COMMISSIONER'S CORNER: Pre-Season 2012
06/18/2012 11:36 AM
Article By: Paul Galop
Welcome to the Cape Cod Baseball League 2012 season! Our 44 game schedule is off and running with the best quality baseball we have all come to expect from the finest collegiate student-athletes in America.
While we were preparing for Opening Day, our General Managers and Head Coaches were scrambling to see what contracted players would be arriving and when. Well, to give you an idea of the incredible juggling act required, look at these numbers:
· Over 175 different colleges and universities are represented on CCBL rosters
· 162 of our contracted players participated in the NCAA Regionals
· 59 of our contracted players participated in the NCAA Super Regionals
· 26 of our contracted players are in the College World Series in Omaha
The recent Major League Baseball draft also made an impact on not only our current player personnel, but overwhelmingly reinforced the fact that the CCBL continues to have the most talented collegiate baseball players in America playing here each summer. During the very first round of the draft, 31 players were chosen. 17 of those players were high school players that are not eligible to play in the CCBL until they complete their first year in college. The other 14 players drafted were college players. 12 of those 14 played in the CCBL while the other two played for Team USA. These statistics are absolutely overpowering and makes all of our hard work all worthwhile. It serves as validation that the CCBL continues to showcase the finest of all collegiate summer baseball players nationwide, by far.
We sincerely hope you will come out to some of our games this summer as we condense a 44 game schedule into about eight very fast weeks. Our annual CCBL All-Star Game this year is on Saturday, July 28th at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, home of the 2011 playoff champion Harwich Mariners. Game time is 6PM.
All of this could not be possible without our incredible volunteers and loyal fans. This is what keeps bringing all of us back, year after year. Simply pure, innocent amateur baseball at the highest levels with endless opportunities and experiences for players, coaches, fans, host families, employers and so many others. It just doesn’t get any better than this and somewhere, Norman Rockwell has a very big smile on his face. Hope to see you at one of our ten beautiful ball parks and thank for what YOU do!
We’re glad you’re here!!
Paul A. Galop, Commissioner
Cape Cod Baseball League