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Nick Zibelli addresses the over 200 umpires in Danbury, CT. this past Sunday. Many interpretations and rules were discussed. Also reminders on what was expected for the 2016 college baseball season. Baseball is right around the corner! Picture below, Nick goes over the finer points of home plate collisions.
A commemorative pin has been created to honor our fallen brother Bob Panza who passed away in July as a result of an accident while
officiating a high school basketball game. These commemorative pins may be worn on all uniforms during the 2016 baseball season. The cost of the pin is $5.00 and all proceeds will be donated to the Panza family. To obtain your pin, send a self addressed stamped envelope with a check or money order for $5.00 per pin to Dom DiMare 21 Solaris Road, Hyde Park, MA. 02136. Please order early as supplies are limited.
Congratulations goes out to Joe Peters for recently being voted into the Cranberry League Hall of Fame. Joe will be formally inducted on November 27th 2015 at the CBL Awards Banquet. Tickets Can be purchased by going to the cranberry baseball league website. http://cranberryleague.com
Will Haynie (Cotuit Kettleers) receives the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award
Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship award. The award is given to one person in the league who best represents strong will and the sportsmanship aspect of the game. It is decided by the umpires and officials who have a connection with players not always seen from the stands.
The award was given to Will Haynie (Alabama), having no clue he was even considered. “It’s a real honor. I actually had no idea I was being presented with that today.” His sportsmanship stems from his respect for the game and respect for the players on the other side.
Director of Officiating, Sol Yas, has been presenting players with the award for 13 years. He claims it’s a terrific way to get the umpires involved and present an award to someone so deserving, “It’s an award highly regarded by the league and by us.” Yaz noted even through Haynie’s struggles, he never lost his ability to play the game the right way and never lost his respect.
Pictures provided by SportsPix and the CCBL
08/12/2015 5:25 PM – Rick Delvecchio has spent virtually his entire lifetime involved in baseball as a player, coach and for the past several years as an umpire.
A Braintree, Mass., native and a former baseball and ice hockey player for the University of Connecticut, Delvecchio has been named 12th recipient of the Curly Clement Award as top umpire in the Cape Cod Baseball League for 2015.
“It’s an honor to be recognized with an award named after an umpire like Curly Clement,” Delvecchio said. “All umpires strive to be recognized, especially among your peers.”
Delvecchio is vice president of baseball operations at the South Shore Baseball Club in Hingham and was assistant coach for the East Cobb Baseball program of Marietta, Ga., one of the nation’s premier youth baseball programs.
“Rick is known as the ‘baseball magnet’ for his propensity of getting hit by baseballs behind the plate,” Cape League senior deputy commissioner Sol Yas said. “But he’s a tough guy and never had to leave a game. Confident of his umpiring skills, Rick is in control at all times.”
He played baseball at UConn and Northwest Oklahoma State, where he was a two-time All-American catcher and is the school’s all-time hit leader. Delvecchio is Braintree High’s ice hockey career scoring leader and was defensive standout and leader on the 1989 state champions.
Robert “Curly” Clement worked as a Cape League umpire over a span of four decades and was inducted into the CCBL Hall of Fame in 2002. He umpired 16 NCAA Division I Baseball Regionals, several Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Baseball Championships and two NCAA College World Series.
Affectionately known as the “Candy Man” because of his propensity for passing out candy to players, coaches and field managers during disputes, Clement’s final Cape League appearance was spent working home plate at the 2000 CCBL All-Star game. He died in 2006 after a long illness.
Previous Clement Award winners are Bill Fisher (2014), Pat Burns (2013), Joe Caraco (2012), Mark Ottavianelli (2011), Michael Sadowski (2010), John Leeds (2009), Harry Greer (2008), Tim Carey (2007), Peter Hall (2006), the late Jim McNally (2005) and Walter Bentson (2004).