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RIMA 50+ Playoff Schedules for Round 1 Posted

At Diamond Hill on Saturday (10:00 AM), where all tournament games will be played this weekend, the red hot Marlins, winners of 8 in a row and 9 of their last 10 games will host the Silver Foxes who have played 0.500 ball over their last 6 games of the season. Following that game, the Hawks winners of their 7 of their last 11, will battle the Waves, who are overdue for a win.

On Sunday, the Pirates, top seeded and the regular season leader in wins, will host the Reds who have a history of excellent play in our tournament of the past 3 seasons.  That game starts at 10:00 AM.  The final game of the weekend pits the Braves, who have played 1-run games over the final three games of the season, against the Rockies who have won 5 of their last 8 with losses to only the Pirates and Marlins during that stretch.  The weather looks great for all games.  Good luck to every player!

 

 

 

Roy Hobbs World Series 2014

A spot has open up for the Boston GoodFellas 45 and over team for FL contact Steve Andrade 774-406-7879 or email sjaatya@gmail.com

 

 

CHARITY BASEBALL GAME IN WORCESTER ON A SUNDAY IN LATE AUGUST RAISES OVER $3000!

September 2, 2014

 

 

The MCOFU All-Star baseball team battled the Wrentham Pirates of the RIMA Baseball league in Worcester on August 24th at Rockwood Field.   Both teams played nine innings of the most exciting baseball, which included masterful pitching and fielding on both sides.  The final score of this very exciting game was Wrentham Pirates 2 MCOFU All-Stars 1.  Matt Trahan took the mound and held the Wrentham Pirates scoreless for the first 4 plus innings.  Mike Sutherland of the Wrentham Pirates, not to BE out done, did the same for the first 3 innings as well. 

The game became very interesting in the bottom of the fifth.  Catcher George McNellege singled and had a pinch runner run for him.  Kurt Jackson was on first when Mike McDermott hit a single in the gap of the outfield only to have Cam Ruziak chase the ball down and threw a perfect strike to third base to get the Wrentham Pirate runner out at third to end the inning.  “That was one of the best throws I have ever seen in my entire baseball career” states Coach Mike Luce of the Wrentham Pirates.

MVP Mike Skidmore of the Wrentham Pirates came into pitch innings 4, 5, and 6 for the Pirates.  He shut down a very good hitting team and made one of the best catches of the game.  Bennie Sasso of the MCOFU All-Stars hit a line drive shot up the middle and Skidmore reached out his glove and somehow caught it.

With the game scoreless for 7 innings, both teams met at home plate so that the drawing for the 60” flat screen TV could be held.  This TV was donated by one of MCOFU’S vendors Chuck Tashjian out of Medway.  Vice President Ted Slattery of MCOFU came out of the stands and onto the field with Officer Phil Matthews to draw the winning ticket.  With everybody waiting with excitement the name announced was Dave Christian out of NCCI Gardner. 

Bennie Sasso led off the top of the eighth inning with a single. With one out he stole second and scored on a hard infield hit by Jay Grasso out of SBCC that knocked infielder Dave Abate of the Pirates down to the ground.  Sasso took advantage of the ball being on the ground and scored the first run of the game.  Brian Tibbedeau is now pitching the eighth inning for the MCOFU All-Stars.  George McNellege leads off the inning with a single.  With one out and a man on second base, Bobby Papetti singled in the tying run to make it a 1-1 game.  Papetti gets to third base on a wild pitch and scores the potential winning run on a passed ball to put the Wrentam Pirates in the lead 2-1. 

Gerry Lafond pitched the 7th and 8th innings and pitched well for the Pirates against a very tough hitting MCOFU line up.  The Pirates sent out their closer Al Vicki to pitch the top of the 9th inning.  Vicki relies on his change of speeds and curve balls to get people out.  “With the Wrentham Pirates pitchers who throw fast, Al is the perfect guy to close the game” stated catcher George McNellege. MCOFU All-stars got their first batter on base when Matt Trahan was hit by a pitch.  The game then proceeded to get very interesting and intense.  MCOFU had 2 outs and a man on first and second, when Jay Carroll smashed a hard line drive to third and Mark Mercio caught the ball to end the game.

Brian Tibbedeau had two hits out of the seven hits total for the MCOFU All-stars.  Mike Aucoin led the Wrentham Pirates with three hits and catcher George McNellege had two out of the ten hits for the winning team.

Special thanks goes out to Keith Bianchini who help organize this Charity Baseball game for  MCOFU  and the P&E Committee members Derek O’Connor, Vinny Ruziak, Steve King and Phil Matthews.  Derek and Vinny were instrumental in keeping these games going.  Both teams agree to play this game again next year.    This year’s baseball game made over $3200 for the MCOFU CARING FUND.

On behalf of the Executive Board,

Mike Aucoin

The 7 Mikes of the Pirates

 

A World Series Inquiry from our Roy Hobbs in New Hampshire

September 2, 2014

Name: Owen Smith

Email: owenjsmith@myfairpoint.net

Phone: 6033150900

We are a New Hampshire 50+ team playing in the Roy Hobbs 53+ World Series in Fort Meyers November 8-15. Since our owenjsmith@myfairpoint.net New Hampshire Mets Team Page: http://www.leaguelineup.com/teams_baseball.asp?url=nelbl&sid=692401475&divisionid=152933&teamid=2835482

This message was sent via the Contact Form on the RI & MA Senior Baseball League web site on LeagueLineup
http://www.leaguelineup.com/rimabaseball

Marlins and Rockies Have Each Won Their Last 5 of 6

August 29, 2014

Power and pitching lead the way for the Marlins

 

58+ Division Defense Shines!

Shortstop Jack Kaveny of the Raves

Raves Pitcher John Smutnick

Things are turning upside down in RIMA Baseball

The hot Hawks have won 4 of their last 5!

Remainder of 2014 Schedule Posted!

August 19, 2014

All remaining games for the 2014 regular season are now posted in the Schedules menu.

 

 

Kirk Watch

Gerry Kirk comes in to close the game for the Hawks

MISSING GAME REPORTS

August 8, 2014

As we get closer to playoffs, the league standings become more important.  There are a few missing 50+ game reports for entry into this website.

6/9 Hawks/Marlins

6/22 Reds/ Hawks

7/14 Marlins/Waves

7/27 Rockies/Marlins

8/3 Waves/Marlins

8/3 Hawks/Reds

Managers: please send in the outcome or postponement of the games listed above. 

Thank you.

 

58 Division Has Enthusiastic Fan Base

"Silva" Foxes' Gerry Mesolella's grandchildren, along with Bob Weishaar's granddaughter (second from left) break out the art supplies in an attempt to rally their team at Diamond Hill.  I doesn't get much better than that!  (Artie Bedard is seen walking away in the background as the sign does not pertain to him.)

Photo courtesy of Gerry Mesolella

 

 

 

 

Monday and Wednesday Games in Rehoboth this week are POSTPONED due to field availability!

Due to AAU baseball, RIMA games in Rehoboth for Monday, June 23 nd Wednesday June 25 are postponed!!

Artie Bedard...the last one to leave Rice Field in Coventry

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Time to send in rosters and manager's information.

Please send team rosters and manger's contact info to rimabaseball@yahoo.com as soon as you can.  Adjustments to rosters listed on this website can be made throughout the season.  The season starts on April 26.

 

 

2014 RIMA Baseball Rules and Regulations added to the website under "Handouts"

 

All players and managers MUST read and adhere to the league rules! 

As a reminder, SMOKING and DRINKING of alcoholic beverages at each venue is strickly prohibited!

Winning Manager is reasonsible for calling for "lights out" at Coventry Rice field after each game.  The Home team manager is responsile for calling in rainouts by 4:30 PM to prevent Coventry lights from being turned on.

Winning team is responsible for putting the bases away at Diamond Hill

Playoffs are double eliminination using Winners/Losers bracket format with #1 seed vs #8 seed, etc. Winners bracket finalist must be beaten twice.

Each player must appear in 10 games to qualify for the playoffs.

Send game results to rimabaseball@yahoo.com

 

Have fun and have a safe and healthy season!

 

Coaches, send rosters to:

Spring Training at Adam's Farm Greenhouse (Thank you, Jim Marzalkowski!)

 

58+ Division Enters 2014 with 4 Teams!

 

RIMA 58 will have 4 teams during the 2014 season.  The schedule will contain 15 games for each team.  One game per week starting in May.  There will be plenty of night games through July and August to reduce summer heat effects.  Ralph Caruso will join Rob Correia in managing the Raves.

 

The 58 Division is an excellent opportunity for the league's older players to get more time on the field and to get more at bats thoughout the season!  For players slightly under 58 years of age, inquire as to eligablity to play on one of the teams, or to make yourself available as a fill-in for weekend's that you know you'll have interest in playing!

EXTRA! EXTRA! 58+ Division Looking to Expand in 2014!

 

RIMA Baseball's 58+ Division is growing quickly.  Playing in the 58+ Division allows older players to compete with players of similar age, which has great benefits in a few ways.  First, the schedule of 15 to 20 games does not interfere with the RIMA 50+ schedule.  So, you can add up to 80% more games to your 50+ schedule, if you play in both divisions! Second, you'll get extra at bats against pitchers who probably won't be 15 years younger!  And third, you get to know and play with a different group of teammates where opportunities to play different positions may be possible.  The setup is such that there will be 1 game per week starting in May.  Each team can have up to 3 players at 56 years of age and older to help fill rosters.  We are looking to create a 4 to 6 team division with just a few night games scheduled for each team.

Contact League President Tom Petrillo, Division Coordinator/Manager Paul Doucette,  Team Managers Rob Correa, Harvey Stone, or Winn Willard for more information.

OR Email: RIMABaseball@yahoo.com 

 

 

58+ Action

Holiday Gift Suggestion - A MUST Read!

If your family, spouse, freind, etc. asks you what you want for the holidays, tell them to get you a copy of this!  The true, and inspiring story about the Macon, Illinois High School baseball team of 1971.  This book has been written about in Sports Illustrated and is a favorite of mine.  For those of you who do a lot of driving, the audio version is terrific.  Get it.  You can thank me next season.  Glenn Wilcox - Silver Foxes

 

 

 

 

Kevin McBurney Inducted into the Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2013

 

Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque

 From the Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame Programwritten by Glenn Miller

Kevin McBurney was several weeks shy of turning 57 when he died on June 4 of this year. His impact on baseball and his Rhode Island community can be gauged by what folks said when nominating him for the Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame, and also on his memorial page.  Kevin was a powerhouse organizer of Roy Hobbs Baseball in his home state and a supportive teammate and manager.

Joe Pavao wrote this on the Manning-Heffern Funeral Home tribute page: "What a great spirit he had. I played baseball with him and as a teammate he was the greatest."

Paul Lonardo wrote this: "Wherever you are, I hope there's baseball, and if there isn't, I know you will start your own league.  I hope you find peace playing on a field of your dreams."

The phrase from the men who nominated Kevin was crucial in his election to the Hall of fame...for his inspirational leadership, passion for the game, organizational skills, and playing ability.

Kevin, an attorney, was a Roy Hobbs pioneer in Rhode Island, working to start leagues there many years ago. He was also an outstanding player, one who played in an elite collegiate program at the University of Miami.  Yet, the nominators said he never bragged about his own accomplishments and was always willing to help less talented players.

Dick Kissik in his nominating comments wrote, "As a coach, he would build the confidence of the average players and would work with them to improve their baseball skills."

Dave Abate wrote that he played with Kevin for 13 years and that Kevin had been a star high school player who was there for all of his teammates.

"Besides being a very good player, he was also a good person," Abate wrote.  "He would always help players improve thier baseball playing abilities and for those who couldn't afford all the costs of playing baseball in their league, or go to the World Series, he was there to help them."

Kevin was involved in adult baseball in Rhode Isaland for more than 25 years, starting when many teams were involved in MSBL.

Now, at a too-young age, Kevin McBurney is gone from the world of baseball and Roy Hobbs in Rhode Island, but his legacy and memory live on in the hearts of his teammates and friends...and in the Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame.


 Gary Dadekian, Alex, Dave Abate, Dick Kissik, Ashley

 

Tom Giffen reading Hall of Fame plaque to Kevin's children Ashley and Alex,

with Dave Abate and Jack DeHeer

 

Dave Abate's acceptance speech for Kevin's induction:

"Thank you to Tom Giffen and the Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame committee.  On behalf of the RI/MA Baseball League, and Kevin's baseball family, I graciuosly accept this award for our, and my, friend Kevin Barry McBurney.  Kevin would be humbled by the award that you have bestowed upon him.  His love for the game and for his baseball friends was paramount to him.  The way Kevin celebtrated his baseball was being on a field the whole year and Kevin got to live that, and that meant more to him than any trophy or plaque.  May Kevin's perpetual smile shine down on us in the months and years to come as a reminder that you, our teammate, is still with us.  Congratulations, Kenin Barry McBurney."

 

 

Gary Dadekian, Paul Doucette, and Dick Kissik

 

Jack DeHeer, Dick Kissik, and Dave Abate

 

 

 

RI Rockies at the 2013 Roy Hobbs World Series

58+ Division Action

 

Warriors Repeat as Champs for 2013 - Maintain RIMA Website Colors at Green and Gold

IMPORTANT NOTE ON WEBSITE ENTRIES

All managers wanting to put information into website must submit that information to rimabaseball@yahoo.com  The information will be posted for you as soon as possible.

Attention managers! - Please submit scores to rimabaseball@yahoo.com

2012 Champion Warriors

2011 Champion Cranston Rockies

Playing in Rehoboth, MA and Cumberland & Cranston, RI with mixed teams going to Ft. Myers, FL to play in the Roy Hobbs World Series yearly!

2010 Champion Waves

Hawks 2009 Champs

Oil Can Boyd autographs for the kids


Upcoming Games

Saturday,  Sep 20
RIMA over 50
Silver Foxes @ Marlins 10:00am Diamond Hill
EWG Waves @ Hawks 1:00pm Diamond Hill
Sunday,  Sep 21
RIMA over 50
Reds @ Pirates 10:00am Diamond Hill
Braves @ Cranston Rockies 1:00pm Diamond Hill

For a complete schedule listing, click here!



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