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Coach Gritz

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Mark Anthony Howard, “Coach Grits” is an published author, barber, Non-Profit director, and business entrepreneur from the Inland Empire.

Despite a challenging young home life, which may of suspended the opportunity for a college and professional playing career, his love and passion for the game of Baseball fuel a determination to ensure his players and staff with as many opportunities as he was denied.

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Greyland Youth Baseball

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Greyland Youth Baseball is a program directed by Mark Anthony Howard or #coachGritz for #GreylandYouthOrganization.

The program gives underprivileged youth the opportunity to participate and acquire the quality skill and instruction normally only afforded to privileged families. By evening the “paying field” GYB enables lower income children the many educational, occupational, and quality of life opportunities the unique sport has to offer. #loveNbaseball

If you or a child would like to participate, volunteer, donate or be a sponsor in this program please email #coachGritz @ a_TYRANTSwill@yahoo.com

The program begins in Feb. but preregistration is encouraged and welcome. Rosters are forming for pony league divisions: pinto/6-8u, mustang/8-10u, and colt/14-16u

Donations: monetary donations are especially needed to fund insurance, league, field rentals, umpire and registration fees.

Also needed are (new or used) balls, gloves, bats, youth size cleats, WhiteSox hats, non perishable snacks and any other baseball gear would be appreciated.

https://greylandyouthorganization.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/greyland-youth-baseball/

Rick Nolasco

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Got a new fav to the card collection. Rick Nolasco puts on for Rialto.

Coach Gritz and The Carter High School JV Lions

Last Night Carter High’s Junior Varsity Baseball matched up their 2nd pre-season game against Pacific High School’s Junior Varsity. The game was played @ the beautiful Fiskilini park in San Bernardino and was the second under manager Mark Anthony Howard “Coach Grits.”  The bunch came out focused under their Coach Gritz “Get Work” philosophy, and seemed intent on doing just that.

David Melendez started on the hill for the Lions and seemed like he couldn’t miss.  As captain called Catcher/IF Delgadillo called, Melendez delivered.  The Duo “worked” batters strategically with “cutterz and gas” offside the plate low and away and finished which ever batter who dared not to ground out with high deuces inside.   With Delgadillo’s leadership Melendez finish 5 innings with 6 k’s and one walk.

With two outs in the second Joseph Nava dropped a mile high fly out with two runners one. Ice cold and unfazed  Melendez would k the next batter stranding the tripling runner on error at third.  Nava would redeem himself with a hit as the first batter following the error and scoring a run to make up for the two he gave up.

With heavy encouragement and affirmation from the vocal coach the entire team seemed to gel and rally behind Melendez not only on Defense but with the sticks as well.

The team would only allow a total of 3 hits and 2 unearned runs on one of the Lion’s two errors while scoring 7 themselves.

Cam Wilson who went 2-4 beat out a close throw and advance to second on error and heads up baserunning. The Extra hustle seemed be contagious as Lions baserunners beat out several close throws to get on and stole a total of 10 bases not including two advances on pass balls.

The team looked good lastnight with great energy not only on offense and D, but in the dugout as well. When guys made plays teammates slapped fives and fist, when guys error’d or miscues teammates picked them up and encouraged them to make the next one.

The play of the game went to freshman call up and Matthew C./2b in the 3rd inning.  With redemption on his mind after a tough error with 2 outs young Matt showed his confidence and skill tracking to his glove side and diving to stop a smoker in the gap.  The play was topped off when he was able to recover to his feet and make a strong throw to the 1st baseman Cameron Wilson in time to beat the runner and end the inning.

Player of the Game went to freshman call up Garret Strasberg. With great leadership by his receiver Brian Garret came out strong and confident hitting his spots and closing out the game pitching two scoreless innings with 2 ks and 1 hit on 11 pitches.

Coach Grits, who called for some aggressive strategy orchestrating 3 sets of double steals, squeeze bunts and sacrifices, commented on the game:

“Im super proud of the teamplay and morale of these guys. I challenged them as JV players to focus on why they aren’t at the Varsity level and “get work in” tonight. The did that and more. I love the response and coachability each of these guys have and Ill die with them in a game. Were gonna’ surprise a lot of coaches, players, and teams this season with our win column. The work ethic I need to make these guys better is there and I plan to win with it.”

Game notables: Delgadillo caught 5 behind the dish and then moved to 2nd and recorded 3 put outs including one unassisted. SS Romo seems to be cleaning up his act on defense but got dirty on O sliding in hard for a hustle double and a stolen base. Reserve Catcher Brian not only stole 2 bases but stole some strikes with great receiving posture and pitch calling with no passed balls.

UnNoted: 3rd Baseman Gil is just quiet money he plays anywhere in the infield with no errors gets on base, steals bases, and scores every game.

 

“This is for all my homiez”

I pick favorites. I always have. If I had two kids I wouldn’t love them equally I would pick a favorite and let the other one know everyday why their sibling was my favorite LOL.

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So if I picked a favorite on my baseball team Andrew wins easy.

Not because he’s the best player on the team but because he’s the best personality.

He’s crazy af. And he don’t care. Lol Andrew just wants to do what Andrew what’s to do. And I respect it. I think its fun and challenging being his coach and I love to see him making improvements and responding to my coaching already.

as long as Andrew is around Its gonna be a fun and funny season. Im gonna let my lil homie be himself and teach him how to play baseball.

 

No practice Thursday 3/6 next practice is Friday 3/7 6pm @ 6th field east of waterman

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Greyland White Sox – Next Practice

Last Practice –

Last Practice was rained out but some of the players were still able to make it to the Greyland Warehouse facility on Rialto Ave. for an Indoor practice.

Andrew, Shame, Bobby, and Famous were able to continue to work on “Ball Control.”

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Welcome to White Sox Baseball

Welcome to White Sox Baseball.

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My name is Mark Anthony Howard. “Coach Grits”

I am a director at Greyland Youth Organization

This season I will intern as director at San Bernardino Youth Baseball and Manage your child’s pinto league “White Sox” team.

Our objective is to win division and league championships this season and every season. I’d like to Have a majority representation of all stars. And developed our kids into quality people and baseball athletes. Read the rest of this entry

Are You Sports Minded?

James Williams is a fuckin champ around the newsroom.  He’s helped me so much with my advancements in journalism and alot with this blog.  I like to show appreciation for good people, and even further, just give credit were its due.   James Williams runs a dope blog with all the lastest updates and important news in sports.

If your’e Sports Minded click my new page link and give his site a weekly look.  Keep your mind on your sports and stay Sports Minded at SportsMindednews.

The End of the Negro Leagues

First a trickle and then a flood of players signed with Major League Baseball teams. Most signed minor league contracts and many languished, shuttled from one bush league team to another despite their success at that level. But they were in Organized Baseball, that part of the industry organized by the major leagues.

photograph_negro_leagues_01Early in 1946, Rickey signed four more black players, Campanella, Newcombe, John Wright and Roy Partlow, this time with much less fanfare. After the integration of the major leagues in 1947, marked by the appearance of Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers that April, interest in Negro league baseball waned. Black players who were regarded as prospects were signed by major league teams, often without regard for any contracts that might have been signed with Negro league clubs. Negro league owners who complained about this practice were in a no-win situation: they could not protect their own interests without seeming to interfere with the advancement of players to the majors. Read the rest of this entry

Alex Haley

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“Matt Barnes wants to follow you”

I’m a cool nigga, so I usually don’t come too far off my cool when cool people do cool shit, but my guy Matt Barnes sent me a follow request on IG yesterday and today I still can’t get off how cool I thought that shit was!
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If u know anything about me I like unheralded ballerz with no fear, tats and attitudez. Most of all I like real men and with stand up qualities. Matty Barnes is all of that. I truly had him right after LeBron as #4 in my top 5 fav Active playerz. (Kmart. JrSmith, lbj, mb9, nateRob. And zbo as my 6th man) I say had because I had to move his ass to #1 today lol. Fuck it. He earned it . Haha.

Thats how young kidz used to pick they fav players through they first interactions. The shit may not have been much of an interaction to u but the shit was for me lol.

I was Humbled and excited I felt like a lil ass kid yesterday.lol Good look bro bro. I love ur game , admire ur example off court and I appreciate the follow. Oh and congratz on the new contract. #GetMoney

Follow my favorite player on IG  @Matt_Barnes9. the realest player in the league, and just as real a mfka off court too.

Oh and Fwm 2 @theGritz im mbarnes certified ya bish. 

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RIP Brandon Knight

Knight was in the wrong place at the wrong time last night. Jordan caught a Lob from Chris Paul and emotionally killed Brandon Knight.

DeAndre Jordan over brandon Knight March 11th 2013

The dunk was quickly dubbed the “best of the year” by sportscasters, basketball fans, and teammate Blake Griffin.

 

Japan looks real serious about three peat coming out the first weeks Pools A & B! check out the scores. Cuba looks nice too though.

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WBC Scores Pools A & B

Fri, March 1
AUS-1 vs. TPE-4

Sat, March 2nd

Jap -5 vs. BRA -3 ; KOR -0 vs. NED- 5 ; CUB-5   vs. BRA -2

Sund, March 3rd

Jap – 5 vs. CHN- 2 ; NED – 3 vs. TPE – 8

Monday, March 4th

CUB – 12 vs. CHN –… ; KOR – 6 vs. AUS –… ;

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WBC 2013 starts next week!!

The 2013 World Baseball Classic will be an international baseball competition. The main tournament is scheduled to be held from March 2 to 19. For the first time, a qualifying round was played during the second half of 2012 that expands tournament participation from 16 to 28 teams.[1]

Japan enters as the two-time defending champion, having won the first two World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2009.[

PHOENIX — For the second time since the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, the Phoenix area will be home to one of the first four pools, beginning next Thursday when Italy plays Mexico in a 1 p.m. MT game at Salt River Fields, the Spring Training complex shared by the D-backs and Rockies.

Team USA and Team Canada complete the bracket in which four of the six games will be played at Chase Field. The U.S. opens with one of the most exciting games of the weekend against neighboring Mexico on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at Chase Field.

MLB Network will broadcast all 39 games in a tournament that eventually closes with the semifinals and final March 17-19 in San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

“It’s going to be a blast,” D-backs president Derrick Hall said. “We bid for it because we were hosts for the first round of the first one in 2006 and we thought it was such a success. The U.S.-Mexico game should be quite an event. We’ll continue to market to our Hispanic friends and across the border to Mexico, and hopefully get visitors up here again to watch those games. Last time, we couldn’t keep merchandise on the shelf, and the World Baseball Classic is much more popular now.”

The U.S. plays the other two premier games at Chase Field in the round-robin first round: on Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m. against Italy and Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m. against Canada. There’s a day-night doubleheader under the dome on March 9 with Canada playing Mexico at 12:30 p.m.

Pools composition

The top 12 teams that participated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic were invited back for the 2013 tournament.[13] Spain, Canada, Brazil and Chinese Taipei won their pools of qualification.[14]

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
 Japan  South Korea  Venezuela  United States
 China  Netherlands  Puerto Rico  Mexico
 Cuba  Australia  Dominican Republic  Italy
 Brazil  Chinese Taipei  Spain  Canada

(Fohi Legend) Kris Stevens is My Guy!

Kris Stevens is Really MY GUY!!! I’ve been a fan of his since I was a 12 year old at ELks L.L. and old enough to know about Fontana baseball. Kris became a local hero back in the day when he was drafted 11th pick 3rd round  out of Fontana High to the Phillies A team (right behind Jimmy Rollins)in 1996. He maintained consistent stats (Click to view stats) and established a legitimate 6 year pro career ending in 2002. 

Not only is Kris a STAND-OUT ball player but hes also a all around STAND UP Guy as well. Anyone who knows him knows of his dedication to youth, baseball, Fontana Baseball, The City of Fontana, friends, and his family.  He was recently recognized by the FUSD Board as Lead District Safety Officer for his sole resolution in a Elementary School burgarlary where Kris responded by himself, unarmed, and completely secured the perimeter , detained the burgalar, and retained the stolen property! (Click to view article ) The dude is ICE cool. Theres nothing that can faze him and I love and admire it about him sincerely.

He’s always been a great example, coach and mentor for me and Ive always felt he personally cared for me. I’ve always been an edgy affilate of anybodies. But Kris has always accepted me and treated me as a lil brother since I the first time meeting him.  I think he means so much to the city of Fontana, and it’s Baseball community but what I really appreciate about Kris is his dedication. The Guy is so much heart and it shows in everything he does. From Baseball to Life. From his family relationships with his wife, son, brother, and pops, to all his baseball relationships with pro colleagues, moms and dads from his boys traveling teams, to the players on that team, (Go Aztecs)and many other fontana alumi ballers that have grown up idolizing or envying him and his curveball. He is completely genuine and gives his best effort no matter the situation. The Guy is an awesome example of personable and quality character and I feel such a privilege to have considered as his friend and him mine. Thats why Kris Stevens is my Guy!! 

Just a lil recognition for a stand up Guy who means so much to his community #FontanaBoyzUp!

His card is still available on ebay if you still want to support my guy and what he represents. (click the link)

Dear Seau.. Rest In Absolute Peace My guy.

Check it out. I hate writing about “trendy” topics. When something is trending people only have an oppinion on it because its just something to talk about not because it is relevant to their concern. That is why all the concern dies when a new trend topic pops.  Anyway I like to consider things thoroughly before I chime in with an oppinion or even a perspective view. So the thing I really been concerned with and disturbed by for some time now is the suicide of Junior Seau. 

 

Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau Jr. was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) who became a San Diego sports icon. Known for his passionate playing style, he was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.

Seau retired from pro football in 2010. A standout on San Diego’s only Super Bowl team, he was later inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame and the team retired his number 55. Seau committed suicide with a gun shot wound to the chest in 2012 at the age of 43.

I just really cant imagine the type of things that he was feeling to make him resolve in his own death. I think suicide is a build up long before the actualization. It really makes me sad to think about how his life ended, and the things people said him negatively. Suicide is such a taboo in our society but it happens everyday frequently. Junior Seau is just one of those people I wouldnt have expect to do such a thing. Ive never met the man, but I personally feel like I need to know why! For my own growth and development to maybe stay clear of such a fate, I need to know what he was feeling on his heart and why those things escalated to such a resolve. I just really feel like I miss the Guy. I definitely wasn’t anybody important in his life but I truly feel like some relative perspective that may be essential to my life, died with Junior Seau.  I think this of J Seau weekly.

rest in paradise my guy. I hope your free of the pressures you may have felt. Life is not all the jubilee some try to portray it. I pray for you and anybody who may resemble your heart – amen

“Real life is not what You things you post on facebook. Real life is the private struggles we go through with few people to relate and understand. S/o to everybody dealing with real life issues in private.” #godBless – The Gritz

 

Matty Barnez iz my guy

I fukz with Matty Barnes. I like real people and Matt barnes is a real guy. He has problems just like regular dudes off the court and he dont back down from anybody on the court. I like players I can identify with and Identify with that. I fuckz with my guy.   The Lakers always do away with real dudes that go unheralded that fill tough roles so It frustrates me sometimes to see Matt Barnes type guys move on. so I hope he resigns and sticks around because I love to see players like Matt Barnes get rings. I was really happy to see Juwan Howard win one last year with the Heat. Nobody talks about these guys until theyre in the news for some off the court shit. So Just a lil Recognition for a real guy doing real shit whether u notice or not. S/o to mattY Matt.

In most recent news Matt  a free-agent forward who spent the last two seasons with the Lakers, faces a felony charge of threatening a public official after being arrested Monday night, said Lt. Steve Tobias of the Manhattan Beach Police Dept.
Barnes was arrested in Manhattan Beach after an officer who was aware he had an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor traffic violation approached him on foot, Tobias said. When the officer attempted to arrest Barnes, Tobias said, “Mr. Barnes did not cooperate and threatened” the officer. Tobias declined to divulge what Barnes said to the officer.  I think thats silly as fuck to recognize a man from his stardom and arrest try to arrest in a non treating non-violent situation.  My guy was out and enjoying himself and and the officer singles Matt out based on his stardom. police do some fuckin soft shit sometimes. I have a hard time respecting bullshit like that. And you fuckin right He aint co-operate I would be like fUck YOU. smh. anyway My boy posted 510000 bail like a g and got on. S/o to real people s/o to Matt. Read the rest of this entry

my Guy Mateo Williams.

Im a baseball head. I like players that I can Identify with. So my favorite ballers are the ones I know. Matt Williams is my homeboy I went to school with. Fam was a stud on the bases, nice with the stick and awesome in the field. Back when Fontana High was Fontana High, Matt was the Guy. In 2001 after a dope senior year Matt was drafted 14th round by the Detroit Tigers . Heres a link to my guyz Minor league stats. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=willia002mat just a lil recognition for a stand up guy. Even after ball Matt is just as successful and just as cool raising his first lil baller with his wife Siti. S/o to my guy Mateo. keep up the good work bro bro. #FontanaBoyzUP

My Guy Tony Stewart winz Daytona Coke 400…again

Stewart Scores Fourth Coke Zero 400 Win at Daytona

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