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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It's Time for Cape League Baseball 2013

Red, white, and blue Cape league logo
 By Charlie Preus

All is good in New England, the Red Sox are leading their division, yes I know its way early, but any time we are out front of the New York Yankees is a good thing. Even better than the Red Sox for us Cape Coders, is the fact that the Cape Cod Baseball League starts playing this week. The CCBL is a one of the country’s premier leagues for displaying college level talent. Select college players from all across the United States are invited to spend the summer on the Cape playing for one of the ten teams in the league. Nine of the teams play at Cape Town’s from Bourne to Orleans and the tenth is just over the Bourne Bridge in Wareham. All ten teams kick off the season with games on Wednesday and you can see a game somewhere almost every night of the summer until the playoffs start on August 6th.

Map showing Cape Cod baseball league team locations
The Cape league, in addition to providing great summer time entertainment to the locals and visitors, is a major proving ground for prospective Major League Baseball players. In the 2013 MLB draft held June 6-8th, the Draft’s number one overall pick by the Houston Astros was Mark Appel who played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 2011. The second pick was Kris Bryant who played for the Chatham Anglers and at number six was Colin Moran who played for my team, the Bourne Braves. In fact twenty of the top thirty-three first round picks spent their summers playing in the CCBL. These new draftees will be joining the 253 other CCBL alumni that played on MLB teams in the 2012 season. The alumni includes catcher Buster Posey of the World Champion San Francisco Giants who was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2010, National League MVP and batting champion in 2012, and leader of the team that has won two of the last three world series. In 2006 and 2007, you could have watched him all summer as he played shortstop for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. 

If you like baseball and plan to visit Cape Cod, stay with us at our Sandwich Inn and we will direct you to the ten great fields. All of the regular season games start between 5:00PM and 7:00PM. You can spend the day visiting the many Cape Cod attractions and at the end of the day catch a game. Better yet, if you have a relative or favorite local college player in the CCLB, stay with us and we’ll help you with a sight-seeing schedule around their games so you can end each day viewing his next game.

Check out the full Cape Cod League ten team schedule and pick the dates to stay with us based on the local team you want to support or the future MVP you want to watch.

Note: Charlie Preus is the assistant innkeeper, wine steward, and general entertainment for the guests at our inn.

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