Last Updated: April 15, 2015
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Schedules have been posted!
A Few of Our Finest!
March 12, 2015
Both Divisions Looking to Expand Rosters
Our 58 Division (58D) had it's most successful year in 2014 mainly due to the expansion of team rosters. That trend should continue in 2015. Many RIMA Baseball players in their late 50's and well into their 60's and 70's found extended playing time and a more even level of competition by playing in 58D. Several of those played exclusively in 58D and found it to be just as rewarding as when they played in the 50 Division (50D) in prior years. As the talent level in 50D continues to increase, it may be wise to think about joining a 58D team in 2015. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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PIRATES NET MARLINS IN FINALS 4-1
November 7, 2014
The Pirates/Warriors franchise collected its third straight RIMA Championship with 4-1 win over the Marlins. Details to come.
Mike McDermott's bases loaded double to deep left provided the Pirates with a much needed cushion late in the game.
The Wrentham Pirates and RI Marlins played a baseball game that left everyone wondering who would be the last team standing. The Pirates came into the game with their ace pitcher Scott Mason ready and well rested. The Marlins answered with crafty left handed pitcher Rich Bowen who also is experienced pitching big games.
The Pirates scored first when right fielder Bob Pappetti singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. That brought Mike Trudeau to the plate who promptly singled scoring Pappetti for the game’s first run. The Marlins threatened with runners on base in the first three innings but could not score. “The strength of the Pirates has been always their defense. They’re solid in every position on the field,” Stated Brian Gibbons.
The Pirates increased their lead in the fourth inning when Mike McDermott belted a one out double to the left center field fence scoring Mike Trudeau, who earlier singled, and scored Pappetti for the second straight time. “You would think with a 4-run lead that should be enough to win the game, but that’s not the case when you’re playing the Marlins. The Marlins are loaded and have a high powered offensive lineup from top to bottom,” declared Pirate center fielder Mike Aucoin.
The game remained 4-0 until the top of the eighth inning when Jimmy Watkins of the Marlins hit a line drive homerun over the fence in right field. Prior to that homerun, the Pirate defense held their own with great defensive plays by Mike Trudeau and Mike Sutherland in the infield and Kurt Jackson in the outfield. Right fielder Mike Rodgers also had one of the best catches in the outfield when he ran into the fence and caught the ball with total disregard for his safety, or the condition of the fence!
Pirates’ catcher George McNellege sealed the game in the top of the ninth with two fowl ball catches from Marlins hitters. Bob Pappetti, Mike Trudeau and Mike McDermott lead the way for the Pirates with two hits apiece. The Marlins hit the ball hard and kept the Pirate players busy through all nine innings of play. “My hat goes off to the Marlins who hit the ball hard each time up. They battle us every game,” acknowledged Manager Mike Luce.
Scott Mason pitched a brilliant complete game.
Jimmy Watkins' line drive homer over the right field fence was the only run allowed by Mason.
The 9th inning belonged to George McNellage, as he had 2 putouts, including the clincher (right), with the tying run at the plate.
2014 Champion Pirates
Perfect Season Within Reach For Raves in 58 Division
October 20, 2014
The Raves beat Warriors 14-7 in the first game of a best-of-three series yesterday on a very cold and blustery afternoon in Cumberland. The Warriors came ready to play. They scored 5 runs in the top of the first inning, but the Raves settled down after that, giving up just 2 runs the rest of the way. Mike Robin and Gerry Lafond combined on a 7 hit, 5 strikeout, 9 inning performance. The Raves scored at least one run in every inning except the 3rd. The Raves finally overtook the Warriors with 4 runs in the fourth inning and then tacked on runs after that. Raves had 18 hits, paced by Robin, who was 3 for 3. Rich Muratori, Marty Simas, Tom Parrillo, Richie Backer, and Artie Bedard each had 2 hits. Parrillo had 3 RBI, while Simas and Bedard had 2 RBI each.
The second game of the series will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Diamond Hill, as the Raves attempt to complete an undefeated season.
In a consolation game played Saturday, The 58 Foxes defeated the 58 Hawks on the pitching of Mike Saffle and Winn Willard. Paul Doucette was stellar on the mound for the Hawks.
Marlins Edge Reds 10-8. Rematch with Pirates Looms for Saturday. Pirates Need One For Championship
October 20, 2014
The Reds had little time to celebrate their victory over the Braves on Saturday because another potential elimination game came at them on Sunday versus the 3rd seeded Marlins, whose only loss in the tournament was at the hands of the Pirates in extra innings. With a 4 for 5 day from lead off hitter Bob Vincent, who also had 3 stolen bases and 3 runs scored, the Marlins built a 10-4 going into the 9th thanks to an excellent 8 innings on the mound from Rich Bowen. The always dangerous Reds rallied in the top of the ninth with 4 runs but were not able to get anything further as their run in the playoffs came to an end. Not surprisingly, it was the Marlins offense that led the way. Steve Mendonca had a 3 for 4 day hitting in the cleanup slot and Mike Fortin contributed by going 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and a base on balls.
The Marlins now get a rematch with the Pirates this coming Saturday. If they pull of the win, both teams will play a winner-take-all championship game. Players and fans from every team are encouraged to attend the game. It should be RIMA Baseball at its best!!
REDS HOT!!! Reds Duck Elimination Once More With Late Inning Run Barage
October 18, 2014
And now there are 3. The Reds, who always seem to be one of the last teams standing come tournament time, came from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game at 5 all....and then kept the offense rolling. With 10 unanswered runs, the 8th seeded Reds eliminated the 7th seeded Braves 11-5 Saturday at Diamond Hill. The Reds used a combination of long blasts from Mark Ramos, Greg Andrade, and Steve Matte, sterling defense from Mike Desnoyers, Jerry Robertson, and Matte, along with excellent relief pitching from Bob Henault to advance and take on the Marlins in the Losers Bracket.
58 Division Playoffs Continues This Weekend
October 13, 2014
Check the schedule for the winners bracket and consolation game.
PIRATES CATCH MARLINS IN BOTTOM OF TENTH TO ADVANCE TO FINALS
October 13, 2014
Pirates Kurt Jackson
On a beautiful, sunny October day in Cumberland, two teams set out to win a hard fought battle that would give a huge advantage in winning the Championship of the RIMA Baseball League. Each team knew that staying out of the loser’s bracket is a must and each would do anything to make that happen. Both the Marlins and Pirates know each other very well and the game would probably come down to a key hit, or a great defensive play. You can ask every spectator there, the game didn’t disappoint anyone.
The Marlins struck first with three runs in the first on three walks and some timely placed hits out of the reach of Pirate defenders. The Pirates bounced right back with three runs of their own on hits from five of the first seven batters. The game remained tied until the bottom of the third when Mike Trudeau singled in Mark McBurney and the Pirates took a 4-3 lead.
The score remained 4-3 until the bottom of the sixth when the Pirates exploded with 4 runs on hits by Trudeau, Sutherland, McNellage, Jackson, McDermott, and Mark Mercurio to make the score 8-3. The Pirates starting pitcher Scott Mason was pulled from the mound and Mark Mercurio was now pitching. The Marlins, being the strong team that they are, didn’t fold and came back with six runs in the top of the seventh to take a 9-8 lead. A seven hit attack by the Marlins with a key hit by catcher Mike Fortin lead the way for the Marlins comeback. The Pirates tied the game with a double by left fielder Kurt Jackson who scored on two infield outs. Mark McBurney said “Kurt’s speed on the base path has helped the Pirates in games all year.”
Both teams failed to score in the ninth inning, which led to one of the best endings of a playoff game. Al Vicki the closer for the Pirates knew he had to shut the door, and pitch another scoreless inning. In the top of the tenth the Marlins had a man on second with two outs and catcher Mike Fortin up. Fortin drove the ball in the gap to right center which was run down and snagged by centerfielder Mike Aucoin to keep the Marlins scoreless in the tenth. Mike Aucoin led off the bottom of the tenth with a double to the warning track of center field. Mike Trudeau was intentionally walked, which set the stage for Mike Sutherland. Aucoin stole third and now the Pirates had 2nd and third with no outs. Sutherland drilled a ground ball to the Marlins shortstop, who then threw home to get the out on a very close play. George McNellage is now batting with one out and runners on first and third. Mike Sutherland who is on first stole second to take the double play option away for the Marlins. With one strike McNellage laced a single to left to score Trudeau and secure the victory for the Pirates 10-9. “George has been one of several leaders on this Pirate team that gives his all every game.” said Aucoin. “His leadership is something that you can’t teach, you either have it or you don’t.”
With a total of 26 hits, 16 by the Pirates and 10 by the Marlins, the game was filled with offense 26. Kurt Jackson contributed with three hits for the Pirates, and hard-hitting Bobby Trembly had three hits for the Marlins. Clutch defensive plays were made by both teams, especially when the game was on the line. Pirates coach Mike Luce summed it up. “This was a hard fought game against another formidable RIMA team. The competition makes everybody have to bring their A game and the Marlins did just that.”
Braves Streak Continues Into The Semifinals
October 6, 2014
The Braves drew first blood in the top of the third scoring Danny Mello and Frank Deluca to take the lead. The Waves offense battled back and pulled within 1 run in the bottom of the 5th making the score 4-3 Braves. The Braves lead off the 6th with 4 straight singles leading to 2 additional runs and chasing big Mike Saffelle off the mound. The Waves brought in their stopper, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd to stop the Braves onslaught with the Braves up 6-4. The Can shuts down the Braves again in the 8th. Neal Dorval, who has pitched a great game through 7, had some control problems in the bottom half of the 8th and was removed for Mark Dobson. Dobson entered the game with the bases loaded, nobody out situation. Mark got 2 outs but the Waves reach him for 2 runs to tie the game at 6-6. The Braves then take a page out of the Silver Foxes playbook and ask their catcher, John O’Neil to close the game. O'Neil gets that third out in the 8th. The Braves go back to work in the top of the ninth scoring 2 runs off Tony Stall. In the bottom of the ninth, O’Neil gets a fly out, but then walks the next batter bringing the tying run to the plate bringing the tying run to the plate in Marty Simas. A cool customer at the plate, even under season ending pressure, Marty hits a line drive toward the left side. A big reason that the Braves are in this position is their shortstop, Chris Librizzi. An excellent hitter, it’s Chris’ defense that makes opponents take notice. Chris grabs Mary’s line drive and uses the Howitzer hanging from his right shoulder to get the force –out double play hat seals the victory for the Braves. Defensive stalwarts for the Braves included the aforementioned Chris Librizzi, along with Buckley Cooney, Kevin Rabbit, Chris Ellis, and Frank Deluca. The Braves will play the winner of the Reds/Rockies game which was postponed.
Pirates Ride The Waves To Victory
September 29, 2014
For 5 and ½ innings the Pirates and Waves played a very intense game that included solid defense all around. Both pitcher, Mike Saffelle and Mike Sutherland pitched great and held opposing hitters to only a few hits on each side. In the bottom of the sixth, the Pirates came up with 10 runs to blow the game wide open. Key hits with one out by Mike Aucoin and George McNellage opened the door to a very explosive inning. Kurt Jackson and Bob Papetti had big hits in that inning as well. The Waves mounted a comeback, but the sharp Pirate defense was too difficult to penetrate. John Smutnick had 3 hits for the Waves and Ed Medeiros had two. Arthur Keegan played tremendous behind the plate for the Waves. Dave DeCosta, Jack Kaveny and Tony Stall hit the ball hard all day and keeping the Pirate outfield busy. Mike Aucoin and Kurt Jackson combined for 7 hits for the top seeded Pirates. Mike Trudeau, George McNellage each had 2 hits. “We were lucky to get to Mike Saffelle in the sixth inning” said Coach Mike Luce. “He is one of the best pitchers in our league!” Mark Mercurio and Al Vicki combined to close out the last 4 innings of the game. The Pirates will now take on the Marlins who are riding a 10-game winning streak.
Marlins Jump Out At The Rockies
September 30, 2014
The Marlins produced 5 runs in the first two innings and held the Rockies to only one run the entire game to extend their winning streak to 10 games. That sets up a winner's bracket battle with the Pirates this weekend.
This Time, The Braves Come All The Way Back!
September 27, 2014
In a game that took about 3 1/2 hours to complete, the Braves battled from 7 runs down to catch, and then pass, the Silver Foxes 11-9 in the 9th inning at Diamond Hill. Relief pitchers Mark Dobson and Neal Dorval held the Foxes to only 1 run over the last 4 innings. Led by the hitting of Dobson and Chris Ellis, the Braves piled on the runs late in the game. Mike Brousseau pitched very well for the Foxes who had their chances to close out the game, but that final out was elusive. Andy Welt, Jack Jalette, and Dan Coleman were the big hitters on the Foxes side. The Foxes closed out their winningest season since the start of RIMA Baseball and now will have to look forward to the 2015 season, as the Braves move into Round 3 with a lot of momentum and confidence.
RIMA 50+ Playoff Schedules for Round 2 Posted
See schedules in Schedule Menu.
Round 1 Results
Marlins win 9th in a row with rallies in the 6th and 7th innings over Foxes.
The Waves beat the Hawks Saturday 10-2 in the first round of the RIMA playoffs. The Waves jumped off to a fast start scoring 5 runs in the first inning of Jerry Kirk, who stymied them twice in recent games. The big hit was a two-run double by John Smutnick. Marty SImas and Rob Corriea both had RBI singles in the frame. The Waves scored single runs in the 3rd and 5th and 3 runs in the top of the 7th to put the game away. For the game Smutnick wielded the big bat, going 4 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Arthur Keegan had 3 hits and Simas, Corriea and Ed Medeiros had two hits each. Mike Saffelle pitched the first six innings for the Waves giving up only an unearned run in the 6th. Dennis ``Oil Can" Boyd pitched the last three innings giving up only an unearned run in the 9th on 2 Waves errors. Together Saffelle and Boyd scattered 7 hits and struck out nine Hawks.
The Hawks were paced by Mike Schlott who had 2 hits and scored a run and Mike Tracey who singled in a run in the 9th, the only hit Boyd gave up in his 3 innings of work.
The Pirates jumped out to a 9-run lead and never looked back. Scott mason pitched well for the Pirates and Al Vicki closed the last three innings in the field. Mike Trudeau played flawlessly in the infield for the Pirates. Mark Ramos pitched six innings of one run baseball for the Reds.
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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,
The 7 Mikes of the Pirates
A World Series Inquiry from our Roy Hobbs in New Hampshire
September 2, 2014
Name: Owen Smith
We are a New Hampshire 50+ team playing in the Roy Hobbs 53+ World Series in Fort Meyers November 8-15. Since our firstname.lastname@example.org New Hampshire Mets Team Page: http://www.leaguelineup.com/teams_baseball.asp?url=nelbl&sid=692401475&divisionid=152933&teamid=2835482
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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.
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.
6/22 Reds/ Hawks
Managers: please send in the outcome or postponement of the games listed above.
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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2014 RIMA Baseball Rules and Regulations added to the website under "Handouts"
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As a reminder, SMOKING and DRINKING of alcoholic beverages at each venue is strickly prohibited!
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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
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
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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