Pre-Season Report 2011
It’s hard to believe that it was nearly ten months ago when the unheralded Cotuit Kettleers took the 2010 CCBL playoffs by storm and came away with the CCBL championship and the coveted Arnold Mycock Trophy.
So now we are only days away from Opening Day on June 10th and coaching staffs and general managers are scurrying around searching for available players as the NCAA regionals and super-regionals are dominated with CCBL contracted players. The hard work that the coaches and administrators have demonstrated all winter long has resulted in very impressive rosters. We all anxiously await the arrival of college baseball’s finest student-athletes.
The 2010 season offered several changes that were highly successful and thus have been continued into this 2011 season. There will be five doubleheaders (7 innings each) on Sunday, June 12th in which all games are played at the Western Division locations. The following Sunday, June 19th, the doubleheaders will again be on tap with those slate of games scheduled to be at the Eastern Division venues.
Our All-Star Game is again at Fenway Park by popular demand. The game this year is on Friday night, July 29th at 7PM and will be nationally televised. Ticket admission is still only $10 per person with open seating. So, arrive early for batting practice and the Home Run Derby and sit where you could only dream about for a very modest price. Tickets are now available at all ten CCBL fields and if you purchase the tickets directly from any of our CCBL teams a portion of the ticket sales actually stays with that CCBL team. In this fledgling economy, every bit of revenue helps our non-profit organizations. Ticket sales are already quite brisk and there is a growing expectation that if the weather cooperates and the fact that the game is on a Friday night, that the attendance could reach 20,000.
The 2011 CCBL All-Star Game is being played in honor and the memory of Christina-Taylor Green, the nine-year old victim of the January shootings in Tucson in which Congresswoman Giffords was injured. Christina’s family will be in attendance at Fenway Park as her dad John Green is a scout with the Los Angeles Dodgers and her mother Roxanna Green is steering the Christina-Taylor Green Foundation. Christina’s eleven year-old brother Dallas will be throwing out the first pitch. It expects to be a special moment in CCBL history as we strongly encourage and promote the success of the Christina-Taylor Green Foundation.
Our playoffs start this year on Friday, August 5th with the top four teams from each division participating. This is the same format that we followed in 2010 that proved to be highly successful with record crowds. The feedback that we received about this change was overwhelming. We look forward to the competitive fire that the playoffs bring.
We would like to thank our incredibly loyal fans and hard-working volunteers who continue to be one of the major driving forces behind the success and popularity of the Cape Cod Baseball League. We could not be more grateful to this extraordinary dedication and tireless commitment to excellence. Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you at our ballparks. We are truly glad you are here!
-Paul A. Galop, Commissioner