A comprehensive review of the 2007 season.

December 8, 2007

12/08/07: The 7th annual Winterball Extravaganza was held today at Boston English High School in Jamaica Plain, a fundraiser event benefiting Toys for Tots. Yes, the field was covered in snow and was just 37° at game time — that was the point!

The MABL (age 18+ division) defeated the MSBL (age 30+ division), 7-4. Kevin Bell and Jay Thomas both homered for the MABL to lead the way. More than 30 players donated toys and Boston's Finest was even on hand for the festivities. See a 100+ pictures taken by Smokey. Or, view past Winterball events.



Tim Fish
Boston's Finest with MABL & US Marine Tim Fish.

Kevin Bell
Kevin Bell pitches through the snow.

November 15, 2007

The 2007 Curt's Pitch for ALS Post-Season Reception was held on November 3rd at the Longwharf Marriot in downtown Boston. Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and his wife Shonda hosted the event to thank all who donated to their organization to help aid the fight against ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Kevin Beliveau and Dan Field of the MABL Boston Tigers each received a plaque for their fundraising efforts in this year's 100-inning event. Beliveau was the top fundraiser in the event, raising $2,920 in donations while Field was the top manager with a team total of $6,339 in donations. Chief of umpires, Walter Bentson, was also honored for his outstanding fundraising efforts while he himself fights this horrible disease.

Beliveau and Field receive award from Schilling
Beliveau and Field receive award from the Schilling's.

Beliveau and Field show off their autographed plaques
Beliveau and Field show off autographed plaques.

October 28, 2007

10/28/07: The Boston Wolfpack competed in the 20th MSBL World Series. The 'Pack went 4-2 in pool play and were defeated in the semi-finals by the RI Salty Dogs, 10-7 in the 45+ Wood Bat Division.

The Pack was joined by Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd who was a member of the 1986 Boston Red Sox World Series team. The Can pitched 18 innings, giving up one run and earning a win and a no-decision. Rich Erwin, Rick Myers, and Dave Joseph picked up the other wins.

The Rhode Island Cardinals were also in attendance, playing in the Father/Son Tourney, where Steve and Dave Joseph of the BMBL led the Cards to a championship victory over The Athletics, 5-1.

2007 Rhode Island Cardinals
2007 Rhode Island Cardinals Father/Son Champions.
  Oil Can Boyd
Oil Can Boyd pitching for the 'Pack.
October 24, 2007

The MABL held their End-of-Year Banquet to a packed house at The Greatest Bar in Boston from 7:00 p.m. The event coincided to Game 1 of the World Series where the Red Sox crushed the Rockies. Team and individual awards were also distributed.

Daryl Pina, Dan Field, Matt Deeb, Jonathan Pollard
2007 Award Winners: Pina, Field, Deeb & Pollard.

Anthony Bucciarelli, Manny Ramirez
Anthony Bucciarelli cheers to the World Series.

October 7, 2007

The Ben's Dream Columbus Day tourney brought awareness to the Ben's Dream Foundation. Funds raised will aid the mission to find a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare and fatal inherited genetic disorder. Boston Parks & Recreation donated the weekend's fields. Walter Bentson, citywide umpire coordinator, arranged for more than 20 umpires to donate their game fees directly to Ben's Dream. Reebok donated shoes to the Starting 9 players on the J-Squad All-Stars, since they had the highest fundraising total. And appropriately, the Ben's Dream White Sox won the Cup, defeating the Central Mass Stars, 7-1, in the Championship Game.

Rockstar Ari Hest, also a celebrity tourney player for the White Sox, put on a sold-out BENefit at Harper's Ferry Saturday evening to raise even more money, bringing the grand total raised to $10,525.

Ben's Dream

Games were played at Moakley Park in South Boston on Saturday & Sunday:

  • FINALS: Ben's Dream White Sox 7, Central Mass Stars 1
  • SEMIFINALS: Ben's Dream White Sox 4, Boston Tigers 0
  • SEMIFINALS: Central Mass Stars 8, J-Squad All-Stars 6
  • Central Mass Stars 15, Boston Commons 7
  • J-Squad All-Stars 8, Erie Pub Athletics, 5
  • Ben's Dream White Sox 10, Boston Tigers, 0
  • Central Mass Stars 8, Erie Pub Athletics, 4
  • Boston Tigers 14, J-Squad All-Stars, 12
  • Ben's Dream White Sox 9, Boston Commons, 7
Read the Ben's Dream Press Release. Learn about the BMBL & Ben's Dream.
Ben Siedman
Ben Siedman presented with signed bat.

Ben's Dream White Sox
Ben's Dream White Sox win their tourney.

October 7, 2007
There was no shortage of BMBL players playing baseball this Columbus Day weekend:
  • 3rd Annual Central Mass 40+ Fall Classic in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
    From the BMBL: Quincy Grays, Mass Minutemen

    Minutemen go 3-0 in pool play, then beat Springfield in the semifinal 19-4 powered by a grand slam and 3 doubles by Izzy Rodriguez and 4 hits from Paul Grammar. In the finals, the Minutemen defeated the Central Mass Cost 45's by a score of 5-4 for the Title. Izzy homered in bottom of 6th to obtain the lead and also came in relief to get the win. Izzy Rodriguez was tournament MVP as he hit .833 with 2 HRs, 3 doubles, 11 RBI and was winning pitcher in championship. Paul Grammar was a close 2nd as he hit .667 and led team in hits and runs scored.

    2007 Mass Minutemen
    2007 Central MA 40+ Champs: Mass Minutemen.

  • 1st Annual Seacoast Wood Bat Invitational in Rochester, New Hampshire
    From the BMBL: Medford Mets

    The NH 38 club defeated fellow Seacoast NH MSBL players in the finals. Karl Douglas was the winning pitcher going the distance for the 38 club. NH 38 run by Rob Garland went a perfect 4-0. The Medford Mets played well, but injuries took their toll. Winchester Pirates' Paul Marshall pitched 19 consecutive innings in 2 and 1/3 consecutive games for Medford.

  • NABA World Series in Phoenix, Arizona
    The Boston Rockies went 2-3 in pool play, defeating the Colarado Reds 4-2, and the Phoenix Falcons 23-0. The Rockies snuck into the playoffs where the San Diego Stars defeated them, 8-1.

  • MIBL Tourney -- This tourney was played in memory of Brockton's Lori Dragonetti who passed away since the Mother's Day Boston Cup tourney that was played on her behalf to raise money for breast cancer.
September 30, 2007

The Scituate Tides defeated the Natick Knights 2 games to 1 to take home their second championship in three years. Larry Cibotti and Rob Monti combine on the hill for the win. LC battled through the first 6 1/3, to be relieved by Monti, who notched the save. Brian Cassidy announces he can now hang up his cleats for good, while Tommy Keefe won his 1st championship in 14 years in the league. See Past MSBL Champions.

MSBL Scituate Tides
2007 BMBL 30+ NL Champion Scituate Tides.

September 28, 2007

As the Boston Red Sox were winning their first division in 12 years, the Metro Red Sox were winning the 40+ Masters Division Championship two games to one over the Duxbury Blue Jays. Glenn Watson earned the win scattering 7 hits and giving up one earned run as the Sox won the third and deciding game, 7-4. Paul Rousseau hit a 2-run triple and Bill Carlezon stroked a 2-run double to lead the Sox. Dominic Sestito and Gregg Phieffer had 2 hits a piece. Brian Cassidy pitched well on 3-days rest for Duxbury who made it to the finals for the ninth straight year. See Past Masters Champions.

MSBL Masters Metro Red Sox
2007 BMBL 40+ Masters Champion Metro Red Sox.

September 27, 2007

The Newton Red Sox won the MSBL 30+ American League Championship for the third year in a row defeating the Milton Breakers two games to one. Both the Sox wins came in their last at bat. In the deciding game, the Newton came back from a 5-3 deficit. Scott Ostrow went 3 for 3 and knocked in two runs along with setting up the winning run with a double to lead off the 7th. Bobby Boermeester came in in the 7th after a leadoff double and struck out the #2 hitter, then caught the final out of the inning in centerfield. Then with a man on 3rd in the bottom of the 7th, Boermeester delivered the game winning hit. Milton battled to the final out, led by Steve Leonard who had 2 hits, 3 RBI's and at least two big inning saving catches in right field. See Past MSBL Champions.

MSBL American Newton Red Sox
2007 BMBL 30+ AL Champion Newton Red Sox.

September 27, 2007

It took the full 5 games, but the Cutters defeated the Tigers for the Boston Men's Baseball League 18+ Title. The Cutters had jumped out to a substantial 7-0 lead, but the Tigers fought back. Down 7-5 with two men in scoring position in the bottom of the 7th inning, Cutters reliever Jay Wisner shut the door to save the Cutters their first league championship -- the fourth for skipper Jeff Coveney. Get more details on the 2007 BMBL Championships.

MABL Cutters
2007 BMBL 18+ Champion Cutters.

MABL Cutters
Jay Wisner soaks skipper Jeff Coveney.

September 23, 2007

2007 MABL Award Winners

The Best of the MABL have been recognized, as voted for by the managers:

  • Most Valuable player -- Tigers' slugger Jonathan Pollard edged his teammate, Josue Feliciano.
  • Cy Young -- With 48 career wins, Indians' ace Daryl Pina finally gets the nod for a perfect season.
  • Rookie of the Year -- Sox sensation Matt Deeb has an inaugural season to remember.
  • Manager of the Year -- Dan Field of the Tigers assembles a band of brothers worthy of a title.

See complete balloting and where your favorite players finished: 2007 MABL Award Winners. The MABL Banquet will be held on Wednesday, October 24 at The Greatest Bar from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Food and beer is included.

September 23, 2007

The Cutters and the Tigers each made their first trip to the Championship Series, and the Tigers hold a 2-1 advantage in the Best of 5 series. Many of the Cutters remain from the Yankees who made regular trips to the finals in 2000, 2001, 2001 and 2004. At the same time, a large crew from the Tigers made trips to the finals with the White Sox in 2005 while others saw action with the Dodgers in 2003 and 2004. With that kind of experience on both sides, it should be an incredible series. In the Semifinals, the Cutter defeated the White Sox 3 games to 1, while the Tigers defeated the Astros 3 games to 0.

In the Men’s Senior Baseball League Divisions:

  • The Newton Red Sox are edging the Milton Breakers, 1 game to 0 -- Best of 3 for American Title.
  • Natick Knights and the Scituate Tides square off -- Best of 3 for National Title.
  • Metro Red Sox and the Duxbury Blue Jays face off -- Best of 3 for Masters Title.
September 3, 2007

The 13th Annual Cape Cod Classic tournament took place this Labor Day Weekend on the fields of the Cape Cod League. Club Franz Rockies repeated as champion, winning 6-2 over the Vermont Blacksox.

The Rockies led 2-0 going into the 8th inning - a true pitcher's duel between their own Mark Nickerson and O'Connor of the Blacksox, when Vermont's John Luter hit a two-out, two-run home run to square things up. Club Franz came storming back in the bottom half of the 8th, scoring 4 runs powered by Robby Linn, Jon Tenney, Eli Munkholm, Ryan Radabaugh & the legendary Franz Strassmann. Nickerson finished it up in the 9th to get the complete game victory, spinning a gem against a Blacksox offense that had previously been averaging over 10 runs a game.

Special thanks to Pete Mastro & Alex Masel of the Thunder for running another great holiday weekend tournament.

Club Franz Rockies
2007 Club Franz Rockies - Repeat Champions.

Cape Cod Classic

From the BMBL, Club Franz, Middlesex Thunder, Lexington Astros, Situate Tides and Waltham Red Sox all participated.

July 21, 2007
Doug Bernhardt
Doug Bernhardt, Townies.

On July 21, 2007, Douglas Bernhardt, a member of the Boston Townies baseball club, passed away. Doug was the #1 selection in the MSBL Masters Division draft in 2004. Being a catcher and a preacher, Doug often had to keep himself in check. Last season, and over the age of 50, Doug led the Townies in batting at .440, On-Base Percentage at .517 and runs scored with 9. He loved to hang out after the games, have a few beers and talk baseball. He will be missed.

July 7, 2007
2007 All-Star Game

On Saturday, the Boston Men's Baseball League All-Star Games were played at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, MA -- home of the Lowell Spinners, Single A affiliate to the Boston Red Sox.

MSBL All-Star Game: National 12, American 9
In the MSBL game, the National League, led by Steve Wolf and Russ Ward, outlasted the American League, led by Cesar Romero and Kevin Marden. See team pictures.

MABL All-Star Game: Atlantic 5, Bay State 4 (view box score)
Bay State pitchers (Rich Wlodarczyk, Brian Cosentino, Brian Houlding & Mike Vernon) took a no-hitter into the 7th inning until Santi Mazzeo of the A's broke it up with a single. Still, the game remained 4-0 Bay State going into the bottom of the 8th inning. It was then that the Altantic loaded the bases. Santi Mazzeo came to the plate again. This time, he stroked a 3-RBI double into the gap to make the score 4-3. Santi scored from second when a double-play went unturned to tie the game at 4-4. The White Sox' Mike Pollak scored the go-ahead run later that frame on a Chris Plant RBI single to make the score 5-4 Atlantic.

In the 9th inning with the game on the line for the Bay State, the Tigers' Jon Pollard reached and stole second. With two outs, the Astros' Shu Sasaki singled to left. Pollard attempted to score from second, but the Mariners Jeff Rausch hosed JP at the plate on a perfect throw to the White Sox Ivan Clemente to end the game. Jay Wisner of the Cutters picked up the win tossing 2 innings of 1-hit relief. See rosters, team pictures and action photos.

Fabian Alicea
Roxbury Panther's Alicea Fabian strokes the first hit of the game for Atlantic All-Stars.

JP Pollard, Ivan Clemente
Ivan Clemente of the White Sox tags out the Tigers JP Pollard at the plate to end game.

July 6, 2007
The Southern Maine Men's Baseball League hosted a rainy 10th Annual Downeast Wood Bat Classic on July 6-8 in the Greater Portland, ME area. There were three age division (25+, 35+ and 42+).

The BMBL sent 3 teams to this tournament:

  • North Andover Thunder (25+) -- went 1-1 in rain shortened division, made playoffs but lost in 3-inning Quarterfinal game, 2-0. Maine Diamond Dogs won it all.
  • Acton Orioles (35+) -- went 0-2 in rain shortened division and didn't make the playoffs. Maine Diamond Dogs won this division, too.
  • Wayland Baseball Club (42+) -- went 1-1, won a 5-inning Semifinal game but lost in a 5-inning, Final in the pouring rain to Cenral Maine.
Get more info, including complete schedules.
June 10, 2007

For the third straight year, the Brockton Reds went undefeated at the Cooperstown Classic to win the Cup. During this stretch, the Reds, hailing from the Men's Independent Baseball League, have gone 12-0. In 2007, the Reds defeated the Rangers and White Sox in pool play before defeating the Orioles in the semifinals and the White Sox again in the finals.

Teams in the tourney were the Brockton Reds (4-0), White Sox (2-2), Tigers (3-1), Orioles (1-2), Grays (2-1), Senators (1-2), Brockton Dodgers (1-2), Rangers (1-2) and Mariners (0-3). Games were played on historic Doubleday Field at the Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as at Beaver Valley and Wilbur Park.

Brockton Reds 3-Peat at Cooperstown Classic.

Chris Falato
White Sox' Chris Falato tossing at Beaver.

May 28, 2007
2007 Las Vegas Open

The Boston Wolfpack finished second in the 2007 Las Vegas Open, losing to the Aqua Dulce Reds in the Championship Game, 15-6. It was the third tournament in a row that the Wolfpack made it to the finals and the second year in a row making the finals of the Open.

The Pack fought back from an 0-2 start, losing both games by a total of 3 runs. They avenged their loss in the Kickoff finals to the SoCal Angels in game 3, sending the Angels home and qualifying Boston for the last playoff spot. The Pack then upset top seeded San Diego Stars in the Semi-finals behind clutch pitching and hitting by Richie Figueroa and Rick Myers. In the finals, Myers came back again to start and the Pack jumped to a 3-0 lead. Boston still held onto a 4-3 lead after 5 but in the 6th, Agua Dulce finally took advantage of Boston's tired pitching and broke the game open.

See more on BMBL Tournament play.

Russ Ward
Russ Ward of the Wolfpack fires strikes.

Mark MoiseMark Moise hammers the ball.

May 27, 2007
100 Innings

This Memorial Day Weekend, we once again partnered with the ALS Association MA Chapter and Curt's Pitch for ALS to play the 4th Annual 100 Innings of Baseball Spectacular.

This marathon baseball game fundraiser has raised an average of more than $100,000 per year since it's inception in 2004 when Curt Schilling arrived in Boston. The first pitch was thrown at 9:30AM Saturday, May 26 and continued on without breaks for 29 hours and 100 innings until mid-afternoon on Sunday the 27th. Curt Schilling's wife Shonda even pitched on Saturday afternoon.

Teams and players from the Boston Men's Baseball League, Yawkey League, Park League, MIBL and Bambuu Leagues all participated and helped bring the fundraising total to close to $400,000 since the game's inception. 100 Inning Games are planned in Rhode Island and Houston, Texas later this summer.

Daryl Pina, Shonda Schilling
The Indians' Daryl Pina bats vs. Shonda Schilling.

Final Score: Team Endurance 99, Team Stamina 72
May 13, 2007
2007 Boston Cup

For Mother's Day, the Boston Men's Baseball League MABL division battled the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL) in interleague play. Each of the twelve MABL teams played twelve MIBL teams. The MIBL won 7 games to the MABL's 5, earning them the Boston Cup.

These games were played to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. The leagues agreed to sacrifice one umpire for each game (these games only used one umpire instead of the traditional two). This was symbolic for the women who have sacrificed by having a lump or breast removed. The money for what would have been used for the second ump will 100% benefit Breast Cancer. $1,000 was raised.

MABL Rangers
Rangers sport pink bracelets for breast cancer awareness.

Read the "Diamond's for Mother's Day" article from the Brockton Enterprise, featuring this event.

View the Mother's Day Scores.

April 24, 2007

Opening Weekend is here, and marks the 20th year of the Boston Men's Baseball League. Eight MABL teams open up on Saturday, April 28. Remaining teams open up on Sunday, April 29.

Twenty years ago, the league was founded with 9 teams in one 30+ division. Five years later in 1993, the Age 18+ division was founded with 4 teams. Today, the league is the largest in New England, with 51 teams across three age divisions. See what teams have been in league the longest. View the MSBL Genealogy.

April 8, 2007

The 2007 Tryout for the Boston Men's Baseball League was held yesterday, Saturday, April 7 at Clifford Field.

100 prospects on the nose tried out across the 18+ and 30+ Age Divisions. Congratulations to those drafted, including a special congrats to Steve Hemingway who was the #1 pick overall to the Grays in the 18+ grouping. Hemingway is Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts graduate and former All MASCAC standout pitcher. See 2007 Draftee List.

March 19, 2007
The Boston Wolfpack made it to the finals in the Las Vegas Kickoff Classic before being dealt a 10-8 losing hand against the Southern California Angels in the Championship game.  Learn more about BMBL tournament participation over the years.

Las Vegas Kickoff Classic, Las Vegas, Nevada
March 17-19, 2007
Boston Wolfpack - Age 45+ Division Schedule & Results

W 9-0 vs. Louisiana Road Runners.
L 12-5 vs. San Diego Waveland Cubs.
W 9-5 vs. St. Louis Bandits
Quarterfinals: W 5-2 vs. Atlanta Giants
Semifinals: W 11-2 vs. Twin Cities Crosstown Traffic
Finals: L 10-8 vs. Southern California Angels

February 18, 2007
The Caribbean Winter Baseball Championship was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from February 15-18.
  • New England Bandits, Age 25+ Division -- Record: 3-2. Wins over Puerto Rico Royals, Fedlock Falons and the Bridgeport Indians. Bandits lost in the playoffs.

  • Rhode Island Cardinals, Age 45+ Division -- Record: 3-2. Wins over Suncoast Suns, Puerto Rico Seniors and the Sea Dogs International. Cards lost in the Finals.

  • Dorchester Yankees -- got stranded in Boston due to weather. Earl Murphy and Nick Mirabello (both Tigers) did arrive safely played with the DC Fedlock Falcons instead. Murphy went 4-12 with 2 triples and 4 walks while Mirabello went 3 for 9 with 5 walks. Fedlock went 1-2-2 and missed the playoff round by one run. (If only Murph was a little faster...)
Earl Murphy, Nick Mirabello
Earl Murphy & Nick Mirabello for DC Fedlock Falcons.
Earl Murphy
Earl Murphy behind the dish.
January 19, 2007
Greg Gallivan

Greg Gallivan of the Boston MABL Orioles has been signed by the Laredo Broncos of the Texas Winter League and United League Baseball.

The winter season began today and lasts an intense month over 24 games to give top prospects an opportunity to showcase their talent with the hope of getting signed for the 2007 season. Gallivan will be playing under skipper and former Kansas City Royal, Buddy Biancalana, in this instructional independent league.

UPDATE: 2/18/07 - Through 19 games, Gallivan is one of just three Broncos to start every game. During this stretch, Greg is batting a respectable .273. As a team, the Broncos are struggling with a 7-11-1 record.

January 15, 2007
2006 Disney Classic

1/15/07: Over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, four teams from the BMBL competed in the MSBL Holiday Classic at Disney Wide World of Sports. Get all the scores here.

  • Boston Cutters (18+ Aluminum) - Went 3-2 overall, losing in Finals 10-4 to the St. Pete Blue Jays.
  • Boston Braves (35+ Wood) - Went 3-2 overall, losing in Semifinals 11-0 to the Jacksonville Vikings.
  • Boston Wolfpack (45+ Wood) - Went 4-1 overall, losing in Finals 9-5 to Puerto Rico Royals.
  • Natick Knights (35+ Wood) - Went 2-1 overall, just missing the playoff cut.

In addition to games at WWS, the Spring Training facility of the Atlanta Braves, games were played at historic Henley Field and Sanford Memorial Stadium. Henley Field, (listed on the National Registry of Historic Places), was built in 1922. Henley was the spring training home for the Cleveland Indians from 1924 - 1927 and the Detroit Tigers from 1934 - 1966. Sanford Memorial Stadium was built in 1951 as the spring training home of the New York Giants.

Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan of the Boston Cutters snares a foul ball.

John Collins of the Boston Wolfpack dives into 3rd.
January 9, 2007

Today, Zachary Moore, bat boy for the Winthrop Black Sox and son of the Winthrop Black Sox' John "Smokey" Moore, was featured with 9 other kids for the new Boston Red Sox Kid's Nation television commercial at Fenway park with Jonathan Papelbon. Mom and Dad were nice enough to let him miss his 1st day of school all year to be in the commercial. Zack plays ball at St. Mary's Cal Ripken in Revere and also Revere Little League.

Zack Moore
Zack Moore, Winthrop Black Sox Bat Boy
with Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox.