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MIT names baseball field after SWEET SWING co-founder Fran O'Brien

MIT Obrien Field

Naming of Fran O'Brien Field honors the coach who led the Engineers program for 28 years and guided them to their first-ever NCAA appearance.


John Andreoli Sweet Swing
Credits Sweet Swing as major influence on his success

John Andreoli has a philosophy when it comes to baseball that has carried him all the way from the varsity diamond at St. John's High School (Shrewsbury) to the University of Connecticut to the Major League Baseball draft and up to the Double-A level of the Chicago Cubs organization.

Congrats to Sweet Swing co-founder Fran O'Brien on his national award from the ABCA (Amercian Baseball Coaches Association) to be presented in Dallas

Fran O'Brien

Former MIT Baseball Coach, Fran O'Brien, Honored By ABCA

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Former MIT head baseball coach, Fran O'Brien, has been named the recipient of the Ethics in Coaching Award by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) the organization has announced. O'Brien will receive the award at the ABCA National Convention in January.

" I was extremely fortunate to get the opportunity to work with Kevin O'Brien in the Cape Cod League. He taught me the fundamentals of hitting and helped me to correct all the flaws in my swing. I have used the same swing ever since then with more success than I ever imagined." "During my time with the Yankees and Reds, I've worked with some of the best hitting instructors in the game--Lous Pinella , Chris Chambliss, Tony Perez, Davey Johnson and others. I consider Kevin to be as fine a hitting instructor as any I've worked with. He should be coaching at the Major League level."

Hal Morris: Director of Pro Scouting, Los Angeles Angels
Player for NY Yankees and Cincinnati Reds

John Andreoli is a 6-year attendee of Sweet Swing Baseball. He is a former UCONN star and now is a top prospect with the Chicago Cubs (2012 Florida State League All Star). 2014 AA All Star Winter League All Star

Daniel Bard was named 2008 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year and just completed a highly successful rookie season with the Boston Red Sox.

Nelfi Zapata was drafted out of South Boston High School as a catcher in 2008 by the New York Mets.

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