YBL to honor Mr. Al Thomas

The YBL Board of Directors would like to forgo the weekly player profile this week so that we can honor one of the greatest sponsors the Yawkey League has ever seen, the late Mr. Al Thomas.  Mr. Thomas has meant so much to the Al Thomas Athletics and the Yawkey League for so many years that a ceremony will be held in his honor this Sunday, June 26th at Cunningham Field in Milton, MA.

As a tribute to Mr. Thomas and all that he has meant to the franchise and league two benches will be dedicated in his memory.  The ceremony will begin at 1:20pm followed by a Yawkey League game between the newest franchise, the Charlestown Townies and Al’s beloved and undefeated Athletics.

All families and friends of the YBL are invited to take part in this special dedication.

 

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YBL Players of the Week (Jun13-Jun19)

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Pat Shore – Revere Rockies – #6

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With a complete game shutout over the potent South End Astros on Thursday, our newest Pitcher of the Week is Pat Shore from the Rockies. Pat (seen above at tropical Revere HS) spread out 4 hits and a walk over his 7 innings while showing 7 Astros hitters to their seat via strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: With this shutout, Pat has improved to 2-1 on the season for Team ‘Dirty Sandinis’ (mgr: Nate Laliberte/Chris Santosuosso). A late-round pick, Pat is shaping up to be one of the steals in the draft as he now boasts a .420 era with 18 strikeouts over 16.2 innings. Sure, he also hit a batter……but that guy probably deserved it.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: James Katsiroubas – Al Thomas Athletics – #16

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And taking home the next Player of the Week award is the reigning Yawkey League MVP, James Katsiroubas. After a slow start to the season (if hitting .320 over the first 9 games is considered slow), Katz went 6-for-15 last week including a triple and 2 homeruns, with 9 runs and 6 rbi.

Fantasy Impact: The top pick for Team ‘Make Way for Doc-Lings’ (mgr: Marc DesRoches), James is a prototypical clean-up hitter who has been setting the table since midway through 2015 for the currently undefeated A’s. He doesn’t lead the league in a single category, instead choosing to lurk just below the surface….which is all the more terrifying for the rest of the YBL. If Katz is in the midst of one of his trademark streaks, look for his .350/.559/.700 slash line to only get better.

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Player Profile: Brian Tanguy (Somerville Alibrandis #21)

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Brian Tanguy (yes, this is often confusing, but we can clear it up once and for all now…….it’s pronounced BRY-uhn) joined the Alibrandis franchise of the Yawkey League after a well-traveled career throwing the pill all over the map. After graduating from BC High, the Weymouth native refused to allow an opposing line-up to get to know his repertoire too well. He made stops at St. Anselm’s College, Clarendon (TX) Junior College and Tennessee Wesleyan College, Brian then settled into a 3 year stint at UMass-Lowell from 2005-2007.

Brian played professionally for the Boston Rox of the Can-Am League in 2007-2008 before digging into Cranberry League, Yawkey League and MABL rosters. Since 2012 he can be found closing the important games for the Red Army (28 career saves and counting, which is impressive considering that the Alibrandis rarely have more than 2-3 games a season that provide save opportunities), and has won 4 Yawkey League Championships in the process.

Tanguy is also an accomplished coach and a terrific instructor. He has been at the helm, as well as the assistant coach of several baseball programs both at the scholastic and club levels. He has coached at Gann Academy, RBI Baseball Academy and the South Shore Baseball Club. He is presently an assistant and pitching coach for the 2015 Mariners 13U Super Division Team.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet “Hose,” Brian Tanguy (again, BRY-uhn).

(intro courtesy of Marc DesRoches)

Nickname: Tange, Hose

Position(s): Pitcher

Bats/Throws: R/R

Club(s) Played for in YBL: The Defending Champs (so modest)

Where did you grow up? South Shore

Where do you live now? Weymouth

When is your birthday? 3/28/84

Where did you go to college? The real question is, where didn’t I go… (In this order) St. Anselm College, Clarendon Junior College in Texas, Tennessee Wesleyan College and UMass Lowell

What do you do for a living? General Manager for All-Pro Builders (Family Owned General Contracting Company)

If you played pro ball, where have you played, and what was the most interesting city you called home? I played for the Brockton Rox Professional Baseball Team in 2007… While playing for the Brockton Rox in 2007, my first road trip was against The Quebec Capitales, in Quebec City, Canada. It was my first time in Canada. The place we stayed in was in rough shape, to say the least…blood stains on the floor – looked like a battle scene…nice classy place! Even the McDonald’s menu is bizarre (not because they are in French)…felt like I was in the twilight zone.

What baseball awards / honors have you won in your life? 

YBL Dick Radatz Fireman of the Year Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014

YBL Championship Series Co-MVP in 2013

Catholic Conference All Star in 2002, Patriot Ledger All Scholastic 2002

Do you coach/play anywhere outside the YBL? Where? I play for the Boston Bombers of the MSBL 28+ League in Boston. I am the pitching coach for the 15-18U Boston Prospects in Pembroke, MA.

Been part of any championship teams prior to / outside of the YBL?

2015 MSBL Over 30 Champions – Boston Bombers

Cranberry League (Hingham Phillies) 2003 – Stan Musial Tournament New England Champions

Member of the greatest High School Team EVER (in my opinion) in MA – 2001 State Championship BC High Eagles Baseball Team

What years have you been an All-Star in the YBL? 2012-2015

Favorite MLB player(s) of all time? Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan…nuff said

You’re on your way to a game, what are you listening to in order to get hyped? Metallica, Guns and Roses, Eminem – The angriest music I can find.

What are your 3 favorite shows right now? In the past year, I have been blessed enough to be watching TV shows with my cute 8 month old son, Brian Jr (he gives my wife and I no time to watch our own shows)….so with that said, Sesame Street, Paw Patrol…you get my drift.

What is the best trip you’ve ever taken? To Antigua with my wife on our honeymoon…non-stop food, drinks and dessert available at all times, what’s not to love?

Who is the most underrated player on your team? Bobby Barrett/Sean Sullivan – Bobby Barrett looks like some dude out of Duck Dynasty right now, but he’s a silent assassin…when it counts, Bobby always gets the job done at the plate. He’s an RBI Machine. I believe teams forget about Sean Sullivan at times…he’s an enforcer on the mound in the playoffs…just take a look at “Big Red’s” career Playoff Record and you will know what I’m talking about.

Who else on your team would make for an interesting interview? Mike Maguire being interviewed by Anthony DelPrete would be non-stop laughter.

Who have you most looked up to in the YBL? Marc DesRoches – Had the pleasure of watching this guy play for a few years and the old man, in my opinion, would still be one of the best players in the league right now…the legend of Doc is as true as can be…he plays the game with fire and he plays every game like it’s his last. Pleasure playing with you, Doc!

Who is the toughest hitter to face in the YBL? Tough one to say…I see guys once through a lineup most games being a closer and don’t really get to see guys strengths and weaknesses on a multi-inning basis…I also don’t know many of the guys in this league either…but throwing to Katzy is definitely a challenge.

What was the most exciting moment you’ve had in the YBL? Turning, what my teammates will say, was the slowest bases loaded 1-6-3 double play they have ever seen, in the 2013 Championship game against the Revere Rockies to end the game and win the championship.

Also watching Billy Karalis and Dave Lightbody annihilate baseballs in the 2015 Championship Series…never seen anything like it!

What are your hobbies/passions outside of baseball? I golf, I fish, blah blah…Baseball is really my only real passion (outside of hanging out with my wife and my son of course)…baseball is really all I have ever been passionate about!

What was the greatest accomplishment in your life? Getting married to my beautiful wife, Liz, as well as my wife giving birth to our little guy, Brian Jr…those outweigh everything in my life!

Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? It’s a combination of 3 people…my father (Brian Tanguy), my grandfather (Marty Barnes) and my baseball coach since I was 4 years old (Frank Niles). My father did whatever it took to get me to all of my games since I was 8 or 9 years old, even if it was 3 games in one day…he still to this day, does not miss a game. My grandfather was an umpire and coach for years and knew how to get the best out of me. Frank Niles taught me the game of baseball at a young age and how to play it the right way. They all individually gave me the foundation I needed to succeed in baseball and in life.

Do you have any pets? Yes, a black cat named Penny.

How does your significant other handle your baseball habit? Of course all wives or girlfriends think we are crazy for all of the baseball we play/coach…but at the end of the day, my wife, is the most supportive wife I could ever ask for…I play for two teams (Somerville Alibrandi’s and Boston Bombers), along with coaching and doing pitching lessons…I am completely engulfed in baseball all year round and she knows how important it is to me…can’t ask for anything better.

What drives you to keep playing ball every summer? Baseball and I were love at first sight…tough to imagine life without playing this game…but at age 32, my driving force is that I keep telling myself, until I can’t get these young hitters out, I’m not going to stop playing. Every year it becomes more and more challenging, but I know I can still compete…and I pitch every game like it’s my last. I also would like for my son to see me play before I’m finished.

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YBL Players of the Week (Jun06-Jun12)

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Stephano Stravoravdis – South Boston Saints – #29

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Now approximately a third of the way into the 2016 YBL season, our next Pitcher of the Week goes to rookie Stephano Stravoravdis of the Saints. In his most recent start, Stephano threw a complete game 2-hitter against the new kids from Charlestown, yielding only one earned run to go with a walk and six strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: There aren’t a great deal of rookies making moves in the YBL Fantasy League, but SS will be on the draft boards in 2017 if he’s able to use this start to build momentum and help the Saints win some games as they head towards the playoffs.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bobby Barrett – Somerville Alibrandis – #7

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Thus far in 2016 we haven’t seen any players from the defending champs take home any weekly honors, but that ends here. Shortstop Bobby Barrett continued to put up some healthy numbers last week, collecting 8 hits and 5 rbi in 3 games, including a 3-hit / 4 rbi night against Southie.

Fantasy Impact: Barrett is doing Barrett things for Team ‘Nicholson Dimes’ (mgr: Cam Lynch), as he currently leads the league with a frothy .680 avg, complimented by 6 rbi and 5 steals.

Honorable Mention:

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The Charlestown Townies have notched their first W since joining the Yawkey League this year, taking down the struggling Savin Hill Dodgers 6-1.

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Player Profile: Kendall Chaves (Malden Maddogs #3)

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Kendall Chaves joined the Maddogs in the summer of 2013 and has been one of the most reliable, respectful and hardworking players over that time. Kenny has compiled a 13-10 record, with 126 strikeouts and only 58 walks. He has 2.24 career ERA, with a career .959 strikeouts per innings pitched. Kenny has been able to come into the game in any situation because he is one of the most committed players on the team, that has led to multiple spot starts, and 4 career saves. He has appeared in 43 games on the mound and even has 18 ABs, 1 one hit, four walks in 21 career games in the batter’s box. He also destroyed our team ball bucket after one of his five career strikeouts. He does it all.

But what makes Kenny special is his willingness to do whatever the team needs. He’s the best teammate, and competitor. He truly wants the ball. We are all inspired by Kenny because he has that ‘never say die’ attitude.

He was on Babson’s varsity roster for two seasons before joining the Babson Club Baseball team. The varsity coaching staff didn’t think Kenny had what it took, and instead he dominated the club level for two seasons, never looking back. And after two straight seasons in the Yawkey of sub 2.00 ERAs, we know Kenny has earned all the respect he needs. (courtesy of Nick Vennochi)

Nickname: Kenny

Position(s): Pitcher

Bats/Throws: R/R

Club(s) Played for in YBL: Medford/Malden Maddogs

Where did you grow up? Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Where do you live now? Medford, MA

When is your birthday? August 25th. Same as Blake Lively. She hasn’t responded to any of the birthday cards I send her. Fingers crossed this is the year.

Where did you go to college? Babson College

What do you do for a living? Financial Analyst

If you played pro ball, where have you played, and what was the most interesting city you called home? Still waiting to hear my name called on draft day. All scout inquiries can get directed through @MaldenMaddogs on the twitter.

What baseball awards / honors have you won in your life? New England Club Baseball Association Northwest Divison MVP 2011 aka Club Baseball Hero.

Do you coach/play anywhere outside the YBL? Where? Emerson College w/ Coach V

Been part of any championship teams prior to / outside of the YBL? NEWMAC tournament champions in 2009  at Babson. Aiz gutted out 158 pitches to upset EConn in the 1-8 matchup at the NE Regional.

What years have you been an All-Star in the YBL? 2014. Fenway was awesome.

Favorite MLB player(s) of all time? Pedro Martinez. Present-day favorite is Bryce Harper #MakeBaseballFunAgain

What are the three best movies you’ve seen in the last year? Haven’t seen a great new movie in a while. The Martian wasn’t bad. Daddy’s Home was trash. Will Ferrell must have left all his talent in the Ashley Schaeffer wig.  

What concerts have you been to in the last year? Does hearing Coach V quote Drake lyrics every Tuesday count? If so, that.

You’re on your way to a game, what are you listening to in order to get hyped? Stone Cold Steve Austin’s entrance music on repeat. And that’s the bottom line.

Read any good books lately? The Rap Year-Book by Shea Serrano is great. Funny commentary and great artwork.

What are your 3 favorite shows right now? Bob’s Burgers is hilarious. I just found out about Chopped thanks to Jed Drake, so I’m on a big Food Network kick right now. And Cops. You can never watch too much Cops.

What is the best trip you’ve ever taken? I went to Vegas last year and our flight got diverted to Palm Beach, CA due to weather so we had to rent a car and drive 4 hours through the desert to get to Vegas. After being up for almost 24 straight hours, the feeling when we drove up and could see the lights of the strip made it all worth it.

Who is the most underrated player on your team? Lopes. Not in the sense that people aren’t aware of his talent and stats, but the way he manages the pitching staff and is a real team leader might go unnoticed by outsiders.

Who else on your team would make for an interesting interview? Maybe Rayner? Better yet just interview the whole Goon Squad as a unit – that’d be one helluva read.

Who have you most looked up to in the YBL? The original Dogs that I’ve gotten to play with – Sabs, T, Buddy – guys that understand the game and have fun with it.

Who is the toughest pitcher to face in the YBL? They don’t let me hit anymore. Probably safer that way, otherwise it’s just weak infield contact and nobody needs to see that.

Who is the toughest hitter to face in the YBL? Teddy Dziuba. Always finds a way to turn one around. Gotta be that Babson education.

What was the most exciting moment you’ve had in the YBL? Fenway in 2014 was great. Been a part of some wild walk-offs the past few years which are always good for a rush. Dogs may be down, but never out.

What are your hobbies/passions outside of baseball? Baseball is a lot of my free time right now between playing and coaching, but I try to fill the rest of it with family and friends.

What was the greatest accomplishment in your life? Graduating college is probably the biggest to date. Looking forward to what’s on the horizon.

Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? Definitely my Mother and Father. Been through it all and supported since Day 1.

Do you have any pets? None currently. Hoping to add a team mascot in the future.

How does your significant other handle your baseball habit? She’s always been supportive and knows how much staying with the game means to me.

Tell me something about you that people wouldn’t know. Not much left after this interview – I’ve probably said too much already. Gotta keep a little mystery.

What drives you to keep playing ball every summer? The boys. And all the new merch (obviously).

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YBL Players of the Week (May31-Jun05)

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Chris Dion – Stoneham Sabers – #31

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Flip a page on the calendar and we’re cruising into the meat of the baseball season. After his 3rd quality start, the next Pitcher of the Week goes to Chris Dion of the Stahls. After wins against the Townies and McKay Club, Dion makes his best start of the young season by stifling the annual offensive powerhouse of the EB Knights. His complete game gem yielded only one earned run to go along with 6 hits and 1 walk, leading the Sabers to a 5-2 win at The Beach.

Fantasy Impact: Three starts in and three consecutive wins from Chris has Team ‘Deane Street Hooligans’ (mgr: Travis Adams) looking like the team to beat a third of the way into the season. Dion has shot out to a 3-0 start allowing only 2 earned runs in 20 innings, to go along with an 18:3 k:bb ratio.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Trevor Boyce – South Boston Saints – #26

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And the Player of the Week award goes to the Saints’ Boyce. In three games this past week, Trevor raked 8 hits for a .750 average with 4 runs scored and 3 rbi, including a double and 2 triples in a tight loss to the Knights.

Fantasy Impact: Boyce’s big week is a much-needed shot in the arm for the current cellar-dweller of the YBL Fantasy League, Team ‘Ockner Doodle Doo’ (mgr: Chris Foundas). Trevor now owns a .455/.556/.682 slash line, and will need to keep up the momentum if ODD is going to push its way into contention.

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