HIGH SCHOOL PROPSECTS GET LESSON FROM FORMER RED SOX HITTING COACH, PAPA JACK
12/06/09: Former Boston Red Sox Hitting Coach Ron "Papa Jack" Jackson recently partnered with JMJ Bat Company and invited Jonathan Pollard, President of The Stable Baseball Academy to JM Sports Academy in Walpole to discuss hitting. Pollard brought two members of The Stable, Jeremy Roberts of Malden Catholic and Sean Loughran of St. John's Prep, to try out the new Hitting Mat designed by Papa Jack. Papa Jack coached the two on hitting for 2 1/2 hours and agreed to visit Extra Innings Woburn to work with more members of The Stable on Monday Dec 7.
Papa Jack schools Sean Loughran of St. John's Prep.
Papa Jack with Sean Loughran and Jeremy Roberts.
WINTERBALL A SUCCESS FOR TOYS FOR TOTS, NOT FOR SANTA
12/05/09: For the 9th straight year, the Boston Men's Baseball League hosted amateur baseball players throughout the Boston area to take part in Winterball, a freeze-fest baseball game held to benefit Toys for Tots and the United States Marine Corp. Temperature was 42 degrees at game time with a steady mist. The field was muddy and the turf was a mess. But more than 50 athletes, two umpires, and about two dozen fans were in attendance to watch Team Rudolph defeat Team Santa, 8-6. Patrick Slattery of the Boston Fire Department was on hand to address the athletes, collect more than 50 toys, and delivery the Ceremonial First Pitch. Read more.
Patrick Slattery of the Boston Fire Department.
YAWKEY HALL OF FAME & AWARDS BANQUET COVERS 2008 & 2009
11/25/09: Over the weekend, the Boston Yawkey League celebrated their last two seasons at the IBEW HALL in Dorchester. Honored were the 2009 Champion West Roxbury Bluefish and league award winners and Hall of Fame inductees from the prior few seasons. Tony Iafolla of the Brighton Brewers received the MVP Award, Jason Paul of the Malden Bulldogs received Cy Young, Matt Deeb of the Brighton Brewers received Rookie of the Year, and Sean "Skip" McCarty received his 2nd Manager of the Year for leading the West Roxbury Bluefish to consecutive titles. Join their Facebook Group and see 300+ photos!
MVP: Tony Iafolla | Cy Young: Jason Paul
Rookie of the Year: Matt Deeb.
'08 & '09 Manager of the Year: Skip McCarty
with Prez. Dave McKay and Sec. Dave Treska.
MABL'S JAY SARTORI NAMED DIRECTOR OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS, WASHINGTON NATIONALS
MABL Red Sox
11/16/09: Boston Men's Adult Baseball League veteran, Jay Sartori, was named as Director of Baseball Operations for the Washington Nationals this afternoon. Jay played for the MABL Red Sox in from 1998-2002 during which time he batted .244 and compiled a 5-6 record on the mound with a 4.99 ERA.
Sartori worked for the Commissioner's Office as salary and contract administration manager in Major League Baseball's labor relations department before accepting his position with the Nationals. [See full mlb.com article].
CAPE COD LEAGUE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION WELCOMES GREG VAUGHN, OTHERS
2009 CCL H.O.F.
11/15/09: The country's most prestigious summer college baseball league inducted its 10th class yesterday at Chatham Bars Inn, headlined by Greg Vaughn. Bobby Valentine spoke at the morning brunch. ESPN's Peter Gammons was the first speaker at the induction ceremony. Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette and Boston Amateur Baseball Network member was there to present Vaughn. [See full Cape Cod Online article].
Greg Vaughn, the 1985 Cape League MVP while playing with Cotuit Kettleers, also helped the team win two Cape Cod Baseball League titles. Vaughn then enjoyed a 15 year MLB career (1989-2003), which included four All-Star Game appearances. He hit a career high 50 home runs in 1998 as a member of the San Diego Padres.
NORTHEASTERN HUSKIES WIN NEW ENGLAND CLUB BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
11/01/09: The New England Club Baseball Association held it's final playoff games this weekend. Congratulations to Northeastern University for winning their third straight NECBA championship, defeating Bridgton Academy, 9-6.
Northeastern had defeated Fairfield University, 8-7, to advance to the Finals, while Bridgton Academy had defeated Boston University, 6-0, to earn their birth. The finest collegiate club baseball New England has to offer is officially concluded for the season.
BOSTON MEN'S BASEBALL LEAGUE HONORS THEIR BEST
10/31/09: Earlier this week, the Boston Men's Adult Baseball League celebrated their season at The Greatest Bar. The Cutters and White Sox received awards for their season, and the league's top players were recognized. Jonathan Pollard of the White Sox received his 3rd straight MVP Award, Rich Wlodarczyk of the White Sox received Cy Young, Omar Ortiz of the Dbacks received Manager of the Year, and Jose De Los Santos received Rookie of the Year.
MVP: Jonathan Pollard | Cy Young: Rich Wlodarczyk
Manager of the Year: Omar Ortiz.
Rookie of the Year: Jose De Los Santos
Orioles skipper Jason Bressner with top rookie.
BEN'S DREAM BASEBALL BASH BRINGS LEAGUES TOGETHER FOR CHARITY
10/19/09: On Saturday, October 17, the Men's Adult Baseball League's Ben's Dream White Sox battled the Yawkey League's Brighton Brewers in a double-header at Moakley Park in South Boston. The charity baseball event was organized to raise research dollars and awareness for Ben's Dream: the Sanfilippo Research Foundation.
In Game 1, Anthony Tomaro of the White Sox and Brewers pitched a 9-inning complete game for the Sox to beat Brewers ace and Cy Young candidate Kevin Christina, 6-4. Mike McLaughlin's 2-run single in the first gave the Sox a lead they would not relinquish. Game 2 featured former White Sox great Al Wiesner going up against the Brewers' Sean Tupper. The Sox held a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the 7th. Tony Iafolla led off the inning with a single. After a Mike Pollak sac-fly tied the score 4-4, Iafolla mysteriously re-appeared in the batting order in the 5 spot to hit a walk-off single and earn a split of the Ben's Dream Baseball Bash.
2009 Ben's Dream Baseball Bash Participants:
Ben's Dream White Sox vs. Brighton Brewers.
Former White Sox player, Al Wiesner, returns.
Event organizer, Mike Pollak, does the catching.
SANDLOT TOURNEY WON BY D-BACKS OF THE MEN'S ADULT BASEBALL LEAGUE
10/18/09: The inaugural Sandlot Tourney featured 4 teams over the weekend: The Padrinos from the Men's Senior Baseball League, the Hit Squad from the Lowell 30+ Baseball League, the Diamondbacks from the Men's Adult Baseball League, and the Eagles consisting of players from Lawrence and the surrounding area.
The D-backs won the championship 8-3 over the Padrinos. With the D-backs down 3-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning with the bases loaded, Hector Marte hits a 2-RBI single en route to the victory. Nelson Castillo notched the Game 1 win with 11 K's while Joshua Valerio notched the Championship win with 10 K's. Omar Ortiz batted .429 in the tourney and Julio Gonzalez was dominate behind the plate. Marte was named Championship Game MVP for his GWRBI.
Sandlot Tourney Won by MABL Diamondbacks.
BOSOX CLUB HONORS BOSTON'S FINEST BALL CLUBS
10/09/09: The West Roxbury Bluefish, champs of the Yawkey Baseball League, were honored by the BoSox Club at its annual awards luncheon on Friday, Oct. 2. Also honored were the city champs from the Park and Intercity leagues, Carlson Club and the Lexington Blue Sox, respectively. Plus, recognized for their 2009 accomplishments were the Peabody Little League team, BC High, Boston College and URI, the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League, Newburyport Post 150 American Legion and Norwood Babe Ruth. Mike Lowell was the featured speaker and honored as Man of the Year. The Bluefish were warmly hosted at their table by Maureen Cronin, daughter of Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Cronin.
Yawkey League Champs: West Roxbury Bluefish
Al Becker, Larry Charbonneau, Sean McCarty & Sean Glavin.
Boston Park League Champs: Carlson Club
Walt Mortimer, Owen Carlson & Josue Feliciano.
THANKS TO CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, WE HAVE LOTS OF BASEBALL COMING UP!
10/08/09: There's lots of baseball this Columbus Day Weekend!
New England Red Sox Vie For Women's Baseball Title
The best women baseball players in the country will come to Huntingburg, Indiana on Friday, October 9-12 to determine the American Women's Baseball Federation national champion. Five teams will compete for the title, including the New England Red Sox from Boston, who have won the national tourney five years in a row. Coming from Chicago are the Pioneers and the Stealth, the PacWest Wildcats from San Francisco and the Washington, D.C. Thunder. The Sox will open defense of their title in the 11:30 a.m. game.
The New England Sox Women's Baseball Team was established in September of 2004 by Janet Miller and Keri Lemasters, with the support of Coaches Kevin Marden and Jonathan Pollard. Since 2004, the NE Sox have compiled an unprecedented record of 63-3. The Sox have won nine Championships, five of them National Championships.
UPDATE: New England Red Sox go undefeated, ultimately defeating the DC Thunder 2-1 to take their 6th National Championship!
Janet Miller fires away.
Stephanie & Kira Wagar display a recent Cup.
Western Mass Wood Baseball League Tourney
Beginning October 10, this 30+ tourney showcases up to 8 teams across 2 four-team brackets. Each team will play a minimum of 3 games with the winner of each bracket meeting for the championship. Games will be played at Holyoke Community College, Booster Field (Easthampton) and Daley Field (Easthampton). Learn about the WMWBL.
4th Annual Central Mass Fall Classic
What began September 26 resumed October 10 after multiple weekend rainouts. The 4th Annual Central Mass 40+ Fall Classic showcased the Central Mass Storm defeating the Boston Wolfpack in the Finals, 12-0.
The Ben's Dream Foundation: Baseball Bash
The Brighton Brewers of the Yawkey League will take on the Ben's Dream White Sox of the MABL in a doubleheader weekend series to raise research dollars and awareness for Ben's Dream: the Sanfilippo Research Foundation. Gams will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 beginning at 10am at King in South Boston. Each player must raise a minimum of $100 for Ben's Dream to participate. All current and former Brewers and White Sox players are eligible to play.
UPDATE: MABL Ben's Dream White Sox take Game 1, 6-4. Anthony Tomaro, who plays for both teams, notched the Sox win. The Yawkey League Brighton Brewers won 5-4 on a walkoff single by Tony Iafolla in Game 2.
MYSTERY CAFE PRESENTS: MAJOR LEAGUE MURDER
10/08/09: The Mystery Cafe hosts "Major League Murder" - a murder mystery dinner theatre. Have dinner and a murder!
Sat., Oct 10 @ 7:30PM -- The Elephant & Castle, Boston, MA ($49.95/ea. - get tix)
Sat., Oct 17 @ 7:30PM -- The Charlie Horse, West Bridgewater, MA ($39.95/ea. - get tix)
The dust has settled from all the allegations, the scandals have cleared and now one of the greatest pitchers to play the game, Roger Lemons is finally ready to make a triumphant return to the Boston Green Monsters! Everybody who’s anybody will be at the celebration dinner… including you! But right off the bat the celebration gets thrown a curveball when there’s a murder in the midst of it all and not just any murder… a Major League Murder! Don’t stay safe at home when you can get out, step up to the plate and take a swing at solving this case and prove you’re really on the ball. Join us for a night that covers all the bases.
AMATEUR BASEBALL HITS THE BIG SCREEN: TOUCHING THE GAME
10/08/09: Touching The Game, Alaska follows up the 2004 documentary "Touching The Game, Cape Cod" about the best amateur baseball leagues in the world. Players spend summers in Cape Cod and Alaska, developing their baseball talent while getting a minor league experience, all the while looking for their chance to break into the Majors.
The Cape film will air on PBS this weekend, while the Alaska film will show on the big screen for the first time in Boston on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00pm at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge. Tickets are $10, or call 617-775-8169.
DUQUETTE SPORTS ACADEMY REGISTRATION FOR 2010 IS OPEN
10/07/09: Dan Duquette may be best known in Boston as the General Manager of the Red Sox from 1994 through February 2002. Today, Dan is director of baseball operations for the Israel Baseball League and he also presides over the Duquette Sports Academy in Hindsdale, MA. The academy has released the 2010 Travel Team Tournament Schedule and teams may now register!
Duquette with a young player from Japan.
BOSTON ROCKIES SCORE A LOT AT NABA WORLD SERIES
10/04/09: The Boston Rockies just wrapped up participation at the NABA World Series in Phoenix, Arizona. The team, consisting of mostly athletes from the Yawkey League's Revere Rockies and MABL's Boston Cutters, were one of 18 teams in the Age 18+ Wood Bat Division.
The Rockies went 0-5 in pool play, but were not starved for offense, scoring an average of 8.2 runs per game. Losses came at the hands of the San Francisco Bay Kings 8-5, Casa Grande Cottonkings 9-7, Kansas City Puma 5-4, Colorado Reds 13-9 and the New York Ironhorse 18-16.
AMATEUR LEAGUE WRAP-UP: AROUND THE HORN
10/04/09: Most amateur leagues are now wrapped, and many others are near completion of the post-season as of this writing. Provided are some of the highlights.
Men's Independent Baseball League: Brockton Reds Go Undefeated for 2009!!
After finishing the regular season 20-0, the Brockton Reds went on to sweep the MIBL Championships and win their 7th straight title. The Reds, led by the Alexopoulos brothers, Frank and Christos, are no strangers to perfection. The pair also led the Reds to 4 straight Cooperstown Classic titles going into 2009, going 16-0 during that stretch. Congrats on the Red hot season and continuing the dynasty!
Boston Men's Senior Baseball League: Senior Circuit Titles Won By Scituate, Newton & Metro American League 30+: The Milton Breakers defeated the Newton Red Sox in the deciding Game 3 by a score of 2-1 in 10 innings to repeat as AL Champs. For the second year in a row, Milton won in walk-off fashion as Rob Kisiel drove in AJ Joy, who doubled to lead off the tenth, with the winning run.
National League 30+: The Scituate Tides swept the Somerville Senators to capture their third National League title in 5 years. Team MVP Rob Monti, who pitched a complete game victory in Game 1, homered twice in Game 2.
Masters Division 40+: The Metro Red Sox repeated as Masters Champs. In Game 1, rain suspended the game at 5-5. The MetroSox won the continuation, then also won Game 2 later that evening to sweep the series.
Moloney & Coveney,
Boston Men's Adult Baseball League, 18+: Cutters split the day, but win the MABL Crown
With the Cutters up 2-0 in the series over the Ben's Dream White Sox, both squads returned to the diamond to complete Game 3 after it had been suspended due to rain. The Sox saved that game 5-1, and brought the series to 2-1. Game 4 followed the same evening. While the Sox took an early lead, the Cutters scored 7 unanswered runs to win the series and their second MABL title. Adam Del Rio earned the Finals MVP, going 1-0 and tossing 9.1 scoreless innings. Cutters outfielders Mike Moloney and Greg Crossman, along with skipper Jeff Coveney, all now hold 5 MABL titles, a record they share with MABL Hall of Famer Mark Doucette.
Yawkey League: Bluefish Repeat as Champions With Heroics from Foote
The West Roxbury Bluefish repeated as Yawkey League Champions, defeating the Malden Bulldogs 4 games to 0. The pitching was dominated by both sides, while the Bluefish tossed 2 shutouts and allowed just 3 runs overall. Bobby Foote was the offensive hero, with a remarkable 3 game-winning RBIs in 4 games. Congrats to both teams on their season.
Boston Park League : Carlson Club Captures First Title
Carlson Club won their first Boston Park League Championship in Game 6 over Stockyard as Vantroi Medina outdueled Kevin Cobb in a 2-1 showdown. Josue Feliciano hit a clutch double in the fifth inning and scored the winning run for Carlson -- and also batted .476 in the Finals. Carlson had won the first two games of the Best of Seven, but Stockyard won the next two game. Congrats to sponsor Owen Carlson on on Carlson Club's third trip to the Finals and first Championship.
Lexington Blue Sox
Intercity League: Lexington Blue Sox Continue their Domination
Lexington captured its third consecutive Intercity League championship with an 8-1 win over the Andre Chiefs. The Blue Sox took the series in four games and for the third straight season won the title. This was also the third straight year the Sox won the title after losing the first game of the finals. This was the seventh championship in 15 seasons of existence for Lexington. It was the sixth title of this decade as Lexington also won in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
FRAMINGHAM ORIOLES TAKE CAPE COD CLASSIC
9/07/09: The 16-team tournament concluded on Labor Day as the Bourne Division winners, Framingham Orioles defeated the Sagamore Division champs, Mashpee Pirates, 3-1.
In the semi finals, the Orioles edged the Worcester Stars, 2-1, while the Pirates nipped Club Franz, 4-3. For the Orioles of the Metro West Adult Baseball League, it was their first CCC Championship in 6 years. Eric Cormier and Phil Shaffer were the O's tournament co-MVPs as each had a win and a save. In the Championship game, Shaffer got the win going 7 2/3 giving up just 3 hits and 1 unearned run. Cormier was 1-3 with 2 RBI, including the game winner and save in the title game.
100 INNINGS BASEBALL SPECTACULAR IS ONCE AGAIN IN THE BOOKS
9/06/09: Curt Schilling and the ALS Association of Massachusetts hosted the 6th annual 100 Innings of Baseball Spectacular over Labor Day Weekend. The game lasted 31 straight hours and Team Schilling defeated Team Curt, 103 to 59. More than 100 ballplayers from across more than a dozen different baseball leagues participated. Fundraising over the history of the event is right at $500,000. Learn more at www.100innings.com.
2009 COLLEGIATE SEASON DRAWS NEAR A CLOSE - ANSTON & TAMSIN MAKE HISTORY
5/23/09: Boston College, Northeastern University and UMass Amherst all fought for Conference Titles in their division to advance to the NCAA National Championship. While all teams gave a good run, their seasons have come to a close:
Boston College - Boston College defeated Miami 10-1 in the 2009 ACC Baseball Championships, though both Boston College (33-24) and Miami were eliminated from championship consideration Thursday. Robbie Anston’s second inning single for BC moved him into a tie for first place on the BC single-season hits list with 82. Boston College will now wait until Monday to find out its NCAA Regional fate. [more]
Northeastern - The Huskies bowed out of the CAA Tournament on Thursday afternoon falling to the Delaware Blue Hens 9-5 in Wilmington, N.C. Northeastern's completes their season with a 28-25 record, 13-11 in the CAA. Mike Tamsin made history in the seventh inning with his 74th hit of the season, breaking the single season record at NU. He is also the team's all-team hit leader. [more]
UMass Amherst - The chase for an Atlantic 10 title ended on Friday afternoon with a 6-3 loss to No. 3-seed Xavier. With the most wins for the program since 2001, the Minutemen close out the season at 27-26. [more]
BC's Robbie Anston with record 82nd hit.
NU's Mike Tamsin breaks season & all-time hit records.
2009 COLLEGIATE TITLES AND CHAMPIONSHIPS
5/17/09: Top Boston-based teams are winning titles and battling for NCAA National Championships. BC, Northeastern and UMass are still in the hunt for the DI title. Top stories are summarized:
Boston College (31-22) earned its spot in the ACC Championship with a 3-1 win against No. 4 North Carolina. The tourney is in Durham, NC beginning May 20. [more]
Holy Cross (22-27) concluded their season by falling to Army in a best-of-three series in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals at West Point, N.Y. [more]
Northeastern University (27-23) defeated Towson to earn a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association tourney to be held in Wilmington, NC beginning May 20. [more]
UMass Amherst (24-24) took both games of a doubleheader against Duquesne to secure a berth into the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Dayton, Ohio beginning May 20. [more]
Assumption (33-21-1) defeated by Franklin Pierce in the Northeast-10 Conference Championships advanced as far as the NCAA Division II Championship East Regional before being defeated by Wilmington, DE. Congrats to Mike Baillargeon of Assumption for being named the Northeast-10 Player of the Year. [more]
Babson College (23-20) became the NEWMAC Champions. Also from conference, WPI (30-13) advanced to the NCAA Division III New England Regionals. Babson fell to Husson in the tourney, while WPI fell short to Eastern Connecticut. [more on Babson | more on WPI]
Becker College (18-15-1) defeated Elms College (18-19) in the New England Collegiate Conference Baseball Championship. The win earned them a slot in the ECAC tourney where they were knocked out by WPI. [more]
Suffolk University (30-11) defeated St. Joseph’s to win the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament. Suffolk advanced to the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament where they fell to Eastern Connecticut. [more]
Tufts University (19-19) fell to Trinity in the NESCAC Tournament Championship. [more]
UMass Boston (19-22) season comes to an end with a loss to Keene State in the Little East Conference tournament. [more]
Western New England College (30-17) captures Commonwealth Coast Conference title over Curry (34-7) and advances to NCAA Division III Championship. WNEC advanced as far as the New York Regional before suffering a loss to Clarkson. [more]
Westfield State (23-17) became MASCAC tournament champions. The title earned them a seed in the NCAA Division III New England Regionals, where they were ultimately defeated by Trinity and Husson. [more]
Fisher (28-20-1) claimed their 5th straight Sunrise Conference Championship, shutting down Presque Isle. They lost to Brescia in national qualifier. [more]
Mike Baillargeon, Northeast-10 Player of Year.
Becker College wins inaugural NECC title.
YAWKEY SEASON UNDERWAY AFTER RAIN DELAY
5/09/09: The Yawkey baseball season began last night after being postponed on Thursday due to rain. The Brighton Black Sox defeated the Medford Maddogs, 9-2, behind a solid pitching performance by Jared Rooney. The AlThomas Athletics defeated the Savin Hill Hornets, 11-8, thanks to a 7-run second inning. And the Somerville Alibrandis defeated the Chelsea Cyclones, 5-3, doing all their damage with clutch 2 out base hits by new Ted Dzuiba, Dave Scioli and Marc DesRoches in the second inning.
A WHOLE LOT OF PITCHING GOING ON
5/03/09: From the Royal Rooters Baseball League on May 3, Paul Costa from the Spirits earned his first career no-hitter. Costa earned the decision over the Titans, 9-0, without allowing a hit or a walk, and while notching 14 K's in 7 innings of work. The only two base runners came from a couple of errors.
In Men's Adult Baseball League action on April 25, Chad Griffiths of the Tigers spun a no hitter against the Cambridge Spinners. Griffiths struck out 12, including the sides in the 3rd and 4th, while scattering only 4 walks. He didn't allow a baserunner past second until the 6th, when he clawed out of a bases loaded jam. The Tigers franchise improved to 4-0 on Opening Day.
Across town in the New England Baseball League on April 26, Mark Infurno of the Sin City Dodgers threw an 8 inning complete game shutout, allowing just 3 hits with 18 strikeouts! Sin City Dodgers 4, Eastside Astros 0.
MABL's Chad Griffiths tosses Tigers no-hitter.
RRBL's Paul Costa tosses Spirits no-hitter.
NORTHEASTERN WINS BEANPOT OVER UMASS
4/13/09: The Northeastern University Huskies won their 5th Beanpot Baseball Tourney, this time over the UMass Amherst Minutemen, by a score of 5-3. The Huskies took a 5-0 shutout into the 9th inning, but the Minutemen fought until the bitter end.
NU began their attack in the 3rd inning, led by an RBI single by Mike Tamsin, and ultimately taking a 3-0 lead. NU added another in the 6th when Ryan Maguire bunt-singled, stole second, and scored on an error. They scored again in the 7th thanks to a David Gustafson RBI double. NU would take their 5-0 lead to the bottom of the ninth.
In the final frame, Amherst's Tom Conley led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Matt Gedman then singled to right and Kyle Multner reached on an error to load the bases. A doubleplay scored Conley. 5-1. Then Adam Tempesta singled to score Matt Gedman. 5-2. Brian Baudinet singled, then Jim MacDonald singled to score Tempesta. 5-3. Mike Gedman then entered to pinch hit and grounded out, ending the comeback bid.
Les Williams picked up the win for NU, tossing 5 innings allowing just 4 hits and no runs.
Brian Baudinet, UMass.
UMass over Boston College, 5-2 Brian Baudinet hit 3-for-4 against Boston College and drove in the winning run for UMass.
BC was on the board first, posting back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the second. Mickey Wiswall sent a 2-1 pitch over the right field fence and Mike Belfiore hit another solo shot to right, bringing the score to 2-0. In the top of the fourth, the Minutemen leveled the score at 2-2 when Brian Baudinet tripled to left.
UMass plated the winning run in the eighth when Brockton native Adam Tempesta led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by Baudinet. Tempesta then finished off his evening in his hometown by plating a pair of insurance runs the following inning as he dropped a single into right field, making the score 5-2. [more]
Mike Tamsin, Northeastern.
Northeastern over Harvard, 16-5
Mike Tamsin hit his fourth homer of the season in NU's 16-5 win over Harvard. The Huskies launched four home runs overall.
Harvard scored first, putting up three runs in the top of the first but the Huskies battled back and in the bottom half of the first tied the game scoring three runs of their own. James Donaldson hit a two run triple and on the next pitch Frank Pesanello drove Donaldson home with a single through the left side. There was no turning back from there. The 16 runs the Huskies scored was the most since scoring 17 on May 9, 2007 when they defeated UMass 17-12. [more]
ALGENIS PEREZ SOTO OF SALEM HAS LEADING ROLE IN NEW BASEBALL MOVIE, SUGAR
4/10/09: "Sugar" is a drama that hit the screens this month about a talented Dominican baseball pitcher trying to make it in the big leagues. In real life, two years ago, Algenis Perez Soto was an aspiring professional baseball player who had given up his dream of being discovered. Today, he is playing the lead role in Sugar, living in Salem, MA, and is a big movie star.
"Sugar" follows the story of Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Azucar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro de Macoris, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. Playing professionally at the Kansas City Knights baseball academy, Miguel finally gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the United States' minor league system. Miguel travels from his tight knit community in the Dominican Republic to a small town in Iowa, corn country, where he and a couple of other Latin American teammates are the only Spanish-speaking people in the vicinity. As Miguel struggles with the new language and culture, despite the welcoming efforts of his host family, he is faced with an isolation he never before experienced. When his play on the mound falters, he begins examining more closely the world around him and his place within it, and ultimately questions the single-mindedness of his life's ambition.
'BASEBALLTHINK' PARTNERS WITH BABN TO PROVIDE STRATEGY & TIPS
3/22/09: BaseballThink today announced its partnership with the Boston Amateur Baseball Network to provide baseball strategy and tips content. BaseballThink was founded by Andy Katz, assistant manager for the Rangers of the Boston Men's Adult Baseball League and founder of the Grip N’ Rip Club, the premier, membership-based club for ballplayers of all ages, which raises funds for Kevin Youkilis Hits For Kids foundation while saving athletes money on baseball attire, batting cages, and more. Content is written regularly by local and experienced amateur baseballers.
3/21/09: Mike Baillargeon (Worcester, MA) of Assumption College joined the 200-hit club as Greyhounds baseball swept Stonehill in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader. Baillargeon became just the ninth player in Assumption College history (since 1912) to record 200 career hits.
MASS MARITIME'S LOWE TOSSES 1-HITTER IN COLLEGIATE DEBUT
3/21/09: Freshman Jared Lowe (Brimfield, MA) tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout in his first collegiate start to lift Massachusetts Maritime to an 11-0 victory over Rivier Saturday afternoon at Commodore Hendy Field. Lowe allowed just a one-out single in the 6th inning and fanned 4 in going the distance. Also of note, junior Joe Albano (Agwam, MA.) drove in five runs and sophomore Wil Rodriguez (Lowell, MA) rapped out four hits in a 14-6 opening game triumph for the hosts. [more]
SUFFOLK'S ADDESA DRIVES RAMS TO A WALKOFF VICTORY
3/20/09: Suffolk University sophomore Mark Addesa (Revere, MA) singled to drive in the game winning run in the bottom of the 9th as Suffolk won their fourth straight game, 9-8 over Westfield State. Junior Bobby Barrett (Milton, MA) went 4-4 with 5 RBI, including a 3-run home run to lead the Rams to victory. [more]
DEVLIN LEADS UMASS LOWELL WITH THE LONGBALL
3/20/09: UMass Lowell freshman Pat Devlin (Dracut, MA) batted 3 for 4 with two runs and a solo home run as the River Hawks defeated the University of New Haven, 6-5, in the Northeast-10 Conference opener at the Santaluces Sportsplex. Lowell stands at 10-3 so far this season, and Devlin is batting a hefty .419 with half the team's homers while leading the team in slugging percentage at .651.
ANNA MARIA AMCATS HOME OPENER ENDS IN A TIE
3/19/09: The Anna Maria College men’s baseball team fought back from a 5-1 seventh-inning deficit to finish in a 6-6 tie versus Norwich University on Thursday night at Alumni Field. The game was eventually called after 10 innings on a count of darkness. The tie moves the AMCATS record to 3-7-1.
The AMCATS were led by JK Vaughn (photo on left) who went 2-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored, and one RBI. On the mound, starter Brian Richard went 4.2 strong innings, surrendering just one unearned run on two hits while striking out five. Junior Pete LaBelle (Gardner, MA) pitched well out of the pen, giving the AMCATS 2.2 hitless innings to end the game, striking out three batters in the process. [more]
ENGLISH MAKES HISTORY: BRYANT CAPTURES FIRST DIVISION I VICTORY
3/07/09: It's a great story. In October of 2007, the Bryant University Bulldogs were accepted into Division I's Northeast Conference (NEC) for the 2012 season. They had previously played in Division II's Northeast-10 Conference. In 2009, they are now in the middle of their five-year transition period for full Division I membership. And on Saturday, Bryant captured their first ever Division I win, beating Delaware State, 16-7. Bryant is one of four Division I schools in Rhode Island, joining Brown University, Providence College and the University of Rhode Island.
The star of the game was sophomore outfielder Jordan English who went four for five, bashing 3 home runs with 5 RBI. Through the team's first three games, English is leading the squad with a .571 average (8 for 14). Read up on English, as he appears a hot prospect. And good luck to Bryant this season.
WALKOFF GRANDSLAM FOR AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE
3/07/09: There was a grand happening in Springfield, MA on Saturday. As written on the American International College Athletics website, "senior first baseman Kevin Farrell drove a 1-0 pitch over the right field fence with the bases loaded to give the American International College baseball team a 10-9 come-from-behind victory over Saint Anselm College Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Rollins College. The Yellow Jackets evened their record at 1-1." [more]
LIVE FROM FT. MYERS, NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY VS. BOSTON RED SOX
2/28/09: The Northeastern Huskies went looking for their first win of the season today versus the Boston Red Sox. They didn't get it, as they lost 14-0, but they did receive the experience of a lifetime.
Russ Lloyd of Palmer, MA started the game on the mound for the Huskies. A reliever by trade who pitches over the summer for Stockyard in the Boston Park League, Lloyd got the start passed to him from Jeff Thompson who was originally asked to start. Thompson started versus the Sox last year, and as a true team player, offered this year's start to Lloyd who graciously accepted. Lloyd was excited for the start, as he's been following the Sox his whole life. "Mentally, this start is different," Lloyd stated before the game. "It is nerve wracking. I'm just going to try to throw strikes and hope they don't hit it over the fence." Lloyd failed to knock on wood, at least for the first three base runners. In the first inning, after walking Dustin Pedroia, Lars Anderson and Jed Lowrie, Angel Chavel connected for a 4-RBI blast over the fence, and the day ended for Lloyd. It is a start he will never forget, and he will likely consider a win in his personal list of accomplishments.
Where else but in an exhibition game versus the Boston Red Sox could Huskies third baseman Mike Tamsin get away chatting up American League MVP Dustin Pedroia who was standing on 3rd base while trailing by a dozen or so runs? "Bring one home for USA" remarked Tamsin, referring to Pedroia's upcoming trip to the World Baseball Classic. Pedroia just nodded.
Where else could freshman 5'6 catcher John Puttress be congratulated by all his teammates for blasting a home run to left field during batting practice?
Where else could Devin Barry of Boxford, MA hit fungos to the NEU infielders before the game and utter "it feels so weird to swing with wood."? After all, wood bats are a totally different game from NCAA Division I that use metal bats during their season.
While the Huskies return to regular season play against Northwestern on Sunday, they will hold on to their game against the Boston Red Sox for the rest of their lives. (View NEU Photo Album).
Russ Lloyd with start for Huskies vs. Red Sox.
James Donaldson keeps Dustin Pedroia on 2nd.
LIVE FROM FT. MYERS, BOSTON COLLEGE VS. BOSTON RED SOX
2/25/09: The Red Sox kicked off their Spring season today with their annual game against the Boston College Eagles. Josh Beckett had a strong start for the Sox, throwing two perfect innings and striking out two. For BC, Geoff Oxley got the start, pitching one scoreless inning and walking two.
Prior to the game, Boston College players assembled along the first base line to watch their home team players such as Mike Lowell and David Ortiz take batting practice. It wasn't until one BC player was brave enough to approach the batting cage and not get stopped by security that the rest of the team felt they could get away with it, too. The whole team moved off the line and crowded the cage to watch Julio Lugo take BP.
It was there we found Mike Augustine, first baseman for the Boston College Eagles, who is not new to playing against the Red Sox. He played against them last year, too, and had the opportunity to face Beckett. According to Augustine before the game, even though the guys normally root for the Sox, today, the players treat this just like every other game. He stated that stepping into the batter's box against a local star is a "big adrenaline rush, a different feeling" and that it is "more fun than normal" and "not intimidating." Apparently so, as Augustine later knocked out the first BC hit of the game against Sox prospect Kris Johnson in the fourth inning - a hit that helped set the stage for Mike Belfiore who later that inning broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single.
Alongside Augustine was BC pitcher JB McDonald of Danvers, MA. His goal after school is to play baseball at the next level. He's already received letters of interest from 5 or 6 Major League teams to play after college. Since NCAA players are not allowed to have agents, these inquiries are something he needs to manage himself. What will he do after school if he doesn't play baseball? "Let's just say I'm not interviewing for jobs right now," McDonald stated. Can you blame him? His Eagles were about to play the Red Sox when asked.
Meanwhile, Jeff Lozer was suited up for the Eagles by the dugout steps taking it all in. If you don't recognize Lozer's name from the BC roster, that's because it's not on it. Jeff played college ball with BC skipper Mikio Aoki at Davidson back in the day. At a recent coaches convention, Mik offered Jeff to coach third base against the Red Sox as a Christmas present. Really? Anybody reading, feel free to stuff my stocking with that come December.
While the Red Sox ultimately defeated BC for their 17th straight year, BC led the game, 1-0, going into the 5th inning. Had it rained, a BC win would have been official. As it is, the game lasted just 1 hour and 30 minutes. That's what no television commercials will do to speed up a game. That, and the fact that the annual game lasts just 7 innings. (View BC Photo Album).
Geoff Oxley starts for the Eagles vs. Red Sox.
Mike Augustine after BC's first hit of the game.
IT IS SPRING! THE 2009 BASEBALL SEASON HAS BEGUN FOR BOSTON
2/21/09: No longer is spring around the corner. Spring is here. As of today, one Boston team from each collegiate division has opened their season. All other Boston collegiate teams kick of their season between now and mid-March.
While NCAA prohibits DI teams from games before February 20, Division II Bentley University kicked off their season against Rollins on February 14. Rollins College jumped on top with a five-run first inning and cruised to an 8-2 victory over Bentley at Alfond Stadium in Winter Park, Florida, spoiling the Falcons' 2009 season debut. Bentley sits at 0-5 overall. [more]
In Division III, Brandeis University kicked off their season at the Peoria Sports Complex, spring training home of the San Diego Padres, on Thursday, February 19. The Judges bats won their season-opening doubleheader. The Judges rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to defeat Whitworth University out of Washington, 11-8, in their first game of the season, then outslugged NAIA Hastings College of Nebraska, 19-15, in the nightcap. Brandeis currently sits at 2-1. [more]
On Friday, February 20, the Boston College Eagles became the first Division I team from Boston to open their season, defeating Stetson, 8-7, in front of 2,789 spectators at Melching Field at Conrad Park. Junior Robbie Anston drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and freshman Brad Zapenas added what would prove to be the game-winner. [more]
Brandeis' Tony Deshler collects 4 RBI and HR in opener. (Photo from brandeisjudges.com)
Bentley's James Roche had two hits in Monday's game. (Photo from bentley.edu/athletics)
NORTHEASTERN AND BOSTON COLLEGE AMATEURS "GO PRO" FOR A DAY
2/21/09: Spring starts now. And twice each Spring, amateur ballplayers players from Boston get to suit up and "go pro" versus the Boston Red Sox at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers, Florida. This year, the Boston College Eagles face the Sox on Wednesday, February 25 and the Northeastern University Huskies will play them Saturday, February 28. It will surely be a treat for these up-and-coming athletes to battle their icons and some of the best in the majors.
While these games are played for the experience and not for the score, it is still interesting to note that the Eagles are 0-18 versus the Red Sox, having played them consecutive years dating back to 1993, with exhibitions in 1916 and 1933. The Huskies are 0-6, having played consecutively since 2004, with an exhibition in the 1970's. Perhaps this will be the year one of these collegiate rivals make history.
BC Eagles players with David Ortiz. (Photo from Boston Globe)
NU skipper Neil McPhee with Terry Francona. (Photo by Brett Rudy)
SLUGGER DELIVERS VALENTINES DAY WISHES ACROSS BASEBALL NATION
2/14/09: Happy Valentines Day! The Portland Sea Dogs Valentine's Day Package consisted of Slugger the Sea Dog delivering a dozen roses to sweethearts across the community to their office. Slugger also surprised these ladies with two reserved seat tickets to Opening Day at Hadlock Field. Yes, Spring is in the air! Photos courtesy of the Portland Sea Dogs.
2/13/09: The Boston Baseball Heads Show is at it again. Last night, three shows were recorded that will air in March. Learn about the Fisher College, Emerson College and Roxbury Community College baseball programs by tuning in to Comcast Channel 12 in Boston & Brookline.
Emerson players: Austin Fontanella, Geoff Lopes, Peter Karl & Brandan Lahr.
1/31/09: A few tidbits from around the local college baseball community over the last week or so, as reported from their websites. We've done the compilation so you don't have to.
Amherst College: Major League Baseball Honors Amherst's Brian Hamm
At the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention held earlier this month, Major League Baseball honored Amherst College's Brian Hamm with the Julio Puente Envoy Coach Award, which is awarded to the Envoy Coach who most epitomizes excellence in coaching and player development in international baseball. (more)
UMass Lowell: Bill Moloney got a piece of the action (Lowell Sun)
Lowell's Bill Moloney got to share in some of the spoils from the Tampa Bay Rays' championship season. Moloney, a star pitcher at Lowell High and ULowell back in the 1970s, was the pitching coach at the Rays' Class A Sally League affiliate in Columbus, GA, the last two years. He received a cash bonus from the Rays after they won the AL pennant last fall. (more)
Western New England College: Former big league manager Bobby Valentine visits Golden Bears
Former major league baseball manager Bobby Valentine visits with Western New England College baseball players (from left) Sean Cribbin, Chris Newell, and Justin Walz prior to his lecture Jan. 20th as part of the school's Center for International Sport Business Speakers Series. (more)
Wheaton College: Former Wheaton great Denorfia named to World Baseball Classic roster
Former Wheaton College baseball great and current Major Leaguer Chris Denorfia has earned a spot on the Italian national team's 45-man provisional roster for this spring's World Baseball Classic. An outfielder for the Oakland Athletics, Denorfia was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. (more)
HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS HOLD THEIR 2009 LEADOFF DINNER
1/27/09: Over the weekend, Holy Cross Baseball held their fifth annual Holy Cross Baseball Leadoff Dinner. More than 160 alumni, parents and friends attended the event, the most they've ever had. All proceeds from the event and silent auction benefit the Crusader baseball program. Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame member Paul Brissette (Class of 1954), a former Crusader baseball player and starting second baseman of the 1952 national championship team, was the alumni honoree for the evening. Ron Perry from the same Class of 1954 also spoke. The keynote speaker was Jeremy Kapstein, the Boston Red Sox Senior Advisor.
Head Coach Greg DiCenzo & Keynote Speaker Jeremy Kapstein.
HC Alumnus and Legendary New England athlete Ron Perry '54.
OUT OF THE RABBIT HOLE CAME SOME BASEBALL AUTHORS
1/27/09: Local baseball writers appeared at The Rabbit Hole in Fitchburg this weekend for a book signing. Rip Pallotta, author of One Day in Mudville and Richard Letarte, author of That One Glorious Season, put on a great show. The authors really knew their stuff and they entertained everyone there with hilarious tales of baseballs storied past, answered questions and signed books.
Rip Pallotta & Rich Letarte at The Rabbit Hole.
Baseball book fans obtain signed copies.
BASEBALL ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND
1/25/09: Your baseball fix from this weekend...
Manny Delcarmen's Candlepin Challenge
Sox Pitcher and Boston native raised money money for Boston Public Schools at Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream and 20th Century Bowling. Delcarmen led his own "Dream Team" in a bowling competition against other 6-person teams. The team with the highest score won 2009 Red Sox tickets. Manny also posed for photos and sign autographs. Participants enjoyed chicken wings, pizza, beverages and ice cream, compliments of Ron's, recently ranked among the world's finest makers of home-made ice creams. All participants will also received a free 8x10 commemorative photo signed by Delcarmen.
David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic Special
NESN airinged a special Red Sox Report presented by CVS/pharmacy and produced by Red Sox Productions, chronicling the inaugural David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic. The show profiles the golf tournament and weekend festivities, and features exclusive interviews with host David Ortiz, and attendees such as Larry Lucchino, Bobby Orr, John Havlicek, Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Torii Hunter, and Carlos Pena.
Manny Delcarmen throws a strike at his
Candlepin Challenge from last year.
David Ortiz with Mike Lembo & Brett Rudy
of the BABN at his Celebrity Golf Classic.
REEBOK & NOKONA: MADE HERE IN BOSTON, BY LOCAL BALLPLAYERS
1/20/09: Less than 1% of professional baseball players are born in Massachusetts, yet you may be surprised to learn that two of the biggest names in baseball reside right here in the Bay State: Reebok and Nokona. Reebok is headquartered in Canton and is a producer of athletic footwear, apparel, and has a rapidly growing sports equipment line. Nokona is based out of Lexington and is a producer of gloves, bats and accessories. They are actually the only company that still manufactures baseball gloves in the United States. Two of the biggest baseball products in the game were developed by athletes within the Boston Amateur Baseball Network.
1/19/09: While we were being hit with half a foot of snow, four Boston Men's Baseball League teams were in Orlando, Florida this weekend at the MSBL/MABL Holiday Classic at the Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. In this wood bat tournament, 30 teams from across the country, across three age divisions, battle it out on the Spring Training fields of the Atlanta Braves.
The Boston Wolfpack successfully defended their Age 45+ Division title. They went 3-0 in pool play, winning by a combined score of 48-4. Then in the first round of the playoffs, they knocked off the Bethlehem Stars, 18-0. In the finals, they defeated the San Antonio Bombers, 14-1. While going 5-0 overall, the Wolfpack outscored opponents by a combined score of 80-5. Nice work! (Download photos here.)
The Boston Cutters were the Disney defending champions in the Age 18+ Division. This year, they went 2-1 in pool play with wins over the Philadelphia Yankees and Team Zorros. Due to a tie-breaker, they lost out on advancing to the playoffs. In the Age 35+ Division, the Natick Knights went 1-2 with a win over the Orlando Reds, while the Boston Braves went 1-2 with a win over the Sewanhaka Indians. Neither advanced to the playoffs.
The Wolfpack's Bobby Iandoli and Russ Ward.
Courtesy of Photo Visual Touch Photography.
Dan DiLeo, AJ Bucciarelli and Tony Ramos
of the Boston Cutters at Disney Stadium.
DIRTY WATER TV GETS THE CALL TO THE MAJORS, NESN
1/18/09: Filmed at The Greatest Bar in Boston, Dirty Water TV, the television show that toasts the Boston area's hot entertainment and nightlife news, has been called up to NESN. On January 17, Dirty Water TV began airing Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m. on New England Sports Network. The show features newly appointed talent, including: new host former New England Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, former WBZ-TV Sports Guru Bob Lobel filing special celebrity reports, and Kiss 108 "Matty in the Morning Show" traffic reporter Lisa Donovan as fashion reporter.
1/18/09: As the Boston Red Sox prepare to launch the 2009 regular season general ticket on-sale, the team and Coca-Cola held the 2009 Red Sox Road Trip in all six New England states over the MLK weekend. For the first time ever, as part of a road trip, the team distributed vouchers valid for the guaranteed purchase of two Red Sox 2009 Regular Season tickets. A total of 6500 vouchers are being given out -- 1000 vouchers in each state over the weekend and an additional 500 vouchers in the Greater Boston area on Thursday, January 22. Fans also lined up to enroll in Red Sox Nation packages.
The effort appears an initiative to spread Red Sox Nation beyond metro-Boston, as the majority of locations expand beyond the local region, such as the Warwick Mall in Rhode Island, the Mall of New Hampshire, the LL Bean Flagship Campus in Maine, the Crystal Mall in Connecticut and the Diamond Run Mall in Vermont. Photos courtesy of Maggie McClellan.
Road Trip hits Warwick Mall in Rhode Island.
Fans enroll in the Red Sox Nation program.
PAWSOX HOT STOVE DRAWS MORE THAN 2,000 FANS
1/18/09: More than 2,000 fans enjoyed a fun-filled day yesterday at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club, AAA Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The day included an autograph and Q&A session by Lars Anderson, Daniel Brad, Zach Daeges, Kris Johnson and Mark Wagner. PawSox manager Ron Johnson, who is returning for his fifth season with the team, provided a preview of what the 2009 PawSox may look like. Both the event and the food was free. Special thanks to Louriann Mardo-Zayat for providing the photos.
Lars Anderson and Daniel Bard answer questions.
More than 2,000 crowd into McCoy Stadium.
SUPAH FAN APPEARS ON BASEBALL HEADS SHOW
1/17/09: The Baseball Heads Show is the largest amateur baseball television show in all of Boston. Well, it's the only one, but still. The most recent recent taping gave Kevin Krueger, pitcher for both the Natick Knights and Boston Rangers, an opportunity to talk about his company: SupahFans. Since the company launched in 2004, Krueger is 17-6 with a 1.93 ERA on the mound, but his line of attire is batting 1.000. SupahFan streetwear designed and distributed by Krueger has become amongst the hottest clothing in town. His "Welcome to Fenway" and "Walkoff Wear" lines have become staples of the Boston Sports community.
Those living in Boston or Brookline can tune into Comcast, Channel 12 and catch Krueger on the Baseball Heads Show in February. Also coming in upcoming episodes, Kevin McGovern, owner of the Malden Bulldogs will talk about his new venture through McGovern Physical Therapy Associates: Game 7 Sports Training. Stay tuned!
Kevin Krueger of SupahFans with Stu Sklaver
and host Dave McKay.
SupahFans branded shirts: Entering Fenway
and Love That Dirty Water.
YAWKEY LEAGUE PREZ DAVE MCKAY GOES PRO - WELL, NOT EXACTLY
1/13/09: Dave McKay is the president of the Boston Yawkey League. He has been since 1992. Yet recently, "When Dave McKay Isn't Dave McKay, But Really Is" was the headline from Jimmy Scott's High & Tight article. The article leads with: "Last week I had a moment that can only be created by this contraption we call the internet. I was on Facebook and saw Dave McKay on there. Pictured and standing next to two World Series trophies, this Dave McKay had to be the Dave McKay who is the first base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals." To make a long story short, Yawkey's Dave McKay was interviewed by Jimmy Scott as the wrong Dave McKay. It all began horrible wrong, but then turned out remarkably right with some national exposure for the Yawkey League. The article is quite hysterical.
A few other things you should know. A) Jimmy Scott is the greatest pitcher you've never heard of, and B) Jimmy puts up new audio interviews every Monday morning. Red Sox Strength & Conditioning Coach Dave Page was recently interviewed for the site.
JED LOWRIE HONORED AT LOWELL SPINNERS ALUMNI DINNER
1/13/09: It wasn't all about Lou Merloni, though it may have seemed that way. The Lowell Spinners hosted their Alumni Dinner at the Doublet Hotel in Lowell, MA on Monday night to raise money for the Joann Weber Charitable Fund. Dan Roche of WBZ Channel 4 emceed and kicked off the night with a Lou Merloni joke. EVERY speaker the remainder of the night continued the trend. Pour Loooouuuuuuu! That's what happens when you sit in front, apparently, and heckle the emcee.
Jed Lowrie was the guest of honor, receiving the Dick Berardino Lowell Spinners Alumni Award for the player displaying the most determination, dedication and passionate work ethic and heart to make it to the majors. Also on hand were Casey Kelly, the Red Sox #1 pick of the 2008 Draft, and several Spinners alumni, including Jeff Farrell, Jason Twomley and Greg Montalbano. Spinners owner Drew Weber spoke of what the evening meant to him, and General Manager Tim Bawmann thanked his staff and the Spinner fans for their continued support.
Jed Lowrie accepts award from Dick Berardino himself.
Lowell Spinners raise $22k for Joann Weber Fund.
SOX STARS OF TOMORROW SHINING NOW
1/13/09: The Red Sox Team Store hosted the Red Sox Stars of Tomorrow signing this past weekend to raise money for the Red Sox Foundation. On hand were prospects Kris Johnson, Daniel Bard, Lars Anderson, Felix Doubront, Dewon Day, Wes Littleton, Richie Lentz, Josh Reddick, Adam Mills, Argenis Diaz, Mark Wagner, Dustin Richardson and Zach Daeges. Kids received all the autographs they could get for a mere $20 donation.
Sox prospect, Lars Anderson, signs at Red Sox Team Store.
CAPE COD & NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUES REPLACE SOME NICKNAMES
1/12/09: The Cape Cod League has announced that the Orleans Firebirds will join the Chatham Anglers as new names for 2009. Previously, the teams had Major League Baseball nicknames: Orleans Cardinals and Chatham Athletics. After the Cape Cod League and its teams reached an agreement with MLB Properties which required any CCBL teams which shared their nicknames with MLB teams to use MLBP-licensed vendors for uniforms and souvenir merchandise bearing the nickname and/or logo, Orleans and Chatham decided to change their names. This move will assure that the local amateur league can maintains its independence and its longstanding relationships with local vendors -- without ruffling the feathers of MLB.
Rather than break from the tradition of the familiar red bird, Orleans opted for a transformation to the Firebirds from the Cardinals. Chatham Anglers will remain abbreviated as Chatham A's. The Bourne Braves, Harwich Mariners, Hyannis Mets and Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox elected to retain their MLB nicknames for the coming season.
Meanwhile, in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the Torrington Twisters have announced that they will be moving from Connecticut to New Bedford, Massachusetts and will become the New Bedford Bay Sox. See the video.
GAMMONS AND THEO JAM AT HOT STOVE COOL MUSIC
1/12/09: On Saturday night, Boston sports icons Peter Gammons, Theo Epstein and the Hot Stove All-Stars rocked on at the 7th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music concert held at the Paradise Rock Club. Proceeds from the event went to the Foundation To Be Named Later. Also making stage appearances were Letters to Cleo, American Hi Fi, The Figgs and Jenny D and the Deelinquents. Peter Gammons was once quoted as saying "Most guys I know host charity golf tournaments ... well, I don't golf, so this is my version of that. It's the best way I know to bring together my two greatest passions, baseball and rock music, while raising money for a great cause."
Hot Stove Cool Music at the Paradise. Photo courtesey of Bob Dougherty.
Peter Gammons and Theo Epstein jam. Photo courtesey of Maggie McClellan.
NEW STARS FOR YOUNG STARS TURN UP AT JILLIANS
1/11/09: Presented by the Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston, this Boston Red Sox autograph-signing event held at Jillian's provided a unique and memorable opportunity to meet and greet some of the newer Red Sox players, as well as many of the up-and-coming minor league players from the Red Sox organization. Before the event opened to the public, the players made the day extra special for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients and their families by privately signing autographs, bowling, and playing pool with the kids.
THE ESSEX BASE BALL ORGANIZATION HELPS BRING BASEBALL TO IRELAND
1/11/09: Last night at the Baseball Tavern in Boston, the Essex Base Ball Club did their part to help bring baseball history to Ireland. They showed the film The Emerald Diamond, a 90-minute documentary about the Irish National Baseball Team, to help raise funds for their upcoming trip. Several players on the Irish National Team live right here in Boston, including Jason Hoye who spent the 2008 season playing for the Watertown Reds in Boston's Intercity League.
The Essex Base Ball Organization is a nonprofit vintage base ball organization that travels the east coast playing baseball as it was played in the 19th century. They also hold demonstrations, kid's clinics and lectures on the history and evolution of the game of baseball. Funds from the event will send a group of players to Ireland to play against local teams and set up kids clinics and lectures on the history of the game. Shown below are Rob Michaud, Mark Scapicchio, Kevin Foley, Chris Sheehy, Pat Foley, Pat Wadland and Brian Sheehy of Essex.
Players with the Essex Base Ball Organization.
Vintage Base Ball set-up at the Baseball Tavern.
PORTLAND SEA DOGS AND JUSTIN MASTERSON HELP STRIKE OUT CANCER IN KIDS
1/10/09: Last night, the Portland Sea Dogs (Class AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) held their Hot Stove Dinner at the Wyndham Hotel in South Portland, Maine. A sold out crowd of 300 attended, with all proceeds from the dinner and silent auction going to the Maine Children's Cancer Program and Strike Out Cancer in Kids. Red Sox pitcher and former Portland Sea Dog Justin Masterson was the featured guest.
Justin Masterson spoke of the day he was called up from Portland to make his big league debut against the Angels. Arnie Beyeler addressed the crowd after officially being announced as the Sea Dogs 2009 Manager. Beyeler returns for this third season as Sea Dogs Manager. Red Sox minor leaguers Aaron Bates and Jeff Natale along with Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler signed autographs for fans. The Portland Sea Dogs play at Hadlock Field, less than a 2 hour drive from Boston.
Justin Masterson talks of Sea Dogs Days.
Arnie Beyeler announced as 2009 Sea Dogs Manager.
CASSELL CLUB FOLDS FROM INTERCITY LEAGUE AFTER 26 YEARS
1/09/09: The Somerville Journal has reported that after 26 years, Cassell Club will not be returning to the Intercity League. Somerville's Cassell Club manager Bob Nasson Sr. was quoted by the Journal as saying "Sponsorship is more difficult to get in this economy, and it's become too much of a grind for our coaches and players." Cassell Club was 22-5 and the ICL Runner-Up in 2008, so this is quite a hit to the Intercity League which provides some of the top amateur baseball in the region.
DUSTIN PEDROIA ACCEPTS MVP AWARD AT BOSTON BASEBALL WRITERS AWARDS DINNER
1/08/09: This evening at the Westin-Waterfront Hotel, the Boston Baseball Writers Association of America held their 70th Annual Awards Dinner. About 600 sports writers and baseball fans were in attendance to appreciate the contributions of several Red Sox players, as well as some athletes from out of town. Amongst those in attendance were Jim Rice who received the Judge Emil Fuchs Award, Dustin Pedroia who received his American League MVP Award and Thomas A. Yawkey Red Sox MVP Award, new addition Rocco Baldelli who received the Tony Conigliaro Award from Tony C Junior himself, Sean Casey who received the Red Sox Good Guy Award, and several others.
The night was in good spirits. Sean Casey concluded his acceptance speech by ribbing Dustin Pedroia that all year, Dustin had teased him (Casey) about his wardrobe, and then he (Pedroia) showed up to dinner in a red tie. Later, Dustin Pedoia thanked all the sports writers who voted for him for MVP, "except for the guy from Texas who didn't vote for him at all."
NORTH AMERICAN WOMEN'S BASEBALL LEAGUE TAKES OVER KELLY'S
1/06/09: Members of the NAWBL were on hand at Kelly's Roast Beef in Saugus for a night of fundraising. This New England women's baseball league was fully funded through 2007. Beginning last season, the league became self-supported and fundraising became necessary. This evening, 10% of all register receipts at Kelly's were donated to the NAWBL to cover costs for the upcoming season.
Lending their support at the North American Women's Baseball League event at Kelly's in Saugus are Tianna Carr, Emily Creedon, Lauren Creedon, Julie Fox (also the Head Coach for the M.I.T. Softball Team), Courtney Duggan, Spike and Val Doerrer.
Female athletes aged 14-40+ are invited to register to play in 2009 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTH SHORE NAVIGATORS ANNOUNCE PETER DELANI AS NEW GENERAL MANAGER
1/05/09: The North Shore Navigators, Lynn's entry in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), today announced the hiring of Mr. Peter Delani as their General Manager effective Jan 1, 2009. Mr. Delani is a native of Wakefield, MA. He is presently the Vice-Principal of Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, MA.
1/03/09: It may be January and cold, but there are plenty of local baseball activities to make you feel warm over the next several weeks. View the complete Baseball Activites Calendar:
Boston Baseball Writers Award Dinner (Thu., Jan 8) — Dustin Pedroia will be honored for his MVP. Kevin Youkilis, Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon, Jacoby Ellsbury and Sean Casey will also be receiving awards. Starts at 6:00 p.m.
New Stars for Young Stars (Sat., Jan 10) — Justin Masterson, Chris Carter, Lars Anderson, Daniel Bard and George Kottaras are all expected guests at this Jimmy Fund 11:30 a.m. charity event.
Story Time with Johnny Pesky (Sat., Jan 10) — At The Skybox Restaurant in Tewksbury starting at 11:00 a.m. The event will raise money for the C2 Mission, benefitting children and families affected by Cerebral Palsy and Cystic Fibrosis. Tickets are $20 each.
Hot Stove Cool Music (Sat., Jan 10) — At 1:00 p.m., Round Table with Peter Gammons, Theo Epstein & Mike O'Malley. At 7:00 p.m., attend the Music Concert at The Paradise. Both benefit The Foundation To Be Named Later.
Irish Baseball Movie Night (Sat., Jan 10) — Come to the Baseball Tavern in Boston at 7:00 p.m. to this movie night fundraiser to help bring baseball history to Ireland. The Essex Base Ball Club will be showing the movie The Emerald Diamond, a 90-minute documentary about the Irish National Baseball Team.
Lowell Spinners Alumni Dinner (Mon., Jan 12) — Join Jed Lowrie, Lou Merloni, Casey Kelly and other alumni at 5:30 p.m. at this event to benefit the Joann Weber Charitable Fund.
PawSox Hot Stove League Party (Sat., Jan 17) — Join Red Sox future stars Lars Anderson, Zach Daegos, Mark Wagner, Kris Johnson, Dewon Day and Daniel Bard at McCoy Stadium for an 11:00 a.m. brunch.
Ted Williams and the Pursuit of Perfection (Tue., Jan 27) — A talk by Bill Nowlin, national Vice President of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) and the author of nearly 20 books on the Red Sox. Will be held at the Medford Public Library at 7:30 p.m.
Bostonian Society honors Baseball's Ken Burns (Thu., Jan 29) — Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will be honored at the Boston History Award Gala beginning at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds support the programs, services, and collections of The Bostonian Society and the Old State House Museum.
Sharing the Journey (Sun., Feb 8) — At the Park Street Church in Boston, Justin Masterson will be speaking in services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m., and 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Justin will present engaging topics that illuminate Christian belief, address objections or challenges, and motivate love for neighbor.
MLB NETWORK LAUNCHING TONIGHT AT 6PM -- NESN'S HAZEL MAE IS BACK ON THE AIRWAVES
1/01/09: The MLB Network officially debuts at 6:00 p.m. tonight in more than 50 million homes — the largest launch in the history of cable television. The channel's first live program will be a one-hour studio show called "Hot Stove Live," followed by a replay of Don Larsen's 1956 World Series perfect game — the game will even air the original commercials.
After spending 4 years with the New England Sports Network, local icon Hazel Mae will be an on-air reporter for the network. To the left, Hazel is seen interviewing Jason Varitek earlier this season at a charity event at Fenway Park's EMC Club.
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