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