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May 1, 2013

Around the Horn: Navs welcome Salem's Halle to the dugout

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Joined by enthusiastic siblings, including a brother that plays second, short and pitches in Salem Little League, at Sunday’s event, Halle counts Alex Rodriguez as his favorite big league player, though his favorite team is the Red Sox.

What his his favorite part of being part of a baseball team?

“I liked hanging out at the field. I like getting to know the guys on the team, being with friends,” he said. “And I liked the winning.”

Halle hopes that he can be a baseball coach someday, and being around high level college players with the Navs and being part of Cahill’s braintrust can only help him learn the game from a coach’s point of view.

“I know our guys are looking forward to the opportunity to play this great game with Anthony and really put some things in perspective,” said Cahil, a standout at Peabody High and UMass-Lowell who is an assistant at Endciott and is entering his first season as Navs manager.

“I’ve been getting e-mails from guys that I haven’t even met yet talking about Anthony and how they’re already looking to him up, probably as much or more than he looks up to them.”

The Navigators play their home games at Frasier Field in Lynn and travel all over New England for FCBL contests. They went 32-20 last season, falling in the FCBL Finals against Nashua, and have a host of locals on the roster including Peluso, Peabody’s Joey Gruntkosky, Lynn’s Kyle Devin and Kyle Gauthier, and draw high-level college players from as far away as Florida, California and Texas.

“Growing up on the North Shore, watching when the North Shore Spirit played at Frasier, I always wanted to play there,” said Peluso. “Having Anthony at Frasier this summer will be great; He can be part of the game we all love in a special way.”

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