The Mets Sandlot Baseball League looks toward an exciting 2016 season

Bayside Rebels 2015 pic
Photo courtesy of the Mets Sandlot Baseball League

As the calendar turns to a new year, the board members of the Mets Sandlot Baseball League (MSBL) looked back on a successful 2015 and look forward to an even better 2016.

After spending December closing out the 2015 books and submitting 2016 requests for field permits, the MSBL is getting their players into the batting cages and starting to work on their baseball skills for the upcoming baseball year.

“As we look back to 2015, we do look back and smile at the all the fun we had, and all of the learned lessons,” said John Guarneri, press manager for the MSBL. “Starting back in February 2015 with the MSBL Winter Workouts, the Zucchi Brothers worked with many of the MSBL players and did a great job preparing them for the year ahead.”

In April, the league started playing in playing official games in the New York City Elite (NYCE) Travel League.

“After some rough weather during March and early April, we finally got the teams on the field playing games,” Guarneri said. “After the short spring portion of the season was completed in early June, we then sent the best teams from the 11/12u and 13/14u divisions to the AABC tournament.”

The Asopec 12u, Whitestone BlueJays 12u, and Middle Village Razorbacks 13u teams all represented the MSBL with their solid play and sportsmanship in the tournament. The NYCE season continued with its summer portion, which also saw the start of a new 9/10u division.

The LND Reds 10u and the Asopec 12u won their divisions while the Bayside Little League Rebels 13/14u team had the best winning percentage in their division.

Once the NYCE Travel League season was over, the MSBL started to focus on the fall season. It was time for the fourth season of the Whitestone Bayside Flushing (WBF) Fall League.

The WBF Whitestone BlueJays, took home first place and the championship; the WBF Bayside Brewers finished in second place and the WBF Flushing BearCats were third.

“Looking ahead to 2016, we do plan to start with the 2016 winter workout program, once again hosted by the Zucchi Brothers,” Guarneri said. “These workouts are open to all 12-13u players and will focus on hitting and strength building and conditioning.”

For more information on the MSBL, visit their website at www.wbfbaseball.com.