By the time you read this posting, you will know the out come of the Major League Baseball’s 2010 All-Star game in Anaheim, CA. Did the National League finally break their 13-year losing streak? Did the American League continue its dominance of this annual tradition? The All-Star game marks the halfway point for the MLB season with lots more games to see in the hometowns of the MLB teams before the next World Series is decided.
You do not have to go to an MLB city to see a great baseball game or miss your baseball fix while you are on vacation on Cape Cod. Cape Cod is home to one of the premier amateur baseball leagues in the nation, the Cape Cod Baseball League, CCBL. Since its formation in 1885, the CCBL has been a stop for thousands of future major league players. Last year, 217 CCBL alumni were playing in the majors or one in seven of the current MLB players spent time honing their skills on Cape Cod.
The Cape League is recognized as one of the best summer leagues in the country by college coaches and professional baseball scouts. College players from all college divisions are recruited to play in the ten-team league. College coaches want their players to have the experience of the team format and the opportunity to test their skills against players from different college divisions. Players can see how good they are at a level or two above where they play their college games. In 1985, the Cape League became the first collegiate summer league (one of only two) to return to wood bats from the aluminum bats. Professional ball is played with wood bats and the Cape League is one of the few places the scouts can see how a player can hit under the same conditions as in the majors.
For visitors to Cape Cod, seeing a game is never a problem. Teams are located in Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Cotuit, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Orleans, Wareham, and Yarmouth-Dennis. Between the start of the season this year on June 13 and the end of the regular season on August 4, 2010, three to five games are scheduled each day/night of the week. The playoffs start August 6 and run through August 14 if necessary.
See complete 2010 schedule and direction to the ten team’s fields at www.capecodbaseball.org.
The Classic Inns of Historic Cape Cod Bay have Inn members near all of these unique baseball venues. Ask your innkeepers about their favorite teams? Ask which of the team’s past players are now on the national scene that they may have meet when they were just dreaming of the big leagues here on Cape Cod. Let your Innkeeper help you get to their nearby field to experience the highest level of amateur baseball in a unique Cape Cod setting.
You may get the chance to watch a future Cy Young winner in action, see the ball go out of the park off the bat of the that future All-Star game Home Run Derby title holder or see the 2015 World Series MVP run the bases or make that double play throw. Also for the real die-hard baseball fans more information and memorabilia can be found at the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame exhibit at the JFK Museum located in downtown Hyannis.
The Cape Cod Baseball League is celebrating its 126th season and continues to provide fans with competitive baseball entertainment, where the country’s top college players display multi-dimensional skills in their purest form. The CCBL motto is:
“Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight”
This posting by the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center. Stay tuned for the next posting by the Beechwood Inn.