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Boston Renegades will partner with the National Baseball Hall of Fame in August

Renegades heading to Cooperstown

On Saturday, August 18th, the Boston Renegades will partner with the National Baseball Hall of Fame to help people learn about the sport of Beep baseball.  We are very excited to work with the Hall to show off the sport of beep baseball.  All of this has been in the making for years.

After years of establishing a relationship with the hall and talking about ideas, Things came together when a book was published.  The first ever book about beep Baseball called Beep, Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind helped make this day possible.

How?  In the fall of 2017, Rob Weissman was at a film festival in Cooperstown.  While there, he learned about a series of events designed for baseball books. Always passionate about the sport, he jumped on the phone to call David Wanczyk.  Wanczyk had to wipe the drool off his chin when he heard about this opportunity.  At these events, baseball authors come read from their book. Wanczyk struck at this like a cobra at a mouse. Fast and furious.  In the spring of 2018, this book became part of the 2018 Author series.

Next it was Weissman’s turn to spring into action.  Just as he does with a foul tip, this catcher quickly was on the horn with Shirley Tyler.  The two of them designed a program about the sport to delight all who attend the museum on that day.  Tyler and Weissman have come up with a program for the day of August 18th called the Beep Baseball Bash that includes the following agenda:

The Beep Baseball Bash Agenda

  • 10:00 am – Learn the rules and hear the stories – Come listen to members of the Boston Renegades talk about how the sport of Beep Baseball is played; listen to stories of how they lost their vision and what playing for the Renegades has meant to their lives both on and off the field.
  • 11:00 AM Learning Center Join us for an open hour in the Learning Center. Stop by to check out what a ball sounds like, feel a base used for the blind. Strap on a blindfold and imagine what it would be like playing the outfield with just your ears to guide you. See a bat used by The Renegades superstar, Christian Thaxton who set a league record batting .897 in the 2017 World Series. We will have other artifacts to help you experience the sport of Beep Baseball where the umps can see and the players can’t.
  • 1:00 PM Author Series -Author David Wanczyk will explore his new book called Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind. Wanczyk illuminates the sport of blind baseball to show us a remarkable version of America’s pastime. With specially made balls squealing three times per second and with bases that buzz, baseball for the blind is both innovative and intense. And when the best “beep” baseball team in America, the Austin Blackhawks, take on their international rival from Taiwan, no one is thinking about disability. Instead, the book reveals a story of athletes who are playing all out to win a championship. Following by a book signing in the Library Atrium. Presentation at 1 pm. Book signing at 1:30 pm.
  • 2:00 Beep Baseball Demonstration– The Renegades will be doing a live demo of the sport outside by the library, to allow the museum visitors to strap on a blindfold and try out their hearing skills to find out what a Seeing-Eye single sounds like on defense, or you can look for a base by using just your ears
  • 7:00 Movie Night – The Renegades: A Beep Baseball Story -At 7pm, wrap up a day of Beep Baseball back in the Bullpen Theater as we show an award-winning documentary filmed about the Boston Renegades. This 74-minute film is about the awe-inspiring sport of Beep Baseball that has blind athletes hitting baseballs and diving headlong into buzzing bases. Beyond the games it’s about the people and their stories. The film looks at hope, heartache and what it means to play as a team. Mix in a fierce New York/Boston rivalry, an international World Series and a coach whose style can be described as “tough-love” and you have great non fiction entertainment. Watch this film and you will feel the passion that is the Boston Renegades! The film will be followed with a question and answer period from players and coaches who were in the film.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame is promoting this day on their web site and that can be found here:

 

Good things come to those who wait

To get to where we are for August 18th, we need to look back at the relationship with the Hall.  We have had an amazing relationship with them over the years.  The Hall has helped us tell the story of beep baseball.  They have also helped many of us feel like special honored guests!  Nobody on this team would ever had thought they would have an opportunity to tell their story in Cooperstown.  We do hope that some day, the Hall will consider an exhibit about disability and baseball.  They could honor MLB greats who played with disabilities like Jim Abbott (pitched with one hand), Jim Eisenriech (Tourette syndrome) and Pete Gray (one arm) to name a few.  Maybe they could tell the story of Beep baseball, Disabled Vets playing Softball, Wheel chair baseball.  There are many stories about a sport that lives in America’s past time and our blood.  Maybe this is the beginning!

The Hall plays our Documentary in 2013

In the fall of 2013, a documentary about the Renegades was chosen to play at the Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival.  Our documentary, Renegades, A Beep Baseball Story played to a crowd in the bullpen theater.  The Hall went all out and helped make sure the players had access to see and feel artifacts at the Baseball Hall of Fame.  We wrote a short piece about our experience from September, 2013 that can be read here.

While there for the weekend, We met Larry Moore of the Education department.  Larry, a Native of Western, Mass became a fan of the Renegades.  He had a connection with our team and has found multiple ways to help the team and the sport.

The Show hits the road and comes to Watertown in 2014

Larry Moore came to Watertown in the spring of 2014 to share some of the baseball artifacts with the Renegades.  In his traveling show case, he had bats, gloves, baseballs and uniforms from different eras. Through these artifacts, Moore brought baseball to life in it’s early years.  He shared stories of baseball past and even baseball present. Larry gave an opportunity for each and every Renegade to feel the artifacts and even try them on.  Many of the Renegades and their family attended.  It was a blast for all who came that night.  Larry Moore has become a Renegade fan!

Larry Moore Shows off a Replica Boston uniform from the Early 1900’s

Coaches Lisa Andrews and Brian Cutler check out some old style fingerless baseball gloves

Former players, Damon Graff and Inky get some laughs holding some old bats

Artifacts into the Hall of Fame for Austin in 2014

Brandon Chesser of the Austin Blackhawks stands with his son in front of his shirt and gloves and the ball he caught for the final out of the 2014 World Series

After our trip to the Hall in 2013, we learned how the Hall tells stories through it’s artifacts.  After watching our film, Museum Curator, Tom Shieber was generous with his time  and wanted to help us tell our story.  Tom and Rob Weissman brainstormed some ideas of stories to tell and how to tell them.

Obtaining something from the final out of the title game was an idea.  We set a plan in play to have a league official get that ball.  That was not an easy sell at first. When Brandon Chesser was told Cooperstown was calling, it surely softened the blow.  We also found the Hall wanted more artifacts to effectively tell this story. Brandon Chesser’s shirt and glove and blindfold were procured because those items help tell his story and give life to the sport.  To finish off the story we worked with John Lykowski to get pictures of that final play.  These artifacts went into the hall that fall.  In fact, some of these artifacts were put on a  display for a traveling Hall of Fame showcase that stopped at many locations around the country.  

A Return Visit in 2015 to the Hall of Fame

A few of the Renegades pose with Brandon’s shirt at the Hall of fame

With the world Series in Rochester, NY in August of 2015. We made plans to put on a short program at the Baseball Hall of Fame on the way home.  After a grueling week of beepball, many Renegades made a detour to Cooperstown to share stories of the sport.  The Bullpen theater was ours for about an hour.  We shared some stories with members of the hall, explained the game.  Brandon Chesser from Austin joined us on stage to discuss the game.  While there, we saw the donation we helped make happen of Brandon’s uniform.  We wrote about that experience in two different blog posts.

Read about our experience on this trip and watch a video of Bryan Grillo and Guy addressing the crowd in the bullpen theater

Read an article written by the Hall of Fame about our team and the sport of beep baseball

Thaxton’s bat goes into the Hall of Fame in 2017

Rob donates a bat used by Christian Thaxton to Shirley Tyler of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to represent his record batting average at the World Series

Our very own christian Thaxton set a record in 2017.  He broke a record from 1996 for the highest batting average in a world series.  That record now stands at .897 (26-29) and is proudly owned by a Boston Renegade.  The Hall accepted his bat into the museum.  In fact, his bat was bent because it could not handle the power of his bat speed and the weight of the beep baseball.  We explored that honor in our blog post here with photos.  We were so thankful that Tom Shieber went to bat for us to get this accepted.  We also had a chance to meet Shirley Tyler in person.  This set off the idea of doing a program about beep baseball in the hall for a day….in 2018.  Which brings us back to the top of this page for the Beep Baseball Bash!

 

Many thanks to Tom Shieber, Shirley Tyler, Andrew Distler and Larry Moore for all of the help they have provided through the years to bring Beep Baseball to the Hall of Fame!

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.

Reactions to the Book Signing events

David Wanczyk brings BEEP to three Boston Book Signing events

David Wanczyk is the author of the incredible story “Beep Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind” and he was in town recently for three book signing events. A magazine article was his inspiration for the writing his book.  He wanted to learn more about the stories of the players and the game of Beep Baseball.  In 2012, David traveled to the Beep Baseball World Series and fell in love with it. In his book, Wanczyk  featured our favorite hometown team the Boston Renegades as one of four teams he follows over his journey.

Recently, Wanczyk traveled to the Boston area to give book readings to the community.  There were a total of three book signing events. The first event was in Cambridge at Porter Square Books where David read to almost fifty people. The crowd enjoyed every second of it. The second event was in Acton which hosted a slightly smaller but more generous crowd, who truly enjoyed the reading.  Dave’s biggest crowd was in Amherst where more than 60 people listened to his tales.  David is a true inspiration to the game. It is a huge step forward for the Beep Baseball community.  We would like to thank him.

We were able to live stream the event from The Silver Unicorn Book Store in Acton for those who were unable to attend.  You can watch that video here:

Here is David Wanczyk on BEEP:

Renegades in BEEP

The Renegades were one of many teams featured in this book. A few of its players, Joe McCormick, Guy Zuccarello, Larry Haile, and Coach Rob Weissman were main focus points for David Wanczyk. The Renegade’s story begins with a tale about Joe McCormick.  Wanczyk dives into Joe’s life and how he handled his vision loss during his Senior Year of High School.  He takes you to Georgia to meet the Renegades as they took on Taiwan and RHI Extreme.   Wanczyk comes back to the Renegades bench in 2014 in Rochester, Minnesota for games against Austin, Carolina and the Bayou City Heat. This book isn’t just about the game, but the ability in the word disability. The game of Beep Baseball is such an inspiration, and hopefully more and more people can join the community of Beep.

Coaches and Players Reactions About BEEP

At the book signing events, especially the first one, many coaches, players, and even former players were there. Former players included, Darren Black, Joey O’Neil, and JJ Ward. Below are some reactions of Peg Bailey, David Sanchez, and Joey O’Neil about the book and the experience of hearing the book readings.

Renegades show how we bring Ability to the word disability

21st Century Learning Conference at Nipmuc

Picture of Rob Weissman, Guy Zuccarello, Joe Yee, Hunter Weissman, Ron Cochran, David Sanchez and Rob Thayer

6 Renegades come to suppor Ron at his High School and were given Nipmuc Athletic shirts as a gift from their Sports Director

On June 13th, six Renegades traveled to Nipmuc High School in Upton MA to participate in an annual even called the 21st Century Learning Conference.  These full-day events held on the Upton Campus create opportunities for students to learn from business, collegiate and community partners.  During this event these partners create learning experiences students may not otherwise access while in High School.  Exploring Disability was a request from the students.  Beth Hennessy, a teacher at the school and program coordinator is also a Lion.  She knew about the Renegades and knew that her colleague, Ron Cochran did much more than teach AP math. He is s pitcher of the Boston Renegades.  She knew they could show students about ability within a disability.

Our role in the event

The eventual goal was for Ron Cochran and the Renegades to teach two groups of  roughly 3o students about putting the word “ability” in disability.   We were a little nervous.  After all, what if Ron flunked some of these kids?  Would they want to get back at him?  Of course, things were fine as apparently, Ron is pretty popular in school and many of the kids wanted the chance to do something athletic. Head coach Rob Weissman along with coach Hunter Weissman, players David Sanchez, Robert Thayer, Joe Yee, and Guy Zuccarello taught the kids the basics of hitting, fielding, and base running.

We hosted two sets of roughly 30 students who were from all four classes (Freshman to Seniors). Hitting is the sexy part of the game and Ron Cochran pitched dead balls to the kids wearing blindfolds. Joe and Hunter helped set the students in the batter’s box and taught them how to listen to the pitcher and adjust their swing. Sanchez and Thayer taught the basics of base running.  The students had a blast and laughed at each other as they tackled the base and timed each other on this 100 foot dash in the dark. The third station was hosted by Guy Zuccarello.  He talked to the students about the anatomy of the game told them  his personal story of vision loss and what the game meant to him.

Message Received – there is ability within a disability

ability within a disability

The Renegades with the 2nd set of students in the afternoon session

Everyone had a great time, but the most important part was to give back to the community.  One message we sent was that no matter who you are, you can do anything you put your mind to. That is also what Beepball is all about. It is doing something incredible that no one thought possible for these people to do. The Renegades strive to put ability within a disability.  Those kids walked out of school on that spring day with an experience they won’t forget.

Exhibition Game vs Tewksbury Firefighters

On July 3rd the Boston Renegades  play will travel to Tewksbury, MA  to play in an exhibition game vs the Tewksbury Firefighters Local 1647.  This game is hosted by the Tewksbury Lions club and is designed to show the ability in disability.  The game will be on Tuesday, July 3rd at 6:00 at 352 Livingston St in Tewksbury,MA

The Renegades always encourage others to bring their friends and families to spread the awareness of this amazing sport. This event was put together by one of our longest tenured Renegades Joseph Quintanilla. The proceeds raised at this game will help the Renegades purchase new equipment and help pay for travel costs to the World Series.

This event will also feature three rookies.

  1. David Sanchez who joined the team back in the Winter of 2018 was a former Sergeant in the 82nd U.S Airborne Division.  He has baseball in his blood as he was a bat boy when he was a kid in Puerto Rico and one of his cousins played professionally for the Angels
  2. Daisy Russell who joined the team in late 2017 was the first of the 2018 Rookie class to join the team and is just the 2nd active female player on the roster.  She is our first player who has played for the Vi- stars goal ball team and the Renegades
  3. Tomas De Tuya who joined the team in the spring of 2018 is the youngest player to join the Renegades at just 17 years of age!  This will be his first game action of his career.
David Sanchez

David Sanchez

Daisy Russell

Daisy Russell

TJ

TJ De Tuya

It’ll be exciting to see how these rookies compete, as well as all the other players out on the field. This is more than just a game to these players. This is the joy that many thought would never happen. These Renegades look to turn naysayers into believers as their journey to a World Series title continues.

Share the event in Facebook

Interested in coming to the event? We have set up a Facebook Event so that you can invite your friends.

https://www.facebook.com/events/246887422725698/

We hope to see you there!

Come see the Renegades play LIVE in Woburn on July 8th

see the Renegades play LIVE - This is the Beast of the East logo with all the 6 teams listed on itCome see the Renegades play Live in Woburn on July 8th!

  • Where:  55 Locust Street at the Joyce Middle School in Woburn, Mass
  • When: Games start at 9:00am  Game two will start roughly at 11:30 and game 3 will be at roughly 2:30.  If we have really bad weather, we will play on Sunday morning
  • What:  This is a tournament to decide who is the best beep baseball team on the East coast.  The Woburn Host Lions will be sponsoring this event and will play host to 6 teams from Boston, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Come see the Region’s biggest baseball tournament for the blind and visually impaired.  Six teams will be competing for the Beast of the East title.  Come check out the live action and bring a lawn chair /or blanket.  See something incredible and inspirational and athletic as these teams compete hard for this title and also prepare for the World Series at the End of July.

If you are unable to attend live, The Renegades will be doing facebook live videos of their games.  Yu can view those games on the Renegades facebook page at this link

Current Standings

These teams have already played three games and these are the current standings

  1. Boston  Renegades 3-0
  2. Long Island 2-1
  3. NJ Titans 2-1
  4. Philly Fire 1-2
  5. NJ Lightning 1-2
  6. Rochester Pioneers 0-3

July 8th Schedule of Games

9:00 am

  • Philly vs Rochester – Field 1
  • Boston vs NJ Titans – Field 2
  • Long Island vs NJ Lightning – Field 3

11:30am

  • Rochester vs NJ Titans – Field 1
  • Boston vs NJ Lightning – Field 2
  • Philly vs Long Island – Field 3

2:30

  • TBD vs TBD – Field 1
  • #1 seed vs #2 seed – Field 2
  • TBD vs TBD – Field 3

 

What is The Beast of the East tournament

The Beast of the East tournament is a two city tournament to determine the best team on the East coast.    The format started in 2010 and is a collaborative effort with the 6 teams involved.  The mission of this tournament is to make beep baseball more prominent on the East coast and to promote the sport to athletes in this area.  The six teams work together to help each other by keeping costs low, helping each other grow our teams and promoting play for athletes in our Cities.  We rotate the cities who host the tournaments every year so the “hosts” can promote the sport in their home town to help with recruiting, sponsors and awareness.  This year, the first leg was held in Lincroft, NJ where the New Jersey Lightning played host.  The second leg is in Woburn, Mass on July 8th.

 

Past Results

Below are the winners of the Beast of the East since its inception.  Note there was no tournament in 2013

  • 2010 – Boston Renegades
  • 2011 – Boston Renegades
  • 2012 – Boston Renegades
  • 2014 – Boston Renegades
  • 2015 – Boston Renegades
  • 2016 – Boston Renegades

Scores from 1st leg of the Beast of the East

 

Boston beat Philly 5-4
Boston beat Long Island 14-3
Boston beat Rochester 4-0

Long Island beat rochester 2-1
Long Island lost to boston 14-3
Long Island beat the titans 8-7

Titans beat the lightning 3-1
Titans beat philly 5-2
Titans lost to long Island 8-7

Philly lost to Boston 5-4.
Philly lost to the Titans 5-2
Philly beat the Lightning 6-0

Lightning lost to the Titans 3-1
Lightning beat Rochester 5-3
Lightning lost to Philly 6-0

Rochester lost to Long island 2-1
Rochester lost to Lightning 5-3
Rochester lost to Boston 4-0

 

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: http://tinyurl.com/volunteering-for-home-game

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:  http://tinyurl.com/volunteering-for-rock-climbing

 

 

Camp Vision visited the Renegades

Just before the 2016 World Series Camp Vision visited the Renegades for a clinic to learn about the sport.  While the team practiced about 20 kids with visual impairments from western Mass came to see what beepball and the Renegades were all about.  Coach Kara Peters joined former players, JJ Ward, Joe Buizon, Aqil Sajjad and Ben Rubenstein in a demonstration of the game.  We taught them a little about running bases, defense and hitting.  The kids also got a chance to see the team practice at full speed.  Its always exciting for our players to give back to the blind community.  Maybe some day, one of these kids becomes a Renegade or a player in our league.  Either way, they have had a chance to experience playing the sport and we hope this helps see what is possible

Kara and Ben teach a camper how to set up at the plate

Kara and Ben teach a camper how to set up at the plate

A camper shows no fear going after the base

A camper shows no fear going after the base

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JJ gives words of wisdom to a young camper before he hits

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Aqil demonstrates how we play defense to the campers

A camper fields a ball while Ben and JJ look on and provide feedback/encouragement

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A group shot of the Renegades (JJ Ward, Aqil Sajjad, Kara Peters, Ben Rubenstein and Joe Buizon) with Camp Vision campers and volunteers

Renegades go to Westfield to put on Beepball clinic- October 15

Thanh from the Renegades helps with a beepball Clinic in Hartford in June at Chapter 126

Thanh Teaches Aaron Vnuk and 2 potential volunteers skills needed on defense in June, 2016 at Chapter 126

The Renegades are trying to help a new team get started in the Western part of the state by putting on a Beepball clinic.  In June, the team travelled to Bristol, Connecticut to put on a demo for Chapter 126 with the hopes of helping them start a team.  On that day three players got the itch to play but more importantly, Chapter 126 was excited to help get a team started.  As the 2016 season was winding down, the team got a call from the Center for Human Development in Western, Mass (CHD).Logo for Chapter 126

CHD wanted the Renegades to come to the Springfield area to put on a clinic to help them grow the sport.  During the conversation we discussed a potential partnership with Chapter 126 due to the work we did in June.  CHD was excited by this idea and the Renegades helped tie these two organizations together since they had a similar mission.

Oc Saturday, October 15th from 12:00-2:00, the Renegades will travel to Westfield to put on a clinic. the event will take place at Stanley Park located at 400 Western Ave in Westfield, Mass.  The event is open to anyone who wants to attend.  If you want to attend, please send us an email at bostonrenegades@gmail.com and in that email provide a phone number so we can contact you if we need to go to a plan B for inclement weather (we have an indoor facility we can use if needed).  We have heard there are more than 15 players registered for this event with at least 7 volunteers interested in helping.  CHD and Chapter 126 have hopes of forming a competitive team in the future and this should be a step in the right direction.

 

Below is a write up from CHD:

Logo for CHDThis beep ball clinic will be for people of all ages who are interested in the game of baseball with a twist. Beep ball was created in 1976 and it has only gotten more popular as of late. In western MA there is about 15-20% of the population who are blind or have a visual impairment. With this being said CHD and Boston Renegades would be a great partnership because with direction and guidance we could make this a yearly clinic and go from there.

Skills that will be taught throughout the 2-hour clinic will be proper stretching techniques, basic rules on how to be a teammate and work together and also the basic rules and positions of beep ball. Fielding and finding a beep ball when hit is going to be a lot of the clinic cause that takes the most skill to get down pat. Also hitting a beep ball off the tee or underhand pitched will be practiced too. Each participant will get a blind fold of some sort to cover their eyes because the object is to participate completely blind and learn from the Professional Boston Renegades. The participants who come from CHD and the surrounding area will be able to look up to these professional beep ball players and set goals for themselves since they see how successful the Renegades athletes are.