A new era has begun for the Maddogs franchise. At the conclusion of last season, in which the Maddogs went on a tremendous 12-3 run at the end to reach the playoffs, longtime skipper and Franchise Holder, Dave Hanley, retired and handed the reins to Nick Vennochi. Last week, the club announced that they are leaving Playstead Park in Medford, which has been their home for over a decade, and will now play their home games at Maplewood Park in Malden, recently vacated by the folding of the Bulldogs franchise.
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(*Edited 3/31/14 – Medford Maddogs are now Malden Maddogs)
The 2014 division alignment for the Yawkey Baseball League has been finalized. The divisions will be as follows:
Ted Williams Division
Brighton Black Sox
Carl Yastrzemski Division
Al Thomas Athletics
East Boston Knights
McKay Club Beacons
Savin Hill Dodgers
South Boston Saints
South End Astros
West Roxbury Nationals
Playoff seedings will be determined by the following:
#1 seed is the division champ with the most points
#2 seed is the other division champ
#3 seed is the 2nd place team with the most points
#4 seed is the 2nd place team from the other division
#5-#8 seeds are wildcards, by order of point totals
* Should the manager not be able to attend, a replacement will be selected by the All-Star Committee and the Board of Directors.
Former YBL pitcher, Rich Hill, has been signed by the Red Sox once again to a minor-league deal. The 6’5″ lefty from Milton, who was recently inducted to the YBL Hall of Fame, was a member of the Al Thomas Athletics prior to being drafted by the Cubs in the 4th round of the 2002 amateur draft. He spent three previous seasons with the Red Sox (2010-12) and spent last season playing for Terry Francona in Cleveland, where he made a career-high 63 appearances.
YBL Hall of Famer Steve Szathmary’s house was tragically destroyed in a recent fire. A donation fund has been created online to help the families affected. Please visit http://www.gofundme.com/6ipcrw and offer your support. Szathmary was inducted to the YBL Hall of Fame in 2012. He spent his playing days with the West Roxbury Devils and Somerville Alibrandis, and retired in 2010.
The Yawkey Baseball League Board of Directors revealed this morning the names of the league’s two new divisions for 2014. In honor of two Boston baseball icons who were very close with Mr. and Mrs. Yawkey both during and after their careers, the YBL will feature the Ted Williams Division and the Carl Yastrzemski Division. The breakdown of teams still remains to be finalized.