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GSBL Budweiser Player of the Week - 2013
Did you know...Anyone can nominate a player of the week
Players (even opposing players), Managers, Coaches or anyone else who is interested can nominate a player for the Budweiser player of the week by submitting their nomination using the link on the top right of the GSBL homepage by 4:00PM the following Monday.
AutoFair Astros P Mike Roberson has been named the Budweiser Granite State Baseball League Player of the Week for the week of May 19th. Mike pitched a complete game victory giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 6 and went 2 for 4 at the plate with 2 runs and 3 RBIs during the Astros doubleheader.
Also nominated were the Merrimack Dodgers George Gatzimos and J.R. Rodriguez, the Manchester Hurricanes Bryan Medeiros, the Beantown Brawlers Justin Mongue, the Nashua Rockies Jeff Hastings, the Porstmouth Padres Mike Apostolou and the Litchfield Orioles Dan Rousseau.
For his outstanding effort Mike will receive this week's Budweiser shirt and 18 pack of Budweiser product.
Congratulations to Tony and all of the nominees!
Week 1 -Den Linehan - Bedford Braves - 3 for 4, 2B, 2 RBIs and hunted down a terrorist
Week 2 -Brandan Fitzpatrick -Nashua Rockies - 3 for 4, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 2 RS, 1 SB, 2 IP, 0R, 3K, Win
Week 3 -Cory Gilmore - Manchester Hurricanes - 6IP, 0H, 0R, 6 Ks, 6 BBs, Win
Week 4 - Tony Bolduc - Raphael Club Black Sox - 3 for 4, 3 2B, 2 RBIs, 3 RS, 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K, CG, W
Week 5 - Mike Roberson - AutoFair Astros - 3 for 4, 2B, 3 RBIs, 2 RS, SB, 7 IP, 7H, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, CG, W
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Success in Scheduling for 2013
Players will notice a change in their opponenets in 2013. In an attempt to increase competition, playoff opportunity and parity the GSBL Managers opted for a unbalanced schedule. This year teams will see some oppenents more (some four times during the regular season) while others less, only a single game. The idea is to take advantage of multiple divisions and allow teams to see more opponenets even if it means seeing other opponents more often. For example, the GSBL28 division truly broke into 2 separate divisions for scheduling purposes. The teams that finished in the top 6 of the 2012 standings (and usually the same 6 over the past decade) will play each other multiple times over the season but will only play the 7-10 seeds from 2012 only once. The original plan was for the GSBL28 1st - 6th 2012 place teams to play the GSBL21 during the regular season but the addition of two GSBL21 teams led this inter-division play for future considerations.
While the GSBL28 was looking for parity the new GSBL38 made this a true reality. The GSBL38 will play an 8 team schedule for a 14 game regular season schedule. The GSBL38 will play the 7th-10th 2012 GSBL28 seeds. The genius in this type of scheduling addresses issues for both the GSBL28 and GSBL38 divisions. The new scheduling for 2013 also led to exciting changes for playoffs. The regular season becomes more of a factor as teams are not guaranteed a playoff appearance in 2013. More information on playoff can be found at 2013 Playoff Bracket page.
GSBL Expansion Creates Largest Adult Baseball League in New Hampshire
Manchester, NH – A decision to incorporate an entire local baseball league creates the largest organized baseball league in the State.
During its first league meeting of the year, the Granite State Baseball League (GSBL) who recently added a 38+ age division unanimously voted to incorporate the Southern New Hampshire Baseball League (SNHBL) into its roster creating the largest organized baseball league in the State.
“The addition of the six teams that made up the SNHBL gives us a 21+ age division” says Mike Henzley GSBL VP and 38+ Commissioner, “There remains some housekeeping to make the transition smooth although it’s all part of the evolution of the GSBL”
The two leagues will incorporate their bylaws and inevitably be wholly governed by the GSBL. Besides this governance the only major difference will be the introduction of intra league play and potential playoff structure changes.
‘We’re excited about becoming part of the GSBL’, says Ben Davis, Commissioner of the new 21+ division. “We tried working with other leagues in the past and it was always a headache. The GSBL has proven itself to be a stable league and speaking for all the guys, we’re looking forward to being a part of it”
The GSBL is a classic wood bat baseball club that was established in 1992 and continues a reputation of solid leadership and growth.
“This expansion is win-win for all involved” says John Saraceno, GSBL President. “It will generate more interest in baseball in our area, add an element of longevity, it makes sense financially and our sponsors will enjoy more exposure” This expansion will essentially secure the ability to play baseball in the same league from early college years to well into senior years.
Troy Barber, GSBL Treasurer says with a grin, “It's cradle to grave baseball in New Hampshire’
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Cape Cod Thunder Bat Tourney - Dodgers take 2nd Place in Bourne 2 Division
With the weather as picture perfect as a postcard in P-Town, the 2012 Cape Cod Classic once again ushered out the summer with a bang. Each of the Semi Finalist were decided by the winner of their last game on Sunday. It was win and you're in for The Ct. Rangers and The Worcester Stars in the Sagamore Division and the Cape-Jersey Pirates and the Cape Cod Merchants in the Bourne Division. The Rangers advanced to the finals for the first time and faced the Pirates who played in their 3rd Championship game.
The GSBL's own Merrimack Dodgers placed second in the Bourne 2 Division with a record of 2-1 in the tourney. The Dodgers opened up their weekend with a 6-4 win over the Agawam Brown Sox (0-3) on Saturday. Later in the day the Dodgers faced the Washington Monuments (1-2) from Connecticut under the lights at Veteran's Field in Chatham. Merrimack showed a lot of offense winning the game by a score of 8-5. With the division title and trip to the semi-finals on the line, the Dodgers went head to head with the Cape-Jersey Pirates (3-0) at Veteran's Field on Sunday. The Pirates got the better of the game downing the Dodgers by a score of 6-4.
SI's Peter King: Factoid of the Week that May Interest Only Me II
September 17, 2012
Now batting first for the Natick Knights of the Boston Men's Senior Baseball League, playing second base, No. 22, Doug Flutie.
(And you thought he'd be some other number?)
The shortstop is younger brother Darren Flutie. The third baseman is older brother Bill Flutie.
So last week, Flutie drove home from his NBC college football broadcast duties at NBC in New York on Saturday night to Natick, a three-and-a-half-hour drive up I-95 into the Boston suburbs. He drove past the high school field where the Knights were scheduled to play Cambridge Sunday at 10 a.m. He noticed a steady rain had left big puddles near third base and home plate. Flutie got out of the car, just before 4, took out a cup, and began ladling the puddles away.
Flutie went home, still worried about the field. He drove back to the field around 6:30 a.m., raked the Speedy Dry on the wet areas, then went home for a while to wait for the game.
(Flutie was telling me this story in the NBC Sports Network room where we prepare for our Friday shows, in Stamford, Conn. At that point, Hines Ward, who works with us on the Friday shows and the weekend shows at NBC in New York, piped up in amazement: "The Heisman Trophy winner raking the field! Crazy! I want this to be video-cammed!'')
This is a 30-and-over league. Doug Flutie is 49. I asked him why he stopped by the field at 4, and then went back a couple of hours later with the drying agent, to make sure the 10 a.m. game would be played.
"I enjoy playing,'' he said. "And I don't want the game to be canceled."
Flutie went 1 for 4 for the Knights. That evening, his 40-and-over team, the Waltham Braves, had a game. Flutie went 0 for 2. But on Wednesday, Flutie pitched the Knights to a 14-1 victory in the third and deciding game in the best-of-three series against Cambridge. "Pitched nine innings,'' he said Friday, "and I feel fine. My arm's great."
Check out the batting race
in the 30-and-over league.
Check out the stolen base
leaders in the league.
Two games of amateur baseball on a Sunday in September.
"That's me in a nutshell,'' he said. "Not trying to prove anything to anybody. Just out there having fun."
Read more: Sports Illustrated
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