2001-07-14 / Sports

Athlete Of The Week: Anthony Piccione

By Emanuel Jalonschi

Meeting the 5’11", 235 pound Anthony Piccione can make an impression on a guy. Burly, with a neck of a bull and the arms of a 6’6" construction worker, he casts an imposing shadow both at the plate and at third.

Anthony just finished his senior year at Beach Channel High School where he carried his batting average over the daunting .400 mark and helped the Dolphins reach the playoffs. He went 1 for 3 but BCHS got knocked out in the first round.

Since the age of 4, when he saw his dad and uncles play, he picked the game of baseball up. He started out playing tee-ball with St. Thomas More and soon began what would become an eight-year career in the Rockaway Little League.

Through little leagues, his parents, uncles and several hitting clinics he evolved into what has become a veritable hitting machine. For a player his size, Piccione has taken a remarkably mature approaching to hitting. "I’m pretty good at finding the gaps and pushing the ball," says the soft-spoken third-baseman.

With such great numbers, a straight head (which he accredits to his mother and father) and obvious potential, Anthony has attracted several scouts and even tryouts to invitations.

Recently he attended a tryout with the Florida Marlins and did very well. "I had a lot of fun," says Anthony. He has also received an invitation to try out for the Mets in August. "I’m greatly looking forward to that."

Between school and baseball, Anthony also found time to lend a helping hand to the community. Like he did with baseball, Piccione followed in his father and uncles’ footsteps and joined the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Corps.

Nowadays it’s hard to find a young player that’s so hard-working and dedicated to the science of baseball. It’s nearly impossible to find one as focused and humble. Remember the Piccione – you may see it on the back of an MLB jersey soon.

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