Last month, I wrote a post about the Pecos League and their reality show. https://indyballisland.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/the-shit-show-the-pecos-league-and-reality-tv/
The show itself follows the 2013 Trinidad Triggers, including 7 players who are featured extensively. My original post was very well received, and I began getting requests to do a follow-up of the players from the show. Below is a recap of what these guys have done since the show and their time with the Triggers ended.
Tony Smith (P) played in the Frontier League during the 2014 season. He was a huge part of the championship winning team, the Schaumburg Boomers. In 24 regular season appearances (6 starts), he finished with a 6-2 record and 3.28 ERA. He also appeared in 4 of the Boomers’ post season games. This offseason, Tony is back home in Twentynine Palms, CA coaching, working, and playing slow pitch softball. He does plan on returning to Schaumburg for the 2015 Frontier League. season.
Frank Florio (OF) also spent the 2014 season in the Frontier League playing with the league’s travel team, the Frontier Greys. In 62 games, Frank batted .233 with 8 HRs and 32 RBIs . While he is still unsure about baseball, he is currently studying to take the LSAT for admission into law school.
Sam DiMatteo (OF) had surgery on his elbow after the 2013 season that required rehabbing during the winter and beginning of 2014 season. After recovering, Sam joined the Fort Worth Cats in the United League at the end of June. In 38 games, he finished with a .293 average. He is spending the offseason back home in Pittsburgh where is he is a baseball instructor.
Jacob Fabry (OF) also moved on from the Pecos League and played in the United League in 2014. Jacob had a great season with the Grande Valley White Wings. In 72 games, he batted .322 with 28 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
Richie Serritella (C,1B, 3B, P) was traded to the Les Rochelle Boucaniers in France for the 2014 season. He had an amazing season topping every offensive hitting category. He won the league batting title (.584 avg – 84 points higher than anyone else), was named the “Hitter of the Year” and also led the league in slugging percentage (1.000), on-base percentage (.640), runs scored (39), hits (45), and RBIs (42). He also stole 26 bases in 28 attempts. On the mound, he pitched 15.1 innings, had a 1.76 ERA (2nd on the team) and struck out 22 batters. Richie is looking to play baseball closer to home for the 2015 season.
Andrew Azzopardi (C,Utility) spent 2014 with the Tiffin Saints of The Independent Baseball League as both a player and as an assistant coach. Since the season ended, Andrew has retired from baseball. Now, he is still coaching while looking to open up a baseball academy in Ohio where he currently lives with his girlfriend.
John Sullivan (P) retired from baseball after the 2013 season with the Triggers. He is now (recently) married and living back in North Carolina. John is still pursing his music dreams and plays small shows throughout the Charlotte, NC area. He was also invited to sing the National Anthem before the UNCC football home opener this season. You can check out his music here: http://www.reverbnation.com/johnsullivanjr?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav
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