108 days until Opening Day June 17th!
Much time has passed since the idea for ‘4 in 24′ was first put on the table, until last night when the four chosen leagues came together to celebrate the official announcement.
LOCATION: 56 Lawnridge Ave, Albany, NY 12208
TEAMS: 40-44 PLAYERS: 500-600 AGES: 4-16
2011 Opening Day: April 23, 2011
League President: Michael Patnode
Facts: – In operation for over 75 years and serves the inner city boys and girls
– Offers scholarships to those that cannot afford to play
Ballston Spa Jr. Baseball League
LOCATION: Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
TEAMS: 24-26 PLAYERS: N/A AGES: 8-13+
2011 Opening Day: April, 2011
League President: Neal Hastey
Facts: – Relies solely on sponsors and league fees to run program/maintain facilities
– Fields named after Abner Doubleday, who was born in Ballston Spa
Northside Little League
LOCATION: Van Vranken Ave & Vandebogart, Schenectady, NY 12308
TEAMS: 21 PLAYERS: 250+ AGES: 5-12
2011 Opening Day: April 23, 2011
League President: Tony Derenzo
Facts: – Located in a lower income community, it is a safe haven for local children
– Established in 1950’s, league was once a crown jewel with a large
enrollment and several district championships.
Scotia-Glenville Little League
LOCATION: Collins Park, Schonowee Ave, Scotia, NY 12302
TEAMS: N/A PLAYERS: 300 AGES: 5-12
2011 Opening Day: April 25, 2011
League President: Joe Gatta
Facts: – Divisions consist of Majors, AAA, AA, Instructional and T-Ball
– League has about 25 board members volunteering their time to keep the league
The announcement last night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy was made by members of the ValleyCats front office and title sponsor’s Friendly’s, Price Chopper, CDTA and the Brickman Group. Former standout athlete from the Capital Region and current New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco was also in attendance. Most importantly, each league had outstanding representation. League presidents, vice presidents, parents and children all showed up in droves.
Here’s a photo recap of the night:
Photo’s from past field renovation projects lined the countertop along with the ValleyCats championship trophy:
ValleyCats Media Relations Manager Chris Chenes kicked off the announcement by welcoming all in attendance:
Chris then introduced ValleyCats Vice President & General Manager Rick Murphy to make the formal announcement:
Each league brought a number of children, most dressed in their little league uniform shirts & caps:
Stadium Operations Manager Keith Sweeney was next to the podium to outline the strategy on how the four fields will be renovated in a 24-hr span and also what renovations would take place:
To outline what Keith mentioned, here’s how the renovations are going to happen. They will take place beginning the morning of Friday, April 15th and will be completed by Saturday morning April 16th. To begin the process, the ValleyCats will separate their crew into two groups. One will begin in Ballston Spa and one will begin at Westland Hills in Albany. After those fields are completed, all will diverge upon Schenectady and begin work at the Northside and Scotia-Glenville Little League fields. The ‘Cats front office, grounds crew, and many volunteers will work around the clock to get each field completed.
Assemblyman James Tedisco joined us for the announcement and we were very happy to have him. He grew up in the Schenectady area, was a standout basketball player growing up (he joked about just being able to see over the podium, but yes he was a great ballplayer), and he knows how important it is for the youth of the Capital Region to have good facilities to grow up on.
Each of the title sponsors were represented as well, with each saying a few words. First up was Albany Branch Manager for The Brickman Group, Ryan Panarese:
CDTA Director of Marketing, Jonathan Scherzer:
On Saturday, February 12th, I attended open
registration for Saratoga American Little League at Walton’s Sports Store in Saratoga Springs. With
the Super Bowl over, the weather starting to turn slightly warmer and pitchers & catchers reporting to spring training, what better time
to start talking baseball?
Open registration ran from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you missed sign-ups, you can still register your
child online. Just go to the leagues website at http://www.saratogalittleleague.org/.
Registration for the 2011 season will conclude on March 18th, and
tryouts for minor and major league divisions will be held on March 19th
at the Saratoga High School gym.
Along with sign-ups for the league, parents were able to register their children for a special three day baseball camp to be hosted by the New York-Penn League Champion Tri-City ValleyCats in Saratoga this summer. Children who register for this three day camp will receive professional instruction from ValleyCats players, a FREE limited edition ValleyCats souvenir hat and 4 tickets to the July 31st ValleyCats home game at “The Joe.”
This three day camp will be hosted at the East Side Recreational Complex on July 27th thru 29th. For more information, please visit the Academy Camps section of our web page. Or call (518) 629-2287.
The ValleyCats will have a booth set up on the concourse displaying their championship trophy, handing out 2011 game schedules and giving away prizes. Fans will have the opportunity to sign up and win an authentic ValleyCats championship ring. SouthPaw will also be on hand entertaining Saints fans and signing autographs.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. as the Saints take on Saint Peter’s in a league matchup. Tickets will be available at the Times Union Center Box Office, online at www.timesunioncenter-albany.com, select Ticketmaster Outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The game will also be televised live by Time Warner Cable Sports on TW3.
The Clifton Park Baseball League has teams in the Cal Ripken Division (ages 5 thru 12) and the Babe Ruth Division (ages 13-15). They also field Travel and All Star teams from ages 8 thru 15 for kids looking to play baseball at a more competitive level. CPBL also fields a competitive Connie Mack, Mickey Mantle and Senior Babe Ruth team and a newly formed 22 under team. Their league is run completely by volunteers and they are always looking for individuals willing to lend a hand.
For more information on the Clifton Park Baseball League, you can visit their website at http://www.cliftonparkbaseballleague.com/
We’ll keep you updated on their progress!
Special thanks to RPI Athletics Marketing and Promotions Director Sachi for helping us make this a memorable night. Sachi is pictured here with SouthPaw and Assistant GM Matt Callahan.
On Saturday, Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region held their annual Radiothon at Crossgates Mall, and we were honored to be a part of it. Over $130-thousand was raised on Saturday, with the help of all those who donated to the wonderful cause.
For a $20 donation, people could enter “Autograph Alley” and meet wrestling superstars Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Carlito, member of the Baltimore Orioles and Queensbury native Brendan Harris and also Diamondbacks pitcher Brian Sweeney.
Here’s an awesome picture of SouthPaw and Hacksaw!
SouthPaw made his rounds during the day, meeting some great people!
WWE wrestler Carlito:D-Backs pitcher Brian Sweeney:Radiothon Volunteers:Fly92’s Brian Cody:The man himself, Ronald McDonald was also signing autographs:A huge crowd gathered on the lower level for a performance by Secondhand Serenade:Back in October, our front office spent a morning at the Ronald McDonald House cooking breakfast for the families.
If you would like to donate your time or money to the Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region, please visit their website at http://www.rmhcofalbany.org _____________________________________________________________________________
This week, in light of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, the ValleyCats unveiled a special package for couples that includes a very unique baseball experience. The package i
ncludes tickets to six of the ‘Cats best games, the ability to come the ballpark early and watch batting practice, get a tour of the stadium and have their picture taken on the field, which will then be printed and framed.
Here’s a complete outline of the package:
Tired of the same old Valentine’s Day
flowers, chocolate or dinner for two? If you’re looking for a unique
gift to give to your significant other for Valentine’s Day, the Tri-City
ValleyCats are currently offering the “Sweetheart Package.” Treat that
special baseball fan in your life to six of the best ValleyCats games
this summer at “The Joe” and receive some great additional perks.
SWEETHEART PACKAGE INCLUDES:
This limited time offer can
be purchased for just $125.00 by calling the ValleyCats front office at
or in-person at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Box Office located on the
campus of Hudson Valley Community College. Offer ends on Monday,
Finally, if you live in the Upstate New York area, or in most parts of the nation, you already know how bad of a winter we have had thus far. Almost 46 inches of snow has fallen this winter and we’re expecting about 25 more in the next two days. That will put us above the average snowfall amount of 63.9. And we still have the entire month of February!
Local radio shows are even creating parody songs to mock the awful weather…like “Eff this..Winter 2011″.
Here’s a couple shots from the stadium on Tuesday afternoon:
Now for some GREAT NEWS!….pitchers & catchers report to spring training in 13 days! Astros will meet at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida. We’ll also be there at the end of March to catch up with some former ‘Cats including the members of the 2010 championship team.
Here’s two warm spring training pictures to end with for something to look forward to: