Renegades Player and Coach Biographies

The Renegades are built of a team of blind players and sighted volunteers. One thing that makes beepball somewhat unique is the fact the coaching staff acts as both coaches and part of the team. Our sighted help teaches strategy, implements game plans and teaches fundamentals. The sighted help also contributes on the field. Offensively sighted coaches pitch and a catch, acting as a team to help the player hit the ball. Defensively, we have sighted help on the field to help position players and call zones when the ball is put into play, these people are called spotters. The Renegades view the players and coaches as one team.

The Players

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#28 Justen Cantan (2009-2011, 2016 -)
Shorty

Justen moved to Boston from Hawaii to attend college and decided to stay here after graduation. He heard about the team from his younger brother and became interested after talking to a few of the Renegades. Justen (or JC as we call him) did not have much of a background playing organized sports but his competitive side made him into one of the leagues best defensive players. In 2011, JC had a record breaking year on defense. He set a Renegade single season record with 77 stops and he finished third on the defensive all-star team at the World Series with 39 stops in 7 games. Cantan earned his MBA and had to retire from the Renegades as he took a job back in Hawaii.  In 2016, Cantan moved back to New England from Hawaii and will be returning to the Renegades and we are excited to have him back and hope he can flash the “leather” as he still ranks 4th all time in defensive stops with 133 despite not being with the team for the past 4 years

Shawn Devenish

#53 Shawn Devenish (2016-)
Rookie

Shawn becomes the first new player to sign on with the Renegades in 2016.  He played in a scrimmage with he team in the fall of 2015 and was hooked.  Shawn joins the renegades with a deep sports background where he played high school football on both the offensive and defensive lines.  He also ran the 800 and threw the shot put for his track team.  Shawn graduated Westfield state  in 2014 with a degree in Physical Education and recently took a job as a Physical education teacher in his former High School in Salisbury, giving him one of the longer commutes on the team.  He is eager and raring to get started!

Rob Dias

#18 Rob Dias (2014-)
Midfielder, Shorty

Imagine shopping at a mall and having someone come up to you to talk about Beep baseball.  Thats how we recruited Rob this year as Coach Bryan Grillo saw a star in his eyes and just went up and started a conversation.  Rob had seen us play in 2007 and was interested.  He was the captain of his wrestling team in High School and understands what competition and leadership is all about.  When he is not playing beep baseball, Rob works for the Massachusetts office on disability as an advocate for people with disabilities.  Rob does not like to smile in his photos.  Its a start to his intimidation…but the real fear he strikes into his opponents are the bombs leaving his bat.  Rob’s first hit was memorable as it was taken away for a safety concern but that set up his first official run as a walk off hit against the PA Wolfpack.  Defensively,  Rob Set a Renegade rookie record in the field in 2014 as he made 20 defensive stops.  This record had stood since the 2002 season.

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#81 Larry Haile (2006-)
3rd Base, 1st Base, Rover

We call him the “L-Train”. This train was running off the tracks in 2008 as he had a break out year and led the team in runs scored with 20 which more than doubled his production of the previous two seasons. His 2010 season brought him a .490 batting average which is 3rd best all-time in a single season. He is also holds the Renegades 3rd best average in team history at .414. When this train gets rolling, he is hard to stop. Haile became just the third Renegade in team history to score five runs in a game as he led the Renegade offense over the North Carolina Pride in the 2008 World Series. Larry works for the MBTA in Boston. In 2011 this train had two walk-off hits and added some defensive skills to his repertoire. In 2013, he finished the season in a tie with Joe Quintanilla as the all time leader in runs scored for the Renegades with 155.  Not too bad for a guy who was so nervous in his first career game he told coach Rob, “You must be trippin’ when the coach called his number to go into a game.  Larry was interviewed in the second podcast of “The Renegade Report”, which can be heard on SoundCloud.

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#3 Melissa Hoyt (2007-)
1st Base, Rover

Hoyt picked up a bat in spring, 2007 and became the second female player in Renegade history to play in tournament competition. As a child, she played soccer and basketball until her vision loss seemed to put an end to her participation in team sports. “As a kid I was an avid sports fan, following football, basketball and baseball, wishing at times I could be on a team again.” That wish is now reality, as Hoyt brings her desire and her positive attitude to a team sport that allows her to develop her skills and her abilities. Her career highlight was making a big defensive stop in a game against the Pennsylvania Wolfpack in front of a home crowd that included her friends. The smile on her face when she made that stop made every player and coach really feel what this sport is all about.  Melissa was interviewed in the sixth podcast of “The Renegade Report”, which can be heard on SoundCloud.

 Thanh Hunyh

#8 James Thanh Huynh (2014-)
Shorty, Rover

Thanh is another rookie who had a previous experience with the Renegades and decided he wanted to come back and play.  The difference with Thanh is his experience was in 2004, 10 years prior.  Despite that time, he is our youngest rookie in 2014 and one of the youngest guys on the squad.  Than also is joining the team from Worcester, Mass which is one of the longest commutes any of our players have but he is determined to not let that be a barrier for him.  Thanh was born in Vietnam continuing the cultural melting pot that we have on our squad and he is looking to further his education in Computer Science.

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#46 Joe McCormick (2012-)
Rover, Shorty

Joe McCormick becomes the 6th active player on the Renegades roster named Joe. He is not your average Joe as he is a Senior at Harvard University. McCormick comes to the Gades with a sports background as he played goalie for his high school soccer team before he started to lose his sight. He busted on to the Renegade scene in his rookie year and set a Renegade record for most runs scored in a season by a first year player (34).  In his second season he developed his defensive side of the game and played possibly the best game of any Renegade Rover when he stopped 4 deep shots to the outfield against the Chicago Comets and then learned to play the shorty position for the World Series.  McCormick enters his third season as the the Renegade all time leader in batting average at .521.

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#14 Joe Quintanilla (2002-)
Rover, 1st Base, Shorty

Q was Captain of the Renegades from 2005 to 2007. He has been near the top of the Renegade leaders in runs scored since the inception of the franchise. Q is the all-time team leader in games played (150), At-bats (514) and runs scored (155). He was named the Offensive MVP of the 2007 Long Island Classic with his .600 batting average. One of his biggest highlights came in a home game during the 2008 season against the Pennsylvania Wolfpack. In that game, Q hit the walk-off hit in front of a few hundred Renegade fans to lead the Renegades to their 6th consecutive victory.  Joe is also very active off the field for the Renegades helping the team with fundraising.  He wears #14 in honor of his favorite Red Sox growing up, Jim Rice.

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#16 Aqil Sajjad (2010-2015, 2017-)
1st Base, 3rd Base, Midfield

Aqil joined the Renegades in 2010 as the 7th person on the active roster with an advanced degree as he is getting his PHD in Physics from Harvard University. He has a unique perspective of the game as he played cricket before losing his sight in Pakistan. Combine his analytical mind with his love for the game and he never gets cheated on one of his swings. Aqil is one of the most improved players on the renegades team over the past few years and he currently ranks as one of the hardest players on the team to strike out as he has put 80.8% of his balls into play for 4th all time of any Renegade in their career and his stats have improved each year in this category. Aqil was the only Renegade to play in all 30 games in the 2011-2012 seasons.  and over the past three years leads all Renegades by playing in 45 games.  His career highlight was a walk off win over New Jersey at the Long Island Classic in 2013…a thrill he will never forget.

 Luis Soto

#27 Luis Soto (2014-)
1st Base

Luis Soto becomes another player of foreign descent for the Renegades as he comes from Venezuela.  Soto has never been part of a team before and is looking forward to the experience so that he can put the hard work he does in the gym to use.  Luis found the Renegades from his classmate, Damon Graff, as the two of them are studying to be a massage therapist.  This skill set will help him take care of his body and keep him in shape for the stress the body goes through in a beep ball season.  We hope we can even convince him to help some of his teammates who will surely have nagging injuries as the season progresses.

Tim Syphers

#41 Tim Syphers (2013-)
Designated Hitter

Syphers was the first rookie to join the 2013 class as he found the team in the fall and instantly joined.  After participating in some fundraisers over the winter he was eager to start playing ball.  Tim played high school baseball in Watertown before Leber’s disease took his sight.  For Tim, High School was only a few years ago and beepball is something he craves and needs.  This sense of normalcy and the chance to play team sports again has opened up a whole new world to a kid who thought losing his sight would be the end of playing ball.  Tim spent most of the 2013 season on the disabled list with nagging injuries that would not go away.  Though he could not play, he came to practices and was part of the team.  He was able to go to the World Series despite not playing all year.  In limited time due to his injury, he impressed by scoring runs against two of the top defenses of the league in Taiwan and Chicago.  A healthy Syphers in 2014 could be a big bat for the Renegades.

 Christian Thaxton

#2 Christian Thaxton (2015-)

Designated Hitter

While staying at the Carroll Center for the Blind, Christian found out about beep baseball and had to give it a try because he has baseball in his blood.  Christian played baseball for Redlands Community College, a Junior College Division 2 school in Oklahoma for two seasons where he was primarily a designated hitter for the squad before he lost his vision.  Christian seems to have his priorities right.  He has begun to play ball before he has moved into his new apartment in the Boston area.  That makes us happy!  He has moved to the Boston area for the independence it gives a visual impaired person and the opportunity to continue his studies in the fall at UMASS Boston.  In his 1st World series he hit .719 and was named to the World Series all star team.  This was a World series record for the Renegades and he became the third player to make an offensive all-star team in Renegade history.  Christian was interviewed in the third podcast of “The Renegade Report”, which can be heard on SoundCloud.

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#64 Rob Thayer (2011-)
1st Base, Rover

Rob’s doctors said he would never play sports…that is until he found the Boston Renegades. Rob has found the Renegades to be something to help motivate him to get into shape with his ultimate goal to lose his Diabetes. He is on his way as he lost nearly 40 pounds in the 2012 season. Thayer lost most of his rookie season in 2011 to a foot injury that was slow to heal. The 2012 season was really his first season of action as he was an important part of the Renegade bench in the World Series. Rob had a three run game for the first three runs of his career against the upstart York Thundersticks. He also delivered a huge run against the Cleveland Scrappers when he was called off the bench to replace a fallen teammate. That run sparked the Renegades to their first win of the 2012 World Series.  In 2013, Thayer worked very hard on his defense and a highlight of the season was a big stop he made on defense against the Tyler Tigers for his first career stop.  Rob travels more than any player to get to practice as it takes him multiple hours from Brockton to Watertown with all of his ride transfers…but he is dedicated to hard work and to the Renegades cause!

Joe Yee

#30 Joe Yee (2014-)
3rd Base, 1st Base

What is a rookie class without a player named “Joe”.  He is clearly another guy we can say is not your average Joe.  He is the 7th player named Joe to play on the Renegades (8th if you count coaches) and we need to give him a nickname as we don’t call any of them “Joe”.  This Joe has an infectious smile and an amazing attitude that will carry him far in this sport.  We recruited him by luck on a conversation to the baseball Hall of fame in a conversation with Retired Renegade, Dino Vasile.  When asked if Dino knew of any prospects for the 2014 season, Dino said he knew someone who would be good, but would never play.  We hope Dino is half right…..because Joe has signed on to play and we do hope Dino is right about the being “good part” because he was so wrong about Joe not being interested in playing.  After seeing Joe in his first few practices, we are confident Dino was half right!

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#9 Guy Zuccarello (2002, 2006-)
Shorty, Midfielder

Guy was one of the original players from the 2002 squad. He left the team to have a baby after the first season of play. As his child has grown, he was coaxed back to the sport of beepball in 2005 and made an instant impact making the starting line-up.  Since then Guy has become a leader on and off the field.   Guy has made his mark on both sides of the ball. He is second all-time in defensive put-outs (253). He was named as one of the top defenders in the Beast of the East in 2010. 2012 was his big break as he switched to the left side of the field and became the fourth player and the 5th time a Renegade had been named to a World Series all star team but the first to be named MVP. In the 2012 World Series he led the league with 5.1 stops per game.  He also became the second Renegade in team history to make two all star teams at the World Series as he placed 3rd in defense in the 2013 series.   On offense he has one of the most consistent swings in team history as he is the 4th hardest player to strike out of any Renegade with 100 or more at bats and he is currently 8th in team history in runs scored.  Guy was interviewed for the first podcast of “The Renegade Report”, which can be heard on SoundCloud.

The Coaches and Staff

 

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John Oliveira (2002-)
The Owner

John is the man behind the Renegades. You may not see him on the field or hear him in team meetings, but his influence is everywhere. John met Coach Weissman in 2000 and the two had a vision to create a competitive beepball league in the Boston area. That vision may have been tweaked over time, but the Association of Blind Citizens found a way to fund the Boston Renegades Beepball program. John helped get the team started in 2000 and coached them in their first World Series in 2002. In 2003, he moved “upstairs” and left the coaching duties to new coach Rob Weissman. Oliveira’s passion to promote programs for visually impaired people has been the number one reason the Boston Renegades exist as a team.

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#62 Rob Weissman (2003-)
Head Coach & Catcher

Weissman helped start Beepball as a competitive sport in the Boston area. He got his start as the head coach of the Lowell LAB Retrievers in 2000. In 2003, he returned to the coaching ranks as the head coach of the Boston Renegades. He brings a unique style to the team where he is heavily involved in every aspect of the game as a hands on vocal coach. Those vocal chords get a work out during the season as he is known to lose his voice during tournaments yelling words of encouragement and barking out strategy. He may be the only head coach who catches during the game, which helps him keep a unique perspective. In his coaching career he has caught for over 3500 at bats and pitched to 20 batters. This means he has not been involved in a pitcher catcher battery in just 2 at bats since 2003.

Lisa Andrews

Lisa Andrews (2013-)
Running Coach/Trainer

Lisa had been looking for an opportunity to volunteer and help the visually impaired exercise.  After teaming with Rob Weissman and Rick Myers on the volleyball court for a few years she was sold on the team.  From her first practice she showed the guys that she is an expert in the field of fitness.  Her specialization in injury prevention is something we desperately need.  Her competitive fire and drive that has helped their volleyball team win a championship will fuel the Renegades to get into shape and improve their fitness! After her first outdoor work out with the team a long time Vet was quoted as saying, WOW! Rob, where has she been, she is great!”

Peg Bailey

Peg Bailey (2013-)
Volunteer/Spotter/Catcher

On a cold April Rainy night at Fenway, Peg got up from her grand stand seat and was walking around the concourse when she stumbled across a table with a few blind guys.  Curiosity brought her to the table and after talking to a few people she was interested in learning more about beep baseball.  That interest turned into a volunteer coaching position.  Peg has a deep background in softball.  She walked on to her college softball team as a 37 year old freshman pitcher at Salem State.  She also currently still pitches in a modified fast pitch league.  Beyond that, she has coaching experience in softball and is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  These skills will prove useful as she learns both the offensive and defensive sides of the sport.  We are excited that night at Fenway was cold, or we may never had met her.

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Karin Barrows (2017-)
Volunteer – Recruiting

At an event at the Carroll Center for the Blind in the fall of 2016, we met Karin Barrows. She has a passion for helping blind and visually impaired people stay active and play sports and wanted to get involved with the team. She signed on with the Renegades early in the 2017 season in an off the field role to help us recruit new players. As an employee of the Carroll Center, she has the connections and the desire to make this happen. Karin will be helping people who like to play sports find our team and our sport.

Joe Bourque

#2 Joe Bourque (2013-2014, 2017-)
Volunteer/Catcher

Joe Bourque joined the Renegades in 2013 while he was still attending Boston College.  After graduation, he left the area but never lost touch with the team.  Even though he was not actively on the roster, he did attend some games in 2016 and never lost interest in the game.  He vowed to return.  In 2017, his career path takes him back into the Boston area and before he has even started his first day, he has voiced his pleasure that he is planning to be back with the team.  Hailing from Wakefield, Bourque, a two-time marathoner, grew up playing baseball, basketball, hockey and football throughout his childhood and continued in running track during his high school years.  Bourque found out about the Renegades through his close friend and current Renegade player, Joe McCormick.   While with the team in is first two seasons. Joe played many roles from helping with running practices, getting paperwork, keeping stats, shooting video, catching, hitting grounders, running drills.  He also was part of the coaching staff that attended the 2014 World Series.  With his knowledge of the game, his role will be expanded with the team.

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#44 Ron Cochran (2006-)
Pitcher

Cochran returned to beepball in 2006 as he along with Weissman and Grillo helped get beepball started in Massachusetts back in 2000 with the Lowell LAB Retrievers. In his first year as a pitcher he set many of the Renegade records including best batting average against (.368). Cochran continued to improve into his fourth year as he is currently the all-time leader in batting average against (.349), Putting balls into play (78%) and at-bats (2507). Ron has helped 6 players win 8 offensive MVP awards in the 2007-2013 seasons. Ron brings with him experience in pitching, a hard core competitive fire and years of coaching experience which has translated into helping him become one of the better pitchers in the NBBA

Ben Coiner

Ben Coiner (2016-)
Hitting Coach/Spotter

Ben moved to the Boston area in 2015 to take a job at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after graduating from the University of Chicago in the spring.  He found the renegades on the web while looking for things to do in the Boston area and thought it would be a great fit for him ad a volunteer activity.  Ben played division three baseball while in college as a catcher and a walk-on athlete.  His knowledge of baseball and his passion to help people will make a quick impact as he is eagerly awaiting the start of his first season with his new team.

Peter Connolly

Peter Connolly (2016-)
Volunteer

Peter joins the Renegade after the start of the 2016 season and he is quickly picking up the sport.  Peter has seen the Renegades play games in Long Island and in Woburn and is familiar with the intensity of the sport.  In team history, he becomes just the 3rd volunteer (and only active volunteer) who is related to a player.  He is Joe Yee’s younger cousin.  Peter is part of the Renegade volunteer staff youth movement as he is in his mid-twenties.  During  the work week, he is an actuary for John Hancock but for the Renegades he wields a big bat.  That big bat is needed as we want ground balls to be “smoked” to help us prepare for the World Series.  Watch out, he has an interest in pitching as well and could become our 4th Active pitcher!

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#21 Dan Cotter (2002-)
Pitcher

Some call Dan Cotter fearless. That is good, because it takes a lot of nerve to stand 20 feet from a batter as they are trying to wail on the ball. Dan plays this spot with no protection at all. Yes, we said, no protection! Cotter has the longest tenure of any coach on the staff. Dan got his start with the team as the catcher in the 2002 World Series. In 2003 he became the team’s pitcher. Danny is one of two Renegade pitchers who have let up 100+ runs in his career. Cotter does what it takes to win. He steps up when needed and was the pitcher who led the Renegades to the 2012 Haddonfield Lions Classic championship with 3 wins. His .395 average in this tournament was his best ever as he battled two games in the rain to lead the Renegades to wins over New Jersey, York and Pennsylvania

Jamie Dickerson

#49 Jamie Dickerson (2014-)

Spotter/Pitcher

Jamie will joint the Renegades in 2014 as another volunteer from Harvard University.  Jamie found us through Renegade Joe McCormick and has been friends with other coaches Joe Bourque and Sean Sweeney since middle school.  An avid Ultimate Frisbee player, Jamie brings a competitive spirt to the team and a desire to do something that is rare in our volunteers…Pitch!  We have high hopes that we can bring Jamie along as a pitcher and catcher in his first year to help the team in this space where we have been looking for new pitchers for years.  You can never have enough brave people on a beep ball team to pitch.  This no fear attitude and willingness to get into the game gives us high hopes we have found yet another gem of young volunteers looking to help lead this team into the future!

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Max Goder-Resier (2016-)
Volunteer

Max joined the Renegades weeks before the games began in 2016 and has fallen in love with the sport.  He first heard about the Renegades and Beep baseball at a SABR metrics conference where one of our coaches was discussing the statistics of the sport.  Max kept this in his mind since last fall and joined us guns ablaze!  He is one of the youngest coaches on the roster and is part of a new wave of 20 something coaches who have found us in the past few years.  Max is putting his stats background to use and has helped us score games, work base running and defensive drills.  We hope to expand his role in the 2017 season and may even have him analyze baseball swing statistics…You never know what this clipboard carrying team can come up with to improve our game!

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#33 Bryan Grillo (2003-)
Defensive/Running Coach & Spotter

Grillo gets his beepball roots from coaching with the Lowell LAB Retrievers in 2000 with Rob Weissman. While in Lowell, he was often found wearing a blindfold and playing the game as player. The perspective of being a player has helped him to lead the team in the field. Grillo is the Renegades Caller. When there is a ball put into play you will hear Bryan yelling out signals to the players to help them zone in on the ball. Grillo has been the Renegades sole caller in a single caller system in 80 of 82 games since he joined the team in 2003. Since the team has moved to a dual calling system, Grillo has called more games (31) than anyone else. Historically, he was on the field to help Darren Black (2) and Guy Zuccarello (2) earn their World Series All- Star awards.

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#5 Jacki Jones (2008-2010, 2015-)
Base Running Coach, Spotter

Jacki joined the Renegades in 2008 and embraced the team quicker than any other first year coach.  Not only was she at every practice helping to improve the Renegades base running, she was a driving force behind the scenes.  She worked with many of the players outside of practice to help them get into shape.  She was one of the “guys” in the weight room as she could be found yelling at players to get extra reps out of them.  She made a very quick impact and has helped players on many different levels on and off the field.  Sadly, Jackie had to step away from the squad but returned in a part time capacity in 2015.  Her timing could not have been better as we will dust off her spotter skills.  After all, she called in Bolingbrook when Dino Vasile won a defensive award, so we know she has skills to draw from

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#32 Jason Lenicheck (2004-2015, 2017-)

Hitting Coach/Spotter

Jason “Ace” Lenicheck has more coaching experience than the entire Renegade staff, with years of coaching girls soccer. In 2004, Ace joined the coaching ranks to help the Renegades with their hitting. Back in his playing days he was known as an all hit no field 3rd baseman for Acton Boxboro High School. The combination of his hitting and coaching skills quickly have made him an impact coach on the staff. In 2011, he was pressed into learning the defense and asked to call. Taking his skills of playing 3rd base, he called the left side of the defense for 5 games in 2011 leading the defense to 4 wins.  He has called at the World Series, Chicago and in the Beast of the East and helped the team to a 9-5 record as a substitute spotter!  His do it all mentality has helped the Renegades improve their on field success.  Jason was interviewed in the fourth podcast of “The Renegade Report”, which can be heard on SoundCloud.

Mike Marciello

Mike Marciello (2013-)
Hitting Coach

Media plays an important role in connecting people and that was the case for Mike.  He found about us through an article on our documentary that was in the Boston Globe.  Mike has some personal ties to the team on a few levels.  Athletically he loves baseball and has played and coached it at different levels.   Personally has been diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease which impacts his central vision.    Professionally he trained at Spaulding Rehab and is currently a doctor of Physiatry which focuses on treating pain and restoring maximum function lost through injury. Mixing all of the above together and we have the ingredients and a recipe for a coach who we hope will help us as much as we can help him.

 

Patrick Marquis

Patrick Marquis (2012-)
Web Site Designer

Patrick has a personal interest in web design and had been sitting near Rob Weissman at Work at IBM for a few years.  With Rob’s super novice web design knowledge, Patrick was able to help him through a few sticky points over the years.  In 2012, Patrick and Rob got to talking about the organization’s desire to move the site to WordPress.  The lucky thing here was Patrick’s technical curiosity was steering him to learn WordPress and a partnership was formed.  Patrick redesigned the entire Renegade web site to be hosted on a WordPress site.  This redesign was his first major project in this realm and was a success. He made it easier for the team to update the web site, link it to social media and we have many more things planned now that its easier to maintain.   You may not see Patrick on the field, but this improved web presence has helped us reach many people across the globe with more up to date content about our great sport and team.

 Fabricio

Fabricio Martinique Caldas (2015-)
Volunteer

Fabricio found out about beep ball from his brother in law, Rob Weissman and in 2015 he decided that he wanted to get active and be part of a team again.  Fabricio is of Brazilian blood where Baseball is not popular but he brings a competitive spirt to the team.  Fabricio is very active and into fitness and can be found working out with the guys on the field.  He has also been helping out off the field with projects and fundraising during the afternoon when his baby daughter is sleeping.  He came to the team when we needed to finish off some projects and he has been a big help willing to take the ball and run.  We hope he sticks with it and learns more about the sport as he could become another valuable asset to the Renegade volunteer staff.

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#26 Rick Myers (2004-)
Defensive Coach & Equipment Manager

Myers was introduced to the game of beepball in 2000 as he was part of a sighted team asked to play the Lowell LAB Retrievers in a scrimmage game. He was one of the few sighted people to score a run in those contests. In 2004, Myers joined the coaching ranks to help Boston with their defensive skills. One important lesson he taught was the importance of wearing a protective cup as he accidentally hit a player three times before they made the all important purchase. Myers has a PHD in Physics which has been helpful off the field repairing bases, studying breakage in bats and developing defensive charts for the coaches to use to set up the team defense. Myers has not been able to be on field as much in recent years but has stayed involved helping to repair equipment and work with stats for the home games.

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Kara Peters (2013-)
Defensive Coach/Running Coach

Kara has been a Renegade follower for a few years and in 2013, joined the team.  We have worked with her in the past as she has run some beep ball camps for kids at the Carroll Center for the Blind.   Professionally she works with visually impaired kids from 3-22 years of age as a certified orientation and mobility specialist.  We have hopes this partnership will help us reach/recruit kids and help them see what is available for them to play.  Kara brings a love of team sports, a competitive desire, knowledge of softball and a degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Motor Development Therapy to the Gades.  We will put all of this to use to improve the team!

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#28 Aaron Proctor (2009-2011, 2017) Umpire

Aaron joined the Renegades half-way through the 2009 season.  He spent the first half of the season observing the team before deciding he was interested in helping out.  Aaron spent most of that season as the team’s umpire learning the ins and outs of the game.  Beyond umpiring, Aaron has helped the team with a few off the field projects including helping us find ways to save money through grants and some ingenious out of the box thinking.  He also has helped create marketing material for our fans.  Aaron was with the team in a small capacity in 2016 but has planned to return in 2017 as more of a full time presence

Lucas Schwallie

Lucas Schwallie (2015-)
Hitting Coach

This 16 year old found out about the Renegades in 2014 when he stopped one of our players on the street out of pure curiosity how a guy with a walking cane could be wearing a uniform and holding a bat.  A year later, he remembered this and reached out to us to ask if he could help out.  Now in his Junior year of High School, Lucas juggles his Varsity baseball at Weston High with homework and volunteer work.  In the 2016 season he has stepped up and is leading our offensive work outs teaching many of the guys mechanics, reviewing film and bringing his trained eye to help our hitters.

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Dino Vasile
Defensive Coach (2011, 2016)

Dino is the first player to make the transition from player to coach in Renegade history.  He helped coach the team in 2011 and had hopes of playing full time again but was unable to due to family obligations.  He loves the sport and working with the players and coaches.  He will claim he is not a retired player yet but for the 2016 season he will be helping the team by coaching defense.  Dino has a knack for motivating his teammates and his skills as a two way player (and our lead-off hitter for a few years) transfer to the coaching side of the ball.  Dino is helping the Renegades improve their ability to play defense and is helping both rookies and seasoned veterans.  We hope he opens the door for other legacy Renegade greats to come back and coach because the team has a lot of experience sitting in the retirement homes

Photo of Hunter Weissman

Hunter Weissman (2011-2013, 2015-)
Volunteer

Hunter, one of the Weissman twins, is Coach Rob’s nephew and former coach Lisa Klinkenberg’s son. Both Lisa and Rob thought it would be great to have the kids involved in the team and as they grow, they are getting great experience volunteering and learning about the visually impaired. Hunter has a lot of baseball experience and can often be found catching, throwing balls into the team defense or helping guide players back from base running drills.  With his growth spurt and return in 2015, Hunter has been working with hitters on their swings

Teigan Weissman

Teigan Weissman (2011-2013, 2015-)
Volunteer

Teigan is the the left handed half of the twins. He is actually a great left handed catcher in baseball…but if he does not bring his glove..we have to give him other duties. Teigan has an interest in film..so he has helped the team record practices on video which we use to break down players swings. He also helps out on defense and base running. When the twins started they were smaller than all of the players.  Entering the 2015 season they are taller than most of the players and have been able to play a bigger role in helping coach the Renegade hitters.  Teigan has been helpful in teaching players about their swings.

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Retired Renegades

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