The Sagnaw Valley State veteran catcher Rich Guglielmi couldn’t be more excited for the 2015 PGCBL season.
“I’m pumped," the newly turned 21 year old told me.
Last season Guglielmi hit for a batting average of .261, and was tied for the top three in home runs behind former Glens Falls players Brennan Price and Colton Montgomery. Guglielmi is in the starting lineup in his fourth college baseball season as a junior. In three games played this season he has hit .286 with one RBI. Looking at his numbers from last season in Glens Falls, those numbers are sure subject to change.
"I'm extremely excited and thankful to have the opportunity to come back and play in Glens Falls, being able to represent Glens Falls and the surrounding Adirondack community is something that means a lot to me." Rich told me by phone Thursday afternoon
Pitchers last season were afraid to pitch to the Canton, Michigan native. Rich had thirteen walks on the season along with four doubles.
"I think of Glens Falls as a second home, my host family, the coaches, the front office and the community have all made such a positive impact on my life. I feel honored to be a part of it. It's very exciting to think about the new ownership and improvements when it comes to the game atmosphere this summer. "
"The kids zone Mr. Bernard is adding, along with the re-branding of the team and all of the other changes he has made will make for a much more upbeat and fun atmosphere in the ballpark this summer," Guglielmi said.
It sounds like Guglielmi is pretty excited to enter “The Cave” this season and looking to leave it all on the field. With only 68 days left until opening night ,Rich is hoping to get in as much work as he can before coming back to Glens Falls in June.
Many returning players recall Rich’s walk off three-run home run in extra innings as their favorite moment of the season last year. Sean Gresier, a pitcher playing out of Virginia Wesleyan for his college season is one of them.
“It was great. Especially with the push for the playoffs we almost had," Gresier recalled in an interview back in November.
"Ben Bernard has made some great improvements to the organization. From advertising the organization to player communication, all across the board Mr. Bernard has done a phenomenal job. I can't wait to see all the changes and improvements come to fruition this summer."
Rich’s positive comments about team owner Ben Bernard will for sure pay off come June. A force to be reckoned with entering the season, Guglielmi is a young catcher who’s looking to explode and kick off his hot hitting streak on opening night.
The inspiring Family Feud contestant and huge Red Wings hockey fan also added that, "The competition in the PGCBL has helped me grow and improve tremendously as a baseball player. Last year was a great experience and I expect this summer to be an even stronger and more productive season for me."
As for now the Michigan native is looking to focus on his college baseball season and be at the top of his game.