2013 MINUTEMAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2013 marks the 16th season of the Minuteman Baseball League, a recreational baseball league for players of ages 13 through 18. The league began in 1996 with teams from Maynard, Sudbury, and Wayland, and then expanded to include Westford in 1998, Concord-Carlisle in 1999, Weston in 2001, Acton-Boxborough in 2005, Littleton in 2006,Wellesley in 2007, Bolton in 2008 and Ayr/Shirley, Hudson and Groton/Dunstable in 2010.
As a result of our continued expansion, the Minuteman Baseball League includes more than 60 teams, providing an exciting baseball program for over 800 young ballplayers in our area. That's a huge increase over time, as we have progressed from 12 teams with 160 players in our first year (1996) to 50+ teams and 700 players in 2009. Clearly we are meeting our primary objective of keeping young teens enthusiastic about baseball as they master the transition from the smaller Little League diamond to the Major League-sized diamond. The variety and excitement of competing against teams from other towns has been an important ingredient in our success, but an additional byproduct has been the development of exciting in-town rivalries, as players and parents anticipate the opportunity to compete against friends and neighbors.
The spring season of 2013 will be comprised of 3 separate leagues. The first division is the Patriot League which is for 13-year old players only as defined in our rules. The second division is the Minuteman League which is for 13 to 15-year old players as defined in our rules. The third division is the Continental League which is for 16 to 18 year old players as defined in our rules.
During 2012, the Minuteman League will play 3 rounds of regular season play on weekends. An attempt will be made to schedule games against teams of comparable ability throughout the regular season. Teams in the Patriot League will play against each other during the week with a separate single elimination playoff among all teams at the end of the season. All teams are eligible to participate in a round of post-season playoffs.
This summer we expect to sponsor the eighth season of the Minuteman Baseball Summer League. This summer program, which included 16 teams in 2012, provides a summer recreational baseball opportunity for the 13 to 16 year-old players who are not selected for their towns’ competitive travel teams. Games usually begin the 3rd week of June, with each team playing twice per week on weeknights and end the first or second week of August with a single elimination tournament of all teams. Our spring league rules apply, with a few modifications.
For all of these activities, we continue to benefit from our professionally administered website (www.mmbrl.com) for the collection and communication of up-to-date league information, including schedules, scores, pitchers, and standings.
We hope you'll enjoy your participation in the Minuteman League. If you have any comments or suggestions, please share them with your town's director so that we can continue to improve. Also, please take the time to thank the many volunteers whose efforts have made this program possible.
Now, let's play ball and have some fun!!
-- Minuteman Baseball League Board of Directors
MINUTEMAN BASEBALL LEAGUE HISTORY
First game: Saturday,
April 27, 1996 @ 9:30-
1996 top four seeds: Sudbury
Mariners 11-2, Maynard Royals 11-2, Sudbury Braves 9-4,
1997 top four seeds: Sudbury
Mariners 14-1, Sudbury Cardinals 13-2, Maynard Twins 13-2,
1998 top four seeds: Maynard
Twins 10-2, Maynard Brewers 8-2, Sudbury Astros 9-3,
1999 top four seeds:
Sudbury Astros 12-1-1, Maynard Twins 11-3, Sudbury Dodgers 10-3-1,
2000 top four seeds: Sudbury
Braves 12-2, Maynard Brewers 10-2, Sudbury Mariners 10-4,
2001 top four seeds:
Sudbury Braves 13-1, Sudbury Diamondbacks 9-3-1,
top four seeds: Weston Red
Sox 9-2-1, Sudbury White Sox 10-3, Maynard Athletics 10-3, Sudbury Astros 10-4
2003 Platinum Championship game: Wayland Dodgers (3), Weston Red Sox (2)
2003 Gold Championship game: Westford Tigers (13), Wayland Padres (4)
2003 Silver Championship game: Sudbury Mariners (8), Wayland Orioles (7)
2003 Titanium Championship: Westford Athletics (15), Concord-Carlisle Diamondbacks (2)
2003 Bronze Championship game: Wayland Red Sox (6), Westford Diamondbacks (5)
2004 top four seeds: Sudbury
Giants 12-2, Concord-Carlisle Cardinals 12-2,
Division 1: Reading 9, Maynard Twins 8
Division 2: Framingham#3 9, Maynard Brewers 3
Division 3: Westford#1 12, Westford#3 11
Division 4: Concord-Carlisle#2 2, Wayland#2 1
2005 Spring League Championships
2005 Summer League Championships
2006 Spring League
2006 Summer League
2007 Minuteman "World Series" Champions
2007 Minuteman League Champions:
2007 Patriot League Champion - Littleton Navy Tigers
2007 Minuteman Summer League Champion - Littleton Navy
2008 Minuteman League Champions:
2008 Patriot League Champion - AB Navy
2008 Summer League Champion - Littleton
2009 Minuteman League Champions:
2009 Patriot League Champion - Sudbury Marlins.
2009 Summer League Champion - Lexington Blue
2010 Minuteman League Champions:
2010 Patriot League Champion - Littleton Tigers
2010 Summer League Champions - Lexington Blue
2011 Minuteman League
2011 Patriot League Champion - Sudbury Twins
2011 Summer League Champion - Ayer/Shirley
2012 Minuteman league champions:
2012 Patriot League Champion - Sudbury Pirates
2012 Summer league Champions - Ayer/Shirley