The TEAM to beat in the Thomas A. Yawkey League is a true dynasty.
Somerville Alibrandi Highlander Club has won 9 out of 10 YBL Championships. Yes - you read that correctly! A team that is loaded with talent. A team that has class on and off the field. "There is Somerville - and the rest of the Yawkey League", Dave McKay resounded when he crowned them "King of the League" in the Comcast Championship Finals vs Medford last September.
The rest of the 17 teams in the YBL have the dotting task of catching up to Somerville in 2007. This writer had a first hand look at the squad at Trum Field last night (May 8). They have better pitching than last year - Derek bates is back after major shoulder surgery. he looks solid. They still have a solid batting order from 1 to 9. Marc Des Roches the best damned player I have every seen on this level is in better shape than ever and will pitch, hit and run better than anyone on any team!
Alibrandis defeated McKay Club 3-0. They took advantage of the small mistakes the beacons made and scored the runs necessary in this 9 inning tune up for opening night - Friday, May 11 at Trum Field (8PM). Here is a look back at the 2006 season for the Best Dammed Baseball Team - Period!
The Somerville Alibrandis Baseball Club has been honored with awards that both have recognized the team and its players in recognition of the 2006 YBL Championship Season this past summer.
For the 8th consecutive season and the 9th time in 10 seasons, the Somerville Alibrandis Baseball Club was honored by the BoSox Club at a luncheon held at the Quincy Marriott on September 21st. On hand the receive the award wet Team President David Treska, Team Manager Mike Powers, Team Sponsor Tony Alibrandis of Alibrandis Barber Shop, Marc DesRoches, Tom McDonough, Mike Rigazzio, Steve Szathmary, Sal Mandonca and Mike Sadler (see pic above).
The BoSox Club is the oldest official fan club in Major League Baseball and promotes the game at all levels while assisting the Boston Red Sox in community and charitable endeavors. In 1967, Red Sox officials and fans organized the BoSox Club. Today, with over 800 members, it is the largest and oldest official fan club of its type in all of major league baseball. The BoSox Club promotes baseball at all levels and assists the Boston Red Sox in community and charitable endeavors. The Somerville team was honored to be recognized by the BoSox Club and this year had the added benefit of being presented their trophy by John Harrington. Harrington (see pic above), was the former CEO of the Boston Red Sox and the current President / Trustee of the Yawkey Foundation. "This event has been something that we have been very lucky to have taken part in each year," said Alibrandis Team President David Treska. "and to have Mr. Harrington be there to present us our award was quite a thrill for us as the trust as done so much for our league and baseball in New England".
The Yawkey Baseball League of Boston wrapped up the 2006 season when it held its annual voting for their postseason awards and Somerville Alibranids Baseball Club took home a few awards that were voted on by the 17 mangers that make up the league. Marc DesRoches took home the Most Valuable Player Award for the 3rd time in 5 seasons( 2002, 2004, 2006 ). DesRoches won the award in a landslide vote as he was the first known player to win the YBL's Triple Crown, leading the league in the three major offensive categories of bating average( .436 ), home runs( 4) and runs batted in( 29 ). On top of the historic season at the bat he also was among the best pitchers in the league going 5-1 with 2 saves, a 0.51 earned run average and he struck out 57 batters in 41.1 innings pitched.
Since the Yawkey Baseball League started to vote for this award in 2002 a member of the Alibrandis Team has won the award in each season, DesRoches a three time winner, Kevin White won the award in 2003 and David Scioli in 2005. DesRoches was also named co-Most Valuable Player of the postseason along with infielder Bernie Driscoll. DesRoches continued his regular season batting with a .389 average while hitting 2 home runs and driving in 10 to go along 3-0 on the hill with a 0.36 ERA and 17K's. Driscoll lead the team in the postseason in hitting posting a .419 average and lead the team in extra base hits with 6 including a home run and 8 runs batted in with 6 of those RBI’s coming in the finals series where Somerville defeated the Medford Maddogs 4 games to 1.
The next set of awards the Yawkey Baseball League announced were the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Teams. The Gold Glove team is made up of the players that the league deems to be the best defensive players at their positions and the Silver Sluggers are the best offensive players at their positions. Two members of the Somerville team earned the top defensive award from the YBL, DesRoches won his 5th at third base( 2001-2003, 2006 ) and Kevin White won a record 6th consecutive award as the best defensive second baseman( 2001-2006 ).
Somerville also had two members join the Silver Slugger team, DesRoches triple crown season help him win his 6th at third base( 2000-2003, 2005-2006 ) and a YBL rookie Justin Crisafulli won the award as the top offensive designated hitter in a season where he posted a .406 average with 1 home run and 16 RBI's. The local team did come close in a few more individual awards but were defeated in the final voting, Mike Powers who lead the team to an YBL best 25-7 regular season record came in second in Manager of the Year voting. Pitcher Jon Morse, who won the 2006 YBL earned run average title with a 1.19 came in second for the YBL's Pitcher of the Year Award.
The last award the YBL named was a new one to be given out, and one that is a team award, Franchise of the Year which was awarded to the Somerville Alibrandis Baseball Club. The team earned this award based on the 25-7 regular season, winning its 10th consecutive conference title and making its 11th playoff appearance. The local club then went 10-2 in the postseason in earning its 9th Yawkey Baseball League Championship. “This type of an award is a great recognition of the success of our team and to the city of Somerville,” said Treska. “We are honored that the rest of the YBL would vote us this award. It takes so many people to accomplish what we have and this honor is a testament to all of the players, coaches, boosters and supporters who have devoted so much time and support to help this team every season”.