PRICE OF RED SOX TICKETS

From Boston.com
The Red Sox boast the highest-average ticket price in MLB.

Winning, as always, comes with a price.

The Red Sox began defense of their World Series crown this week boasting the highest average ticket price in Major League Baseball. According to Team Marketing, a 4.8 percent pricing increase gives the Sox an average ticket price of $52.43, leaping over the Yankees’ ticket average of $51.55. Boston’s average of $176.96 for a premium ticket is only third in the league though behind the Yankees ($305.39) and Dodgers ($254.19).

The average ticket price in all of baseball for 2014 is $27.93, a two percent increase over last year. Teams with above-average ticket prices include the last-place Houston Astros ($27.98), Minnesota Twins ($32.59), and Chicago Cubs ($44.16).

The average premium ticket is $93.41.

The premium ticket to a Martha’s Vineyard Sharks game is $10 and that is without including the cost of a round-trip ticket off Island and staying at a hotel.

The report also broke down each team’s Fan Cost Index, the amount it would cost for four adult average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least expensive, adult-size adjustable caps. The Red Sox again came out on top with a cost of $350.78, a 7.3 percent increase.

The Sharks don’t begin defense of their Championship crown until June 4th. The Sharks FCI is $100.00 (substitute 2 sodas for 2 beers…remember it is school property!) and does not require the transportation and hotel expenses incurred to attend a Red Sox game; a necessity, since you would never make it back for the last ferry. Plus you get to sleep in your own bed.


STADIUM SEATS:

Stadium Seats at Night

Stadium seats are $175 per season or $6.25 per game with playoffs and championship games included.

There are 51 seats available.


NOTES:

June 2nd Monday: Players arrive.

June 3rd Tuesday: First practice.

June 4th Wednesday: Opening Day @ the Shark Tank against the North Shore Navigators. This is also our traditional Little League and Babe Ruth League Day. Free admission for players and coaches.

June 5th Thursday: Replay of last season’s championship round against two-time champs Nashua Silver Knights.

June 7th Saturday: Championship Ring Night and Tad Gold (TG3) Appreciation Night.

All games this season will be @ 7:00 PM.


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STATUS UPDATE OF COLLEGE SEASON FOR 2014 SHARKS PLAYERS

Below is a glimpse of some of the future Sharks players that have already started their college baseball season as of 3/22/2014. There are 6 players that have not started or have insufficient stats.

Stats as of March 23

The batting average of the positional players and their fielding averages are exceptional at this point in the season, but there is a lot of the college season remaining. While trying not to get overly optimistic, you can look at the pitching stats and get the opposite feeling. A case in point is the statistics for Matt Calamoneri, who was our lights-out closer last season. His ERA is high right now, but keep in mind that with the Sharks he was in a relief role for the Sharks vs. starting for his school; his ERA with the Sharks last season was 1.52.

LATE ADDITION  March-24-14: 

The Willliams College (the “Ephs”) baseball team opened its season with a bang Sunday March 23rd, splitting a wild doubleheader with Hamline University, winning the opener 20-14 and losing the nightcap, 14-7. 

Both of Sunday’s marathons were 7-inning affairs, making the Ephs’ 20 hits and runs in their first game of the season that much more impressive.  Sharks freshman Jack Roberts was 4 for 6 with five runs scored and two RBI.


STADIUM SEATS:

Stadium Seats at Night

Last chance to purchase stadium seats for $300 for 3 years ($150 per year for 2 years and get one year free). April 1st the 3 year deal will be terminated and seats will be  on sale for $175 per season or $6.25 per game with playoffs and championship games included.

There are 55 seats available.


 NOTES:

June 2nd Monday: Players arrive.

June 3rd Tuesday: First practice.

June 4th Wednesday: Opening Day @ the Shark Tank against the North Shore Navigators. This is also our traditional Little League and Babe Ruth League Day. Free admission for players and coaches.

June 5th Thursday: Replay of last season’s championship round against two-time champs Nashua Silver Knights.

June 7th Saturday: Championship Ring Night and Tad Gold (TG3) Appreciation Night.

All games this season will be @ 7:00 PM.


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SHARKS SUMMER BASEBALL CAMPS

The baseball season is right around the corner, starting in early April when the Martha’s Vineyard Little and Babe Ruth Leagues and the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School baseball and softball teams take the diamond, followed up by the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks at the beginning of June.

This will be the fourth year for the Sharks playing in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. This will be the first time the Sharks will be in the enviable position of being the defending champs after ending the 2013 season in first place then sweeping the playoff and the championship rounds. The introduction of night games during the season had a profound impact on the fan base as attendance exploded in comparison to the first two years and the first one-third of the 2013 season, which was played without lights.

Tad Gold 6

The players on this year’s roster, which was put together back in mid-September 2013, will be heavily involved with the Shark’s first summer baseball camp. The camp will be held at the recently improved Manter Field, next door to the Fire Department in West Tisbury. The camp will be run by Misha Dworkin, who played eight years in independent ball and managed the Torrington Titans, a member of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, the last two seasons. There will be a ratio of one Sharks player to every six or seven players at a camp. The camp will be broken out by skillset; beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Jack Roberts 3

The camps begin the week of June 23rd and are held 4 days each week as the days selected for the camps have been designed taking into consideration the Sharks baseball schedule. The last week of the camps is August 4th. Camps will not be held on weekends nor on July 4th. The Sharks are not scheduled to play games on Monday this upcoming baseball season, therefore all camps will start on Mondays. The camps start at 9:00 AM and end 12:00 PM each camp day. The camps are designed for players 12 and under. Players older than 12 (as well as those under 12) are encouraged to sign-up for individual personal skill sessions with a Sharks player during the baseball season starting June 4th. Personal skill sessions are held throughout the baseball season and on any day of the week.

Sharks stand at attention during National Anthem

The Sharks are encouraging Martha’s Vineyard Little Leaguers to participate in the summer camps by offering the camps at the price of $75, which is a discount of 40% off the normal price of $125. In order to take advantage of this discount, the player must be signed up by April 30th; there will be no exceptions. Sign-up forms are available during Martha’s Vineyard Little League tryouts and on the Sharks website. There will be a limit of 25 Martha’s Vineyard Little Leaguers that can take advantage of this discount for each camp, but no limit to the number of camps that can be attended along with the applicable discount.

 Little League: Ages 7 through 12

1)    Beginning (learning to play baseball)

2)    Intermediate (have played Little League baseball, but need to work on skills)

3)    Advanced (have played in Little League and have achieved skill level commensurate to age)


Dates for camps (Days when camps take place are in red):

Each camp is 4 days within the same calendar week

JUNE

Week

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JULY / AUGUST

Week

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Friday

Saturday

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COST:

Martha’s Vineyard Little Leaguers $75, if signed up by April 30, 2014

All others:  $125…second camp is $90

TIMES:-

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (12 hours)

Where?  MANTER FIELD in West Tisbury by the Fire Department.


NOTES:

June 2nd Monday: Players arrive.

June 3rd Tuesday: First practice.

June 4th Wednesday: Opening Day @ the Shark Tank against the North Shore Navigators. This is also our traditional Little League and Babe Ruth League Day. Free admission for players and coaches.

June 5th Thursday: Replay of last season’s championship round against two-time champs Nashua Silver Knights.

June 7th Saturday: Championship Ring Night and Tad Gold (TG3) Appreciation Night.

All games this season will be @ 7:00 PM.


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1ST ANNUAL CASINO NIGHT TO BENEFIT THE SHARKS, BABE RUTH TEAMS, MVRHS VARSITY & THE DOGFISH

What are you doing on Saturday night, March 8th?  Come on down with several of your friends to the PA Club for the Sharks very 1st Annual Casino Night to help the various groups that play baseball on the Vineyard. While there are several clubs that play baseball at the “Shark Tank,” it is the Sharks that pay for all the maintenance incurred at the Shark Tank, which is located at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Simply put, we need your help!

The baseball field opens for business in the middle of March for the benefit of Head Coach Gary Simmons’ MVRHS varsity baseball team, who will use the field till the end of May. Beginning June 1, the baseball field is then used by the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks through mid-August. During this time, the teams in the Babe Ruth League on the Vineyard utilize the baseball field when the Sharks are away. At the conclusion of the Sharks season, the field is continued to be used by the Babe Ruth teams and the “over 40” baseball team, the Dogfish, till the end of October; seven plus months of wear and tear.

Casino Night for the web

As you would imagine, the aforementioned baseball traffic requires that the baseball field be constantly maintained. The paladin of baseball grooming on the Vineyard, Ray Tattersall, volunteers his time to keep the field in tip-top condition. Ray is always out on the field grading the infield skin or cutting the grass amongst many other tasks. Ray annually recommends to the Sharks General Manager, Jerry Murphy, what capital expenditures he believes are needed to upgrade the condition of the field. The General Manager then makes the official recommendation to ownership. Ray works in conjunction with Jon Fragosa and his company, Three Trees Limited, who is responsible for applying organic fertilizers and seeding throughout the baseball season and after the season is over. Jon started the organic fertilization program of the baseball field at the beginning of last season. Jon stated that “the impact of this structured organic program will be noticeable during the upcoming season when the grass pops without weed.”

The cost of the equipment purchased, buying Turface and clay for the skin infield, opening and closing the irrigation system by Crossland Landscape (who also volunteers his time and materials to beautify the ball field), organic weed control, gas, etc. results in a cost of approximately $20,000 each year. GM Murphy states “while this cost is only 8% percent of the Sharks annual budget, it is a cost that directly benefits several baseball groups on the Vineyard, which is why we decided that a Casino Night would be a great way to drum up support. We truly need everyone’s help to control our costs and keep the field looking pristine.”

Since the Sharks started playing ball in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League on the Vineyard in 2011, the ownership of the Sharks have built a garage/ maintenance building, several sheds for food and apparel, 300 stadium style seats from Camden Yards, lights for night baseball and equipment to maintain the baseball field.

Come on down to the PA Club Saturday, March 8th at 7:00 PM for a great time!


NOTES:

March 8th Saturday: Casino Night @ the PA Club – starts @ 7:00 PM.

June 2nd Monday: Players arrive.

June 3rd Tuesday: First practice.

June 4th Wednesday: Opening Day @ the Shark Tank against the North Shore Navigators. This is also our traditional Little League and Babe Ruth League Day. Free admission for players and coaches.

June 5th Thursday: Replay of last season’s championship round against two-time champs Nashua Silver Knights.

June 7th Saturday: Championship Ring Night and Tad Gold (TG3) Appreciation Night.

All games this season will be @ 7:00 PM.


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NCAA Division III Top 10 Prospect: Ryan Kelly

NEWPORT, R.I. – One award Ryan Kelly (Waldwick, N.J.) will not be eligible for this season is Comeback Player of the Year. Before starting his second year as an outfielder with the Salve Regina University baseball team, the Waldwick, N.J., native is running out of room in his trophy case.

Ryan Kelly

Kelly, the 2013 Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, has been tabbed as an NCAA Division III Top 10 Prospect by perfectgame.org.

His inclusion on this exclusive list recognizes Kelly’s significant accomplishments in just one season with the Seahawks, and then additional work in the off-season. Kelly followed up his impressive freshman year on the Salve Regina baseball team with an equally impressive summer as part of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) and was recognized as a Futures League Top 10 Prospect.

Playing for the Torrington (Conn.) Titans last summer, the outfielder hit .326 with 26 hits, nine for extra bases. Kelly stole 11 bases in just 23 games for the Titans, and collected hits in all but five games. This upcoming summer Kelly takes his skillset to Martha’s Vineyard to play for the Sharks, the 2013 FCBL Champs.

Perfectgame.org ranks the top 30 prospects from each collegiate summer baseball league and Kelly landed 10th on the FCBL list. Six of the nine players ahead of Kelly on the list are Division I players.

NCAA Division III Top 10 Prospects A

A first team all-league outfielder as a freshman, he hit .338 for the Seahawks with three home runs, and was a perfect 29-for-29 stealing bases. Kelly led Salve Regina with 56 runs scored, the third-best single-season total behind 58 (in 2005) and 61 (in 2004), both marks set by his current head coach, Eric Cirella.

With experience replicating success, the first-year head coach has advice for Kelly avoiding the sophomore slump.

“He still has some work to do to be a complete player in all facets of the game,” says Cirella. “What he did last season and last summer (in the FCBL) was impressive, but he knows he can still improve. His focus needs to be on playing one game at a time and trying to get better and throw the stats out the window. If he can do that and help us win games, his numbers at the end of the season will be equally impressive.”

Kelly credits his high school coach, Jim Burt Jr., with having the biggest influence on him. Burt, the son of former New York Giants nose tackle Jim Burt, was an all-state football and baseball player during his scholastic days at Bergen Catholic in NJ, graduating in 1999. Burt went on to earn All-American honors for the University of Miami baseball team. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 19th round in 2004. His Crusader baseball teams produced a 67-43 record (.609) during his four years as Kelly’s coach at Bergen Catholic.

“He (Coach Burt) instilled in me a great work ethic,” says Kelly. “Don’t let anything bother me, prove people wrong. If people tell you can’t do certain things, it shouldn’t bother you. He made me self-motivated.”

Kelly wasn’t bothered by the 18 times he was hit by a pitch last season, a Salve Regina record.

“I stand on the plate and take pride in wearing pitches,” says Kelly, who knows the umpires now have the discretion to not award first base to any player not making an effort to get out of the way of an errant pitch. “It’ll be interesting to see if I get away with it; if not I’ll get another crack at swinging the bat.”

Cirella, who found his way to first base via the walk more often than any other Salve Regina player, also has Kelly preparing for a season without the hit-by-pitch option.

Says Kelly of the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year© (Cirella): “Attention to detail … (he has us) taking every swing like it’s game-like. You have to play pitch by pitch; you have to have a short memory because you can one bad at-bat, but you can’t carry that into the next at-bat if you come to the plate in the bottom of the ninth down by one run with two outs. You can’t let anything in the past affect your future at-bats.”

Even with all the individual accolades, Kelly’s number one goal is team-oriented. “A conference championship is how I measure success. I could have a horrible season, but if we won the championship that would be the ultimate goal; the best thing ever, especially to send the seniors out on top.”

Kelly wouldn’t mind a run at the Comeback Player of the Year accolade in 2015 if it were as a member of the defending Commonwealth Coast Conference champion Salve Regina baseball team. The Seahawks begin their quest for the title with first game of the 2014 season in Fort Myers, Fla., against Mitchell College on Saturday, March 8.

GM & CFO of the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks Jerry Murphy can’t wait to see Kelly and John Kennedy from Nyack College run the bases for the Sharks this summer. “Kennedy stole 63 bases as a freshman and 40 bases last season. Kelly and Kennedy will have a major impact on the opposing pitchers and catchers when they are on base. Both will allow Coach Miller to play small ball when necessary. These two players should be a treat to watch.”

Summer Camp


NOTES:

March 8th Saturday: Casino Night @ the PA Club – starts @ 7:00 PM.

This will be our first annual casino night to help alleviate the huge transportation cost incurred by the Sharks. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Casino Night for the web

June 2nd Monday: Players arrive.

June 3rd Tuesday: First practice.

June 4th Wednesday: Opening Day @ the Shark Tank against the North Shore Navigators. This is also our traditional Little League and Babe Ruth League Day. Free admission for players and coaches.

June 5th Thursday: Replay of last season’s championship round against two-time champs Nashua Silver Knights.

June 7th Saturday: Championship Ring Night and Tad Gold (TG3) Appreciation Night.

All games this season will be @ 7:00 PM.

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REBUILDING THE SHARKS ROSTER FOR 2014

Recap of last season and how that roster was built:

Last baseball season the major emphasis in building our roster was to have depth at all “everyday positions,” a solid five-man rotation and a rock solid closer. The reason that depth was such an issue going into 2013 was that both teams in 2011 and 2012 ran out of steam during the last two weeks of each season, completely falling out of playoff contention. Why? The same position players played almost every game. There simply was no depth on the roster. Fortunately last season we had depth at every position as we experienced several major injuries as we lost:

  • Our starting 3B Nick Sell (second leading batter on the team; batted .345,) halfway through the season for the remainder of the season. Coming into the summer season, Nick was a top 10 finalist for the Tino Martinez Award awarded to the best D-II player in the U.S.
  • Our #3 starting pitcher, Alex Mastrianni (2.84 ERA), was in the rotation for only 5 starts before hurting his back resulting with him being out the remainder of the season.
  • Our starting 1B Ryan Uhl (batted .292) after 23 games as he incurred a knee injury and was out for the rest of the season.
  • Our starting 3B after Sell got hurt, Nick Campero, (batted .300 and was second in RBIs for the season) for several weeks with a bad foot.
  • Our starting catcher, Justin Meier, for a few weeks during the season.

Parade through Edgartown 2013Our pre-season emphasis on building depth apparently worked as we did not miss a beat with all of our injuries and only got stronger as we rolled into the final part of the season and the playoffs, ultimately ending with our first Futures Collegiate Baseball League championship by sweeping the playoffs and championship rounds.

Our starting pitching was rock solid (two of the top five starting pitchers in the FCBL) and our closer was the best in the league.

The most important ingredient that made the collection of ballplayers work together as a team and knew when and where to use them, was left to the coaching staff. Mike Miller, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League 2013 Manager of the Year did an unbelievable job along with assistant coaches Anthony Corona and Ryan Morris, both ex-Sharks players. Mike can be tagged with the sobriquet “a players’ manager” as the players played as a team during the entire season.Tad Gold 6

Building the Sharks Roster For 2014:

How do you emulate the look and feel of that special roster in 2013 for the upcoming summer, especially with only four players returning from last year’s championship team?

The players returning are:

  • last year’s closer Matt Calamoneri who had 11 saves and an impeccable 1.52 ERA.
  • pitcher Kyle Brenner, who pitched as a starter (7 starts) and in relief (10 appearances).
  • the Vineyard’s Jack Roberts, who will be playing this upcoming college season at Williams College as a freshman. Jack pulled his BA up to .224 by the time the season finished.
  • freshman Nick Miceli, who was added to the roster at the end of last season and pitched only 4 innings, appearing in 2 games giving up no runs and striking out 4.

VP OPerations, Bob Tankard, organizing the Little League teams before Opening Day.Matt should be even nastier than he was last season closing for the Sharks with another college season under his belt. There is the possibility that he may start next summer as long as we have someone who can step in and take over his closer’s role.

I fully expect Kyle to step up and be in the top of the rotation this upcoming season. This will be his third season with the Sharks and he has all the qualities to be the leader of this team.

Jack Roberts 4I expect Jack Roberts, (who was in his senior year of high school when he joined the Sharks) with a summer collegiate baseball season under his belt, to compete for the starting job at shortstop or 2B and become the go-to player he was on his high school team. I think everyone could see his bat speed improve dramatically as the season progressed bringing his average up over 100 points.

Nick is a sleeper on the roster who throws hard and has been working on his secondary pitches since leaving the Vineyard, which will make his fastball appear faster than it is.

On paper, and I repeat “on paper,” the roster for the 2014 teams is stronger than the roster of the 2013 team from a statistical point of view. As we all know, being good on paper means nothing until you produce on the field and come together as a team like the 2013 Sharks. The 2014 team’s batting average was .326, based on last year’s college or summer stats (exclusive of the two incoming freshman as they have no stats, but includes Jack Roberts with his Sharks BA). The 2014 team’s ERA was 2.99 (exclusive of two incoming freshman as they have no stats).Getting an autograph

The first piece of the puzzle was replacing Tad Gold’s defensive skill in CF along with his speed to cover the outfield expanse at the Shark Tank. The pitching staff had to be completely rebuilt and it will be up to Coach Miller to determine who starts, who is the closer and establish the setup pitchers to bridge the starters to the closer. The catching position will be manned by two freshmen, which will be the biggest risk coming into next season. We are looking for defense and the ability to handle the pitching staff by both catchers with offense being secondary.

Outfield:

  • John Kennedy from Nyack College, according to his coach, is one of the top three fastest players in college baseball and is an ideal replacement for Tad. Backing up his boast was John’s 63 stolen bases as a freshman and 43 last season while batting .285.
  • Matt Paola (Endicott) batted .395 (played shortstop and 2B last season for Endicott, but according to his coach he may be playing in the outfield this upcoming season). Matt lead Endicott in hitting with a SLG % of .571. For now he will be slotted in the outfield assuming he plays the outfield for Endicott.
  • Rich Baerga (St. Thomas Aquinas) batted .338.
  • Ryan Kelly (Salve Regina/ Torrington Titans) batted .326 for the Titans in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
  • Liam O’Connor (Brandeis University) batted .321.

Following last season’s paradigm, we look to have power at the corners.

At 1B are three power-hitting players:

  • Ross Danzig (University of Scranton) batted .320 with 26 RBIs.
  • Steve Buckley Jr. (WNEU) batted .327 and 42 RBIs.
  • Tim Bickford (University of Bridgeport) batted .351 with a .404 OBP, with 33 RBIs.

Sharks minor league teamAt the other corner (3B) is:

  • Will Toffey from Salisbury Prep (set to go to Vanderbilt University). Will is an incoming freshman, playing for one of the best universities noted for its baseball program in D-I. Will be an exemption to our roster this summer as he is still in prep school.
  • Brian Fay (Siena College/ Torrington Titans) batted .286 and knocked in 37 RBIs for Siena.
  • Joe Haley (Salve Regina University) batted .345 with 36 RBIs.

At shortstop & second base:

Infield:

Jack Roberts (see above).

  • Jack Roberts (see above).
  • Matt Lavanchy (Wheaton) played 2B for Wheaton last season and batted .358 with 30 RBIs.
  • Brian Campbell (Stonehill College) batted .347 with a .410 OBP mostly as DH.
  • Frank D’Amato incoming freshman from Avon Old Farms where he batted .497 with 21 RBIs.
  • Brendan Cox (Mercyhurst) batted .318 with 30 RBIs.
  • Tyler Martis who has excellent defensive skills (Siena College) batted .269.

Sparky, the Red Dog and Sharky.Catching:

  • Tim Graul (University of Penn.) incoming freshman who has a cannon for an arm.
  • Jon Mayer (Bucknell University) incoming freshman.

Pitching staff:

  • Matt Calamoneri (see above).
  • Kyle Brenner (see above).
  • Nick Miceli (see above).
  • Matt Binder (Millersville and Ballantyne Smokies [Southern Collegiate Baseball League]) ERA 1.52 with a WHIP 0.91.
  • Matt Quintana (Siena College) played with Torrington Titans last season and had an ERA 2.25 with 31 Ks in 28 innings.
  • Kyle Pheland (Salve Regina University) ERA 2.50 with 57.2 innings pitched.
  • Peter Martinez (Dominican College) ERA 2.64 with 74.2 innings pitched.
  • Soren Hanson (Colby College) ERA 3.74 with 43.1 innings pitched and 41 Ks.
  • Max Bruckner (Iona College and the Chugiak Chinooks of the Alaskan Collegiate Baseball League) ERA 1.58.
  • Patrick Austin (UMASS) lefty played with Torrington Titans last season and had an ERA 3.61 with 47 innings pitched and 38 Ks.
  • Patrick Nicholson (Stonehill College) lefty ERA 6.35.
  • Jacob DeCarli (LIU Post) incoming freshman.

Anthiny Mike and RyanCoaching staff:

  • Mike Miller – Head Coach, Futures Collegiate Baseball League 2013 Manager of the Year, returning for his second year as head coach and his third year with the Sharks.
  • Anthony Corona – Assistant Coach, returning for his second year as an assistant coach. Was the starting catcher for the 2011 Sharks and earned the 2011 Players Award.
  • Nick Sanford – Assistant Coach, first year. Was the starting 2B for two years (2012 and 2013) for the Sharks.

It will be an interesting season trying to repeat with each team coming in with the incentive to knock off last season’s champs.

Jerry Murphy

General Manager & CFO


NOTES:

March 8th Saturday: Casino Night @ the PA Club – starts @ 7:00 PM.

This will be our first annual casino night to help alleviate the huge transportation cost incurred by the Sharks. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Casino Night for the web

June 2nd Monday: Players arrive.

June 3rd Tuesday: First practice.

June 4th Wednesday: Opening Day @ the Shark Tank against the North Shore Navigators. This is also our traditional Little League and Babe Ruth League Day. Free admission for players and coaches.

June 5th Thursday: Replay of last season’s championship round against two-time champs Nashua Silver Knights.

June 7th Saturday: Championship Ring Night and Tad Gold (TG3) Appreciation Night.

 All games this season will be @ 7:00 PM.

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SHARK HOST FAMILIES WANTED

The Sharks are looking for host families to house the 30 players that will be coming to the Vineyard on June 2, 2014. The Futures Collegiate Baseball League and the Sharks follow the tradition of professional minor league baseball and summer collegiate baseball, i.e. looking to those special families that open their homes to the players. This is a tradition that has been going on for decades.The best way to understand what is involved being a host family is to select the following link:

Dianne Powers and her "crew"

Dianne Powers and her “crew”

http://mvsharks.com/view/mvsharks/martha-s-vineyard-sharks-host-families

The article on the website will provide you with an understanding of how to go about being a host family, who to contact and what is involved. Below are two testimonies provided by existing host families that will hopefully entice you to join this special group of Vineyarders. Without our host families, there is simply no collegiate baseball in the summer. Please help us out:

Matt Timoney hugging his host Mom Liz Burnham on host day.

Matt Timoney hugging his host Mom Liz Burnham on host day.

HOST FAMILY TESTIMONIES

Jessica Burnham (Host Mom for 3 years)

Where did you first hear about the Sharks?

I read about the team in the Martha’s Vineyard Times when it was announced there would be a Futures League team here. I think in December of 2010.

What intrigued you to become a host family?

I just thought it would be fun. Everything is more fun when you are a part of it and nor just a spectator.

How did you feel about having a stranger or two in your house?

A little nervous. Totally not knowing what to expect I guess. I wasn’t home when the first guy arrived so my daughter Martha greeted him and his dad and they went out for lunch. When Doris drove up with the 2nd one later I was home. I saw him get out of the car looking just as nervous and very young. It made me realize he was just a kid like my own who needed to be made to feel at home.

Beth O'Connor & Jonathan Chatinover and family, with their Shark players

Beth O’Connor & Jonathan Chatinover and family, with their Shark players

How did you break the ice?

Food! Stuffed shells seems to always be the first dinner at the beginning of the season. Who doesn’t like Italian food?

After 3 seasons what is the best way to make a player feel at home in your home?

Be clear and upfront about rules and expectations. Ask many questions. Show them where EVERYTHING is, i.e. their room, the laundry, the kitchen, even where plates, glasses and silverware are. It helps a lot to have a kid who is the same age as them around too.

Do players discuss with you if they are not getting enough playing time?

Believe it or not they seem to understand how things work better than their parents do! Sure, they all want to play all the time but for the most part they understand they are part of a team and that they have a roll to play. They are usually positive about other players who are having an awesome summer with great stats and sympathetic of others who are not. They do talk about wanting to be out there and hoping that they will be in the lineup etc. Of course I as a host family want to go to the ballpark and see my players on the field too.

While not a requirement do you feed the players?

Yes, whenever I cook they are invited to eat dinner. I usually ask who will be around. It is not so often now that the games are at 7pm and the dinner given to them at the park is so good. Nights off and for pitchers not travelling with the team though I do cook. I also have tons of cereal, milk, h2o, Gatorade and snacks around most of the time.

The Endicott Connection with Melissa Gold

The Endicott Connection with Melissa Gold

Do other players come over to hang out with the players you are hosting?

Yes, I love when other guys come over. I get to know them better that way. Sometimes it’s just stopping in after the beach or to pick up a guy to go out for the night. Other times it’s for dinner or to watch a game or tv show.

Do you give the players your house rules on day one?

Yes, usually over dinner. I don’t have a ton of them. Just last guy in locks the front door and text me if you are going to be late etc.

Do you stay in contact with Players from the 1st year (2011) you were a host?

Yes, somewhat. You know Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I hear from them every now and again by text. I have gotten to see one of them play a few times since then on his college team.

Does the 9 weeks of summer baseball season go by slow or too fast?

For me it flies by! I get a little sad after Fourth of July because I know the season is half over and they will be going home soon.

How do you handle the situation when the players leave at the end of the season knowing they won’t be back?

Well, I do not think of it as a “situation”. It just is what it is. There is life beyond the Sharks and baseball and I still know that person. They are usually excited to go home and see family and friends as well as getting back to school and their teams. Therefore, it is bittersweet because I know they are going off to do something fun that they love but I will miss them. Of course, sometimes you get lucky and you do get them back.


Dianne Powers (Host Mon for 2 years)

When did you first hear about the Sharks?

Jess Burnham and I work together and during the inaugural year (2011) she asked if I was interested and I didn’t think I was at that time. I did offer to temporarily house one of the coaches and possibly his wife, but permanent housing was found.  I went to a couple of games that year but not with the idea of getting as involved as I am now.

Nik Campero and Cheryl Sashin

Nik Campero and Cheryl Sashin

What intrigued you to become a host family?

Again, I can thank Jess Burnham.  During that inaugural year she frequently shared stories and experiences with being a host family.  It was apparent that she and her family were having a great time, sharing their home and lives with the players.

How did you feel about having a stranger or two in your house?

I was a bit nervous about a week before my first ‘boys’ arrived. I live alone and have for many years and was hoping that I had not made a mistake opening my home to 2 players.  That concern evaporated almost immediately which was a good thing since I ended up with 4 players my first year and 4 again this past year. I am looking forward to 4 more this year….it seems to be a number that works well for me and the house. My family, some of who thought I had lost my mind that first year now asks if there are home games on the schedule during their visits.

I am sure the players feel awkward being a visitor in a strangers house. How do you break the ice?

Food – the magic ice breaker. You get to know people fairly quickly sharing a meal or two. That and the dogs.  I have 2 large dogs who are very much apart of the house. I try to make sure that anyone coming to my home is aware that they will be living with the dogs, and it seems to have worked well.

Now that you have been a host for 2 baseball seasons, what is the best way to make a player feel at ease in your home?

Well…I think just being myself and encouraging them to treat this as their home.  I want them to be comfortable so we go over where everything is in the house and I encourage them to let me know what questions they might have.  Before they arrive I try to ask them what kinds of foods they like and have some of that available when they arrive.

Beth & Amelia Tessmer with Corey Laliberte and Mike McFerran

Beth & Amelia Tessmer with Corey Laliberte and Mike McFerran

Do players discuss with you if they are not getting playing time?

I have not had that experience.  Most of our conversations are about how they played in a certain game, what’s going on with their favorite major league teams, etc.

While it is not a requirement to feed the players, do you feed them?

I do not cook for them most mornings, but I do make sure there is food for their breakfast (cereals, eggs, etc.) and they do a great job fending for themselves when they get up.  Last year, with the earlier start of games, we had more dinners together after games than this year.  We did eat dinner together when they had an off night.  I always made sure there was something they could ‘heat n eat’ when they had away games….they were always hungry when they got home from those games.

Do other players come and hang out with the players you are hosting?

Yes and I have had a great time getting to know them as well.

Do you give the players your own house rules on day #1?

We do go over what the hard and fast rules are right away (there are not many of them) and as situations arise, if it bothers me I tell them right away.  Both years I have felt that the players respected and appreciated their living situation.

Do you still stay in contact with players that stayed in your house from the first year (2012) you were a host?

I hear periodically from a couple of the guys from 2012 and 2013 season along with a couple of the players who did not live here but came over quite often.  I hope we will continue to stay in touch.

Does the 9 weeks of the summer baseball season go by slow or too fast?

Too fast, way too fast.  I have enjoyed being a host family more than I ever could have imagined.

How do you handle the situation when the players leave at the end of the season knowing they won’t be back.

As you get to know each player, you hope that they will return for another season, and some do.  I have started both years with the knowledge that it was 9 weeks and then they would be off to going back to school.  All I hope for is that they had as great a summer as the dogs and I had and that they stay in touch. I think it is harder on the dogs; they look for them for a couple of days but then settle back into their regular routine.


Opening Day (Wednesday June 4th vs. the North Shore Navigators), which traditionally is Little League & Babe Ruth Day, is quickly approaching. All games will be played @ 7:00 PM. This game is followed up with a game against the Nashua Silver Knights who the Sharks defeated in the 2013 championship round) on Thursday June 5th.

Season reserved seats are still available for $150 and $300 for three seasons (get one season for free) or purchase a Sharks Nation reserved seat for $1,000 for three seasons, which includes food at every game plus other gifts.