SJMSBL News - 2015
Giants Win 16th Division Championship
The 2015 Giants completed a remarkable comeback from a horrible 0-5 start to the season in winning their 16th division championship. After losing their first five games the Giants entered the month of June in last place. Then the team won 14 of their final 15 games to finish the regular season 14-6 to match the upstart Royals for best division record.
Then the Giants went undefeated in four playoff games to sweep their way to their 16th division title and finish the season with wins in 18 of their final 19 games leaving no doubt as to who was the best team was in the Dunn division.
Yankees Repeat for 2015 Ettare Division Championship
In 2014, the San José Yankees ended 26 years of frustration and finally broke through with their first league championship in the team's history. Luckily for the Yankees, the wait for title number 2 would not be nearly as long. Building off of the foundation of a championship team, Manager José Mendoza reinforced the squad with the addition of key rookies who would all turn out to play crucial roles in the team's 2015 championship run.
Twins Sweep Their Way To 2015 Nicewonger Division Championship
This year the Twins left nothing to chance. Kyle Madej's bunch of stalwarts posted 12-2 and 9-3 victories over the San José Angels to win their first Nicewonger division championship.
Yankees Capture July 4 Monterey Sea Otter Tourney
The San José Yankees 45+ team comprised of Astros, Braves, Brewers, Mariners, Rays and Yankees captured the championship at the recent July 4 Sea Otter Tournament.
The combined San José MSBL all-star team won the championship with a 10-8 come from behind victory over the second seeded ACE High Royals.
Braves pitcher Paul Codiga and Yankees Erick Rynhard combined to pitch the championship game. Astros Jon Norris complete game effort in the semifinals put the team in the championship game.
5th Annual Nicewonger All-Star Classic August 5
Details for the 5th Annual Dave Nicewonger All-Star Classic have been set.
Game time will be 7:15 PM on August 5 at San José Municipal Stadium.
The two teams (American League, National League) will be represented by the following:
National League (11 teams)
Colt .45s, Mets, Reds, Rockies (from Nicewonger Division)
Astros, Brewers, Giants (from Dunn Division)
Braves, Marlins, Phillies, Pirates (from Ettare Division)
American League (13 teams)
SJ Angels, Twins (from Nicewonger Division)
A's, Indians, Royals, SC Angels, Tigers (from Dunn Division)
Mariners, Orioles, Rays, Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees (from Ettare Division)
Arrive in Uniform after 5:30 pm
National League Team Nicknames - 1B Dugout
American League Team Nicknames - 3B Dugout
Infield from 6:30-6:45 pm American League
Infield from 6:45-7:00 pm National League
Player Introductions 7:00-7:10 pm
Admission is FREE. Gates Open at 6 pm
City of San José charges for parking in Stadium Lot (free parking on street).
Concession stand will be open.
No outside food, coolers, beverages allowed in stadium (City ordinance).
San José PD will be on site.
Brewer's Erik Goodline Pitches CG and Plays Both Games of Doubleheader On Broken Leg
In the first inning of the Brewers doubleheader at Aptos vs Royals on Sunday Brewers pitcher Erik Goodline collided with a Royals base runner while covering first. Unknown to Erik he suffered a fractured knee cap on the play.
Goodline surrendered 5 first inning runs but followed the shaky first with seven scoreless innings before the Royals added two unearned runs in the 9th inning. Goodline ended up with a 9-7 victory - on one leg!
The Brewers were shorthanded all day with only nine players so Goodline had to hobble around left field in game two. Mercifully the Royals cut the game short with a five inning ten run rule 14-1 victory.
14 innings and a complete game pitching performance on a fractured knee cap makes Brewers Erik Goodline the first ever San José MSBL Player of the Week! Erik will be sidelined for 6 weeks as the knee cap heals.
Craig Doleshel and Pascual Del Real Combine for Royals No Hitter
Royals pitchers Craig Doleshel and Pascual Del Real combined to throw a five inning no hitter in the Royals 14-1 ten run rule victory over the Brewers in the second game of their doubleheader at Aptos.
Doleshel threw the first four innings striking out two and walking one. Del Real pitched the fifth (and last) inning with a strikeout and walk.
Monelo's No Hitter and Rand's One Hitter Make Opening Day History in Nicewonger Division
Twins pitcher Michael Monelo pitched a no hitter, striking out 17 batters to lead his team to a 4-0 victory over the Rockies. Monelo hit a batter to narrowly miss out on a perfect game! Twins won the second game 12-4 to complete the sweep of Rockies who were making their league debut under manager Derek Carter.
Colt .45's pitcher Jon Rand pitched his own gem firing a one hitter to defeat the defending Nicewonger division champion Mets 1-0. Rand struck out 9 Mets in his seven inning gem. The Mets took the opening game 6-0 behind eight shutout innings from Travis Bearden.
The San José Angels defeated the Reds 8-0 in the first game of their doubleheader behind the shutout pitching of Jason Hershfield. Reds came back to take the second game 10-0.
There were an amazing five shutouts pitched in the six games played in the Nicewonger division!
Marlins and Orioles Pull Off Opening Day Ettare Division Upsets
In their first game ever, the Marlins (mostly last year's Padres) shocked the defending division champion Yankees 15-9. Marlins manager Aaron Parker got six solid innings from winning pitcher Will St Clair and Joe Duran raked four hits to pace the Marlins onslaught.
The Orioles, despite losing 13 players from 2014 roster (left to form Royals), outslugged the Phillies 19-14. The O's broke open a 5-5 tie after four innings by scoring 5 runs in the 5th and 7 more in the 6th inning.
The Red Sox turned back the Mariners 10-6 behind Pete Madden who homered in the first inning and pitched the last few innings to get the win. The scrappy Mariners did erase a 6-0 deficit to tie the game before the Red Sox put it away late.
Braves edged the White Sox 10-9 with Paul Codiga pitching seven innings and Juan Ramos earning the win in relief in the closely contested game. Eight Braves had two hits each.
Pirates beat the Rays 14-2 behind the pitching of manager Jeff Jovel and a balanced attack with seven Pirates getting two or more hits.
Indians Stun Champion Giants and Tigers Pull Off Triple Play to Headline Dunn Division Action
The Indians and rookie manager Rob Sanchez ambushed the defending division champion Giants 11-5 behind the solid pitching of Alex Garcia and big bats of Tim Wat (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) and newcomer Roberto Celestino (3 hits).
Tigers pulled off a triple play, Todd Leanues smacked a 450 foot homer and veteran Craig Jones was the mound stalwart in a 10-0 win over the Santa Cruz Angels.
The Astros spoiled the league debut of the Royals with a 5-2 win breaking open a tie game in the 7th inning. Rob Reid, Jon Norris (win) and Isaack Wilhelm (save) pitched the Astros to victory.
Brewers turned back the Athletics 7-2 behind winning pitcher Fernando Gonzalez. Manager Dave Meier, appearing in his 28th league Opening Day (every opener since league started in 1988) was 1-2 with 2 RBI. Amazing!
Opening Day May 3 - Schedule Posted
The Opening Day schedule has been posted and is available on the Schedule page.
Opening Day Pushed to May 3
Opening day has been pushed to May 3. Details coming later.
April 12 and April 19 Exhibition Schedule Available
The exhibition schedule for April 12 and April 19 is now available on the Schedule page.
New Player Workouts Postponed to March 29
Due to a rescheduled youth league game at Los Gatos the baseball field is not available for league tryouts this week. All league teams will be looking for players at the workout/draft on March 29.
2014 MSBL World Series Hall of Fame Inductee: Mike Denevi
Mike Denevi is a 61 year old staple of the San José MSBL and has been playing in the league since 1989. He is also an ex-professional player in the Royals organization and has played alongside the likes of Clint Hurdle, Willie Wilson, Rick Cerone and also played ball 'back in the day' in Alaska with Juan Eichelberger, who is also an ex-professional from the Padres, Indians and Braves organizations and an MSBL tournament mainstay. Mike can now add the MSBL World Series Hall of Fame to his list of baseball achievements.
San José Brew Crew Wins Desert Classic 25+ Wood In Palm Springs
San José Brew Crew- a team of mostly Mets, Reds, and Twins players - came back from a 5-0 deficit in the 3rd inning to beat the San Diego Knights 9-8 and claim the 25+ Wood Championship at the 2015 Desert Classic in Palm Springs. Twins pitcher Michael Monelo had 17 K's in the semi-final game in the morning and got the save today in the championship.
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