Talking Sports and Fitness with Zeke
About This Show
Who inspires you to stand strong? To dream huge? To do more? Nothing is more compelling than an athlete who stares failure in the face, cracks a smile and keeps on pushing. Sports are not a competition. They are a pact between athletes to drive, and shove; to never slow down or let up until each shines as an embodiment of the success they chase.
Sports are not a test of physical ability. They are what happens when physical ability is driven past the limit; when strength is fire-fused into the sheer will to walk from flame victorious. To walk from flame as victory itself.
If you feel as strongly about sports as Mike “Zeke” Zielinski does, then gear up and tune in for Talking Sports and Fitness with Zeke.
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Talking Sport and Fitness with Zeke | Meet Tommy Bergjans
5 days ago
Reading Fightin Phils pitcher Tommy Bergjans shares with Zeke how he has made an unlikely journey from Division III to a pro career. He had no aspirations of playing pro ball coming out of high school. With a fastball that topped out at 84 mph, one of the few college recruiting letters he received came from Haverford College and he accepted. It turns out the Division III school was more than that. It became a launching pad for one of the greatest careers ever in the Centennial Conference and has led to an unlikely journey into professional baseball.
Bergjans landed in the Phillies organization late last summer as part of the package offered by the Dodgers in exchange for catcher Carlos Ruiz. At Haverford Bergjans' velocity increased to the mid-90s and as a senior, he averaged 14.84 strikeouts per nine innings -- the best rate in the NCAA across all levels. He posted a 1.07 ERA, was named a D3baseball.com All-American for the second straight year and Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year for the third straight time. He set program career records for ERA (1.69), strikeouts (374, in 282 2/3 innings) and wins (27).
He became just the third player in school history to be drafted when the Dodgers took him in the eighth round; he was signed by Dodgers scout Rich DeLucia, the former big league pitcher and Wyomissing star. Bergjans spent the first two months of this season pitching in extended spring training after developing forearm and elbow tightness late in spring training. He has a lot of movement on his pitches, especially a spike curveball that breaks sharply like a slider.