by Roy Reiss
November 28, 2012
The date was November 16, 2012 and it will go down in Kettleers history as a day to remember. On that Friday the first shovel was put into the ground for the Campaign for Lowell Park, Preserving the Past…Securing the future.
The restroom building at Lowell Park was demolished as crews began the process to improve the fan and player experience at the storied ballpark. And several days later crews began pouring concrete footing for the new restrooms and increased storage areas.
When the first phase is completed before the first pitch is thrown in the 2013 season, there’ll also be a fan friendly court yard, a trophy display area with a wall of fame, and a renovated Kettleers Kitchen building. To learn more about the Campaign for Lowell Park click here.
Follow the progress by checking Joe Cavanaugh’s photostream on Flickr … Click
Winter may not be far off, but baseball is very much in the air as GM Bruce Murphy and Coach Mike Roberts went over some of their roster projections for 2013 at the November Board Meeting.
Relationships are very much a part in landing players and it appears as if the Kettleers have struck gold with the University of South Carolina, one of college baseball’s power programs that has 2 national championships in the last 3 years. The Gamecocks recently named Chad Holbrook as head coach after being their chief recruiter and associate head coach the last 4 years. Holbrook played under Coach Roberts at the University of North Carolina which explains why 4 South Carolina players, including All SEC shortstop Joey Pankake are ticketed for Cotuit in 2013.
The Vanderbilt connection is still very much in play for the Kettleers as 3 Commordores, including pitcher Tyler Beede and outfielder Rhett Wiseman, are slated to play in Cotuit this coming summer. Beede was the Massachusetts High School Player of the Year in 2011, while Wiseman was the Massachusetts Player of the Year in 2012 so it’s always nice to have some home grown talent on the roster.
Meanwhile 4 players are tentatively slated to return to Lowell Park for their 2nd summer on the Cape led by catcher Aramis Garcia of Florida International along with pitchers Jordan Ramsey of UNC Wilmington, Adam McCreery of Arizona State and Patrick Corbett of Coastal Carolina.
While many things can come into play between now and June, it looks extremely promising for this early in the season. One word of caution though—-no one has ever won a title on paper and while talent is critical, chemistry and working together is even more important.
Finally a few quick thoughts and notes from around the CCBL that may or may not interest you.
Jeff Trundy will be returning for his 18th year with the Falmouth Commodores after being released earlier this off season. The Commodores had a major shakeup in their Board of Directors after the reversal of the move which fired Trundy in early September.
Dan Dunn, the son in law of Bourne GM Chuck Sturtevant, is the new President of the Braves organization.
Nice to see good guy Bob Corradi get the Lifetime Achievement Award at the CCBL Hall of Fame ceremonies earlier this month.
Still trying to figure out how Coach Roberts was bypassed for the 2012 CCBL Coach of the Year Award after leading the Kettleers to a 30 win season.
Kettleers Korner will be anything and everything that might interest fans, past and present, about the Kettleers. Roy Reiss, who started his career working for Curt Gowdy Broadcasting, was a former sportscaster on Channel 7 and several radio stations in Boston. His son Mike now covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.