Our 8th installment of the Renegade report features Tim Syphers talking with Joe Quintanilla. “Q” is the longest tenured player on the team as he is just one of two active players still playing from the original 2002 World Series team. As one of the guys who was there when the team first started, he has seen a whirlwind of change through the years. He has gone from the best hitter on the team to a savvy veteran who was called on two deliver two of the biggest runs in team history during our march to the title game in 2016. To date, Joe Quintanilla is the team leader in games played (181 of the 205 total), at0 bats (575) and strike outs (143). He ranks 2nd in team history with 170 runs scored and at the time of this post is 10th all time in defensive stops with 71 and 13th in history with a .290 batting average.
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Episode 7 – Rob “Hot Tub” Thayer – Rob joined the team in 2011. As a child his doctors said he would never be able to play sports. Then he found Beep Baseball. Rob is motivated to be part of this team because it has done so much for his health. He credits playing ball with the team as a big factor in his weight getting to its lowest point in many years. Its also staying off! His goal is to keep losing weight to see if he can rid himself of the Diabetes he battles every day. Rob is one of the best teammates you can ask for. No matter when he gets in the game, you will always hear the team get fired up with a Scream of “Hot Tub”. Rob has played in 44 games in his Renegade career to date and Coach Weissman has deemed 2016 as the “year of Hot Tub”
Episode 6 – Melissa Hoyt – The only active female player on the team. Melissa has played battles more than just blindness when she plays. Her health problems make it very hard for her to compete. Sometimes winning for her is just being able to be on the field with her teammates. She has a different perspective on things and she loves to play ball. When she is healthy, she can play some solid defense!
Episode 5 – Shayne Cantan – The man we call Hawaiian Punch owns the single season record for most runs, at-bats and batting average when he scored 50 runs and hit .617 in the 2010 season. He is just one of 2 players to top .600 in a season for the Renegades in a season.
Episode 4 – Jason Lenicheck one of the long time volunteers with the Renegades. Ace has been with the team since 2004 and has helped shape the culture of the Renegades and coached all facets of the game including hitting and as a defensive caller.
Episode 3 – Christian Thaxton, The rookie sensation from 2015 who took the league by storm and made an all-star team as a rookie
Episode 2 – Larry Haile, the All-time Renegade leader in runs scored and one of the most amazing visually impaired people you will ever meet
Episode 1 – Guy Zuccarello, a former defensive MVP of the World Series and one of the leaders of the Renegades