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League Council

NJABL LEAGUE COUNCIL

The New Jersey Amateur Baseball League prides itself in delivering a league built by players for players. Our League Council is made up of talented, respected players who have the quality of the league in their best interest. These individuals will vote and have ability to represent the players with all league decisions from rule changes to All Star balloting. They offer an unbiased opinion to league structure and quality of play. We hope to have a total of 6 in place for the start of the season

GEORGE TOMASELLO

Growing up in North Bergen, NJ , George played baseball for North Bergen High School graduating in 1987.  During this time and after high school, George played for the North Bergen Angels of the highly competitive Build Better Boys Baseball of Hudson County from 1986-1991. He was the starting shortstop for the Angels for all 6 years. In 1991, he led the Angels to the Hudson County championship. Within that league, he was a 6 time all-star and batted over .400 for his career.

After being away from baseball for almost 10 years, George signed with the Nutley Indians in 2000 and quickly became the starting shortstop for them, hitting .464 and receiving votes for both MVP and Rookie of the Year in his first season. He has played in amateur baseball leagues for the last 13 years and has been responsible for helping to establish two of the most successful amateur baseball league franchises in New Jersey, the Essex Clippers and the Morristown Patriots.

In his 13 years as an amateur baseball player, coach and manager, George holds a .410 lifetime batting average and a .516 on base percentage, while only striking out an amazing 51 times in over 900 lifetime plate appearances. He won an MVP award (2004), a Manager of the Year award (2007) and 6 league championships (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012) during his career.

George decided to retire as a full time player after the 2012 season and focus his efforts on being a vital part of the league council of the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League. His dedication and passion for the game of baseball is unparalleled. George is looking forward to this new challenge, moving from the field to the front office. When George is not spending endless hours working to help establish the NJABL as one of the finest amateur baseball league in the state, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

JAKE HUFF

Jumping into the adult baseball ranks in 1996 with the Verona Mets, Jake Huff began what has become a long and successful career in New Jersey Adult Baseball.  2004 brought Jake an opportunity that would pave the way for the next 11+ years. The New Milford Yellow Jackets brought Jake into the fold and the team would never need to look for a 3 hitter again. His talent, leadership ability and respect for the game and his opponents immediately made Jake the favorite choice for team captain. 2004 also began an 11 year playoff appearance streak for the Yellow Jacket organization.
 
With their team founder leaving the team in 2011 Jake found his teammates looking to him to keep the ball rolling. So, in 2011, the team captain became the team general manager. Never wanting a player/manager the Jackets always found smart people to help run the team from a management perspective. Jake strongly admits that, "...I could have never pulled this off by myself. I've been lucky to have great guys around me helping me every step of the way. Chris Shamoun, Jim Bruno and Damian Mauro have made this team what it is today. I just try not to screw it up on an annual basis."
 
2013 found the Jackets in another predicament. All of the kids that Jake coached when they were in their early teens were calling looking for an 18+ league in which to play. With a full roster on the Yellow Jackets, Jake only had two viable options. He could simply turn all of the young talent away and pass them off to other clubs which seemed rather foolish to him, or he could... START A SECOND TEAM. So in the spring of 2014 The Bergen County BUZZ were born. Jake went looking for another experienced manager crazy enough to join him in this quest. Jake stated that, "I needed help more then ever when I made the decision to bring the BUZZ into the league. I was again very fortunate, and we made quite possibly the biggest free agent pickup ever. Alex Romero from the Union Knights agreed to come on board and be a part of our organization."
 
Jake's feedback and advice has been invaluable to the NJABL since day one. His knowledge of the game, understanding of the league from a manager's perspective, and his personality will make him a wonderful addition to the league council team. "I'm excited about the opportunity." Jake says, "Mike, Tim and the guys are on the right track and I'm excited to be a part of bringing NJ baseball players the best baseball experience they can ever have on Sunday afternoons."

Pat Quinn

Originally from Hawthorne NJ, Pat grew up and continued playing Football, Basketball and Baseball at Hawthorne High School graduating in 92’.  Pat received 7 Varsity letters, with All-League and All-County recognition in all three sports but excelled in Baseball.  He was 1st Team:  All-League (BPSL), County (Passaic), Area (Bergen, Passaic, and Essex), Shopper News Player of the Year, All-Ridgewood News, All-State Group (I) and 3rd Team Associated Press (AP) All-State, all as a Catcher.  He was also selected to play in the NJ High School All-Star Game at Princeton.  Pat made a choice not consistent with his baseball opportunities and enlisted in the US Marines to fulfill another dream.

After the Marines, Pat came home in 1997 and started playing again in the MET League, North Jersey Majors and Bergen Stan Musial but with job commitments like most in 2001 he moved to a “Sunday League” always playing at their highest level.  Pat is currently the All-Time Hits, RBI’s, Doubles, Total Bases and Walks leader.  He is #2 in Home Runs with 62 over the past 12 seasons on Sundays.

Pat still plays and plans to until he is at least 40.  He is also a member of the Bergen County Umpires Association Umpiring Varsity Baseball and a member IAABO Board #168 Refereeing High School Basketball.   Pat has been married for 9 years and has two children and resides in Rockaway NJ.

Jesse Boles

Growing up in Maplewood, NJ , Jesse played baseball and football for Columbia High School graduating in 99’.  Jesse received All-State Group 4 and All-County recognition in his junior and senior years for baseball.  He was also awarded American Legion Player of the Year in Essex County in 1999.

After high school, Jesse played for jersey shore powerhouse Brookdale Community College where they lead the nation in hitting the two years he attended.  He received All-Conference awards in 2000 and 2001 for the Jersey Blues.  In the summer of 2001, he played outfield for the Plainfield Pilots in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League where he earned All-Star honors playing at Shea Stadium and sharing a roster spot with now Boston Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles.  He attended St. Francis College his final two years of school on a full athletic scholarship and led the Terriers to the NEC final four in 2002 and 2003.    

Jesse plans to play until he is at least 60.  He has played in amateur leagues since 2004 and maintains a .745 slugging percentage to this day.

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