ROOKIE STAR RIZZITELLO TO JOIN SALTDOGS

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ROOKIE STAR RIZZITELLO TO JOIN SALTDOGS


Source: American Association News

Speaking up for the belief he had in himself as a baseball player was the big step a frustrated Michael Rizzitello took last December, and now the youthful catcher has earned  Rookie of the Year honors in one Independent league and is looking forward to continuing his quest for an eventual opportunity in the major leagues by playing in the American Association next season. Rizzitello will follow in the footsteps of several other Pacific Association players in recent years who have moved to the Lincoln Saltdogs’ roster.  This will be less than two years from when he was frustratingly sitting on the bench too much of the time in his final season at Dowling College, a Division II school in Oakdale, N.Y. “I wasn’t playing as much as I should have been,” the 23-year-old recounted to the Long Island newspaper Newsday recently.  “I had a thought in my head, ‘What if I don’t continue playing?  What if I start working?  What if that was it?  What if I just start my life.  It was honestly probably the toughest half-year of my life.  It’s not fun not playing.’” Rizzitello, who also plays first base and the outfield, was working as a…

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