Former MLBers impart wisdom on young Long Islanders – New York News

Frank Catalanotto knows that the younger baseball players suiting up at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank are mostly unaware of his accomplishments in Major League Baseball.


Catalanotto, a Smithtown native and the lead hitting instructor at Baseball Heaven’s indoor facility, knows that his career .291/.357/.445 slash line over a 14-year career that ended in 2010 aren’t familiar to most of the players he teaches.

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But that didn’t stop him from sharing his experiences on Friday with former Mets manager Bobby Valentine and 1992 National League Rookie of the Year Eric Karros during an MLB roundtable moderated by WFAN’s Ed Randall.

The National Youth Baseball Championships Festival Day at Baseball Heaven was a celebration of the game’s history as well as its future trajectory.

“I just like walking around the event, talking to some kids and some parents, watching the games,” Catalanotto said. “I love being around youth sports, especially baseball. I’m here two, three nights a week giving hitting lessons, but during this tournament, if I can give any pointers to kids, I definitely go ahead and do that.”

Aside from helpful hitting advice,…

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