Watch the CCBL Documentary, Summer Heat

by Andrew

There’s a new-to-me Cape Cod Baseball League documentary called Summer Heat by D.J. Jamiel and Nick Johnson. The film centers around the 2014 Hyannis Harbor Hawks and initially sought funding via Indiegogo. I believe it is not available anywhere, except a single link on the Harbor Hawks home page.

I enjoyed watching Nick’s Hawks Talk during the 2014 season, which was an ambitious 40-episode video blog.

You can watch the entire 52 minute documentary with this Vimeo link:

Brady Singer surprises parents with Christmas gift

by Andrew

Brady Singer (Falmouth ‘16) is making headlines this holiday season. Not only is he the Kansas City Royals top prospect, but he surprised his parents with an incredible Christmas gift: he paid off all their debt. Watch the video from Twitter to see the reaction.

Singer pitched 28 innings for the Commodores in 2016. In 2017, Singer helped his Florida Gators to a national title and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. This year, he won the NCAA’s Dick Howser Trophy for national college baseball player of the year, and was selected 18th overall in the Major League Baseball draft.

Watch the mini-documentary "Cape Cod: Journey to the Bigs"

by Andrew

Without any fanfare, Fox Sports released “Cape Cod: Journey to the Bigs” on their Vimeo account. If you haven't seen the 22-minute mini-documentary, it centers around the 2017 season and features interviews with volunteers, players, managers, alumni, scouts, and host families including Barbara Ellsworth (known as Mrs. E). Mrs. E. passed away on October 31, 2018, and was inducted posthumously to the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame on December 1, 2018.

Wareham's Isaac Collins on SportsCenter Top 10 Plays

by Andrew

Isaac Collins (Creighton) not only earned a championship ring with Wareham this season, but he also snagged the #1 spot (!) on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays this week. Check out the video proof in the tweets below:

How Summer Catch was written

by Andrew

Editor's note: It's playoff time! Stay tuned to @CodBall for our coverage

I'm not sure how I missed this one! 

Matt Paré (aka the "Homeless Minor Leaguer") and Ty Kelly (MiLB, Las Vegas 51s) star in this hilarious skit that imagines how the 2001 romantic comedy Summer Catch (2001) came to be. 

For the uninitiated (and you may want to stay that way), the CCBL is the setting for Summer Catch, which stars Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jessica Biel.

Matt Paré announced his departure from baseball earlier this year after spending a few years in the Giants organization. In 2012, he was a temp player for the Y-D Red Sox before spending the majority of that summer with NECBL's Newport Gulls. Subscribe to HomelessMinorLeaguer on Youtube and his other channel Hey! Matt Paré.

Ty Kelly is a utilityman for the New York Mets organization, currently in AAA with the Las Vegas 51s. In 2008, he was a CCBL All-Star on the Brewster Whitecaps.

Lower Cape TV interviews Brewster coaches

by Andrew

Don't miss this new clip from Lower Cape TV with Brewster coaches Tommy Weber and Neil Barbella. Download the LCTV App to watch all Brewster Whitecaps home games this season.

The players right away band together, eat together, live together, laugh together. It’s really not that difficult for them. That’s one of the things that really impresses me about this level of player - how easily they adapt to new surroundings, their host families. There’s not a lot of instances of guys wanting to go home. They know what the stakes are and how lucky they are to be here, and they really embrace it.
— Tommy Weber, 6/14/18 on Lower Cape TV

Fox Sports' Cape League special premiers April 17

by Andrew

Fox Sports' special "Cape Cod: Journey to the Bigs" will premier on FS1 on Tuesday, April 17 at 11PM, following the Indians/Twins game and MLB Whiparound. The special will also air on Fox Sports' regional networks on April 18 (check your local listings).

The special follows three players who played in the 2017 season: Griffin Conine (Cotuit, Duke), Tristan Pompey (Wareham, Kentucky) and Chandler Day (Orleans, Vanderbilt).

Read more about the special on Fox Sports, and watch the trailer below.