- YCOBL Scholarship Applications Available...due May 31, 2018
Hersey Memorial Scholarship Applications now being accepted
Applications for 2018 Kenneth Hersey Memorial YCOBL Scholarships are now being accepted. Children and grandchildren of current and former players who are entering or continuing their post-secondary education are eligible. Applications will be accepted until May 31, with winners announced in early August.
Home Run Derby? What Home Run Derby?
Incredibly, there were only 2 home runs hit in 2017, with neither of them going over the fence. Was it the dead balls? The dead bats? Wind blowing in all year? Who knows. Regardless, this was unprecedented. The record for home runs in a season was 72 in 2004. The fewest hit prior to this year was 4 in 2015. Last year there were 13 home runs hit, with 8 qualifying for the derby.
Because no money was doled out this year, a decision has been made about what to do with the HR derby pot. 68 players contributed a total of 340 dollars to the HR derby this year. Since no player hit a HR over the fence we have decided to put $240 into the scholarship fund and will raffle off 2/$50.00 winners at the banquet. All players who contributed will be entered, however you MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN! So those players that always contribute to this and say, “I'll never hit a HR but it goes to a good cause” have a chance to win!!
It's the farewell edition of the FREDDY NEWSLETTER!!
Here is the year-end edition of the Freddy Newsletter.
Week 10 Players of the Week Announced
The Players and Pitchers of the week for November 4 games have been selected. As a reminder, one lucky winner from each category (4 total) will be drawn at random for a chance to win a free ticket to this year's awards banquet in March.
The list of 2017 Players/Pitchers of the Week winners can always be found in the Bulletin Board section (use the dropdown to select "Player of the Week"). Or if that's too much work you can just click here: AL POTW NL POTW
Newest Members of the 200-hit Club!
This past Saturday, a very rare achievement took place - two players got their 200th career YCOBL hit!
Randy Stambaugh (Brewers) entered this season with 193 career hits and came into Saturday's finale with 6 on the season. He finally got number 200 on a first-inning, RBI single off of Paul Johnston. It was the start of a big day for Randy, who went 4-for-4 to finish the year with 203 career hits.
Keith Schmuck (Cubs) needed 9 hits this year to reach the 200-hit milestone and coming into Saturday he was one shy of that goal. Things didn't look good for Schmuckie on Saturday as he was hitless in his first two at bats. But with two outs in the bottom of the sixth (in a scoreless game), Keith drilled a line-drive single off of Robert Davis for not only his 200th career hit, but the game-winner in the Cubs 2-0 victory.
Randy and Keith join Rick Brenner, Steve Robertson, and Steve Hanson as the only players in YCOBL history to achieve 200 hits. Congratulations to both!
Orioles win 2017 YCOBL World Series
Congratulations to the Orioles, who won the 2017 World Series Saturday afternoon by defeating the Nationals 7-0. Nick Johnson and Craig Myers combined on a three-hit shutout, striking out 8. Ed Hamill drove in two runs and was among a handful of O's with two hits. More details on this game and other knockdown matchups will be shared in the final Freddy Newsletter later this week.
These photos are the work of the YCOBL's official photographer, Kent Moyer. He can't help how bad you look. You can check out more photos from 2017 in the PHOTO ALBUMS on the main menu.
If you would like to purchase a photo, you can contact Kent directly (his number can be found in the CONTACT INFO section). Please support his efforts! And be sure the thank Kent for the fine work he does!!