The finest collegiate summer wood bat league in America is poised to begin another season that promises to again be exciting, highly competitive and opportunistic for players and fans alike.
General Managers and Head Coaches have been working tirelessly building this year’s teams since the Bourne Braves were crowned CCBL champions last August. Bourne’s epic playoff run in 2009 under the guidance of Head Coach Harvey Shapiro and General Manager Mike Carrier brought the championship back to the Town of Bourne after a 44-year layoff.
This year’s rosters are again loaded with the finest talent in collegiate summer baseball as 170 of our contracted players have been involved in post-season play in the NCAA Regionals with 86 of them going on to the NCAA Super Regionals.
The CCBL Executive Committee took a page out of our 2009 success and enhanced our schedule to another level. Once again, there will be baseball somewhere every night. We have also included two days of doubleheaders, with Saturday, June 19th dedicated to five doubleheaders at Western Division fields while the Eastern Division teams will host five doubleheaders on Sunday, June 27th. These seven-inning scheduled doubleheaders are something we have talked about for many years and felt it was time to give it an opportunity to showcase.
Our All-Star Game will again be at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 28th at 7PM. Last year we had it at the home of the Boston Red Sox and had a record-breaking crowd of over 14,000 brave the elements. This year we expect the attendance to shatter the previous record from 2009. When else would you have an opportunity to sit anywhere in Fenway park for only $10? Don’t be surprised if the attendance for this summer classic exceeds 20,000 as tickets are already on sale through the Boston Red Sox. The game will again be televised live by NESN.
We are very excited to provide more baseball this August than in many years as we have listened to your feedback and enhanced our playoff system. The top four teams from each division will match up in 2 out of 3 series with the playoff winner from the East taking on the playoff winner from the West in a 2 out of 3 championship series to win the coveted Arnold Mycock Championship Trophy. All eight teams in the playoffs will have the opportunity to host one home game at the very minimum in the playoffs and no team will enjoy a first round bye this year. Considering the incredible parity that the CCBL has enjoyed in recent years, the 2010 playoffs should provide unbelievable wholesome entertainment to the first time visitors of Cape Cod and loyal fans of many years.
We are eternally grateful to our volunteers and fans that continue to humble us with your dedication and tireless enthusiasm. The Cape Cod Baseball League is absolute Americana at its finest thanks to all of you that contribute your time and energy and we could not be more appreciative. Thank you so much and let’s get started with baseball and the summer of 2010!