Renegades Retired Players and Coaches

The Renegades have been playing in the NBBA since 2002.  They have had many people as part of their team.  Below is some information about players and coaches of the past who are still a part of the Renegade family.

Retired Players:

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#18 Gary Anderson (2002-2003)
3rd Base

Gary played with the Renegades in the early years.  He played in a total of 12 games over his 2 year career.  He finished his career as a platoon third baseman.  In his career he hit .125 (3 for 24 with 12 strike-outs).  He scored against Kansas, Chicago Bluffs and the Cleveland Scrappers.  He also made two defensive stops in his short career with the Renegades.  Gary passed away in 2014

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#19 Darren Black (2002-2012)
Garbage Man (Shorty), 3rd Base, Mid-Fielder

Black was the captain of the team till 2005 and we named a position after him. Darren put the G in Garbage as he played the short man position in our defense. Black retires as the all-time leader in putouts for the Renegades with 322 put-outs. He won awards for his defensive prowess in the Bolingbrook tournaments from 2004-2007, won the defensive MVP at the 2006 Long Island Classic and made the World Series Defensive All-stars in 2004 and 2006. At the point of his retirement only 4 times in Renegade history did a player have more than 60 stops in a season.  Darren did it three of those times (2006 – 63, 2004 – 61, 2007 -61).

  • Awards: 2003 World Series Defensive All-Star 2nd place 28 stops
  • 2004 Bolingbrook Defensive All star  28 stops
  • 2005 Bolingbrook Defensive All star  17 stops
  • 2006 Bolingbrook Defensive All star 4th place  20 stops
  • 2006 Long Island Classic Defensive MVP  18 stops
  • 2006 World Series Defensive All-Star 6th place 25 stops
  • 2007 Bolingbrook Defensive All star 6th place  12 stops
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#1 Srikanth Bolla (2011)
Shorty

Srikanth brought more brains to the Renegades as he attended MIT while in his stint withe the Gades. Sri also added some international flare to the team as he comes from India. Sri has experience playing sports in India with his visual impairment and he has had instant success playing beep baseball. He joined the team in 2011 and did not see game action as he has had to return to his native country for the summer. He had intentions of coming back to the team but he was forced to go back to India during the summers and our schedules never worked well enough to get him on to the field full time

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#30 Rachel Buchanan  (2009)
1st Base, Rover

Buchanan showed her toughness in a try out in 2008 when she took a ball off the face, came away bleeding, “rubbed some dirt on it” and kept playing. When you saw her grip a bat, you saw the girly side as she sported fashionable pink batting gloves. Rachel was just third third female player to play in an NBBA game for the Renegades. She finished her short career with 2 at bats.

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#37 Shayne Cantan (2009-2011, 2013, 2015)
3rd Base, Midfield, Rover

At just 19 years old, Shayne was the second youngest player in Renegade history in 2009. He had been playing High School sports with sighted kids despite being visually impaired. Most recently he was the co-captain of his high school football team in Hawaii where he played offensive lineman. Playing line in football has transferred into beepball. His power on the line has become power at the plate. In 2009, he shattered every rookie record held in Renegade history on the offensive side of the plate by leading the team with 25 runs and hitting .463 which was the 3rd best average of any Renegade in a single season. Shayne then topped this in 2010 setting the all-time Renegade record for batting average in a season at .617 with 50 runs scored. It does not stop with his bat as he is one of the best two way players in team history.  Shayne was interviewed in the fifth podcast of “The Renegade Report”, which can be heard on SoundCloud.

  • Awards: 2010 Bolingbrook Offensive All-Star 4th place .625 (10-16)
  • 2010 Long Island Classic Offensive MVP .643 (9-14)
  • 2010 Beast of the East Offensive MVP .710 (22-31)
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#15 Tim Cummings (2002-2003)
1st Base

Tim was a captain of the team in 2003 before he decided to hang up the spikes half way through the 2003 season. In his short career he played in 5 games and hit .200 (2 for 10) with 7 strike-outs.  Tim scored his two runs against Kansas and the Chicago Bluffs in 2002.

TJ

#20 Tomas De Tuya (2018-)
Rookie

TJ became one of the youngest Renegades in team history joining the squad at just 17 years of age but still in High School.  He joined the team in the spring of 2018 knowing he would not be able to play in any tournaments due to his personal travel schedule.  He had been looking for a team sport to participate in as he continues to lose his sight with his sights to be a full time Renegade in the future. He had to step away from the team and we hope when his schedule allows, he will return to the squad.

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#38 Joey Duggan (2009-2012)
Designated Hitter

Duggan became the fifth active Renegade named Joe but the first Rookie of the 2009 class to get a nickname. In 2009, “Hacksaw” Duggan became the youngest player in Renegade history at just 17 years of age. He graduated High School in Foxboro during the 2009 season. He lived walking distance from the three time World Champion, New England Patriots but will be found sporting the Green and gold of the Green Bay Packers. He left the team mid-way through the 2012 season while he as having his best season at the plate, hitting .200. In his career, he played in 22 games hitting .128 with 12 strike-outs in 39 At-Bats. A highlight that will never be forgotten was a run producing hit he had against his father in the rain against the York Thunder sticks in 2012.

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#36 Tony Flinn (2008-2009)
Designated Hitter, 1st Base, Rover

Tony entered the 2008 season as the team’s only rookie and every single practice he improved his game.  He improved so much that by the end of the year he had cracked the starting line-up in the World Series for the Renegades.  in 2008, Tony set a Renegade Rookie record for the lowest strike-out percentage in a season (18.2%).  His 2008 highlites included making two huge defensive stops in the 2008 Philly Hall of fame classic and scoring 2 runs in a game against the North Carolina Pride in the 2008 World Series.  Tony retired with a career batting average of .184 in 38 at-bats with two defensive stops in 18 games.  At the time of his retirement, he was the 5th hardest player to strike-out in team history (26.3%).

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#20 Rich Flint (2002-2005)
Designated Hitter

Rich Flint swung one of the biggest bats in the early years of the Renegades.  He was known for some of the longest hits in batting practice.  Flint’s best season was 2004 when he scored 4 of his 5 career runs.  He excelled at the 2004 Bolingbrook tournament where he tied for the team lead in runs scored (4) with Joey Buizon.  In his career Rich played in 26 games and hit .113 (6 for 53) with 25 strike-outs.  Flint’s career was cut short by knee injuries.

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#35 Chris Genikos (2008-2010)
Designated Hitter

Genikos joined the Renegades late in the 2008 season to join Tony Flinn as rookies on the squad. His first look at the game was during a charity game against Chen PR. Chen signed Genikos to a one game contract and placed him in the line-up. In batting practice Genikos was launching balls over 100 feet in the air on his first few swings ever. In his first at-bat he hit the ball hard in the game but found himself running to the wrong base as his baseball instincts took him to first base instead of third which was buzzing. A common mistake by most people who play the game for the first time. Chris had his career cut short by Tommy John Surgery which was needed after he hurt his arm during batting practice. Chris played in 10 games in his career with 15 at bats and he did not score a run.  Chris passed away in 2015

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#31 Bob St. Germaine (2003)
Mid Fielder

Bob came to the Renegades with the most NBBA experience in 2003 as he had played for the Lowell Lightening (under Rob Weissman), the Cleveland Scrappers and the Long Island Bombers.  Bob was an important part of the defense in 2003 as he played at the mid-field position.  He helped the team learn about the game with his experience and he was a good team player.  Bob played in 8 games for Boston, he made 3 defensive stops (which was the third highest total on the team in that season).  He did not score a run for Boston as he was 0-18 with 11 strike outs.

Damon Graff

#73  Damon Graff (2013-2014)
Designated Hitter, 1st Base

Damon joined the Renegades in the 2013 season after years had gone by since he last tried the sport in the mid 2000’s.  He brought with him another impressive degree to add to our “smart team” person with his degree from Brown University.  Damon played in 6 games for the Renegades in the 2013 season and totaled 9 at-bats while also playing a bit in the field as a defensive player.  He was forced to retire from playing ball when he developed a problem with his back that required major surgery in 2014.   Damon was very involved in helping the team off the field with his mother, Joyce.  The two of them helped promote the team with the local Rotary clubs.  Together they helped fund our rookie class of 2014 to cover their travel expenses.

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#2 Steve Houston (2005-2009)
Designated Hitter, 1st Base

Houston came to the squad late in the 2005 season with more baseball experience than the entire Renegade team combined as he played collegiate baseball at Salem Stateand also played in the Boston Park League.  After playing years of baseball, Steve thought he had a good understanding of beepball.  In his 3rd year of play, he found out how little he knew about beepball.  In a light moment at practice during the 2008 season, Houston stepped out of the batters box upset at his pitcher, Ron Cochran.  Someone made a comment that Cochran was pitching underhand which upset Houston to the point where he thought the coaches were making fun of him.  Houston yelled at Cochran to stop teasing him and throw the ball.  As his teammates laughed, Houston quickly discovered that in beepball, pitchers don’t throw overhand.  Steve retired after playing in 18 games with a batting average of .138 in 29 At-bats and two defensive stops.  His best game was against the North Carolina Pride in the 2008 World Series where he scored two runs.  At the time of his retirement, he was the 2nd hardest player to strike-out in team history (17.2%)

Thanh Hunyh

#8 James Thanh Huynh (2014-2017)
Shorty, Rover

Thanh was another rookie in 2014 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 was our youngest rookie in 2014 and one of the youngest guys on the squad.  Than also  joined 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.  He graduated with a degree in Computer Science.  While with the team he quickly became one of the most aggressive defenders on the squad and was a big part of the 2016 Run to the championship the team made.

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#17 Sengil Inkiala (2002-2006, 2008-2016)
Shorty, 1st Base, Rover

A rare combination of speed and age is what this African born player brought to the Renegades. Inky was born in the Congo many, many years ago. He was the oldest member of the team (Playing into his 60’s) and arguably was the fastest player as well. In the 2005 Bolingbrook tournament, Inkiala came an at-bat shy of making the all-offense team as he hit .571. Inky has won championships in blind sailing and fencing, and looked to add Beepball to the list of his achievements. After taking the 2007 season off, Inky returned in 2008 and scored the tying run in Boston’s amazing 5 run come from behind walk off victory against the Chicago Comet B team to clinch the first ever tournament championship for the Boston Renegades. Inky is well known for his defense and has a knack for making some amazing stops of balls hit in the air. His best play was against Kansas when he snared a line drive out of the air above his shoulder after one bounce. He finished his career playing in 104 games (6th best in team history), hitting .260 (51-196) and making 95 (6th most in team history) defensive stops.  He also finished 6th in strikeouts with 80 strikeouts over his career.

Pam Love

#77 Pam Love (2013)
1st Base, Mid Field

 

Pam Love joined the Renegades as a rookie in 2013 as a former fast pitch softball player who played in South Carolina and upstate New York.  Pam lost her sight in 2010 due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage and a stroke that cause her to lose her vision.  She never thought she would play ball again until Inky talked about the team with her.  She became the fourth woman to appear in a game for the Renegades in the history of the team and she had the most lethal swing of them all due to her background.  Her softball background as a shortstop helped her grasp the team defense quicker than most of the Renegade rookies in recent years.  We loved having her on the squad and if you listen to her swing, she had a mighty grunt that wouldly make the defense back up!  Pam’s career game was against the Long Island Bombers when she led the team making three defensive stops in the game to help the Renegades squash rallies and win a tight 8-6 game.  Unfortunately a knee injury suffered in a scrimmage game put her on the shelf for the 2013 World Series before she could show the world that she had become one of the better female players in the league.

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#24 Luis Marquez (2004-2008)
3rd Base, Mid-Fielder, Rover

He wears #24, he plays left field, he is Hispanic and he has crazy hair. In many ways Marquez is like Manny Ramirez. He makes occasional spectacular defensive plays and at times we kid with him because he seems asleep on the field.  Like Manny he has quickly become a fan favorite for his offensive power, defensive skills and the way he just has fun playing the game.  Luis picked up offensive MVP honors by placing on the all-offensive teams in Bolingbrook and the World Series in 2007 by hitting .600 in both events.  Luis is the all-time leader in runs scored (82), batting average (.402) and second in defensive put-outs (63).

  • Awards: 2007 Bolingbrook Offensive All Star 2nd place .600 (12-20)
  • 2007 World Series Offensive All Star 5th place .600 (18-30)
  • 2008 Long Island Classic Offensive MVP .357 (5-14)
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#23 Joe O’Neill (2003-2013)
Rover, 1st Base

O’Neill has been playing beepball longer than anyone on the team in the Boson area. He got his start playing recreationally for the Lowell Association of the Blind in the 1990’s. He saw his first competition in tournament play in 2004 at the Bolingbrook tournament. Despite his tourney inexperience, he managed to get the bat on the ball as he was the only player not to strike out in the 2004 season. O’Neill is 14th in team history in games played at 40. In the 2012 season, O’Neill logged his most amount of innings on defense as he drew a start against the Taiwan Home Run and played in the field against Colorado and Long Island.  in 2013, he played in the most games of his career, appearing in 6 contests and drawing another start against Taiwan.

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#11 Kae Ann Rausch (2002-2007)
1st Base/3rd Base

Kae was the first ever player voted as a Captain of the team as she was elected Co-Captain in 2004 by her teammates. Her hard nosed play, willingness to be one of the guys, ability to listen and kick people in the rear when they need it won her teammates over. In 2005, she decided to join the coaching ranks and help the team grow by focusing on teaching new players and coaches the joys of the game. After a few months of being a full time coach, Kae got the bug to play again.  She scored the first run of her career in a home game against the Long Island Bombers on a smash down the 3rd base line that traveled over 120 feet.

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#45 Ben Rubenstein (2011, 2014)
Designated hitter

An 8 year veteran of the US Marine corps, Rubenstein found the Renegades much easier than any bootcamp he had been a part of. Ben just wanted to be a part of this team in any capacity. The Vet played one season for the Gades and showed great promise at the plate. He scored 1 run in 6 trips to the plate in his short career, but that hit was a bomb down the 3rd base line that Long Island’s third baseman will not forget.  Ben attempted a comeback late in the 2014 season with eyes to playing in 2015.  He got his rhythm back in July of 2014 but as the 2015 season began, Ben had to head back into retirement.  He has hopes of helping the Renegades off the field in the future

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#29 Evan Silver (2003-2015)
Midfielder, Rover

HI HO SILVER!  You heard that call every time Evan stepped to the plate or made a defensive put-out.  Silver was been a pampered athlete on the Renegades in the past because he was one of the first players to have his own personal pitcher.   He thrived on the pitching of Rob Weissman in the 2004 season.  Since then, Weissman did not pitch often and Silver has struggled at the plate.  That struggle ended in the 2008 Long Island Classic as Evan Silver was named co-offensive MVP (with Luis Marquez) for his five runs scored and his .500 batting average.  Silver’s bat  represented 26% of the offensive output for Boston in their Long Island Classic championship.  Evan was a great teammate and kept the guys loose.  He always worked hard and was a chemistry guy for sure.  When Evan left the team he was just one of 7 players who played in 100 or more games for the Renegades and ranked 5th all-time with 12 games played

  • Awards: 2008 Long Island Classic Offensive MVP .500 (5-10)
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#27 Jon Simeone (2004)
Pinch Hitter

Jon played for the Renegades while he studied law in the Boston area.  Jon played one season for Boston in 2004 and was used as a pinch hitter.  He played in 7 games with  7 at bats and only 2 strike-outs.  He was good at putting the ball in play but he struggled with his foot speed.  He was credited with starting a rally and building the team’s confidence in its come from behind win over the Chicago Bluff in 2004.

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#16 John Smith (2002)

John played on the original 2002 Boston Renegade team with his wife Gail.  John was one of the top players from the first season as he was tied for 2nd on the team in runs scored (4) and tied for third on the team with 3 defensive stops.  John played in 5 NBBA sanctioned games and hit .235 (4 for 17) with 10 strike-outs and 3 defensive put-outs.

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#43 Melissa Smith (2010)
Rover

Smith joined the team in 2010 and played only one half of a season before retiring. She was only available to play in one game for the Renegades in the 2010 season and did not see any action in the field. Smith retired because she could not devote the time she needed to play the game and she wanted to focus on earning her graduate degree.

Brian Switzer

Brian Switzer (2015)

Brian was very excited to join the team in 2015 and jumped right into things as soon as the season started making long commutes from his home in Easton, Mass.  He brought with him an athletic background as an accomplished marathon runner.  As the season progressed, Brian had to deal with some health issues and had to leave the team.  Though he will not be with the team in 2016, he has his eyes on returning for the 2017 season.

 

 

Tim Syphers

#41 Tim Syphers (2013-2016)
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.

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#13 Dino Vasile (2004-2012, 2014)
Shorty, 1st Base, Midfield

Dino played 8 years for the Renegades and in his last year of playing which was 2010 he was second all-time in team history in runs scored (117) and defensive stops (164).  Dino acted as a defensive coach in 2011. In 2012 he returned to play but the year was cut short with what we thought was a serious neck injury but after months of rehab it cleared up when he changed the firmness of his mattress.  Dino was one of the faces of the Renegade team as he was hard working, outspoken and hard nosed on the field.  Vasile earned his first defensive MVP as he placed 2nd on the 2009 Bolingbrook defensive all-star team and may have made the World Series All-star team in 2009 if his season was not cut short with a lacerated lip injury against Tyler which required stitches.  It should be noted that after they stitched him up, he wanted to get into the game against Wichita.  Thats how tough Dino was as a player.  When Dino was unable to play he did some amazing work coaching some of the players to improve their defensive skills.  Dino got the itch after taking the year off in 2013 and returned as a player in mid -2014.

  • Awards: 2009 Bolingbrook Defensive All star 2nd place (21 stops)
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#65 Eloy Vega (2005)
Rover, Midfielder

Eloy played one season with the Renegades after coming to Boston from the North Carolina Beep ball league.  Though the rules were slightly different, Eloy was able to quickly pick up the game.  Eloy played in 10 games for Boston in 2005.  He made 4 defensive stops for the team.  He did not score a run for Boston but he did improve dramatically through the season as he did have the lowest Strike-out percentage in the 2005 World Series at 31% for Boston.  He finished his Boston career  0-13 with 4 strike-outs.

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#22 Tom Walsh (2006)
Rover

For NBBA enthusiasts, Tom Walsh has been mistaken by many to look like Jeff Dell (who is considered one of the better players in the game).  Walsh busted onto the scene making an instant impact as a rookie.  He scored the second highest total of runs for a Renegade rookie (9) in 2006 and set a rookie record for lowest Strike-out percentage (19%).  Walsh did this despite missing time to injuries and taking time off to attend guide dog school in the middle of the season.

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#10 JJ Ward (2003-2012, 2015)
1st Base, Rover, Shorty

Ward fell in love with hitting. He spent the entire 2006 off season working on his swing in the batting cages on his own. That work paid off in 2007 as he had his best season ever. JJ scored 17 times in 2007 which almost equaled the 20 runs he had scored in the previous 4 seasons of play. The 2012 season may have been Ward’s finest as he played in all 15 games and helped on both sides of the ball. Offensively he scored 17 runs and hit .309 (his 3rd highest batting average of his career) and he also contributed with 18 stops on defense for a career best.  JJ took time off after the 2012 season to take care of is new family and decided to come back to the team for the 2015 season.  Sadly, early in the season he broke three toes and was hobbled for most of the year but he played a key role off the bench for the Renegades in the World Series helping the team to its best finish ever (5th).  More family issues has taken him away from the game in 2016 and he plans to return in 2017.  He walked away from the Renegades ranked 4th all-time in games played (126), 8th in runs scored (94) and 9th in defensive stops (72).  JJ also hit .267 in his career with the Renegades.

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#28 Rich Welch (2007)
3rd Base

Welch was a rookie in the 2007 season to Beepball and the Renegades but was no novice to playing ball.  He has the most recent experience on the team in playing “sighted” ball as he had been playing softball with his co-workers in recent years with his visual impairment.  He has quickly picked up the hitting part of the game as he has been making contact since the first practice.

Lindsay Yazolino

#35 Lindsay Yazzolino (2013)

Rover

“Yaz” is a common hall of fame Red Sox hero that many people in the area know.  But the Renegades refer to Yaz as Lindsay Yazzolino.  She came to us from the Seattle, Washington area after graduating Brown University in 2011. Another brain on the team. She is a research assistant in a cognitive neuroscience Lab investigating how blind people use brain areas normally involved in vision for cognitive functions.  We signed her after she saw our documentary in April 2013 and she had always wanted to know what it would be like to play baseball.  Her short career involved playing on part of our team that won the Long Island Classic as she appeared in two of those four games against the PA Wolf Pack and the Long Island Bombers.

Retired Coaches

 Yuki Ara

Yuki Ara (2015-2016)
Volunteer/Spotter/Catcher

Yuki was introduced to the Renegades during a SABR (Society for Baseball Research) meeting when the Renegades gave a presentation to the Boston chapter.  She was moved by the presentation and asked to become part of the program.  Yuki came to us from Japan and as an avid baseball fan.  While in Boston, Yuki worked at Children’s Hospital as a data Analyst.  Prior to coming to the states she worked in the medical field as a doctor.  In the two season Yuki spent with the team she was a valuable asset and was part of our World Series roster in 2015/2016.  Not only did she helps us with our fitness and medical issues, she was at nearly every practice doing anything we asked of her.  She kept many records for us, scored many games and caught and called during many practices.  She even saw some action in the field in 2015 as a caller.  Sadly, Yuki left us after the 2016 season to move back to Japan.  We do hope she returns in the future and will always have a place on our squad!

Chuba Arah

Chuba Arah (2014-2015)
Marketing and Special Projects

The 4th Volunteer to come to the Renegades from IBM is Chuba Arah.  Chuba is a huge baseball fan who comes from Nigeria.  In the fall of 2013, the Renegade documentary played in his hometown of Randolph.  He came out to watch the film and was inspired.  That inspiration turned into an interest in volunteering.  Chuba confesses he does not have much of an athletic prowess, but he has strong technical skills.  We do hope some day he will help us on the field if his schedule will allow but in the meantime he has already helped us with some back end projects.  Chuba is taking on some projects for the team that includes getting our mailing list up and running and updating our youtube accounts so we have our own channel.

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Marlon Banta (2004-2005)
Hitting Coach

Marlon was active with the Renegades in the 2004 season helping the team improve their hitting.  He was also active in helping with some catching duties in practice.  Marlon was a calming influence on the players and loved the game.  He was also active in fundraising for the team in the 2005 season.

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.  Karin left the team at the start of the 2018 season after the birth of her son.  she has said she will always be a Renegades fan

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#42 Nick Bebas (2003-2010)
Hitting Coach & Spotter

Nick joined the Renegades in 2003 as one of the first volunteers Weissman brought on to the team. He joined the team to bring some needed baseball background. Bebas was the first coach assigned to help players learn the fundamentals of the swing. During the games you could find him manning the on-deck circle helping players prepare for their at-bat and in the field helping players align themselves in the Boston defense. Nick was one of the first coaches we ever put on to the field to help our spotters when we were in a one caller defense. He was the primary spotter in 2004 & 2005 and was on the field for us in the Renegades quest to become the winner of the Barbeque bracket at the World Series. Nick’s calming attitude helped the players relax in the pressure situations. Nick left the team to raise his son in 2010 and we hope one day to have him return to the field.

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#22 Nick Chisholm (2013-2015)
Defense Coach/Spotter/Pitcher

Nick found us through a mutual friend of Joe McCormick’s at Harvard University where they both attended school.  His baseball resume is very impressive as he played very high levels of baseball in Canada for team Ontario as a pitcher and a catcher.  He has pitched for the Harvard club baseball team and in the Boston Park league as well.  His competitive drive was a perfect fit as he enjoys scouting out his opponents to give him the upper hand in competition.  Nick helped the team on both sides of the game and was the first rookie coach to make an appearance calling in his first season helping the team win 4 games from the right side of the defense!  Yes, one more smart guy added to the Renegade coaching staff.  Nick showed promise as a pitcher during the 2014 season but his career plans ended up taking him out of Boston as he pursued his graduate studies in California in the spring of 2015.  Nick’s ability to work both the offensive and defensive sides of the game was unique and when he left the team, he was the first coach in history to be successfully converted from a spotter into a pitcher.

Ben Coiner

Ben Coiner (2016-2018)
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 as 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 made a quick impact.  Ben was a constant presence during his time with the team.  He left the Boston area in the middle of the 2018 season to attend Med School at Vanderbilt University.    His work volunteering for the Renegades was featured in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Bulletin.

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#21 Dan Coter (2002-2016)
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

Brian Cutler

Brian Cutler (2014)
Volunteer

Brian was looking for a volunteer opportunity for his son Seth and found the Renegades in the New England Baseball Journal in 2013.  He kept that in mind and reached out to us in spring of 2014 seeing how Seth could get involved.  We roped Brian in as well and the two of them are enjoying a father/son volunteer activity.  Brian is an athlete as he competes in triathlons.  He has pretty much done anything we ask at practice including hitting grounders to the defense, working with hitters on a hit stick, helping base runners, shooting video and much more.  The Cutlers have become an important presence at practice this season as the team has been short handed on Wednesday nights.  We are lucky Brian remembered that article from 2013.

Seth Cutler

Seth Cutler (2014)
Volunteer

Seth is the youngest volunteer on the Renegades staff in 2014 as he started with us at 12 years of age.  Seth is an avid baseball fan and player as he is a pitcher for his bay state baseball team.  He was looking for a volunteer opportunity and his father, Brian thought this would be a good experience for him.  Brian thought it would be a unique experience that would tie his love of baseball into a way for Seth to learn about the value of volunteering.  Seth has been helping us catch, run defensive drills, shoot video and help move the guys from station to station at practice. He is eager to learn and its very cool to have someone of his age around the team

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#40 Trent Davis (2011)
Volunteer

Trent joined the team in 2011 after having ties to beepball over the years. In 2000, Trent actually played in a game against Weissman’s Lowell beepball team. It was here where he gained an interest in the game. In 2008, he volunteered to be a field ump for the team in a double header against the PA Wolfpack. With long time friendships with Rob Weissman, Bryan Grillo, Rick Myers and Nick Bebas he joined the Renegade staff. Trent was helpful in all aspects of the game for the team as he helped out by hitting grounders, manning hit sticks, catching and being the type of volunteer willing to try anything.

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#39 Joe Duggan (2011-2012)
Pitcher

Known to all of the Renegades as MR D. He officially joined the team in 2011 as a volunteer. Mr D had been around the team due to the fact his son, Joey has been playing since 2009. The guys love the fact that he can hit the ball with authority to the team when they are taking a defensive practice. He has been a big addition and pretty much fills any role we need him to from setting up the bases, hitting grounders, working base running and helping out with the hit stick. He is the first ever father of a player to join the team. In 2012, he tried his hand at pithing and became the 7th person to toe the rubber in a game (and first lefty) in the Renegades history. His highlight was hooking up for a run scoring hit with his son against York which was one of 4 runs we have scored against him in just 9 at-bats

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#12 Dave Fardo (2006-2008)
Hitting Coach

Dave Fardo found beepball through his classmate at Harvard, Justin Manjourides.  Fardo brings a strong baseball background with him from Kentucky.  He has made an instant impact in working with rookies and veterans to teach them the fundamentals of hitting.  Fardo’s background and teaching ability made him an impact coach from day #1.  He can be found working on swing mechanics at all of the Renegade practices.

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#47 Raphael Ferry (2011-2012, 2015)
Hitting Coach

Raph joined the team midway through the 2011 season after hearing about the sport from coach Justin Manjourides. Raph is an avid baseball player and a fan. His baseball pedigree surpasses all of the other Renegade coaches as he pitched for Tufts University. He also added more of an international flavor to the team as he is a resident of Switzerland. While there, he actually played on the national baseball team. Raph’s presence was a blessing for the team as he was looking for a rewarding volunteer activity and found one that matched his passion for baseball. He helped all of the hitters with their swings and was a constant presence at practice. We were lucky to get his pedigree on our coaching staff. Raph left the team and the country mid-way through the 2012 season to pursue his MBA in Europe.  Raph returned to the Renegades in the 2015 season as a part time Volunteer to help out the team despite having a work week that exceeds 60 hours a week during “easy times”.

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#18 Kether Gunn (2011)
Catcher

Kether became the youngest Renegade volunteer in 2011 as he joined the team while still in high school. Kether helped the team out on the offensive side of the game by catching batting practice and helping out with manning a hit stick. Kether also helped out at a few fundraising events for the team and the important thing is that he learned all about volunteering and giving back at a young age.

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#5 Jacki Jones (2008-2010, 2015-2017)
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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#34 Steve Kasha (2004-2007)
Defensive/Running Coach & Pitcher/Spotter

KASHA…KASHA…KASHA. That was the team cry as Steve helped the 2004 team pick up their first win as he helped the team with its best relief pitching outing in team history. In only his 2nd game as a pitcher, Kasha took the bump and helped lead the Renegades back from a big hole against the Chicago Bluff. Steve became a full-time coach in 2003 where he got his start as a spotter and running/defensive coach. In 2004 and 2005 his focus has turned more to pitching. He was a major player in 2 of the 3 wins in 2004 as he was also the starting pitcher in their win against the Rocky Mountain Eagles.  Kasha was instrumental as a volunteer as he led many “Kasha practices” to help players improve their hitting.

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#31 Kristen Kirk (2006-2010)
Defense/Running Coach

Volunteers can be found in many places.  Kristen was discovered after talking to Luis Marquez on a public bus.  It all started innocently with a conversation about his dog, Xion.  By the end of the 2005 season, Kristen was very interested in helping out the team. Kristen’s attention to detail (as an accountant at Mass Eye and Ear) has paid immediate returns in helping the team stay organized.  Committing herself to a bunch of strangers for 20+ dates of practice proves that accountants know how to socialize.

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#8 Lisa Klinkenberg (2011-2013)
Trainer and base running coach

Lisa brought a unique set of skills to the Renegades and something the team benefited from early on. Lisa is a nationally certified group fitness instructor and a yoga instructor. Combine these experiences with the fact she has a degree in physical therapy and she was a good fit for the team. Lisa helped the players with their stretching, base running and even with some injuries. She became an important factor helping players with body mechanics so they could be more aware and improve their skills on the field and was a driving factor in helping some of the newer players grow quickly and improve their skills.  Lisa was with the team at the 2013 World Series.

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Bill Le (2011-2012)
Team photographer and Web Site admin

Any avid Red Sox fan equates Bill Lee to a famous lefty who stood on the mound for the sox in the 70’s. That Bill Lee was famous for shooting off his mouth with famous remarks like calling his manager Don Zimmer a Gerbil. Well, that’s not the same guy. This Bill can be found shooting photos of the team. Photography is a passion for his. Bill also helps the team by updating and improving the back end of the web site. Bill’s photos will be used to help promote the team and help players get grants to help cover expenses of the team.

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#00 Justin Manjourides (2005-2015)
Defensive Coach & Spotter

While getting a graduate degree at Harvard University in Bio Statistics, Justin was asked to see if he could apply his brain power to the sport of Beep Baseball. 2012 marks his eight year as a coach and he has stepped it up big time. Justin worked very hard to help the Renegades develop a new defensive plan for the 2006 season and has a new scheme planned for 2013. Justin has spent more games in the spotter role than any other coach as he has teamed with Grillo to lead the defense for 25 games in his career while the team was in a single caller system. Since the team adopted a dual calling system, he has called the 2nd most games (27) and has been split on both the left and right side. He was the left side caller when Justen Cantan was named to the All Star team and was on the right side when Guy Zuccarello was named defensive MVP in 2012 and an all star in 2013.

Corey Michelson

Corey Michelson (2014)
Volunteer

Corey joined the Renegades in the middle of the 2014 season.  He brings with him a strong baseball background as he plays club baseball at the University of Maryland where he just finished his Freshman year.  Corey has jumped in and has been helping the team’s offense by working with players swings.  He also helps out the defense with his ability to hit bombs to the deep outfielders. The amazing thing about Corey is many of the times he has come to practice, he has done it with a two hour round trip commute.  We do appreciate his dedication and commitment!

Danny Meltzer

Danny Meltzer (2013)
Hitting Coach

Danny Meltzer joined the team in 2013 just before he graduated Harvard and moved to Israel.  Though he was with the team for just 2 months, he made an instant impact on our hitting.  He taught us a new way to explain how to keep players weight behind the ball, something that has really resonated.  Meltzer is an accomplished baseball player and coach as he managed the Harvard Baseball Club team.  He also spent two summers in Vietnam working with the Vietnamese youth baseball team.  His ability to work with non-English speaking Vietnamese players honed his communication skills to then work with players who could not see him.  Though just with us for half a season, Meltzer left his mark on Renegade hitters and coaches!

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#8 Nikki Myers (2006-2007)
Base Running Coach/Staff Photographer

After coming to watch Boston’s home game against Long Island in 2005, Nikki was amazed and anxious to be a part of the Renegade family in 2006.  Though she was already part of the family simply by her marriage to Rick Myers, she wanted to be actively involved.  In 2006, she took the plunge and has been helping where ever she is needed.  Her love of photography has given her and the team a great opportunity to document the season. We hope to have many of her photos up on the site as the 2006 season unfolds.

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#25 Matt Nippins (2006-2011)
Defense Coach, Spotter, Catcher, Trainer

Since 2000, Nippins has had season tickets in the bleachers next to Weissman and Grillo. He heard stories of the Renegades for years until one day at work he bumped into a co-worker asking her about her hat. In a small world story, he quickly found a link to his co-worker (Carolyn Tassini) and his seats at Fenway. His deep love of baseball and these friendships kicked started him into action with the Renegades in 2006. Nipps has been willing to do anything at practice including coaching all aspects of the game. He has found a love for the defensive side of the game and you can hear him breaking balls (literally and figuratively) at all of the Boston practices. Matt was a regular coach at the World Series from 2007-2010 Matt has been a part time caller in the Renegades dual caller system and called 10 games in the 2010-2011 seasons.

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Jeff Paladino (2009-2012)
Special Assignments – Hitting Coach

Jeff joins the squad officially as a hitting coach in 2009. It has been an easy transition for him because he has been around the team since his wife joined the team in 2006. Jeff has been acting as the team’s umpire. During a game between Boston and the Pennsylvania Wolfpack, Jeff quickly learned that beepball has some different rules. During one of his first innings as an umpire he just missed having a nasty collision as a Renegade player ran down the third base line trying to score a run. In baseball, players don’t run from home to third but in beepball its a common occurrence. Thankfully everyone was safe and collisions were avoided. Since the birth of his son, Jeff has taken some time off from the Renegades but has been available to help out at a few practices to stay involved and we hope he will return to the regular coaching ranks in the future

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Jerrid Parent (2012)
Volunteer

Jerrid joined the team with his girlfriend ReBecca as he too works with Joe O’Neill’s mom. Jerrid played baseball in High School (which was not that long ago for him). He is a take charge guy who learns quickly and is always willing to help out. Jerrid was a huge part of the team in 2012 as he was often called upon to use his arm to keep the team defense prepared. You can always easily spot him at practice because he wears jeans even when it’s 90 degrees out. Jerrid has done anything the team has asked him to do ..and does it well. We are thankful to have such a dedicated volunteer.

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ReBecca Dree Parlon (2012)
Volunteer

Rebecca joined the team at the start of the 2012 season as she heard about the sport from her co-worker who is Joe O’Neill’s mother. Rebecca played softball when she was younger and is actively involved in youth cheer leading. She has taken a can do attitude and has helped the Gades all year doing anything she is asked from being part of team defense to catching to helping out in just about every drill the team does. ReBecca is not responsible for any of the Renegades cheers but we may ask her to add some flavor to them in the future.

Alex Pedicini

Alex Pedicini (2015)
Volunteer

Alex found out about the Boston Renegades through a customer of his at his company, Ubersense.  This customer actually spent a week volunteering at the 2003 World Series in Colorado and many years later helped the Renegades introduce video analysis to their coaching repertoire.  Enter Alex Pedicini.  Alex came out to see the Renegades in 2014 to shoot a video on the Renegades to be used to promote Ubersense and how its clients get use of their product.  Alex has one of the most interesting baseball backgrounds in Renegades history as he was formerly a scout for the New York Yankees where he did advanced scouting and analysis of their upcoming opponents.  Alex is currently working for Ubersense and is helping the team take full advantage of the video analysis tools.  We are excited to have Alex aboard as he brings another baseball mind to the Renegades coaching staff.  In Alex’s first practice night he Renegades he worked with a new prospect and helped him to actually make contact with the ball in his very first batting practice.  We are looking forward to making Alex a key part of our hitting coach staff

Sudheer Poluru

Sudheer Poluru (2014)
Hitting Coach

Sudheer becomes the 3rd student from the Harvard University Baseball Club team to join the coaching ranks.  This Chicago native had opportunities to play Division 1 baseball as a third baseman but instead opted for academics at Harvard.  He adds more depth to the smartest team in the league as he is working on a degree in economics and psychology.  His baseball pedigree will help the offensive production of our team and his can-do attitude is exactly what is needed from our new coaches!  Sudheer left the team after one season to focus on graduation with plans to move away from the area.  He promises to support us when we travel to his home city of Chicago!

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#4 Emily Snow-Bebas (2004-2007, 2010)
Base Running Coach

Snow joined the squad as a coach in 2004 after hearing about the game from other coaches.  She stayed with the team on the field until the end of the 2007 season and then returned for 2010 as Snow-Bebas (after getting married to coach Nick Bebas). She helps bring the testosterone level down a notch, and keeps both the players and coaches in check. Her perspective is welcomed to the team as she helps players see their potential. Snow can also be found on the field helping teach players better form while running the bases.

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Sean Sweeney (2013)
Volunteer

Sweeney joined the squad midway through the 2013 season after getting back from studying abroad in Spain as part of his international Relations degree at William and Mary University.  He is also minoring in Hispanic studies.  We were hoping to put his language skills to a test as we almost had a recruit from the Dominican Republic who is more comfortable speaking spanish.  Despite missing the first half of the season, Sean fit right in.  He came to the team through Joe McCormick and brought a sports background to the squad as he played baseball until he turned 15 then turned to Track in High School.  Sean helped the team in many areas including catching BP, hit stick work and hitting grounders to the defense.  He was been a constant force at practice and we were fortunate to have him for half of a season.  Sean left the team when he took a job in DC following his graduation from William And Mary.  We wish him the best as he starts his career in politics!

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#25 Carolyn Tassini (2005)
Defense Coach, Spotter, Trainer

Carolyn came to the team for one short year in 2005.  She found the team on the web at a website called volunteermatch.com.  It was a match made in heaven as she made an instant impact on the team and the sport made an immediate impact on her life.  Carolyn brought her athletic training background to the team and was able to help keep players on the field through many ankle injuries in the 2005 season.  Carolyn left the team after the 2005 season when she moved to Philadelphia.  Her love for the game carried over and she has been spotting for the Pennsylvania Wolfpack for the 2006-2008 seasons.

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#13 Dino Vasile (2011, 2013)
Defense Coach

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

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#12 Laura Ward (2009-2013)
Defensive/Running Coach & Spotter

Laura was just looking for anything she could do for the team in 2009. She found a niche as a volunteer for the Renegades. She can be found doing just about anything. Laura has been instrumental in helping organize some of the teams’ fundraising events. Laura is the ultimate team player and is willing to take on anything for the team. She is one of the main reasons the Renegades will be hosting their first ever four team tournament in July because she has the drive to make it the best event the Renegades have ever had. Laura wanted to do more than fundraising and learned to call in the Renegades defense. Since the Gades moved to a two caller system in 2010 Laura has called the thrid most amount of games, calling 20 games from the right side.

Calista Weissman

Calista Weissman (2011-2013)
Volunteer

Calista is the youngest volunteer we have ever had. At just 9 years of age this go getter started volunteering for the team. The niece of coach Rob and daughter of Lisa Klinkenberg; Calista is not shy. Calista helps the team with basic things at practice such as getting paperwork filled out, working the base switch, working drills with the defense. Her outgoing attitude makes it easy for a little kid to fit in with the Renegades. She and her brothers started working with the team part time in 2011 and we hope they all grow up with the Gades.