08/19/2012 8:25 PM
Article By: Paul Galop
Congratulations to the Wareham Gatemen who captured the coveted Arnold Mycock Trophy signifying champions of the 2012 CCBL playoffs in what was clearly the most exciting playoff finals, perhaps ever! The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox were formidable and gracious opponents who gave the red-hot Gatemen all they could handle in the championship series that went the full three games, the final game going extra innings. Our fans were treated to playoffs that included the Bourne Braves, Chatham Anglers, Cotuit Kettleers, Falmouth Commodores, Harwich Mariners, Orleans Firebirds, Wareham Gatemen and Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, all of whom contributed to intensity of play and competitive fire that exceeded everyone’s expectations. What a playoff year!
The Wareham Gatemen were also presented with the Commissioner’s Cup prior to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. This award recognizes professional behavior and integrity on and off the field by the entire Wareham organization.
The parity in the CCBL continues to be extremely strong as playoff seedings were not only decided in the tenth inning of the last game of the regular season, but three different tie-breakers were needed to determine not only where teams would line up in the playoffs, but in one case it determined exactly who was in the playoffs and who missed out by a whisker. This is the major reason why our playoffs are so unpredictable and competitive. The balance of power among our ten teams is unusually even, thus increasing the competition.
Special thanks should go out to so many folks who made our 2012 season so successful and enjoyable. Some of those people and groups include but are not limited to:
Stay tuned to our website for updates throughout the winter as teams are already signing players for the summer of 2013. We will periodically post rosters so you can follow your favorite team and the players that will be coming to Cape Cod.
Thanks to each and every one of you for making this national treasure called the Cape Cod Baseball League the prototype and model for excellence in collegiate summer baseball.
June 2013 is right around the corner and we are as excited as you to be ready for more baseball!
Paul A. Galop, Commissioner