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Support David Sanchez

David Sanchez is one of three rookie players for the 2018 Boston Renegades.  He is a 40 year old rookie and has fallen in love with the game of beep baseball.  This former Sargent in the 82nd Airborne division lost his sight to RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa).  Baseball is in his blood.  He grew up playing ball in Puerto Rico.  While there, he was even a bat boy for the National Puerto Rican team.  One of his cousins was drafted to play for the Angels.  He also is friends with a coach in the Major Leagues for the Astros.  Yup, it’s in his veins!

If you would like to support David in his first ever World Series, Please follow the green arrow and push the donate now button from the left nav bar!  When filling out the form, there is a button to make the donation in honor of someone.  Here you can choose to make it in David’s honor.


David needs your help to get to the World Series.  All funds raised will help cover his airfare, hotels, team registration fee and his share of the team van and gas.  Here is a short video shot by Hunter Weissman we hope you enjoy


How Is David doing for the team?

He became the first ever Renegade to score on the first pitch thrown to him against the Rochester Pioneers in Rochester.  On the season, Sanchez has played in 6 games and is hitting .364.  He is on pace to have the 7th best batting average in team history as a rookie.  Please consider helping him get to the Series!

David on Fox 25

You may have seen David on Fox25 this weekend.  If you are out of town or missed it, check him and his teammates out at this link.  David is wearing #48!


Renegades traveled to Tewksbury to play in a charitable game

Support from Tewksbury for the Renegades

On July 3, 2018 the Renegades traveled to Tewksbury to play in a charitable game hosted by the Tewksbury Lions club for the first time ever. The opponent for the Gades was the Tewksbury Fire Department. The Lions club donated $500 to the Renegades to help further their funds to get to the World Series. 

It was a well played game between the two teams with the Renegades beating the Fire Department 5-2. The Players for the Fire Department were scared at first when they stepped into the box but once they saw their teammates make contact, they were excited to step in. Coaches Ron Cochran and Hunter Weissman were the pitcher and catcher for both teams. There was a large crowd of over 50 people looking on in excitement and were very intrigued. After the game there were festivities including fireworks for the 4th of July. The Renegades thank both the Lions club for the huge donation and the Fire department for taking the time to host them. It was a lot of fun and hopefully more charity events will happen just like this once in the future.

The Tewksbury Lions donate a check of $500 to the Renegades as member os the Lions, Tewksbury Fire department and Renegades participate in the check ceremony


Our Goal In the Event

The Renegades wanted to spread awareness of the sport to others in the area. Not only spreading awareness but also showing people that not just sighted people can play baseball. We want to put the word ability within the word disability. The crowd was very fascinated by what the Renegades do and how they play. Whenever a great play was made the crowd couldn’t help but cheer even when they weren’t supposed to during the play. Even the Volunteer umpires were having a good time in learning the rules and officiating the game. All of these things give these people an experience they won’t forget.

Media from the event

The story got picked up in a few papers.  Below are links to the stories

Though we are unable to find the article on the web, we did get a copy of it in writing

MIDDLESEX – Though finally earning redemption in a rematch years later, Boston Renegades veteran Joseph Quintanilla beat himself up for close to seven years over a booted ground ball during tournament play versus a rival Colorado squad back in 2009.

So when the seasoned Beep Baseball leaguer shows up at Livingston Field on July 3 with the rest of his Boston Renegades teammates, Tewksbury’s firefighters might want to reconsider the contest’s billing as a festive exhibition match during the community’s Fourth of July celebrations.

“I think they’ll have a different appreciation for team work,” quipped Quintanilla jokingly, when asked what members of Tewksbury Firefighters’ Local 1647 should expect.  “If they have a chance, we have a lot of problems on our team to work on.”

“Baseball is a big part of our nation’s history and culture.  So I think it’s pretty neat that as part of the town’s Fourth of July celebration, we’re [taking part in our national pastime],” he later said.  “It’s a chance for us to showcase our talent.”

Being sponsored by the Tewksbury Lions Club, the free-of-charge event, to take place on July 3 at 6 p.m. on Tewksbury’s Obden Field at Livington Street, will feature some unique rule tweaks of America’s favorite pastime, as the Boston Renegades is New England’s only blind baseball team.

The National Beep Baseball Association was founded in 1976 as a way for visually-impaired adults to partake in a distinctly American rite-of-passage that had until that point been denied to many blind and visually-impaired participants as youths.

In an innovative accommodation, pitchers toss a beeping ball towards blindfolded batters, who hone into the sound to make contact.  Pitchers, before winding up and releasing the oversized softball, also yell out, “ready,” and “pitch,” which further allows batters to make adjustments.

“It’s all about timing.  I don’t know when the pitcher is actually releasing the ball, but after swinging and missing or swinging and fouling it off, I can adjust my timing based on that cadence,” explained Quintanilla.

“I don’t know if it helped my game, because it’s specifically developed for the blind.  But we’re used to relying on our other senses.  So we’re running and feeling how the grass feels under our feet, and we’re used to doing things based on sound,” he further elaborated.

Other significant changes from traditional baseball involves the size of the team – only six players are on the diamond –  as well as methods of fielding, base running, and scoring.

In Beep Baseball, only first and third bases are utilized.  Once a ball is put in play, the batter is instructed by random selection, again through a sound cue, to run to one of those blue markers (which stand five-feet tall).

If the batter can reach that base before the ball is fielded, the offense scores a run.  Should a fielder catch a fly ball, the entire side is retired.  Parts of the field are also broken down by numbers, and spotters yell out to fielders where a batted ball is heading.

With more than 30 active teams scattered across the United States, the National Beep Baseball Association regularly sponsors events across the country and hosts an annual World Series featuring a knock-out style tournament with as many as 24 squads playing head-to-head.

This year’s national championship will be held in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on July 29 through Aug. 5.

Some true dirt dogs

According to Lions Club Treasurer Jerry Selissen, he first watched a few clips of past Boston Renegades games and other Beep Baseball contests more than a year ago.

Watching batters launching balls into the field and fielders responding by recklessly sprawling out onto the dirt, Selissen has been trying ever since to convince the New England team to come to Tewksbury.

“I’ve been trying to set this up for over a year now, and I’m so excited to finally see it happen,” said the former Tewksbury selectman and town moderator.  “Go watch some of the clips on YouTube.  It’s intense.”

In a separate interview, Quintanilla, who heading into his 18th season is the most-seasoned player on the Renegades, promised spectators will be impressed by the competitive-spirit and athleticism displayed next week on the baseball diamond.

“They’ll enjoy watching it.  What we hear all the time from people is [they’re surprised by how] challenging and extremely athletic it is,” said the 42-year-old sport veteran.

Joining the Boston Renegades in 2001, not long after the team’s founding, Quintanilla is no stranger to athletics, as the Cambridge native is a former Boston Marathon runner who was part of Team USA in the 1996 Paralympics.

The Cambridge Ridnge & Latin School alumnus has also been inducted into the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame for his exploits as an 11-season participant in track and field and cross country.  He went on to Boston College, where he continued in the sport.

However, despite those athletic accomplishments, Quintanilla, who is legally blind but can see some shadows and outlines, always longed to play baseball.  But after trying his hand at the sport a few times as a child, he gave up.

“Because of my extremely limited eyesight, I could never play little league.  I did play wiffle ball in gym class or with friends, but I could never see well enough.  I would swing so late on it, it would either foul off or be a little dribbler,” he said.

Fast forward to his introduction to Beep Baseball, Quintanilla, known by his teammates as “Joe Q”, has finally been able to live out that childhood dream.  And as the all-time Boston Renegades leader in games played, at bats, and runs scored, the Medford resident takes his craft seriously.

“We’re fierce competitors. We’re not doing it for exercise or to meet people.  We all live baseball,” said the team veteran.  “And if there’s anybody out there who’s blind and interested in baseball, we’d like to let them know about our team.  As long as you come to practice and are willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter.”

Back to our mission

A former town selectman who focused his passion for community activism into the non-profit upon his retirement from political life, Selissen considers the July 3 exhibition match as a chance to highlight the Lions Club’s underlying humanitarian mission.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.  “From my perspective, it never ceases to amaze me to see how people can overcome their disabilities.  And it’s great for the Tewksbury Lions Club to be doing what we should be doing: Bringing attention and awareness to people with vision problems.”

With the Lions Club long-known for its efforts to eliminate blindness and improve vision health, Selissen sees the promotion of those causes as more appropriate given Tewksbury’s connections to Anne Sullivan, a one-time Tewksbury State Hospital patient who went on to become the world-famous tutor of Helen Keller, who had been blind and deaf since she was 19-months-old.

In 1985, Tewskbury town officials paid homage to Sullivan and Keller by dedicating a memorial to the teacher and her famous pupil on the Town Common.  The sculpture, dedicated during the 250th anniversary of the town’s 1764 founding, tries to capture the momentous breakthrough in 1887, when Sullivan communicated “water” to her student by running water over her hands while spelling out the word.

Decades later, Keller, a famous author and social activist for the disabled, would convince Lions Club members to take on her cause by becoming, ‘knights of the blind in [the] crusade against darkness”.

This year, the Tewksbury volunteer group raised $7,000 for the Massachusetts Lions’ Research Foundation for macular degeneration.  The local Lions also recently sent about 700 pairs of eyeglasses to Guatemala, while it hopes to begin a new campaign to help those with vision problems in Haiti.

According to Selissen, who will soon become the local Lions’ Club President, the service group is also raising money to purchase a Lens Meter, which will help in identifying the prescription types of donated prescription eyeglasses.

Jet Blue has given back to the Renegades

Jet Blue has a program called “Jet Blue for Good” and Jet Blue has given back to the Renegades.  For the 2018 season, Jet Blue will donate six round trip airfare tickets to the Renegades helping the team get to the World Series in Eu Claire, Wisconsin.  This will save the team over $2,000 or about 15% of the World Series budget!   Perfect timing considering they just started flying direct from Boston to Minneapolis!

Jet Blue Community Connection

jet blue logo2018 will mark the second year Jet Blue has been helping the Renegades with airfare and donations.  Jet Blue is a company that believes in giving back to the community and social responsibility.  They have many programs but they also support their employees volunteering initiatives.  All of this is a tribute to the work of Aaron Proctor who has been working with Jetblue for over eight years.

Aaron returned to the Renegades as a volunteer during the 2017 season.  He was a big part of the organization from 2009-2011 and we were excited to get him back on the field this past season.  Jet Blue works with Aaron to track his volunteer time.  The more time Aaron puts in, the more they have donated to the team.  They donated $1,000 to the team in 2016 as well

Aaron – on the field

Aaron has been a huge asset to the squad in 2017 both on and off the field.  On the field, he joined our defensive calling ranks  calling in nine games from the right side in New Jersey, Woburn and the World Series.

To those who don’t know beep ball, this means he led the first base side of our defense which consists of three blind players.  His role is a combination of strategy, safety and in some ways is like an air traffic controller. Strategically he helps the players prepare for the hitter, making sure they are standing in the right spots. When a ball is hit, he quickly yells a number between one and six to designate the location of the ball.  Speed and accuracy are critical to give his team a chance to make the out on the defense.  When he does his job right, the players relax and can move freely with minimal concerns of collisions.

Boston was 9-0 with Aaron calling on the right side.  Not bad for a guy who just started calling this year!  A constant presence at our Sunday practices, Aaron became a key part of our defensive coaching team.  Never shy to give feedback and quick with a sarcastic sense of humor, Aaron fits in well with this squad.

Bring your job to help the team

The Renegades have been fortunate over the past few years to get volunteers who bring their career expertise to the team helping in that role.  We have had personal trainers, physical therapists, nurses, and doctors help us get players in shape and keep them healthy enough to play at a competitive level.  Project managers have been involved running tournaments and organizing events.  Web site administrators have helped us build our web site.  We have even had public relation experts in the fold to help the Renegades get media attention.

Aaron – off the field

Aaron has been a key player in helping the Renegades save money.  He and Justen Proctor took the reigns in organizing all of the travel for the Renegades and became our traveling secretaries.  Since travel is his job, he knows many of the ins and outs.  Aaron helped us book all of our airfare to Chicago and West Palm Beach and worked with the groups department at Jet Blue to accomplish this.

We put Aaron to the test this year and he passed with flying colors.  Arron enabled the Renegades to do something for the first time in 17 years.  We were able to shuttle people in and out of Florida during the World Series as Melissa Hoyt and Jamie Dickerson both spent a few days with the team.  Allowing more Renegades to participate at the World Series was possible because of Aaron Proctor’s hard work.  Anyone that organizes travel for 20+ people knows how much time this can take.

Beyond booking travel, Aaron helped get all of our supplies for all three trips before the team arrived.  This meant he collected funds and shopped for the team so when we landed all of our snacks, drinks and field paint was waiting for us.  Not only that, but he was at the airport with a rental van waiting to pick the team up when it arrived.  He even became the grill master at the World Series where he cooked burgers for the entire team.

Picture of Aaron Proctor and a shirt from Jet Blue that reads "Inspiring Humanity" Jet Blue for Good

Aaron and Jet Blue for good

We can’t thank Aaron enough for all he does for the team.  JetBlue should be proud of the commitment to community that Aaron has made.  Aaron volunteered countless hours organizing trips for the team, attending practices and traveling with the team.  We are grateful for this amazing donation by Jet Blue.  It will allow opportunity for us to bring more players to the World Series. It will help the team compete and grow for the future.

Corporate donations like this are very helpful to a non profit organization.  We thank Jet Blue for the generous giving.  Jet Blue is up for good!  To learn more about Jet Blue’s corporate responsibility go to their web site here

Sullivan & Worcester to play the Renegades on June 21

A rare put out against the Renegades from the S&W softball team!

For the fifth year in a row the Sullivan & Worcester LLP softball team will take on the Renegades in an exhibition game.  The Renegades have owned these Lawyers on the field for the first four years of play.  Its a great opportunity for these Lawyers to try and play the sport of baseball without their vision and a good opportunity for the Renegades to get some work in.  We always have a great time playing this game as we often times let the lawyers play without their blind fold when they hit to make the game more exciting if they can’t hit it with the blind fold on.  Running with the blindfold and playing defense is always the challenge.

A short video from the event in 2013

Sullivan & Worcester is a prominent Boston-based full service law firm with offices in Boston, New York and Washington, DC.  For the law firm, this game is a team building exercise for the summer associate class teamed up with veteran lawyers and staff.    The night will start with a clinic and be followed by a game.  The night will begin at 6:30 PM with warm ups  and we hope to start the game around 7:15 at Moxley Field located at 31 Westminster Avenue in Watertown

Sullivan and Worcester having a great time on the sidelinesThe Renegades want to thank this firm for their continued support of the Renegades.  This Law firm is one of the biggest individual contributors to the Renegades fundraising efforts and we are grateful for their support!

We need your help! Looking for volunteers to help with two events

We need your help!  We are looking for volunteers to help us with two events.  If you have a few hours to spare, we have two events where we need some help to make the event a success.

Beep Baseball Tournament – Looking for Volunteers: Umpires needed

The Woburn Host Lions are hosting six teams in the regions biggest beep baseball tournament in history.  We will have 6 teams competing to be crowned the best team on the east coast.  We will be running three different games at the same time and need at least 15 volunteers to make this work for three different time slots.  Come be a part of history and watch some of the regions most inspiring athletes! (Please note we play in many weather conditions including drizzle, showers and sometimes rain.)

Photo of the 4 teams who competed in Woburn in 2015. We are looking for Volunteers to help with the event in 2017

Photo of the 4 teams who competed in Woburn in 2015. We are looking for Volunteers to help with the event in 2017

When:  Saturday July 8 All day:  time slots for games are roughly 8:40-11:30 am, 11:10 am-1:30 pm and 2:10-4:30 pm

Where:  Joyce Middle School located at 55 Locust street in Woburn

What we are looking for: We need the following roles:

Field umpires – these volunteers will stand in the field and help the home plate umpire make the right decision on when a defensive player has made the stop.  These people must be mobile, have good eye sight and be able to stand on their feet for about 2 hours. This person will be exposed to the sun and or rain

Base umpires – The volunteers will stand in foul territory and help the home plate umpire determine exactly when a base runner touches the base.  They will also make sure the base is set up before the next play so the hitter can hear the buzzer inside the base.   These volunteers need to have good eye sight and the willingness to stand in bad weather conditions.  They can easily be seated in a chair between innings if needed

Base Switch operators – These volunteers will sit behind home plate and be in charge of setting the bases off when the ball is pitched using a switch.  This role merely requires good hearing and the ability to flick a switch consistently at the same time.  This person will also be under a canopy to protect the base switch from the elements and will be seated for the duration of the game

Sign up here:

Rock Climbing fundraiser – Looking for Volunteers: Belayers needed!

Central Rock Gym is hosting this event to help us raise money to travel to Chicago and the World Series this year:

A rock climber being belayed. We are looking for volunteers to help us belay in April

When:  Saturday April 22 from 12:30-4:00

Where:  Central Rock Gym, Watertown located at 74 Acton Street, Watertown

What we are looking for: We need help to belay our climbers.  This involves holding the ropes and helping the climbers enjoy the event.  You do not need experience but must be physically able to do the job.  We have a belay class that will start at 12:30 where you will receive training.  This is free and will also help you if you ever want to climb on your own with friends.  The event begins at 1:00 for the climbers.

Sign up here:



Touch the top: Rock Climbing with the Renegades at Central Rock Gym Saturday, April 22

Flyer with details about the Renegade rock Climbing event

Have you ever wanted to try Rock Climbing?

Have you ever wanted to support your favorite blind baseball team, the Boston Renegades?  Here is a chance to do both!  Join the Boston Renegades for an afternoon of Rock Climbing at Central Rock Gym in Watertown, Mass on Saturday April 22nd from 1:00-4:00 in the afternoon.  Central Rock Gym is partnering with the Renegades for the third year and is offering you a special price that  is lower than if you walked off the street to climb!  100% of the funds go to the Renegades and 100% of the fun goes to you!


Ben Coiner and Jamie Dickerson prepare Aqil Sajjad to climb the wall at Central Rock Gym in 2016

All proceeds from the event go to help fund the Renegades as they travel to the World Series in West Palm Beach Florida to compete against the top teams of beep baseball around the country and chase a dream for a World Championship

Included in your $35 experience are:

  • Free Belaying class at noon before the rock climbing event
  • Climbing Equipment
  • Food & Drink
  • Free belay for visual impaired climbers

Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette scales the wall at Central Rock Gym in 2016

Whether you are a first time rock climber, or have been climbing for years, support the Renegades and climb with them.

• Challenge yourself and climb with a blindfold
• Create team building experience for your family and friends
• Exercise and have fun and support a great charity!
• A chance to win fun prizes in our raffle


Saturday April 22nd from 1:00-4:00 in the afternoon


Central Rock Gym is located at 74 Acton Street in Watertown, Massachusetts

Pre-registration is required.  Please make sure to sign your waiver form and make your payment here:  Please use this link to sign up.

Would you like to volunteer to help that day?

If you are interested in Volunteering to help us belay:  Please sign up here

Thank You!

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors for this event!



If you have any questions, Please contact us at

We hope to see you at the top!!!

Bowl-a-thon fundraiser for the Renegades on January 28th

Cartoon of a logo for Bowl-a-thon

Come support the Boston Renegades by bringing your friends and family for an afternoon of bowling at our Bowl-a-thon fundraiser.  Thanks to the Woburn Host Lions, we have partnered with the Woburn Bowladrome to host the event.  Proceeds from this event will go to help support the Renegades’ expenses for the 2017 season,  during which we plan to travel to Lincroft, NJ, Bolingbrook, IL and West Palm Beach Florida.  The cost of the event is $35 per person.

Details of the Bowl-a-thon


Woburn Bowladrome located at 32 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA  01801


Saturday, January 28th from 12-2 PM.  Registration opens at 11:30am

Your $35 donation includes two frames of Candlepin Bowling, 2 slices of Pizza and a soft drink.  It is also a donation to the team to help us with our travel expenses.  We encourage people to pre-register.  Pre-registration does not cost anything, but it will help us plan for the food and help expedite your process of getting onto a lane on the day of the event.  Please bring cash or a check made out to Association of Blind Citizens.  We are unable to accept credit card payments at this time.

Pre-register for the Bowl-a-thon

You can register for the Bowl-a-thon using either of the methods listed below.   Pre-registration will really help us plan the number of lanes we need and amount of food to purchase.   Teams will be comprised of five individuals.  Team Captains, please list put your team name on the eventbrite pre-registration form.

Do you use Facebook?

We have set up a Facebook event so that you can see who is coming and you can invite people to join us. If you plan to go to the event and are on Facebook, please purchase a ticket by pre-registering on that page.  The Facebook pre-registration will take you to an event we have created on Eventbrite where you can enter your information, what team you may be bowling on, which Renegade you are supporting and truly help us plan better.  The Facebook link is here.

If you don’t use facebook, join us on Eventbrite

If you are not on Facebook, you can go straight to the Eventbrite event to register, here.


Please contact  Joe Quintanilla (, Larry Haile (, or any Boston Renegades team member.

Jet Blue donates $1,000 to the Boston Renegades

Aaron Proctor pictured here umpiring a game against the Woburn Lions in 2011Aaron Proctor, joined the Renegades in the 2009 season and was a full time coach during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.  During that time, Aaron donated countless hours as a volunteer on and off the field.  While on the field, Aaron was generally helping us to run base running and defensive drills.  Though he did not have a baseball background he was eager to pitch in and help and was able to work the guys hard.  Off the field, Aaron was always eager to help.  He helped the team edit some coaching videos as well as put together a program that we gave out to people attending our first home tournament in 2010.  He was also a big presence in helping a few of the guys on the teams with rides to and from practice.  During this part of his life, he also started to work with Jet Blue as he had needed a break from his career in being a Pharmacist.

This season, Aaron could not participate as he wanted to because of conflicts with his work schedule.  Though he was unable to be part of the official practices, he made sure that Justen Proctor was there.  He also helped us during some side session work outs leading up to the world Series.  Sometimes, shooting video, sometimes shagging balls, or even calling in defensive drills.  Aaron was also with us for a few days of the World Series to lend a hand on the bench during games.  Aaron has hopes of being more involved with the team in the 2017 season.

For Aaron’s work with the Renegades, Jet Blue awarded him and the team a $1,000 grant through a program called JetBlue For Good.  Jet Blue for good Celebrated Philanthropy Month in November. This commemorative month recognizes philanthropy and those who actively volunteer in their various communities.  We are thankful for their contribution to our program.  For more information on their program and the programs they chose to support please go to Jet Blue for Good 

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September 11 – Come join us in Woburn for a game and a party


The Woburn Lions pitch to their own team and we allow them to take their blindlofd off if they can’t hit it…but they must run with the blind fold on…which is normally pretty funny to watch


Taking hacks with a blindfold on is not easy


Its very rare for a Lion to make a play on defense…but it does happen..and they get better every year!


Bryan Grillo is the Renegade who introduced us tot he Woburn Host Lions so its fitting he and the Lion are in this picture.

On Sunday, September 11th at 12:00 in Woburn, the Woburn Host Lions will be taking on the Renegades in a charity beep baseball game.  The game will take place at the Joyce Middle School located at 55 Locust Street in Woburn Mass.  The game will end at 1:30 and after this, the group will go to the Crowne Plaza Hotel located in Woburn at 15 Middlesex Canal Park Dr for a post party.  Come join the Renegades and the Lions for an afternoon of beep baseball and then grab some food afterwards at the Crowne Plaza and celebrate the Renegades amazing 2016 season.

The Woburn Host Lions have been working with the Renegades since the 2009 season.  Every year they run an event with the Renegades.  They have played us in numerous games.  They have sponsored an afternoon at the movies where we debuted our documentary on the screen (and our coach got engaged in front of the crowd as a surprise to all).   They have also hosted multiple games with out of town NBBA teams including the 2015 Beast of the East title tournament.  This year, they are looking to celebrate our success with us.  We invite all Renegade family and friends to join us for a fun game and to celebrate with the Renegades on their successful 2016 season!