Baseball is very much like life, it ebbs and flows with moments of intensity, moments of success and even more moments of failure.
In addition to athleticism, to be successful in baseball, athletes must have confidence, humility, emotional control, great work ethic, and the ability to support as well as trust teammates and coaches.
At Le Sandlot, we have assembled an all-star multi-disciplinary team who's purpose is to provide athletes with all of the tools necessary to be their best both on and off the field. From nutrition to strength & conditioning; from mental coaching to position specific skills coaching; from equipment fitting to physical therapy; from technical performance analysis to recruiting & communications training; our team can cover all the bases to ensure that athletes progress towards achieving their goals.
MENASHI "MASH" MASHAAL
Mash has been playing baseball and softball for the past 38 years, and has been coaching minor baseball for the past 8 years in the Town of Mount Royal. In 2016, he and fellow townie Jon Konigsberg created the MRO baseball committee and grew participation to almost 200 kids in 2018, most of which were participants at the younger ages, solidifying a great future of the sport in the MRO region. In 2016, Mash also organized an indoor winter baseball training clinic for kids that featured amazing professional coaches and special guests like former Expos left-handed pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee.
In 2018, Mash decided to follow his dream of opening a specialized baseball training facility and founded Le Sandlot so he could offer baseball and softball players of all ages and skill level a place where they can improve their game and to help players to be their very best both on and off the field.
Mash is fortunate to have the support of his family in this endeavour and share this experience with them.
Jon "JK" Konigsberg
JK has been playing baseball and softball for 40 years and has been working in the sports equipment distribution business for over 25 years. After managing Easton Canada’s Baseball/Softball Division, he went on to consult for companies like SKLZ, EvoShield and Combat and now runs AxeBat Canada and Franklin Baseball Canada. His product knowledge and interpersonal skills helped him immensely when outfitting some of the MLB's greatest stars playing in Canada.
He currently helps run the MRO Baseball Program with Sandlot owner, Mash Mashaal
Yannick "Bergy" Bergeron
Clinic Coordinator and Lead Instructor
Bergy is an experienced coach with over 10 years of experience in personal and team training. Presently, Bergy is the offensive coach at Academy of Baseball Canada (ABC) which regroups the provinces top players aged 15 to 19 years old.
Bergy began his baseball career at a very young age, hitting baseballs even before he could walk. It all began for Yannick at the age of 16 (1996) with the Midget AAA Charlesbourg team where he was noticed and received praise for his play until 2002. While playing for the Charlesbourg Alouettes (Junior Elite) from 1997-2002, Bergy led the team to 5 League Championships and 2 Canadian Championships, participated in the Canada Games, was twice named MVP of the playoffs and broke 5 records including RBIs, slugging percentage and career home runs. In 2002, Yannick had the honour of playing for the Quebec Capitals and was granted a full scholarship to New Mexico Junior College located in Hobbs, New Mexico. Upon leaving New Mexico, Yannick was yet again offered a scholarship to study in Weatherford, Texas at Weatherford College from 2004-2005. In 2005, he transferred to St-Edwards University where he played and studied from 2005-2007 thanks to another scholarship. Yannick’s playing time in the United States was exceptional. In 2002, he had the fifth highest batting average in the US while playing for Hobbs in 2004, while playing for Weatherford, he was named to the first team All-Conference and in 2007 was also named to All-Conference team, while keeping the best GPA in collegiate baseball. In 2007, Yannick graduated with honours from St-Edwards University, Austin, Texas in accounting. In 2004, Yannick was recruited to play for the Texas Wranglers, a professional baseball team.
Dom is an experienced professional coach with over 20 years of experience. He strives to help players reach their personal and professional goals and achieve success. Dom also served as an MLB scout for the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins. In 2015, he was the Third Base Coach for the Can-Am Championship team Les Aigles de Trois-Rivières. He has extensive experience teaching all levels of baseball to athletes of all ages. For the past two winters he worked with Mash to develop and teach the 5-tool program to athletes in the previous iteration of Le Sandlot clinics. His fun-loving character is real hit with the younger kids and promotes an enduring love for the game.
Alex received his personal training certification from the National Personal Training Institute of Florida in December 2019. He played Baseball during his college years as a catcher and third baseman until an unfortunate injury ended abruptly ended his playing career. Alex has experience coaching youth baseball in his home town in Puerto Rico for kids aged 6 to 17 years old, he has a calm and patient approach to coaching.
Instructor - Hitting Specialist
Julien started playing baseball at the age of 3. He played Midget AAA for the Lachine A’s and was protected by the Junior Elite Lasalle Cardinals at the age of 17. He just finished playing in his fourth and final year with the Cardinals and was to 10th overall pick in the LBMQ draft by the Coaticook Big Bill whom he will be playing for in the 2020 season.
He has been coaching the Midget AAA Lac Saint Louis A’s for the past 3 years. His approachable nature and technical knowledge of the mechanics of the swing make him an excellent coach and addition to our team.
Instructor - Pitching Specialist
Jake started playing when he was 3, and played up until the age of 25. He played University for 4 years at Thompson Rivers University with multiple all-star appearances and played Semi-Professionally in the WMBL for the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets during the summers of his Junior and Senior years.
Following his university days, he played professionally in Australia where he was awarded the MVP, Top Pitcher, and Top Hitter award for his team. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ligament in his elbow at the beginning of his professional career in Australia, switched to hitting, and decided to hang up the cleats and not go ahead with surgery at the end of the season. Throughout all of his playing days, he was always involved in coaching. His patient and calm approach is especially effective with young pitchers.
Instructor - Pitching Specialist / Kinesiology
A 2011 Draft Pick for the Chicago Cubs, Tanner decided to commit to St Mary's College in California (NCAA Div 1) where he pitched for 4 years, two of which he was the pitching captain. He obtained his bachelor of arts in Kinesiology and went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Exercise and Nutrition.
He is a certified personal trainer and has been a pitching coach since 2015. His approach to pitching instruction is methodical and his knowledge of biomechanics and anatomy make him a truly effective coach.
Remel started playing baseball at the age of 6 years old. He played in the NDG baseball organization throughout his little league years and was part of the NDG lynx championship team in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 representing Québec in the Canadian Nationals.
In 2009, he played for Lachine midget AAA and in 2010, he joined the LaSalle Cardinals Junior Elite Squad. He currently plays in the LBSM (Ligue Baseball Senior de Montréal).
This past summer Remel was a coach for the NDG Lynx Minors. He is very patient, engaging and makes learning for the younger athletes a lot of fun.
Fastpitch Pitching Instructor
Marilou has been playing Fastpitch since the age of 9. After starting her career with her local team, she joined the Lions du Lac St-Louis U12 for 2 seasons where she held the primary role of starting pitcher. Subsequently, she joined the ranks of the Quebec National team in 2013. She was put on one of the two "ALL-STAR" teams at the 2014 Canadian championship as a pitcher. Marilou played with the Quebec National Team for 4 years. For the past 2 years, she has given pitcher's clinics for the Lions Lac St-Louis and other teams.
Instructor - Pitching and Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Eric has been a baseball player since the age of 6. He played Midget AAA in the region of Lac St Louis for two years, then join the Montreal Titans travelling team. He played in the Quebec Junior Elite for the Voyageurs in Saguenay for his first year then joined the Repentigny Royals. He has been the assistant pitching coach (to former Montreal Expos pitcher Denis Boucher) for the Lac St Louis Midget AAA team for the past three years.
Tyler has been playing baseball since he was a toddler. He currently plays for the Quebec junior Elite Laval Pirates as well as a starter for the Concordia Stingers where he was voted as rookie of the year in 2018.
He has been an instructor for Prospect Baseball since 2017 helping kids develop their skills and passion for the game of baseball.
Tyler has been playing baseball since the age of 3. He currently plays for Academy of Baseball Canada (ABC) under Bergy's coaching. Having played with the Lac Saint Louis Tigers and the Titans Travelling team, Tyler is a very promising young athlete.
He has been an instructor for Mash's clinics for the past 2 years and forms an integral part of the MRO Baseball program. He is excellent at engaging young athletes, has tremendous patience and is a very responsible and dedicated young coach.
Laurel Radin, B.Sc., CAT(C)
Laurel Radin attended Concordia University, earning her degree in Exercise Science with a specialization in Athletic Therapy. She obtained her certification as an Athletic Therapist, CAT (C), and has worked with various sports teams such as football, basketball, soccer, baseball, wrestling, cheerleading, and various water sports, in both an on-field and in-clinic setting. Laurel’s education and experience allow her to help people overcome injuries and get back to doing the activities they love most.
From a young age, Laurel was passionate about exercise, and the impact it has on the body. Growing up, she trained as a dancer and had to overcome many injuries herself. With over nineteen years of dance experience, she has a unique understanding of the physical demands of exercise on the body.
Jamie Rebner M.H.K., M.A., B.Sc.
Mental Performance Consultant
Jamie’s background is in sport and exercise psychology and his official title is
Mental Performance Consultant (MPC), as he is a professional member of the
Canadian Sport Psychology Association. Prior to graduate school, he completed his
Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at McGill and worked as a personal trainer at U.N.I
training. He highly values both physical and mental health, and regards them as key
components in helping athletes reach their full potential.
His goal is to teach his clients mental skills, which are defined as psychological
qualities that need to be acquired and/or developed in order to achieve desired
outcomes. Some examples include goal setting, imagery, and relaxation training. His
approach involves sitting down with clients one-on-one and engaging them in thought-provoking discussion, which can lead them to grow as individuals.
He has experience working with athletes in both team and individual sports, and
across a wide range of ages. He has also had success working with clients outside of
athletics; he’s helped students prepare for major exams and interviews given that the
stress associated with those endeavours mimics that of athletic competition.
Jamie likes to work with adolescent student-athletes who are motivated to
improve. He teaches goal-setting and time management, which are essential skills for
achieving success in the classroom and in life. He can help kids manage their time so
that they can be successful in their various pursuits while maintaining appropriate
balance in their lives.
Jennifer Abdulezer, B.Sc (NutrSC), P.Dt.
Jennifer graduated from McGill University with a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. Jennifer has helped individuals with a variety of nutrition related issues, from simple healthy living, to managing chronic illness. She strongly believes in empowering people of any age by teaching them the effects of nutrition as it relates to their physical and mental health as well as how to make the right nutritional choices to fit their particular lifestyle. Jennifer stands by her belief that the way we eat is the key to achieving overall health and wellness.
Natalie Hollinger, B.Sc., B.Sc(PT),D.O.
Natalie Hollinger began her career at Lake Placid Sports Medicine, gaining unparalleled experience in orthopaedic rehabilitation, while also establishing herself as a respected paediatric physiotherapist. Currently a self employed osteopath, Natalie is widely known for her honesty and compassion, her knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics, and her manual therapy expertise. She has led an impressive career as both a physiotherapist and osteopath in her 23 years working in the healthcare industry.
Natalie is a graduate of McGill University [B.Sc. (Anatomy) ´92, B.Sc. (Physical Therapy) ´95] and the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal (´07). She currently holds the designation of D.O. (Q) and is a member in good standing of Ostéopathie Québec.