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Al Thomas captures championship


The Al Thomas Athletics swept the Brighton Black Sox to capture the the 2021 YBL Championship.

Ryan Obin was named the Playoff MVP. Obin was 2-0 with a save in the finals. Obin also won 2 games in the semifinals against East Boston.

Congratulations to Joe O’Hara and the entire Al Thomas organization on a well played finals.

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YBL Championship Begins

The 2021 YBL Finals are now set as Al Thomas A’s will take on the Brighton Black Sox. Game 1 is set for Tuesday 8/17 at Monan Park at BC High. First pitch is scheduled for 7:45pm.

After receiving a first round bye, the #1 seeded Al Thomas A’s defeated the East Boston Expos 3 games to 2 in their best of five semifinal matchup. Al Thomas took a 2-0 lead in the series. East Boston battled back to tie the series at 2 to forcing the deciding game 5. Al Thomas would clinch the series by defeating East Boston 9-1.

The #2 seed Black Sox also received a first round bye. The Black Sox then matched up with the Stoneham Sabers in their best of five semifinal round. All five games would be needed to decide the series. The Black Sox took Games 1 and 3 with Stoneham taking Games 2 and 4. In Game 5, the teams would trade leads, with the Black Sox holding on by a score of 9-8 to advance to the finals.

Game 2 of the best of seven series is scheduled for Wednesday 8/18 at Monan Park at BC High. Full schedule and details can be found here.

Full playoff schedule

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Play Ball

The YBL is set to begin its 2021 season next week. The McKay Club and Al Thomas are scheduled to kick off the season on Sunday May 16 at Cunningham Park in Milton.

The full league schedule has been released and can be viewed here League Schedule

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YBL Rookie, Pitcher and MVP Awards

The Yawkey League announced the winners of the following league awards.

Johnny Pesky Rookie of the Year

Derek Adamson, East Boston Expos
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Pedro Martinez Pitcher of the Year Award

Paul Frisoli, Charleston Townies
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Carl Yastrzemski Most Valuable Player

Andrew Mazzone, Brighton Black Sox
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Manager and Franchise of the Year Announced

The Yawkey League announced the winners of two awards, the Barbara Medieros Manager of the Year and the Franchise of the Year.

Barbara Medieros Manager of the Year
Branden Anderson

Branden Anderson of the East Boston Expos is the 2020 Barbara Medieros Manager of the Year. Anderson managed a team consisting of both long time YBL veterans along with a few rookies and guided them to an undefeated regular season. In the postseason, Anderson lead the Expos through two best of five rounds to capture the 2020 YBL championship.

Branden Anderson of the East Boston Expos
Photo credits: Bob Marra

 

Franchise of the Year
East Boston Expos

The 2020 Franchise of the Year is the East Boston Expos. While the Expos were a new franchise in 2020, the core of the team was formed by players from the East Boston Knights. The Expos would go undefeated during the regular season. They started the playoffs by sweeping the Brighton Black Sox in the semi-finals. The Expos won the 2020 YBL championship by defeating the Charlestown Townies 3-2 in a five game series.

East Boston Expos
Photo credits: Bob Marra

 
The nominees for the manager and franchise awards are chosen by the board of directors. Each franchise then votes on each award. The results of the voting can be found here.
Manager of the Year Award Results
Franchise of the Year Award Results

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Dorchester Black Barons join YBL

On October 30, the members of the Yawkey League voted to approve the franchise application of the Dorchester Black Barons. The Black Barons franchise will be based out of Boston and begin play in 2021.

The Black Barons are led by franchise holder and manager Aaron Barnes. Barnes comes to the league with many years of coaching experience that includes time with Upper Roxbury Lower Dorchester Little League, South End Baseball, The BASE, RBI Boston and The Dugout. Assisting Aaron Barnes will be Joe Cordero Serrano, Jay Villanueva, Juan Subervi and Bianca Yurnet.

The Black Barons name pays tribute to the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues. Choosing a name that honors the Negro leagues was significant to the franchise given this it the 100 year anniversary of the Negro Leagues.

Congratulations to Aaron Barnes and the Black Barons franchise. Welcome to the Yawkey League and good luck in 2021.

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