Wrapping Up 2013 Cape Cod Baseball League Season
By: Rich Maclone
Nothing seems to fly by faster than a Cape Cod Baseball League season. It seems that the time between opening day and the hosting of the championship trophy zooms by at a quicker clip each and every season.
Already the general managers around the league are thinking about what their rosters for the 2014 season will look like. Before we turn the page completely on the year that was, here’s a look at some newsworthy tidbits that have popped up as the CCBL puts to bed the year that was 2013.
Perfect Team: For most of the year the Chatham Anglers held the No. 1 spot in the Perfect Game rankings of summer league teams. The Anglers won the regular season championship, but faltered in the playoffs and finished the year ranked fifth overall by the media outlet.
The highest ranking team in the final list was the league champs, the Cotuit Kettleers. Cotuit surged to No. 2 overall on the final ranking list after putting it all together in the playoffs.
The Brazos Valley Bombers, of the Texas Collegiate League, finished the year at No. 1 overall. The Bombers were a top five team all summer long, and moved into the top spot after winning the league championship.
Cape Cod teams littered the list. Cotuit finished second, Chatham was fifth, followed by Falmouth at No. 7, Orleans at No. 11 and Hyannis at No. 20. Harwich made the top 50, coming in at 32 and the Bourne Braves broke into the top 50, at 42.
McNally remembered: Sandwich resident Jim McNally will be missed dearly by the CCBL. The retired umpire, who was in his first year as the deputy commissioner of the league, suffered a fatal accident in early August while working as a roofer.
The recognizable former umpire, who stood five feet, seven inches tall, won the Curly Clement Award in 2005 as the league’s top arbiter.
“His contributions to the Cape League were invaluable,” CCBL Deputy Commissioner Sol Yas said. “Jim felt he’d accomplished everything he dreamed about in his life. I knew him for 15 years and cherish memories of our friendship. But I will miss him terribly and still can’t believe he’s gone.”
Braves Win Commissioner’s Cup: First-time president Nicole B. Norkevicius joined field manager Harvey Shapiro, general manager Chuck Sturtevant and vice president/assistant GM Dan Dunn in 2013 to help Bourne garner its third Commissioner’s Cup in 10 years. The Braves are just the second team to accomplish that honor, joining the Wareham Gatemen. “Bourne is a class act organization, and very deserving,” Cape League commissioner Paul Galop said of the team’s accomplishments.
Bourne Braves Board Elections
The Bourne Braves will be holding elections for the following officers at their board of directors meeting, to be held at 6 PM on September 11: general manager, vice president, secretary, field maintenance, and concessions. The meeting will be held at Upper Cape Tech School. All interested individuals should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year the Cup winner is decided by Galop and two representatives: Sol Yas of the East Division and Dick Sullivan of the West. “There (are) usually about three teams who are greatly considered each season,” Galop said. Though it’s generally a close call, Bourne was chosen above the rest. “They do it right,” Galop added.
The trio considers several factors before making a final decision, including whether paperwork has been filed on time by the front office staff, how the players have conducted themselves on and off the field, and the frequency of arguments from coaches or ejections made by umpires.
Some of Bourne’s community service events this season included volunteering at the Children’s Workshop, a child-care center, as well as participating in numerous Fourth of July parades and other events. The team has also hosted a multitude of organizations at Doran Park, honoring veterans, athletes, musicians, students and others deserving recognition. In addition, the Braves sponsor two scholarships given to deserving students at Bourne High School and Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School.