He was named the head coach for the TC3 Panthers baseball team on September 6, 2019.
Crowe was an all-conference catcher during his playing career with the Panthers. A 2011 graduate of the College, he was part of the first Tompkins Cortland baseball team to qualify for the NJCAA playoffs, and his name is still prevalent in the school’s record book, including having the best fielding percentage for a season and second best for a career. He has the second-most career putouts in Panthers history and ranks in the top-ten career lists for stolen bases, walks, and runs scored. He continued his studies at Virginia Wesleyan University, playing for Nick Boothe, one of the most successful Division III coaches in the nation at the time with more than 600 career victories.
After finishing his playing at Virginia Wesleyan, Crowe spent two years playing professionally for the Alpine Cowboys in the independent Pecos League. It was during the offs season between his professional seasons that Crowe started his coaching career, working both at Cox High School in Virginia Beach and assisting Coach Boothe at Virginia Wesleyan. He returned to New York to work with the Panthers in 2014-15 and was the top assistant for Coach Ryan Stevens for five seasons before being promoted to head coach.
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The New York Yankees have named Dan Fiorito (Salt Cats 2011-12) Manager of the Hudson Valley Renegades, their High Class A affiliate. This is Dan's second stint as a Manager in the New York Yankees Organization. He had also been named Manager of the Staten Island Yankees in the NY-Penn prior to the season being cancelled in 2020.
Prior to making his managerial debut in 2019 with the Tampa Yankees (Gulf Coast East - A-), he served as the defensive coach for the Charleston RiverDogs in 2018 and with the Pulaski Yankees in 2017. Before coaching, he played four seasons in the Yankees organization with the Tampa Yankees (A), the Trenton Thunder (AA) and the AAA Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders.
As a player, Fiorito signed out of Manhattanville College in Harrison, New York and appeared in 322 games minor league games (MILB). In 1,102 minor league at-bats, he hit .240/.308/.317 with 52 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, and 98 RBIs. Throughout his minor league career, he played at every infield position and pitched in four games. He was a two time All NYCBL selection and two time All Star.
Episode 1 of "Double Play" is now posted, great stuff from
Manager and former NYCBLer Dan Fiorito ( From the NYCBL to pro ball, the transition, watch it here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=ISTrJIq6foo
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Vonzell Riviera a RHP has signed with the 2021 Salt Cats. He will be pitching at Salem CC, Fall 2021. He resides in Milleville, New Jersey.
Zach Buck from Haverford College has signed with the 2021 Salt Cats. The 6'4" 235 pound 1B/Utility/C, hails from Ashburn, Virginia via Broad Run High School. He is a Holy Cross transfer. At Holy Cross in 2018 and 2019 he appeared in 49 games and had 34 starts.
The 2021 Salt Cats have signed Aaron Sisto an Infielder from Delaware State, via Liverpool, New York. The Liverpool High All Conference caliber performer and member of the Sportszone Elite Academy is a solid addition to the 2021 roster. He was listed as a pre season All State selection in 2020.
Jarrod Williams a RHP from Cobleskill State University / Finger Lakes CC, will return for the 2021 season. He had been signed for the cancelled 2020 season. In the shortened 2020 season he threw 17.2 innings and had 12 K's for the Cobleskill Fighting Tigers. He was 2-2 on the season.
The 2021 Salt Cats have signed Norfolk, Virginia native Ethan Hennessy from Canisius College. At Norfolk Academy, Ethan earned four varsity letters in baseball.
He was an All Tidewater selection and named Team Captain. He also played with the Elite CBA Rays.
Ethan also earned a first team All League and First Team All State selection in Soccer. Ethan is a Corner Infielder and Utility position player.
Peyton Harding - Catcher - form Spring Arbor University via Van Buren Township, Michigan and Cabrini High School, has signed for the 2021 season.
While starting all 18 games behind the dish, in the shortened 19-20 season Peyton hit .305 collecting three doubles and knocking in 10 runners for the 15-3 Cougars.
In 2018 he appeared in 40 games and started 29. Hit .265 with 22 hits, 1 double, 16 RBI's, 19 walks, and 8 runs scored. He registered 176 putouts and 13 assists with a fielding percentage of .969.
Mike is a Two-time MAAC Rookie of the Week . He recorded a season high two base hits on three occasions in the shortened 2019 season.
He also drove in one run five times during the season. Mike hit his first home run against Radford on March 7, 2019. Mike is a Middle Infielder.
Tyler James Bowes from the Radford University Highlanders has signed to pitch for the summer 2021 Salt Cats. The 6'2" / 205 pound right hander hails from Chesapeake, Virginia. He is a former Mid Atlantic Pirates Elite player. James played High School baseball at Hickory High. The Radford Highlanders play out of the Big South Conference.
Julien Hernandez a RHP from Whitman College in Walla Walla Washington has committed to play with the 2021 Salt Cats. The 6'1"/180 pound righty is a former Game Prep Baseball Academey Elite player. He also played at the Menlo School in Atherton, California. He hails from Palo Alto, California.
Kulpmont PA. native and RHP from East Stroudsburg State University has signed with the 2021 Salt Cats. The 6'4" 215 lb. sophomore rising was a former High School News Item All Area Selection and Daily Item All League selection. He also was a PHAC D3 All Star Team selection.
Tarby is a right-handed pitcher pitched from Lemoyne College (Bishop Grimes High School). Tarby is a two-time team MVP and two-time All-League member in high school and had 62 career strikeouts to just 19 walks. Tarby was also a member of the Onondaga Babe Ruth 18U All-Star team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the Babe Ruth World Series. He is a Liverpool, New York Native.
Eddy Garcia a Junior at SUNY Cobelskill has signed with the Salt Cats for summer 2021. The Bronx, New York native out of Worldview High School saw action in all 38 games as a Sophomore in the 2019 season and finished the season with a .298 batting average. He was 2nd on the team with a .390 slugging average and 141 attempts at bat. He led the team with 26 RBIs and had a team high 35 runs scored. He had 42 hits. He also had 10 doubles. He has former NYCBL experience as a Sherrill Silversmith.
Tom Coleman a 6'6" 235 pound Right Handed Pitcher has signed with the Salt Cats for the summer 2021 NYCBL season. Tom is from Manlius, New York and is a pitcher at Haverford College, via Fayetteville Manlius High School. Tom was named to the 2019 CNY Class AA All League Team.
Luke Smith - OF - Haverford College and a member of the 2019-20 Salt Cats team has committed for summer 2020. He has been named Captain! Prior to the Spring 2020 season being cancelled due to Covid19 Luke was hitting .382 over 12 games played. He had scored 14 runs and added 5 RBI's and 3 stolen bases. He was also named to the Centennial Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll (2020). (click on photo for bio)
Nolan Giblin - IF- from Mercy College has committed to sign for summer 2021. He comes to the Salt Cats via Jamesville Dewitt High School and resides in Syracuse, New York.
He appeared in ten games making eight starts… Recorded six hits in 25 at bats with two runs, one RBI and one stolen base… Went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI in game two at Barton on February 15th… Went 2-for-3 at Newberry on February 17th… Batted 1-for-3 with a run in game one against Staten Island on March 8th.
While at JD High School in 2019 he was named First Team All-League and Tabbed First Team All-CNY as well.
Luke Arvantides - 6'3" /180 - LHP who is a 2021 commit to Niagara University has signed for our Summer 2021 season. The left hander will be a graduate of Baldwinsville High School and has played with the Sportszone Baseball Acadmey. Luke recently threw a no hitter while striking out 10 for the win. The Salt Cats welcome Luke for the summer 2021 season.
Kent Wilson a Left handed hitting infielder from Clarkson University has committed for the summer 2021 season. He is one of several early commits for 2021. He is a Syracuse native and former All State and All CNY player from Christian Brothers Academy.
Kent played in three games in abbreviated freshman season at Clarkson. He hit .286 in seven at bats and had a .455 on-base percentage thanks to three walks...Fielded flawlessly in 26 chances with 24 putouts and two assists.
Matt Rinaldi -pictured left /center- OF - Concordia College - summer 2020 and summer 2021 commit has been named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference All Academic 2020 team.
To be eligible for the All-Academic Team, a student-athletes must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of the immediate preceding term, minimum of two semesters enrolled as full-time student at member institution, be second year student-athlete at member institution and have been athletically eligible the season preceding the award and used a season of eligibility.
Rinaldi receives All-Academic distinction in his first year of eligibility after maintaining a 3.57 cumulative GPA as an accounting major. On the field, Rinaldi held a .333 batting average with two doubles and two RBI.
Tessa Hodinger, a student Geneseo State University, has joined the Game Day Operations Staff. She is a Communications in Journalism and Media major with a minor in Film Studies. She will attain her degree 2020.
Tessa will work with both the Game Day Operations staff and the Media Broadcast team with videography and social media.
Welcome to the 2021 Syracuse Salt Cats...
Brendon T. Hodges
Brendon Hodges, a Graduate Student at Syracuse University's S. I. Newhouse, School of Public Communications (MS 2021), studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism has joined the "2021 Super Broadcast Team".
The Dardenne Praire, Missouri native brings more experience to the super staff.
He was the Public Address announcer for the "Play where the Pros Play" program with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA. He also was the play by play and color commentator for men's and women's basketball, track and field and softball, at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. He earned his undergraduate degree from Macalester College (2020) where he was a member of the football team for 4 years, and an assistant in the Athletic Department's Sports Information Office.
Chrissy Van Allen
Chrissy Van Allen has accepted an offer to be a member of the Syracuse Salt Cats Collegiate Baseball Organization as a Game Day Operation Specialist. Chrissy is from Camillus, New York.
She was heavily involved with sports growing up and wants to continue her passion for sports in her professional career.
Chrissy is currently a student-athlete at St. John Fisher College, studying sport management while majoring in communications and being a member of the Varsity Women's Soccer team.
She is very excited to see the Syracuse Salt Cats team succeed throughout the 2021 spring season and into the upcoming summer 2021 season . She will work with Game Day Baseball Operations.
Sam Lebowitz has joined the 2021 staff as a Lead Live Game Broadcaster. He will handle the lead live play by play and color with the Media Broadcast team.
Sam grew up a passionate baseball fan in New Jersey before heading up to the Salt City to study broadcasting at Syracuse University. At school, Sam is an active member of CitrusTV, an entirely student-run television station. At CitrusTV, he’s been an anchor, football analyst, and softball beat reporter. Outside of school, Sam has been a staff writer at MetsMerized Online, a USA Today-accredited New York Mets fan-run website, since before entering college. In addition to being a contributing writer, Sam runs MetsMerized’s flagship podcast, “Pleasant Good Evening”. You can follow Sam on Twitter at @SamLebo14.
Ethan is a Television/ Radio Major from Ithaca College. Ethan has worked with Axcess Baseball on Fall College recruitment tournaments in the Long Island, New York area as well as a Sports Chattter Podcast member. He presently works with Ithaca College Television (ICTV) as a Next Player Up, Debater in the TV show Podcast. He was also an Assistant Producer with WICB FM radio, and is presently a Sports Radio talk show host for VIC 91.7 FM radio. His hometown is Syosset, New York. Ethan will handle color and play by play with the Media Broadcast Team for all home games.
JOE MICZAN HAS SIGNED AND IS ON BOARD TO BROADCAST ALL HOME GAMES FOR THE 2021 SUMMER SEASON.
Joe rejoins the Salt Cats game day broadcast team for a second season. A recent graduate of Syracuse University, where he spent time in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications before finishing his undergraduate degree in History, Joe is in graduate school working on his Masters. Joe joins the crew via Solvay, NY where he has spent his life playing, watching, and working around sports. This includes most recently as an assistant coach on the Solvay High School Football coaching staff. He is a Teaching Assistant in the Solvay Union Free School District.
Kimberly Keeler has joined the Salt Cats Game Day Operations Staff for the 2021 summer season. The Batavia, New York native, who attends St. John Fisher College and is majoring in Sport Management, will handle Administrative duties as it relates to the main gate and admissions. She will also handle sales, marketing and other various Game Day Operation duties for the team.
Gabriella Bordonaro a Lemoyne College Junior has joined the Salt Cats Administrative staff as a Game Day Operations Specialist. She will work with all aspects of pre and post game stadium/operations set as up as well as sales, marketing and social media. She has worked with the Syracuse University Grab and Go program and assisted its director. She has also worked in the Basketball Administration office at Syracuse University. Gabriella resides in Manlius, New York.
Max Bain a three year starting pitcher for the 16, 17 and 18 Salt Cats has signed with the Chicago Cubs. The 6'6' , 250 pounder was a hammer on the mound for the Salt Cats. As a two year All Star and All NYCBL selection he was one of the league leaders in strikeouts, appearances and innings pitched for the Salt Cats. He hails out of Midland Michigan and is a graduate of Northwood University.
He also played for the Kalamazzo Growlers after the NYCBL seasons had ended and recently starred as a pitcher for the Utica Unicorns of the United Shores Professional Baseball League.
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The Syracuse Salt Cats are already moving forward towards the summer 2021 season. Ticket packages are available as well as Sponsor Packages, both of which can be found in the "Pages" tab in the menu. THE TEAM WILL HONOR THE 2020 TICKET PRICES. The team will host several sponsor nights which will be advertised on the website as well as listed in the team game schedule.
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Hannah Stanski (Lemoyne College) has returned to the Salt Cats as a member of the Game Day Operations Staff. She will handle all statistics and analytics for the club during the 2020 season.
Hannah was a mathematics major at Le Moyne College from Fayetteville, New York who loves the game of baseball. Her career aspirations are to work within professional baseball operations or sabermetrics, and believes that she needs to know all of the aspects of elite level baseball before she can do that effectively. By returning to the club for the 2020 season, she will once again have an excellent opportunity to learn more in the area of baseball analytics.
While at Lemoyne College, she did a senior thesis on baseball analytics using Principle Component Analysis (PCA) to compare and group players using various offensive styles of play. With this knowledge she will be working with the club in Game Day Operations as well as baseball scoring, analytics and overall statistics concerning the 2020 season.
The 2020 Syracuse Salt Cats 3rd ANNUAL Salt Cats "Alumni Night" ON JUNE 13TH 2020 has been postponed.
ALL Former Salt Cats Players and Staff were invited to attend this event. Former Broadcasters were invited to attend to call an inning and have some fun. Please stay tuned for the Alumni night 2021.
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The Syracuse Salt Cats will announce the 2021 Sponsor Night schedule some time in Mid to late January 2021. Please stay posted.
Click Here to check out the schedule of gameday sponsors, and we truly thank each and every one of them for their support of the Salt Cats!
More information about sponsorship opportunities can be found on our website under the Support the Cause section. Thank you sponsors!
The Syracuse Salt Cats plan to once again volunteer at the Samaritan Center in Downtown Syracuse. The players will provide volunteer service and helped serve breakfast to those in need. They will set up tables, serve the meals and clean up. We in the Salt Cats Organization welcome the opportunity to serve our community in the best way possible. We appreciate our relationship with the Samaritan Center and the opportunity to give back to those in need.
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