Fox Sports' Cape League special premiers April 17

by Andrew Wirtanen


Fox Sports' special "Cape Cod: Journey to the Bigs" will premier on FS1 on Tuesday, April 17 at 11PM, following the Indians/Twins game and MLB Whiparound. The special will also air on Fox Sports' regional networks on April 18 (check your local listings).

The special follows three players who played in the 2017 season: Griffin Conine (Cotuit, Duke), Tristan Pompey (Wareham, Kentucky) and Chandler Day (Orleans, Vanderbilt).

Read more about the special on Fox Sports, and watch the trailer below.


Pavin Smith (Harwich 2016) Surprises His Parents at Christmas

by Andrew Wirtanen


Pavin Smith (Harwich 2016) made national headlines this week with a Christmas tweet.

Pavin used his Arizona Diamondbacks signing bonus to pay off his parents' mortgage. Check out the video below or on Twitter.

In 2016, Pavin hit .318 for the Mariners with 48 hits and four homers. He was an All-Star for the East and selected to the 2016 All-League Team. The Diamondbacks picked him in the 2017 MLB draft and he is ranked as the top prospect in their system.


2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Recap

by Andrew Wirtanen


The Cape Cod Times posted a great recap and video from the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held on Saturday, November 18 at the Chatham Bars Inn.

Eight people were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year:

  • Dennis Long (Hyannis '77-'79, MiLB '80-'83)
  • Justin Masterson (Wareham '05, MLB '08-'15)
  • Timothy McIntosh (Chatham '85, MLB '90-'93 & '96)
  • Steve Newell (Wareham '73, MiLB '73-'75)
  • Jeremy Sowers (Wareham '03, MLB '06-'09)
  • Joey Cora (Chatham '84, MLB '87 & '89-'98, brother of Red Sox Manager Alex Cora)
  • Chuck Sturtevant (CCBL President '16-Present)
  • Tom Yankus (Orleans '63-'65 , MiLB '56 & '58)

The Hall of Fame currently has no physical location, but will be at the future Cape Cod Training Center in Independence Park in Hyannis - advertised to open in Spring 2018.


Noah Song (Navy) recaps his summer on Cape

by Andrew Wirtanen


Noah Song (RHP, Navy) made two starts for the Harwich Mariners on his 2017 summer leave. It's worth watching this short clip where he talks about his time on the Cape. In Song's sophomore season with the Midshipmen, he led the Patriot League with 89 strikeouts and was tied for 2nd in wins (6).


New Cape League Podcast!

by Andrew Wirtanen


The Cape Cod Times has launched the "Cape League Corner" podcast. The first episode features none other than CCBL President Chuck Sturtevant, as he looks ahead to the 2017 season!

Subscribe on iTunes, or where you get your podcasts. You can listen to the first episode below:


Hall of Fame Moving to Independence Park in Hyannis in 2018

by Andrew Wirtanen


It's been a long time coming, but it appears the search for the Cape League Hall of Fame's new home is complete. Total Athletics of Cape Cod has announced a partnership with the league to house the Hall of Fame inside a new 90,000 square foot complex that will be built in Independence Park in Hyannis. The Hyannis Sports Complex is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2018.

The Hyannis Sports Complex, as reported by the Cape Cod Times, will also be the home of CCBL meetings, CCBL player instruction/skill development, and off-season community events in support of youth baseball.

Cape League President Chuck Sturtevant said that "the hall of fame may go mobile and travel from park to park this summer until it settles permanently at the athletic complex".


Treasures Found While Housecleaning

by Dave B.


    I was doing some housecleaning recently and came across some Cape Cod Baseball League items that had been packed away many years ago. These items weren't necessarily "lost," but let's just say it's amazing how much stuff a family can accumulate over the course of a few decades and three changes of location. Two of the items were actual game jerseys, both going back to the late 60's, early 70's. One is a gray Orleans Cardinals (now Firebirds) uniform top (number 15) with script "Orleans" across the front. The thing that always struck me as odd about this (and I do remember seeing the Bob Hansen-era Orleans teams wear these) is that the "Orleans," trim, and number are blue. Even as a young 'un, I was pretty sure there were no such things as blue cardinals flying around, so I never really understood the color choice. The other item is a white Falmouth jersey, probably from 1970-'72. This top has a fancy block "Falmouth" across the front. The color combo for the trim near the collar, down the front, and around the number "6" is green and yellow. The Commodores wore these back in the day when star players like Billy Almon and Paul Mitchell called Guv Fuller Field home. I always thought these unis were pretty cool and upon inspecting this recent find, I still like the look. When Falmouth was wearing these, Charles Finley had his Oakland A's teams decked out in predominantly green and gold. Because of that, I remember thinking it would have made a lot more sense for the Chatham A's (now Anglers) to wear this color combo.

    Since there is a very limited number of people who would be interested in CCBL memorabilia, I contacted a few folks who are presently involved with the CCBL and its Hall of Fame and asked if they would have any interest in these jerseys. That was more than a month ago and I did not get a response. That's okay. They now occupy an area in an office along with many other CCBL items. There are too many to list, and probably too few of you interested in this old stuff, but some memories came back when looking at team yearbooks from when the Bourne Canalmen played at Keith Field - yes, that tiny field located almost under the Sagamore Bridge was once home to a Cape League team - and the Yarmouth Indians who at one time called Simpkins Field (across from the state police barracks on Route 28) home.    

     


Y-D Wins Eighth Championship

by Andrew Wirtanen


The 2016 CCBL season wrapped up on Saturday, August 13th as the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox defeated the Falmouth Commodores in game 3 of the best-of-3 series. Amanda Cox has the official write-up on capecodbaseball.org. Will Geoghegan has a detailed wrap on Right Field Fog.

The Red Sox have now won the last three seasons, which hasn't happened on Cape since the Kettleers accomplished that feat in the 70s.

Yarmouth-Dennis is now the 2nd winningest team in the modern era of the CCBL with 8 championships, behind Cotuit's 16 championships. 

Falmouth was attempting their first championship since 1980, and were hoping to get the win in front of their home crowd. The Commodores' 36 year drought is the longest in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The Hyannis Harbor Hawks have a 25 year drought, last winning in 1991 with a team featuring Rich Aurilia and Jason Varitek.


Matt Davis goes from temp player to pro player

by Andrew Wirtanen


Growing up on the Cape and now visiting for a few games every season, it can still be hard for me to grasp just how close the Cape League is to Major League Baseball. There's the famous statistic: 1-in-7 MLB players played in the league. And I frequently go to pro games and recognize players on the roster that I've seen play at McKeon Park or Red Wilson Field.

And yet, I was still surprised to read this news story about Matt Davis. Matt started as a temporary player on the Brewster Whitecaps this year, led the league in homers in the beginning of the season, and is now working his way up A-ball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Pretty cool.

Best of luck, Matt Davis!