BOURNE, Mass. – The emotional and mental aspect of baseball is just as important as the physical performance on the field. Having good character and attitude on the field can make a big difference overall. Players like catcher Patrick Cantwell (Stony Brook) of the Bourne Braves display their athletic ability, as well as make an impact on the field with their positive and gracious character.
The Cape Cod Baseball League umpires, who vote on the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award, chose Cantwell for the 2011 season, recognizing the catcher for his positive attitude and work behind the plate.
This past season for the Braves, Cantwell was originally on the team as a temporary player. With 101 at bats, Cantwell played in 32 games with 15 runs, 28 hits and eight RBI with a .277 batting average. He finished the regular season hitting .375 as the Braves made a bid for the post-season.
Cantwell’s exceptional performance with the Braves earned him a spot as the starting catcher for this past year All Star Game at Fenway.
Previous winners of the award included Bill Peavey, Carlos Pena, Casey Close and Lou Merloni. Bourne’s Pierre LePage (UConn) won the award in 2009.