Mike opened All Stars Academy’s original location in 1997 after his professional baseball career ended. He graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 89′ and played his college baseball at Siena. During his time at Siena, he was named to the All State and All MAAC teams his sophomore and junior seasons and was even named by Baseball America as a top 20 player in the nation at his position. Mike was drafted after his junior year by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 37th round of the 1992 June Amateur Draft. He has also spent time in Italy playing in the Italian Baseball League playing for Godo. Upon his return to the area from professional baseball, he continued to play in the Albany Twilight League as he had since high school. After 16 years in the league, he retired after being named to 10 All Star teams, Pitcher of the Year and 3 consecutive MVP Awards. Mike was inducted into the Albany Twilight League Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. Mike is currently the Northeast Area Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks covering New York, New England and Canada.
Leo took our son from a average Babe Ruth player to the next level of power hitting and playing. He made him feel like he could do it.
But the most important thing he has instilled in our son is competitive drive and confidence in playing the game. Along with mechanics comes strong communication on strength training, nutrition, healing soreness and most important what his attitude should be on the field. Great advice like DWAB – don’t waste an at bat. And as my husband has said “he went from a whiffer to wacker with Leo.”