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DANVERS — Kneeling by the batting cage at his alma mater, St. John’s Prep, Matt Antonelli was starting a new chapter in what has been a baseball-rich life.
Cradling an iPad in his hands, the 28-year-old recently retired minor leaguer was filming batting practice sessions of aspiring young players trying out for his December-to-August program, Antonelli Baseball, that will compete in the New England Elite Baseball League.
He does so with a sense of fulfillment.
“When I wake up, I don’t say ‘I want to go out and play’ anymore,” said Antonelli, who played eight seasons of pro ball after he was selected 17th overall by the San Diego Padres out of Wake Forest in 2006.
“Now when I wake up, I say, ‘I can’t wait to go coach today.’ ”