Biography – Al Roach

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High School:  Shawnee High School

Obtained All County, All South Jersey and All-State Selections multiple times.

Awarded MVP of the All-State-Game – North vs. South.

Sophomore Year: Earned Varsity Letter.  Roach hit .400 at the Varsity level with one home run, 6 doubles and 19 RBI’S

Junior Year:  Team was 24-4 and ranked 9th in the Nation by USA Today.  Roach Batted Clean-up and hit .415 with 36 RBI’S and 4 home runs.

Senior Year: Finished the season with a .433 average, hit 8 home runs, 8 doubles and 36 RBI’S.  Shawnee won the group 4 Championship.  Roach was also the closer on the mound for the Renegades going 1-1 with 5 saves.

Awarded All-County, All Conference, All South Jersey and All State while in high school.

 

College: Temple University
Junior Year – .307, 15 Doubles, 3 Triples, 9 Home Runs, 31 RBI’s
– Awarded Most Improved Hitter

Senior Year – .385, 16 Doubles, 7 Home Runs, 41 RBI’s & 36 Walks
– 57th in the Nation in Division 1 college batting average.
– Awarded Team MVP
– First Team All-Conference
– 2nd Team North East Region All-American

2004 – Awarded Division 1 college player of the year by South Jersey Baseball association
2005-2009 – Signed 5 professional baseball contracts
2013 – Inducted in to the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame

 

Professional Teams Al Roach signed with

Brockton Rox www.brocktonrox.com
Traverse City Beachbums www.traversecitybeachbums.com
Macon Music www.maconmusic.com
Atlantic City Surf www.acsurf.com

 

Al Roach seen diving back to first base in a professional baseball game.

 

Team Photo of 14U National Championship coached by Al Roach.


Since Professional Baseball
Al Roach has played 119 games in a few seasons with the Vincentown Merchants in the Rancocas Valley League. In 119 games, Al has 129 hits in 329 at bats giving him a .392 batting average. Along to go with those 329 at bats are 105 walks, making it a total of 434 plate appearances. In the 129 hits in 119 games, Al slammed 34 home runs, 32 doubles and 5 triples. With those hits, there were a total of 144 RBI’s. Over the past couple years, injuries have also played a role in preventing Al from performing at 100%.

Outside of baseball, Al wrote two published books during his off-seasons. One titled “North America’s Best”, The Spotted Turtle and “Old Red Legs” The North American Wood Turtle.

Al still stays involved with professional baseball through coaching and scouting.  His goal is to get as many players as he can to accomplish their life long dream of playing in the big leagues.

 Al Roach is Seen Above Coaching First Base For Joliet Slammers Professional Baseball on August 15th 2015

 

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Jeff Isom & Al Roach – Joliet Slammers 2016

Al Roach Hitting Stadium Bombs 2016

 

Links to some Al Roach articles –

http://www.canamleague.com/news/viewarticle.php?id=36
http://www.owlsports.com/news/2003/9/25/092503aaa_114.aspx?path=baseball
http://archives.record-eagle.com/2006/aug/17bums.htm
http://www.owlsports.com/news/2004/3/28/032804aaa_712.aspx?path=baseball
http://www.owlsports.com/news/2003/3/18/031803aaa_365.aspx?path=baseball
http://www.atlantic10.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/040303aaa.html
http://www.gorhody.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/041704aab.html

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/ncaa-adjusted-statistics-top-250-hitters-to-may-30/ http://www.owlsports.com/news/2004/5/25/052504aaa_996.aspx?path=baseball
http://www.owlsports.com/news/2004/4/5/040504aaa_87.aspx?path=baseball
http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/stories/041707abq.html

http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3338226

http://static.record-eagle.com/2006/jul/17bums.htm
http://wikibin.org/articles/al-roach.html
http://www.owlsports.com/news/2004/3/29/032904aaa_832.aspx?path=baseball

 Al’s Hall of Fame Inductee Speech