2007 - THE YEAR IN REVIEW
A comprehensive review of the 2007 season.
|WINTERBALL VII BENEFITS
TOYS FOR TOTS
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
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.
Boston's Finest with MABL & US Marine Tim Fish.
Kevin Bell pitches through the snow.
|CURT AND SHONDA AWARD TWO
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
Beliveau and Field receive award from the Schilling's.
Beliveau and Field show off autographed plaques.
|MSBL WORLD SERIES WITH
DADS, KIDS & OIL CAN BOYD
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
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
2007 Rhode Island Cardinals Father/Son Champions.
Oil Can Boyd pitching for the 'Pack.
|MABL CELEBRATES SEASON
AS RED SOX OPEN THE WORLD SERIES
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.
2007 Award Winners:
Pina, Field, Deeb & Pollard.
Anthony Bucciarelli cheers to the World Series.
|LOCAL BALLPLAYERS MAKE
BEN'S DREAM A REALITY -- $10,525 RAISED!
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.
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.
Games were played at Moakley
Park in South Boston on Saturday & Sunday:
Read the Ben's
Dream Press Release. Learn about the BMBL
& Ben's Dream.
- FINALS: Ben's Dream White Sox 7, Central Mass
- SEMIFINALS: Ben's Dream White Sox 4, Boston Tigers
- SEMIFINALS: Central Mass Stars 8, J-Squad All-Stars
- 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
Ben Siedman presented with signed bat.
Ben's Dream White Sox win their tourney.
|OTHER TOURNEYS DISCOVERED
ON COLUMBUS DAY
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,
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 Central MA 40+ Champs: Mass Minutemen.
- 1st Annual Seacoast Wood Bat Invitational in Rochester,
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
- 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.
|THE TIDES ROLL IN THE NATIONAL
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.
2007 BMBL 30+ NL Champion Scituate Tides.
|METRO RED SOX WIN THE MASTERS
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
2007 BMBL 40+ Masters Champion Metro Red Sox.
|AN AMERICAN TRADITION,
RED SOX 3-PEAT
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
2007 BMBL 30+ AL Champion Newton Red Sox.
|A CUT ABOVE IN THE MABL
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
2007 BMBL 18+ Champion Cutters.
Jay Wisner soaks skipper Jeff Coveney.
|ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET.
THE WINNERS ARE...
September 23, 2007
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
|IT'S SHOW TIME!
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.
|FIVE TEAMS GO TO WORK DURING
LABOR DAY TOURNEY
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.
2007 Club Franz Rockies - Repeat Champions.
From the BMBL, Club Franz, Middlesex Thunder, Lexington
Astros, Situate Tides and Waltham Red Sox all participated.
|BMBL LOSES A FRIEND: DOUG
July 21, 2007
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
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
MABL All-Star Game: Atlantic 5, Bay State 4 (view
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.
Roxbury Panther's Alicea Fabian strokes the first hit
of the game for Atlantic All-Stars.
Ivan Clemente of the White Sox tags out the Tigers
JP Pollard at the plate to end game.
|TENTH TIME'S A CLASSIC
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:
more info, including complete schedules.
- 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
|REDS SWEEP COOPERSTOWN
AGAIN; IMPROVE TO 12-0
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
Brockton Reds 3-Peat at Cooperstown Classic.
White Sox' Chris Falato tossing at Beaver.
|WOLFPACK LUCK RUNS OUT
IN LAS VEGAS
May 28, 2007
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
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
Russ Ward of the Wolfpack fires strikes.
Moise hammers the ball.
|ANOTHER 100 INNINGS IN
May 27, 2007
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
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.
The Indians' Daryl Pina bats vs. Shonda Schilling.
Final Score: Team Endurance 99, Team Stamina
|MOTHER'S DAY FEATURES INTERLEAGUE
PLAY FOR A CAUSE
May 13, 2007
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
|BMBL TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS
- OPENING DAY IS HERE!
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
|TRYOUT FOR 2007 SEASON A SUCCESS!
April 8, 2007
The 2007 Tryout for the Boston Men's Baseball
League was held yesterday, Saturday, April 7 at Clifford
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.
|WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS IS A
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
|CARRIBBEAN WINTER BASEBALL
CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS A CROWD
February 18, 2007
|The Caribbean Winter Baseball
Championship was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from
- 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
Earl Murphy & Nick Mirabello for DC Fedlock Falcons.
Earl Murphy behind the dish.
|GALLIVAN CALLED UP TO TEXAS
January 19, 2007
Greg Gallivan of the
Boston MABL Orioles has been signed by the Laredo
Broncos of the Texas
Winter League and United
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
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.
|FOUR BOSTON TEAMS FARE WELL
AT DISNEY CLASSIC
January 15, 2007
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 of the Boston Cutters snares a foul
John Collins of the Boston Wolfpack dives into 3rd.
|ZACK MOORE PROMOTED FROM BAT
BOY TO TV STAR
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, Winthrop Black Sox Bat Boy
with Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox.