On any given summer night, when they play at home behind the police station in Falmouth, you will find the Commodores brass standing just off home plate near the souvenir shop. The team president, Jerry Reilly, GM Dan Dunn, the treasurer and others follow the action on the field intently, talking to one another in short-hand. These are baseball men. There's a reason Falmouth is competitive every year and there is a reason they attract players that win batting titles like Jimmy Cesario last year or that win MVP awards like A.J. Pollock. Conor Gillaspie hit .345 for this team a few seasons ago.
The Falmouth team attracts talent and they compete. They don't have championships to show for it but they sure have competitive seasons and playoff berths.
Something tells me Falmouth is already working on Sport's Illustrated coverboy -- the "Chosen One" -- Bryce Harper who is touted as the most exciting prodigy since LeBron James. The high schooler is making plans to play in college sooner than his high school graduation date. Could he be a standout as soon as next summer on the Cape?
Back to reality. On the 2009 roster, which remains mostly a work in progress, I feel certain lying dormant there is the caliber of Cape League players we have seen season after season. The performances we have become accustomed to will emerge once the roster is settled by the pro draft, Team USA, the College World Series, etc.
The Cape League preview, highlights Auburn's Brian Fletcher and Hunter Morris as well as Taylor Wall. Brian's father, Scott played 15 seasons in the majors including a stint with the 1983 White Sox which won the AL West. Morris was SEC freshman of the year and hit a team high .351. Wall is a three-pitch lefty.
We know Joey Wong from Oregon State will amaze us. Is he the Ozzie of the Cape League?
There are a lot of new players on the Falmouth roster. I always like to see players who come from other summer collegiate leagues. Chad Mozingo lead the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League last season.
Finally, the Commodores have a major fundraising effort underway to raise money to improve their poor dugouts and press box. They reall do need repair. Why are they not raising money for their poor scoreboard as well? Someone among those Commodore brass need to ask me for a donation. As a Woods Hole resident I will happily oblige.
Check out some of the amazing art Falmouth is offering to support the fundraising effort.