Onondaga, NY November 19, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Columbia University freshman infielder Jack Chernow has committed to play for the Flames in the 2018 summer season. A 2017 graduate of West Morris Mendham High School, Chernow played four years of varsity baseball. Over his High School career, the switch-hitting Chernow compiled an impressive slash line of .377/.415/.538. 

“Jack is a very good hitter with a good arm who can play multiple positions. It will be hard to keep him off the field!” noted Flames President Wayne Walker, “We’re thrilled to have him.”.

Among his many accolades are the following:

  • 2017 Rawlings Perfect Game Preseason All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention
  • NJAC All-Conference First Team as junior and senior
  • Star Ledger All-State Group 3 Third Team,
  • Daily Record  All-County Second Team in 2016 …
  • Named NJAC All-Conference Second Team and Daily Record Honorable Mention as sophomore
  • Also played soccer for two seasons, winning a State Group 3 Championship in 2015.

Jack is the son of Patty Sly and Bob Chernow of Chester, NJ. He has two sisters, Robin and Melissa. Sister Robin played soccer and ran track at Haverford College from 2011-15. While he has not declared a major at this point, he is considering finance and economics.

About Columbia University Baseball
Colombia University is an NCAA Division 1 program located on Manhattan Island. The program has enjoyed a major facilities upgrade and is clearly on a roll. Under Head Coach Brett Boretti, Lions baseball has enjoyed a major revitalization winning five Gehrig Division titles, four Ivy League championships, a number of wins over major programs and four NCAA Tournament victories.

Columbia’s Robertson Field at Sato Stadium has been transformed into one of the best college baseball facilities in the Ivy League and in the Northeast. Other recent upgrades include new batting cages, stadium-style seating, adding to the stadium’s capacity and upgraded dugouts as well as an extended press box. Additionally, a Seasonal Air-Supported Structure opened for the first time in February 2017, allowing the Lions to practice inside a 650,000 cubic-foot dome over the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium during the winter months.

Over the course of the last six years, seven of Boretti’s players have been drafted by Major League clubs and two have signed as free agents. 

The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.

Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.

The New York Collegiate baseball League is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.

Onondaga Flames
The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.

The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nationan original member of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest forms of democracy in the history of the world.

As the “Fire Keepers”, the Onondagas continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all of the Six Nations in Grand Council.  They open and close the councils and sanction the decisions arrived by the Council of chiefs. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear our flame logo..