On Sunday August 8th, featured players from past years' NY Midget teams participated in an Alumni Invitational Game against the current NY
Midget team. Thirteen players were confirmed for this eight inning game.
Umpires worked the plate and the bases and the game was
The Alumni players took pre-game batting practice and wore their old NY uniform.
A box-score from the game is posted here.
Pictures are posted here,
here, and here.
NY Midget Alumni Roster:
Blachford played with the NY Midget team from 2004-2005. Mike caught,
pitched, and starred for the NY Midgets during the initial rebuilding years.
Mike was the first player approached to make the transition from NYBA Bantam
houseleague to Midget Rep. Mike finished his career with a .350% average
and 67 RBI in only two seasons, plus 9 wins and 4 complete games on the mound.
Mike was voted the team's best hitter in 2005 and still holds NY Midget records
for consecutive at-bats with a hit (6) and RBI in a single game (8).
Szczachor played with the NY Midget team in 2008. After changing teams
three times in three years, Anthony found a home with the NY Midgets as a solid
and dependable backup catcher. Anthony once accidentally volunteered to
pitch in a game - contributing to the NY Midgets' second largest loss in team
Anthony caught Brendan's complete game 12-1 victory over the
East Pointe Express in the CABA Michigan 18u State Tournament.
Tysdale played with the NY Midget team from 2004-2006. Wes was an
irreplaceable part of his team's tournament victory in Oshawa ('06) and at the
2006 TBA Championships.
Between 2004 and 2006, Wes increased his batting average by 100 points, added 50
points to his on-base percentage, and stole 79 bases (which is third highest all
time). His .324 career average is fifth highest all time among players who
played at least two years. In both 2004 and 2006, Wes was awarded a
Most Improved Player trophy.
Echlin played with the NY Midget team from 2005-2007. Rob's determination
and consistency contributed to his teams tournament victories (Ajax '06, Oshawa
'06, Bolton '07) and on route to winning the 2006 TBA Championship.
Between 2005 and 2007, Rob added 100 points to his batting average, doubled his
at-bats, tripled his runs and RBI totals and lowered his strikeout-to-plate
appearance ratio from .38 to .17. Rob earned a Most Improved Player award
Mooney played with the NY Midget team from 2006-2008 and attended the CABA 18u
World Series with the team in 2009. Jake excelled in each season both at
the plate and on the mound. Jake finished his NY Midget career with a
.324% batting average, 83 stolen bases, a .479% on-base percentage, a 14-6
win/loss record and 158 strikeouts. In 2006, Jake pitched 10 consecutive innings
without allowing a hit and reached base in 12 consecutive at-bats. In 2008,
Jake pitched a no-hitter and hit for the cycle. Jake's
teammates voted him the Most Valuable Player in 2007 and 2008.
Lynch played with the NY Midget team from 2007-2009. Brendan's competitive
edge helped drive his 'big game' successes. Brendan earned tournament
game MVP awards four times and pitched two complete games in the CABA Michigan
State tournament in 2008.
On June 22nd 2007, Brendan set an NY Midget team record by striking out 13
batters in one game. In 2008, Brendan contributed to a no-hitter by
striking out 9 batters in three innings. At the end of the 2009
season, Brendan's teammates voted him Team Leader.
Back played with the NY Midget team from 2005-2007. Randy was the team's
starting shortstop throughout each season, during NY Midget
tournament victories (Ajax '06, Oshawa '06), and on route to winning the 2006
Randy's five hits in a 2006 single game is still an NY Midget record.
In all three of his seasons, Randy's teammates unanimously voted him the team's
Best Defensive Player.
Hersch played for the NY Midget team from 2004-2006 and completed his NY career
by leading his team to the 2006 TBA Championship. Steve brought stability
to the centre-field position and the leadoff spot of the batting order. In
2005, Steve stole 59 bases (including 7 in one game) toward an NY Midget career
record of 154 stolen bases. Steve also holds career records for runs,
hits, on-base percentage, and plate appearances. In 2006, Steve recorded a
14-game hitting streak. In all three of his seasons, Steve's teammates
voted him both Team Leader and Most Valuable Player.
Chris Gott played for the NY Midget team from 2005-2006 and with the team during the 2007 trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Chris dominated on the mound during both full seasons and led his team to the
2006 TBA Championship.
Chris ended his career with a tiny 2.14 ERA and 123 strikeouts. In 2005,
Chris struck-out 7 batters in a row. Chris holds the NY Midget record for
complete games with 12 and he pitched an impressive 21-inning streak in which he
did not walk a batter. Chris's teammates voted him Best Pitcher in both
2005 and 2006.
Robert Ghandour played for the NY Midget team from 2007-2008. Robert's skill set included all three major baseball tools - speed,
pitching, and power.
Robert finished his career with a 10-2 pitching record, a .357% batting average
(an NY Midget record), and a .459% on-base percentage. His 2008
season was highlighted by an amazing .528% on-base percentage.
In 2007, Robert's teammates voted him the team's Best Pitcher and the team's Best
Fox-Pappas played for the NY Midget team in 2009. Robin's approachable
nature was invaluable in helping connect the older '91 players with the younger
'93 players. Robin contributed to his team's finish as finalists in the
Oshawa tournament and at the TBA Championship.
One of the highlights of Robin's season occurred on June 25th when he went 4-4
with three doubles and a 9th inning intentional walk against a team managed by
Robin's former coaches.
Usher played for the NY Midget team in 2006. Sean helped his team win two
tournaments (Ajax '06, Oshawa '06) and the TBA Championship.
A true power hitter, Sean's 50 RBI are the second highest single-season total
ever achieved by a NY Midget player. Underrated on the basepaths, Sean
also stole 10 bases in 2006.
One of Sean's career defining moments was the homerun he crushed into the trees
in Lewiston, NY to continue a team rally. Sean also won the homerun
derby event at the 2006 Cannon Cup in Oakville.
Newbold played for the NY Midget team from 2007-2009. Justin helped his
team win two tournaments (Bolton '07, St. Clair Shores '08) and his 2009 team
finished in third place at the OBA Championship.
Signed as LHP, Justin developed into a well-rounded outfielder and stolen-base
threat - stealing a team-high 39 bases in 2009. Justin's best season was
his 2008 year in which he had a .367% average, a .420% on-base percentage,
contributed to a no-hitter, and hit a grand slam homerun in the CABA 18u
Michigan State Tournament.