Good Day baseball fans!
Yes. It is that time of year once again. Get to your equipment locker. Evaluate your gear — glove and cleats. Order the eye black — get ready. Baseball is around the corner!!!
The Yawkey Baseball League begins its 28th year in May. The wheels are turning. Each franchise is prepping. Recruiting new players and firming up commitments from last years stars are the order of the day.
We have conducted 3 Winter Meetings. Each meeting has been interactive and productive. Our 2018 Board is in place. Each team has made a firm commitment to make this the best year ever.
The YBL will begin our season with 10 teams. The teams will be divided into 2 – 5 team divisions named for Ted Williams and Carl Yastrezemski. The alignment of the two divisions will be determined in April. We are also discussing our play off format.
Managers are looking over financial proposals as well. Determinations are being made on how we can properly supplement our budget.
I am pleased to report the Yawkey Foundation has graciously provided us with a grant to help our mission to develop a quality amateur baseball league.
We have also taken a look at our Rules & Regulations. Every franchise is combing through the rules and will make a final vote in April on this package.
On a personal note. I am proud to announce I will be celebrating my 50th Anniversary coaching and developing amateur baseball programs in Greater Boston this year. Its an honor to be involved in this great organization. It is tremendous dealing with men who love and respect the game.
Our next meeting will take place at Heritage Hall on Granite Avenue in Milton on April 10. I hope to see all our teams in attendance that night.
All the best. Respectfully submitted,
Yawkey League President
It has been announced that the Red Sox have submitted a petition to the Boston Public Improvement Commission to have the Yakwey Way be renamed. On Thursday March 1 the board of the Yawkey Foundation sent a letter to Dave McKay, the President of the Yawkey League. In this letter the board expressed their disapproval with the actions taken by the Red Sox as well as to defend the Yawkey legacy.
The full letter can be found by following this link.
A letter from the Yawkey Foundation
On Tuesday January 30th, the Milton Babe Ruth League will be hosting a Night of Baseball at Florian Hall in Dorchester. Rich Hill will be the featured guest, while Michael Silverman of the Herald will be the featured speaker. All proceeds will benefit the Milton Babe Ruth League and Craig Breslow’s (former Sox pitcher, current FA) Strike Three Foundation, which supports children’s cancer research.
There will be a couple of brief MLB videos, including one about Rich, and then there will be a Round Table discussion, featuring Silverman, Rich, Breslow, Matt Hyde (NYY Northeast Scout and former Cape Cod League, BC and Michigan coach) and Jeremy Bleich (2009 1st round pick of NYY out of Stanford, still in AAA) and possibly Steve Buckley of the Herald (unless the Pats go to the Super Bowl, as he will go to MN to cover it). Lots of cool raffle and silent auction items, including signed items from Rich, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Jose Altuve and more!
Pasta, meatball and chicken tender dinner, with a cash bar. Tickets are $25 each and there are only about 50 left (out of 400). There will be a big number of kids going too (Little Leaguers and Babe Ruth players), so please feel free to bring children. It would be nice to get at least one table of YBL people there to support Rich. Joe O’Hara is serving as emcee and will be making a presentation to Rich from the YBL and Al Thomas Club.
Please let me know if you’d like any tickets and/or would like to be part of a table of 10 for the YBL. You can Venmo the money to @Chief29 or send a check payable to YBL to Joe O’Hara, 45 Oval Rd #27, Quincy, MA 02170.
The Yawkey League conducted business at its December Meeting of Members and final meeting of the 2017 season on December 12. The highlight of the meeting was the Board who meet with a new team applicant, the South Shore Dawgs based out of Quincy and led by Chris Driver.
The January meeting of membership will be held on January 9 and will focus on the following:
- First Installments of Team Dues will be due at this time.
- Any outstanding membership items from the 2017 season will be resolved
- Final review of the South Shore Dawgs application
- Elections of Officers was tabled at the December meeting and will be held.
Anyone interested in running that has not communicated already please contact David Treska
- Joe O’Hara will present the first draft of the 2018 budget for review of membership
- Any suggestions for the rules chairman should be made at this time to prepare us for a full rule book review in February meeting
I would like to thank all of you for helping to make this a great league. Looking forward to the 2018 YBL season.
The 2017 Yawkey Baseball Hall of Fame awards dinner has been rescheduled for Saturday November 4. The banquet is being held at Carson Place located at 180 Mt. Vernon St. Dorchester, MA 02125. Doors will open at 6:30 with dinner and awards ceremony to follow.
For tickets and information please visit the banquet event site here
The Yawkey Baseball League is honored to announce the Hall of Fame class of 2017. The following individuals will be honored at a banquet to be held on Saturday October 14.
The following people will be inducted into the YBL Hall of Fame
- Bernie Driscoll, Somerville Alibrandis
- Sal Mendonca, Somerville Alibrandis
- Franz Strassman, Avi Nelson Club / South Boston Saints
- Jay Shatto, Brookline Dodgers
Additionally Bernie Driscoll has also been inducted into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Association Hall of Fame
The 2017 YBL Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday October 14. The banquet will be held and Carson Place in Dorchester, MA. Doors will open at 6:30 with dinner and awards ceremony to follow. For tickets and information please visit the banquet event site here