Last Updated: July 22, 2017

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The JADBL 2017 Season – Opening Day Almost Here

Our 20th season is only a few days away. At this time of year, the mind goes back to games when we would see John DeBenedictis, Bob Anderson, Bill Cameron, Jerry Malolie, and many others that are no longer with us. Many good friends have passed on, some natural and some not. These are memories with a two-edged sword. It is hard to fathom that they will not be playing this game anymore. Actuarial tables should tell us not to be surprised, but that does not soften the blow. These people are known thru baseball and it was an enjoyment in life to see them every year. So appreciate what we have at our age and the friends who still play this game with us. This was not even in the mindset of the previous generation.

We now look forward to the weekends with more anticipation than we had for the past few months. Time to once again play our favorite game.

If you believe in baseball, then you must believe in stretching abilities to the limit. What is the sporting arena, but a world in which the best is demanded from each and every one. If you believe in baseball, you must believe in demanding from each player, each and every one, all that he can give, because without that baseball would have no interest and no meaning. Baseball is a refuge in a world of laziness and sloth, indecision and lack of commitment, hedged values and shortcuts, a corner in which individuals are commanded to reach down inside and find the best that is in there, and apply it to .... this nothing, this games, these silly rules that tell them where to run and when to run there.

Remember the purpose of the JADBL and the Mission Statement developed specifically for our league. Being able to play baseball at our age should be coveted. The bonus of re-uniting with friends met in the past and the opportunity to meet new friends this year is of high value. Focus on that when the Ump makes a call you feel is absolutely wrong.

The JADBL Mission Statement that everyone associated with the league is expected to follow: 

  • Familiarize yourself with proper etiquette for questioning umpire decisions and procedures for properly protesting a misinterpretation of playing rules by umpires
  • Familiarize yourself with league rules and adhere to their intended purpose
  • Refrain from loud and obnoxious criticism aimed at teammates, opponents, umpires, and other game attendees. Refrain from any and all profanity
  • Avoid any violent actions, including base path collisions and “take-out” slides
  • Be respectful to everyone before, during and after games
  • Represent the league with dignity 

Managers should refer to the website often. On it you can locate directions, rules, Policies & Procedures, schedules, league history, merchandise to purchase, etc. Managers can also enter stats for games and view your personal and team performance throughout the year. 

Good luck to all. Enjoy the season, your teammates, and your opposition. Stay free of injury, have fun, and remember John D's favorite saying: “Make this the greatest season yet.”

 

Regards,

 

Pat

Bob Anderson

 

The shocking news of Bob Anderson’s passing this week should give all of us pause to value the truly important things in life. It is cliché to say that you never know what tomorrow brings, but the news of Bob should wake us to the reality of how true that cliché is.

 

 

 

Bob transferred to South Carolina only 2 weeks ago to what he told me was his dream job. He would serve as a Guidance Counselor, helping student-athletes maintain their GPA and enabling them to continue playing the sport they loved. In addition, he would also be the pitching coach for the baseball team. Sadly, Bob was only on the job for a few days.

 

 

 

Bob will be missed by so many for so long. Below is a letter from Bob’s wife, Beth. She explains the familial relationship much better than I could express. At the end of the email is the address of the Anderson household for those who want to forward a card or condolence.

 

 

 

I am Bob's wife Beth. I loved him so much. This is such a shock for us. These last 7-10 yrs took a great toll on Bob professionally and personally. He was one of those guys who lived for his work, his baseball, and his wife and family. Often the order of those 3 priorities varied as he loved all so much.

 

Professionally he moved to SC and of course the kids and I went with our great love. Then when things got sour, he returned to PA, but I could never come back to teach there as I was too high on the totem poll salary wise in a union state.

 

 

 

Once Bob had his first attack, I had to keep working here to get vested in retirement and hold on to the benefits. Being absent from each other was very tough, esp. when Ben and Lydia came up too but truly that was for the best.

 

 

 

Now as of this weekend we were all getting back together. We had gone out to lunch on Skull Creek, HHI on Sunday where Bob enjoyed mussels and salmon. He and Lydia enjoyed a dad-daughter sushi dinner. He took Baxter to Golden Corral for the traditional breakfast run they would do. He had played ball with Baxter several days and then gone with Ben to the low country baseball training center where he and Ben were going to coach 12-13 yr old travel teams - already set to travel this weekend to Charleston, and Baxter would be included.

 

 

 

I thought he looked really good. His color was good. We visited Lydia's dorm room, fit for "the queen" and he was so happy and excited with her new college life. We played board games and laughed hysterically because he was so bad at them, hated them.

 

 

 

We are just shattered at losing him so soon. Baxter commented tonight that when daddy took him to school yesterday, their last words to each other were "I love you"

 

 

 

That says it all.

 

 

 

He thought the world of you guys. You made him laugh, gave him an outlet, and allowed him to do what he loved. I am sure you heard all the stories.

 

 

 

All our years with Bob he told us every day "when I die, just burn my ass, and scatter my ashes on a baseball field somewhere." That is exactly what we are doing, he wanted no funeral, no memorial; he hated that stuff. We are honoring his wishes.

 

 

 

I miss him so very much. He loved me I know, and I loved him, and as hard as these years were (he yipped at me this weekend that I was working too hard and too much - required crap for school - and he thought it was ridiculous the amount of work I had to do) I think we all grew stronger in the adversity. We have always spent our thanksgiving and Christmas holidays together - this year will be tough.

 

 

 

Our address is 2 Grand Court N, Bluffton, SC 29910.

 

 

 

Again, thank you all for your true friendship and camaraderie - Bob cherished you and baseball dearly.

 

 

 

Beth, Ben, Lydia, and Baxter

 

 

 

Prez Sez – 6-24-16

 

A few things I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention:

 

  • The Delaware State Olympic (DSO) baseball game will be held on 10/1/16 starting at 1:00 PM. (Rain date is 10/2/16 at 1:00 PM). Walk-ins are allowed. The game will be at Banning Park, located at 790 S. Maryland Avenue in Wilmington, DE 19804 (Off Newport Pike). The cost is only $5.00 per person. Players will be assigned to a team. Please contact one of the following for registration information or if you have any questions:

Konrad Kmetz Konkmetz@gmail.com  302-234-1472

Ken Lagowski Vegasd4430@aol.com  302-328-8500

  • A car belonging to one of our JADBL players was broken into at the DelCastle field. Money, credit cards, and a driver’s license were stolen. So take precautions to safeguard your valuables, especially when playing at a field where parking is remote.

  • Adhere to the Mission Statement. This has always been one of our strongest beliefs and anyone in violation of the Mission Statement will not participate in the JADBL. A zero tolerance policy will be enforced. Poor and abusive attitudes do not adhere to our Mission Statement.

  • When adding future players, remember to send the waiver to Ray Croes and the fee to me. Both of these items must be in the League Office before the player can participate in any JADBL activities.

  • Playoffs for the 55 Division – with 14 teams, all teams will be seeded based on our seeding format. The playoff format will be as follows:

    • A Division – best 4 records, regardless of division. Thus 3 teams could be from the North and 1 from the South.

    • B Division – next best 4 records, regardless of division

    • C Division – next best 4 records, regardless of division

    • Teams finishing in 13th and 14th place – Best of 5 or 7 playoff series, depending on weather and team decision

    • JADBL Seeding Format – Rule 27

      • Rule 27 – Standings

        • The standings will be computed based on the following tie-breaker criteria:

        • Winning percentage

        • Head to head competition

        • Least runs surrendered (average per game). Forfeits will not be included in this calculation.

        • Coin flip or lottery system

  • I received several questions on the Courtesy Runner Rule for the 55 League. What constitutes a wild pitch or a passed ball can be questionable. A ball that gets 30 feet away from the catcher is viewed as a wild pitch or a passed ball. But how about a ball that gets 10 feet away? 3 feet? One foot?  As we have always said, once you modify a rule, it is hard to predict all of the possible scenarios that can take place. Thus the Courtesy Runner Rule will be modified to state that a Courtesy Runner can advance on any ball that hits the dirt. If a ball hits the dirt and is caught by the Catcher, it is difficult to advance as the runner cannot start stealing as he is limited to a secondary lead (unless the pitcher goes into a windup). Thus a ball that gets 5 feet away from the Catcher enables a Courtesy Runner to advance, though it is risky as he cannot be running on the pitch as it would be regarded as a stolen base.

March 24, 2016

 The JADBL 2016 Season – Opening Day Almost Here

The start of another season is upon us – our 19th. It is very disheartening to know John D will not be around. I believe that most appreciated John for all of his effort and will recognize the void his lack of presence leaves in our lives. Now we have Ray Croes dealing with health issues and you can better relate to how no one is guaranteed tomorrow. Please continue to keep Ray in your thoughts and prayers. 

 

Time for another season that enables us to look forward to every weekend. Time to once again talk about the game, the plays, the people. Baseball is often described as a talking sport. There is plenty of time to talk about the game during the game. Players discuss what has happened and what may happen, relating the discussion to what has happened in past games in similar situations. Then there is the non-verbal interaction that takes place throughout the game, between Coach and player, between pitcher and catcher, between various fielders. We also have the chess matches that occur during games, involving decisions based on an opinion of whether or not the odds are for or against your team. Moving fielders depending on the batter and the situation. One hitter being played to pull the ball and the next played to hit behind the runner. The excitement of watching the ball and runner arriving at the base at the same time. A rally being erased in seconds by a double-play. Hitting a round ball with a rounded bat is difficult, but when done, so satisfying.  

 

One way to honor and remember John is to have a year without any ejections. Remember the purpose of the JADBL and the Mission Statement developed specifically for our league. The opportunity to play at this age should be relished above all. We all try and win the game but win or lose, the fact that we are playing and developing new friendships every year is a gift we too often take for granted. So know that you are not going to agree with every call but also know that you will be on the positive side of some calls you don’t deserve. Arguing with others over an occurrence in a baseball game is simply not worth the fallout and absolutely not what this league is about. Whoever ends up “winning” this year should be congratulated, but all who participate in our weekend games have won. For about 25 times this summer, you will gather with friends, laugh at one another’s mistakes, laud each other’s accomplishments, and build relationships with people you can meet at Dunkin Donuts and Diners when you are in your 80‘s. 

 

The JADBL Mission Statement that everyone associated with the league is expected to follow:

 

  • Familiarize yourself with proper etiquette for questioning umpire decisions and procedures for properly protesting a misinterpretation of playing rules by umpires
  • Familiarize yourself with league rules and adhere to their intended purpose
  • Refrain from loud and obnoxious criticism aimed at teammates, opponents, umpires, and other game attendees. Refrain from any and all profanity
  • Avoid any violent actions, including base path collisions and “take-out” slides
  • Be respectful to everyone before, during and after games
  • Represent the league with dignity 

I hope you enjoy our new website. I believe it is significantly improved over what we had previously. If the Managers enter the stats for their games, you can view your personal and team performance throughout the year. It also has additional details for the JADBL, such as directions, rules, Policies & Procedures, schedules, league history, merchandise to purchase, etc. So please refer to the sight often as updates will be on a continuing basis. 

Good luck to all. Enjoy the season, have fun, and appreciate what we have. As John was fond of saying, “Make this the greatest season yet.”

 

Regards, 

 

Pat