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Life for a minor league baseball player during spring training can get pretty routine. Arrive at the complex early in the morning, run, stretch and throw.

For Steve Ascher, though, Saturday morning was different. That was when the pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization saw team rosters posted by the main entrance and learned that he had been promoted to the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits in Alabama.
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03/02/15 2:00pm
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Steve Ascher said his pitching arm "never felt better" before heading to Florida for spring training in the Tampa Bay Rays system. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Steve Ascher said his pitching arm “never felt better” before heading to Florida this week for spring training in the Tampa Bay Rays system. (Credit: Garret Meade)

It wasn’t what Steve Ascher said so much as the way he said it that made an impression. Asked how his pitching arm felt, his reply bursted with confidence and enthusiasm.

“Awesome!” he said. “It’s never felt better. I’m really excited.”

The explanation may lie in the rest. Following his first professional season last year in the Tampa Bay Rays’ system, Ascher, 21, did something he said he had never done before: He gave his arm an extended rest in the off-season, as recommended by the Rays. (more…)

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Steve Ascher went 2-1 with a 2.35 earned run average as a relief pitcher for the Princeton (W.Va.) Rays in a rookie league this summer. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Steve Ascher)

Steve Ascher went 2-1 with a 2.35 earned run average as a relief pitcher for the Princeton (W.Va.) Rays in a rookie league this summer. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Steve Ascher)

Like many kids, Steve Ascher was an avid collector of baseball cards. “I was a big-time collector,” he said, estimating he had about five boxes full of them.

Now there is no question which one is his favorite. Not a Willie Mays. Not a Hank Aaron. Not a Tom Seaver.

No, his choice would undoubtedly be more personal: a Steve Ascher. (more…)

06/11/14 10:00am
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SUNY/Oneonta junior pitcher Steve Ascher was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 17th round. (Credit: SUNY/Oneonta athletic department)

SUNY/Oneonta junior pitcher Steve Ascher was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 17th round. (Credit: SUNY/Oneonta Athletic Department)

Steve Ascher, who was a Yankees fan growing up, may one day get the chance to pitch against the Bronx bombers — as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays made Ascher, a 20-year-old left-hander from Cutchogue, their choice in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. (more…)

06/07/14 2:56pm
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Steve Ascher was drafted in the 17th round by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Steve Ascher was drafted in the 17th round by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Steve Ascher, a former standout pitcher who led Mattituck to a Long Island Championship in 2011, was drafted this afternoon by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 17 round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

The news came just after his former team took the field for a regional final after winning another Long Island crown yesterday.

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05/07/14 12:00pm
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SUNY Oneonta junior Steve Ascher received a SUNYAC Pitcher of the Year award.

SUNY Oneonta junior Steve Ascher received the SUNYAC Pitcher of the Year award.

Steve Ascher, a 2011 Mattituck graduate, capped off a stellar season for the SUNY Oneonta baseball team with the Don Axtell Pitcher of the Year award, given to the top pitcher in the State University of New York Athletic Conference.  (more…)

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SUNY Oneonta junior Steve Ascher was selected as Pitcher of the Week for the State University of New York Athletic Conference. (Credit: SUNY Oneonta Athletics)

Mattituck High School graduate Steve Ascher (’11) was honored for a second consecutive week as Pitcher of the Week for the State University of New York Athletic Conference. (more…)