YBL Players of the Week (May10-May22)

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Bill Clang – Al Thomas Athletics – #43

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Our first ‘Pitcher’ of the week, Bill Clang was handed the ball both in the ATBC opener against the Braves, and then again in the A’s second game a week later against the McKay Club. Over those 2 starts, Bill put together 9 innings of work allowing only one earned run on six hits, eight Ks and a walk (wins #50&51 of Bill’s YBL career).

Fantasy impact: In addition to the Athletics, this effort also doubles as a strong start for team ‘SPF’ (mgr: Sean Sullivan) in the inaugural YBL fantasy league, netting him a couple quick Ws.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alex Wong – Revere Rockies – #5

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And for 2016’s first ‘Player’ of the week, we kick it off with our most recently profiled league member, Alex Wong. After an opening day win on the bump, Albert took Savin Hill pitching deep not once but twice the following afternoon at Revere HS.

Fantasy impact: Team ‘Chicks Dig the Wong-Ball’ (mgr: Mike Maguire) is already filling a cart with chaps and boobie tassels at Party City, as their #1 pick has started off Sriracha with 2 hr, 6 rbi, 5 r, .556 avg, 1.333 slg and 1.879 ops in just 3 games.

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Player Profile: Alex Wong (Revere Rockies #5)

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In three years as a member of the Rockies, Alex has become an integral member of the ball club via his ability to provide an offensive spark as well as shut down an opponent on the mound.  A .341 hitter over that time, his 46 RBIs and 22 Stolen Bases would stand to be even better except that he takes every 5th day off at the plate.  And for good reason; his 9 wins and 1.63 ERA in 90 innings over that same time are an equally important part of Revere’s success.

Alex has already started off the 2016 campaign with a win on the mound over the Saints in the season opener, promptly followed by a 2-HR game against the Dodgers the following day. Meet Alex, the Bartolo Colon of the Yawkey Baseball League…..

 

Nickname: Al, Albert

Position(s): RF, P

Bats/Throws: L/L

Club(s) Played for in YBL: Revere Rockies 2013-present

Where did you grow up? Lewiston, ME

Where do you live now? Waltham, MA

When is your birthday? July 10, 1991

Where did you go to college? Wentworth Institute of Technology, Class of 2013

What do you do for a living? BIM Manager at Commodore Builders

What baseball awards / honors have you won in your life? 2008 and 2009 All-KVAC 1st Team; 2011 American Legion State of Maine MVP; 2012 1st team All-CCC as an outfielder; 2012 2nd team All-CCC as a pitcher

Been part of any championship teams prior to / outside of the YBL? 2011 American Legion State of Maine Champions

What years have you been an All-Star in the YBL? 2013, 2014, 2015.

Favorite MLB player(s) of all time? Nomar Garciaparra

What are the three best movies you’ve seen in the last year? Star Wars: The Force Awakens; The Revenant; Jurassic World

What concerts have you been to in the last year? Don’t like concerts

You’re on your way to a game, what are you listening to in order to get hyped? EDM (Electronic Dance Music)

Read any good books lately? The International Building Code (this is sarcastic)

What are your 3 favorite shows right now? Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Office

What is the best trip you’ve ever taken? Edinburgh, Scotland

Who is the most underrated player on your team? Kyle Rufo

Who else on your team would make for an interesting interview? Sean Glavin

Who have you most looked up to in the YBL? Chris Santosuosso and Adam Del Rio. Have been huge mentors for me in my prime baseball years.

Who is the toughest pitcher to face in the YBL? Jeff Allison

Who is the toughest hitter to face in the YBL? James Katsiroubas

What was the most exciting moment you’ve had in the YBL? 2015 Playoff series against A’s

What are your hobbies/passions outside of baseball? Cooking, Golf, Madden (I accept any and all challenges) Architectural drawing/modeling (I am available for anyone looking for some design input!), Company softball team

What was the greatest accomplishment in your life? Legion State Championship is definitely up there; along with graduating college

Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? Mom and Dad

Do you have any pets? 1 black cat

How does your significant other handle your baseball habit? Very few complaints

Tell me something about you that people wouldn’t know. Even though I do everything left-handed, I write with my right hand because my Mom made me when I was a kid.

What drives you to keep playing ball every summer? A love for the game, but recently more so for the baseball family I have become a part of.

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Player Profile: Anthony Del Prete (Somerville Alibrandis #55)

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In 2004, Anthony ‘Deli’ Del Prete graduated from Suffolk University and embarked on a baseball career with stints in the Great Lakes Summer League, the CanAm League and the Frontier League, as well as professional stops in Belgium, Cuba and Australia. After hanging up his professional cleats, Deli took over as an Assistant Coach for his alma mater’s baseball program for over 10 years before being named the Associate Head Coach in 2014 and then Head Baseball Coach starting in 2015 (not for nothing, Deli took the team to their 5th GNAC Championship in his inaugural season). Additionally, he has served at Suffolk as the Sports Information Director since 2008 and as an advisory member for the school’s athletic review committee since 2014.

Nowadays, Deli continues to play the game he loves, pitching for the Somerville Alibrandis of the YBL as well as the Bombers on the MSBL 28+ league. And regardless of what comes up when you google his name, Deli can still be found pitching and coaching at a number of fields, typically surrounded by a pile of empty Mountain Dew bottles and pizza boxes. Meet Deli…..

 

Nickname: Deli
Position(s): RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R
Club(s) Played for in YBL: Somerville Alibrandis
Where did you grow up? East Boston, MA
Where do you live now? East Boston, MA
When is your birthday? June 24– feel free to send a card
Where did you go to college? Suffolk University
What do you do for a living? Head Baseball Coach/Associate Director of Athletics, Suffolk University

 

If you played pro ball, where have you played? Evansville Otters (Frontier League), North Shore Spirit (CanAm League), Melville Braves (Perth/Western Australian State League)
What baseball awards / honors have you won in your life? GNAC Coach of the Year (2016), GNAC Pitcher of the Year (2002), GNAC Tournament MVP (2002), NEIBA All-Region (2002)
Where do you coach/play outside the YBL? Boston Bombers MABL +28
Been part of any championship teams prior to / outside of the YBL? Boston Bombers (2015), Suffolk University (2002, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2016) East Boston Little League White Sox (1993, 1994)
What years have you been an All-Star in the YBL? 0. Bernie keeps snubbing me
Favorite MLB player of all time? Roger Clemens
What are the three best movies you’ve seen in the last year? Haven’t watched any movies in the past year. Big Blacklist guy though and Billions on Showtime was good
What concerts have you been to in the last year? None…still waiting for Tool to come back around
You’re on your way to a game, what are you listening to in order to get hyped? Kenny Powers: You’re F*ing Out, I’m F*ing In
Read any good books lately? Ron Polk’s The Baseball Playbook
What are your 3 favorite shows right now? Seinfeld (still), The Blacklist, Monday Night Raw
What is the best trip you’ve ever taken? Cuba (twice)
Who is the most underrated player on your team? Mark Addesa – always plays big in the biggest games
Who else on your team would make for an interesting interview? Bobby Barrett
Who have you most looked up to in the YBL? Stan DeMartinis
Who is the toughest pitcher to face in the YBL? I couldn’t hit water if I fell out of a boat so this answer is irrelevant
Who is the toughest hitter to face in the YBL? Teddy Dziuba – whole reason why I jumped ship to Somerville, so I wouldn’t have to face him. He owned me in college (just ask him, I’m sure he would love to talk about himself)
What was the most exciting moment you’ve had in the YBL? Talking an annual prom picture with Cam Lynch after winning a championship or reading Chris Dion’s facebook statuses after he loses
What are your hobbies/passions outside of baseball? There are things to do outside of baseball?
What was the greatest accomplishment in your life? Still looking to improve and be better everyday
Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? My father
Do you have any pets? My girlfriend Amy has a dog (Kenton) if that counts
How does your significant other handle your baseball habit? I think she knows it keeps me sane.
Tell me something about you that people wouldn’t know. Mike Maguire and I once discussed a domestic partnership – only for tax purposes though
What drives you to keep playing ball every summer? The camaraderie of my teammates

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Let’s Get it Started!!!

YBLBridgeLogo2016 YBL Opening Week begins tonight, May 10th, at Maplewood Park in Malden as the always feisty Malden Maddogs host the newly revamped Savin Hill Dodgers.  Tonight’s probable pitchers are YBL veterans Kendall Chaves for Malden and Eddie Samp for Savin Hill.

The Al Thomas Athletics will host Thursday, the defending Yaz Division Champs, East Boston Knights and 6-time defending YBL Champions are slated to host on Friday night with more games slated over the weekend.

Please check back for full schedule updates as soon as Secretary Treska has everything finalized. If anyone is located near his office in Bedford, please don’t hesitate to drop off some coffee.

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Calling all YBL Hall of Famers

For the first time in the history of the Yawkey Baseball League we announce the official Yawkey Baseball League Hall of Fame Commemorative ring.  After most seasons, the Yawkey League Champions order rings to celebrate that particular championship season.  Why not celebrate your Hall of Fame Career in the same fashion???  With the help of Legend Rings www.legendrings.com, our own Dave Treska has designed a great ring for purchase.

The only thing better than sitting around telling people how great you were in the YBL is doing so with some bling to prove it!!!

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You can access the order form on the Yawkey League website at www.yawkeybaseball.com/shop/hall-of-fame-rings or by calling or emailing Kyle Ferbey from Legend Rings at (780) 994-8700 and kylef@LegendRings.com, respectively.

 

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Important Upcoming Dates

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Now that we have hit the 70+ Degree mark here in Boston, here are some important upcoming dates to put on your radar…

April 6th-Yawkey League Meeting:  Voting on Post-season eligibility rules and Playoff Format will take place.

May 4th-Yawkey League Meeting:  Final Pre-Season Meeting, all 2016 monies are due.  Money for game balls is due on 6/1.

May 12th-Tentative Date for YBL Opening Day 2016

July 9th-EMass Classic:  Support the annual clash between all-star teams from the Yawkey League, Boston Park League, Intercity League and Cranberry League.  This year’s contest will be held at Morelli Field in Melrose, MA.  Further details to follow.

July 22nd-Tarpey Memorial Golf Tournament:  The 6th Annual Tarpey Memorial Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Friday July 22, 2016 at William J. Devine Golf Course in Dorchester.

Registration begins at 7:15 am with a 8:00 am shotgun start. The round will be followed by a hearty luncheon, raffle and awards program.

For registration and sponsorship information please contact the league at yblmediadirector@gmail.com

September 30 through October 2-CABL Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic:  Last year’s tournament raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society and we hope you’ll help us make an even bigger strike against cancer this year!  The Yawkey League’s own Stoneham Sabres took the crown in the inaugural tourney last year.  Head on over to their website to check out all the updated information: http://cablbaseball.com/cablclassic/ and again stay tuned as there will be more details to come during the season.

October 8th and 9th-100 Inning Spectacular:  This is the chance for Boston’s amateur baseball circuit to come out to raise money and awareness for ALS through The Angel Fund.  It’s also the annual chance to have our friend, Walter Bentson, umping behind the dish for a great cause that is near and dear to us all.  More details to follow…

 

 

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