My favorite sports memory/moment/event was..... getting drafted and having the chance to play professional baseball. My dream growing up was to play in college and then get drafted. When all of the hard work put in from youth baseball all the way to college paid off, it was a great feeling. Traveling from different cities to new states to be able to play a game that I loved was an amazing opportunity. The memories I have from that time and friends made over those years are things I will remember the rest of my life.
Michael Rogers is a 3-time State Champion from Steinert High School. While at Steinert, he held a 32-6 record that included a perfect game to start his senior year.
Following his time at Steinert, Rogers went on to play baseball at North Carolina State University, where he was a starting pitcher for the Wolfpack. In three seasons, he held a 24-8 record that included a three-hit shutout at No. 1 Texas. He was a two-time All-American, named National Pitcher of the Week and was only the second pitcher in ACC history to be named Pitcher of the Week five times in one season.
In 2004, he was drafted 49th overall by the Oakland Athletics and played professionally for six years. Prior to returning to New Jersey, he was an assistant coach at Appalachian State University for three years. He has recruited and coached multiple collegiate athletes as well as two currently in professional baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox.
In 2011, Rogers was named to the Steinert High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He has owned and operated Michael Rogers Baseball Academy since 2010, where he has provided individual, group and team baseball instruction to athletes of all ages.