Wrapping up 2017 and looking forward to 2018

The Yawkey League conducted business at its December Meeting of Members and final meeting of the 2017 season on December 12. The highlight of the meeting was the Board who meet with a new team applicant, the South Shore Dawgs based out of Quincy and led by Chris Driver.

The January meeting of membership will be held on January 9 and will focus on the following:

  • First Installments of Team Dues will be due at this time.
  • Any outstanding membership items from the 2017 season will be resolved
  • Final review of the South Shore Dawgs application
  • Elections of Officers was tabled at the December meeting and will be held.
    Anyone interested in running that has not communicated already please contact David Treska
  • Joe O’Hara will present the first draft of the 2018 budget for review of membership
  • Any suggestions for the rules chairman should be made at this time to prepare us for a full rule book review in February meeting

I would like to thank all of you for helping to make this a great league. Looking forward to the 2018 YBL season.

Sincerely,
Dave McKay

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Hall of Fame Awards Banquet Rescheduled to Nov 4

The 2017 Yawkey Baseball Hall of Fame awards dinner has been rescheduled for Saturday November 4. The banquet is being held at Carson Place located at 180 Mt. Vernon St. Dorchester, MA 02125. Doors will open at 6:30 with dinner and awards ceremony to follow.

For tickets and information please visit the banquet event site here

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2017 YBL Hall of Fame Class

The Yawkey Baseball League is honored to announce the Hall of Fame class of 2017. The following individuals will be honored at a banquet to be held on Saturday October 14.

The following people will be inducted into the YBL Hall of Fame

  • Bernie Driscoll, Somerville Alibrandis
  • Sal Mendonca, Somerville Alibrandis
  • Franz Strassman, Avi Nelson Club / South Boston Saints
  • Jay Shatto, Brookline Dodgers

Additionally Bernie Driscoll has also been inducted into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Association Hall of Fame

The 2017 YBL Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday October 14. The banquet will be held and Carson Place in Dorchester, MA. Doors will open at 6:30 with dinner and awards ceremony to follow. For tickets and information please visit the banquet event site here

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2017 League Awards Announced

The 2017 YBL Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday October 14. The banquet will be held and Carson Place in Dorchester, MA. Doors will open at 6:30 with dinner and awards ceremony to follow. For tickets and information please visit the banquet event site here

League Awards

Most Valuable Player
Mike Smith, Brighton Braves

Pitcher of the Year
Mike Smith, Brighton Braves

Rookie of the Year
Matt Costanza, McKay Club Beacons

Postseason Most Valuable Player
Brian Tanguy, Somerville Alibrandis

Fireman of the Year
Duncan Finigan, Al Thomas Athletics

Comeback Player of the Year
Matt Levasseur, Al Thomas Athletics

Manager of the Year
Ed Lee, Brighton Braves

Gentleman of the Year
Angelo Colucci, Stoneham Sabres

Executive of the Year
Nate Laliberte, Revere Rockies

Franchise of the Year
Brighton Braves

Umpire of the Year
James Kelly, Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Association

Rookie, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards

All Rookie Team
Gold Glove Awards
Silver Slugger Awards

Voting Results

League Awards
Gold Glove Awards
Silver Slugger Awards

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2017 YBL Banquet Date and Awards Announced

The 2017 YBL Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday October 14. The banquet will be held and Carson Place located at 180 Mt. Vernon St. Dorchester, MA 02125. Doors will open at 6:30 with dinner and awards ceremony to follow.

For tickets and information please visit the banquet event site here

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Yawkey League Crowns 2017 Champion

The Somerville Alibrandis franchise won the YBL Championship Series for the 8th consecutive time and 18th in franchise history.  They swept the McKay Club, outlasted the Stoneham Sabers and survived a surge from the Brighton Braves, who made their first finals appearance in 40 years.

The Hose, Brian Tanguy, took home the Playoff MVP honors pitching in 4 of the 7 Finals games amassing 14 innings only giving up 7 hits and one earned run.  He also struck out 16 over those 4 appearances.

Chalk was the word in the playoffs this year as every single top-seed won each series, but not without a competitive wrinkle thrown in.  Stoneham put the champs on the ropes winning the first two games on the road against Alibrandis forcing the champs to have to win 3 in a row just to advance to the finals.  The Brighton Braves made it to the finals after playing Game 4s in both of their series.

In the end, the Ted Tracy, Pete Lankarge, Mike Smith and company gave Alibrandis everything they could possibly handle taking them to the limit.  It was the first Game 7 that the Yawkey League has seen since 2005 and only the 5th “Champs or go-home” game in the history of the League.

Congratualtions to every Yawkey participant this year for making it the most competitive season in recent memory!!!

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