The Shore Sports Network football staff of Kevin Williams, Matt Harmon, Ed Sarluca, and Bob Badders are back with their 2017 weekly picks in Shore Conference football action.

Atlantic Picks of the week

We will also have a guest picker each week. This week's guest picker is a man who needs little introduction to Shore Conference fans: Major League Baseball standout and Toms River native, Todd Frazier.

The 31-year old two-time All-Star third baseman is currently a free agent after coming to the Yankees in a July trade from the Chicago White Sox. He became a fan favorite in New York (and of course New Jersey) for his boyish approach to the game and helped the Yankees come within one win of reaching the World Series.

Frazier burst onto the scene as a 12-year old when he led Toms River East to the Little League World Series championship and followed with that record-breaking careers at Toms River High School South and Rutgers University.

Frazier's path to superstardom began in 1998 when he led Toms River East American Little League to an undefeated tournament in Williamsport, Pa., to be crowned LLWS champions. In the championship game against international champion Kashima Little League from Japan, Frazier went 4-for-4 with a leadoff home run and was also the winning pitcher, recording the game-clinching strikeout in a 12-9 win.

Todd Frazier and Shore Sports Network director Kevin Williams.
Todd Frazier and Shore Sports Network director Kevin Williams.

Frazier starred at Toms River South where he was a multiple-time All-State selection while leading the Indians to consecutive NJSIAA Group III state titles in 2002 and 2003. Frazier then attended Rutgers University where set career records for home runs, runs scored, walks, doubles and total bases. He won Big East player of the year in 2007 and was named a All-American.

In 2007 Frazier was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 34th overall pick in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He made his major-league debut in 2011 and played five seasons with the Reds. One of the highlights of Frazier's time in Cincinnati came when he won the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby on his home field, becoming the first hometown participant to win the derby since Ryne Sandberg won as a Chicago Cub in 1990.

He was traded to the White Sox in December of 2015 and played the 2016 season and half of the 2017 season in Chicago before being traded to the Yankees.

Frazier lives in Toms River with his wife Jackie and young children Blake and Kylie.

The records of our 2017 guest pickers are as follows:

NJSIAA semifinals - Fred Sprengel: 8-3

NJSIAA quarterfinals - Garrett Graham: 15-7

Week 9 - Todd Durkin: 18-4

Week 8 - Glenn Carson: 16-9

Week 7 - Dan Klecko: 15-6

Week 6 - Vinnie Santaniello: 18-5

Week 5 - Bob Fiocco: 21-1

Week 4 - P.J. Gibbs: 15-8

Week 3 - Scott Goodale: 15-7

Week 2 - Keith Elias: 12-10

Week 1 - Scott Stump: 16-6

Thank you to our sponsor for the 2017 football picks, Atlantic Physical Therapy Center.

Kevin WilliamsBob BaddersEd SarlucaMatt HarmonTodd Frazier
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Long Branch at Red BankLong BranchLong BranchLong BranchLong BranchLong Branch
Shore at RumsonRumsonRumsonRumsonRumsonShore
Raritan at HolmdelHolmdelRaritanHolmdelHolmdelRaritan
Middletown North at Middletown SouthMidd. NorthMidd. SouthMidd. NorthMidd. SouthMidd. South
Manasquan at WallManasquanManasquanWallManasquanManasquan
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Last Week9-27-48-36-58-3 (Fred Sprengel)

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