Amazing Mets Win Championship 6-3 Over Twins In 19 Innings

September 28, 2014
2014 Nicewonger Champion Mets Team Photo

In the longest game in league history, and quite possibly the greatest, the Mets beat the Twins 6-3 in 19 long innings to capture their best of three series 2 games to 1 and claim their second straight Nicewonger division championship.

The epic battle featured just about everything that could possibly happen in a baseball game, great pitching, defensive gems, escapes from bases loaded no out jams, runners thrown out at the plate.

Read the full article.

Giants Win 15th Division Championship By Sweeping Astros

September 22, 2014
2014 Dunn Champion Giants Team Photo

The 2014 Giants completed an undefeated march through the Dunn division playoffs by sweeping the Astros for their 15th division championship. Manager Mike Boesch guided the Giants to an impressive 13-6-1 regular season record in the very competitive Dunn division and then the Giants won all four playoff contests to put an exclamation point on their 2014 championship season.

Read more about the 2014 Giants championship season.

Yankees Sweep Orioles To Win First Championship Ever!

September 22, 2014
2014 Ettare Champion Yankees Team Photo

After enduring 26 years of frustration the Yankees are finally champions and they did it by pulling off one of the biggest shockers in league history by sweeping the four time consecutive champion and heavily favored Orioles!

Read more about the 2014 Yankees championship season.

Twins End Regular Season Undefeated

August 27, 2014

The amazing Twins swept the Reds on Sunday to finish a perfect 20-0 in the regular season. This is only the second time in 27 years that a team has won every game during the season. The 1992 Giants were the first team to accomplish perfection and they also swept their way through the playoffs to finish 28-0. Manager Kyle Madej's incredible pitching staff did not allow more than four runs in any game during the season. Congratulations to all of the Twins on your remarkable regular season achievement!

Full All-Star Classic Coverage Available

August 9, 2014

Full coverage of the 2014 Nicewonger All-Star Classic is now available. Read the Recap and check out the Box Score, Rosters, and Photos.

American All-Stars Upset National All-Stars 3-1

August 6, 2014

American All-Stars manager Kyle Madej (Twins) took advantage of stingy pitching, including three Ettare Division Orioles, to shutdown the heavily favored National All-Stars 3-1 in the lowest scoring All-Star game in SJMSBL league history. The National All-Stars were loaded with players from four of the six 18+ Nicewonger Division teams and the two top clubs from the Dunn Division but they never put up much of a fight.

Read the full coverage of the 2014 Nicewonger All-Star Classic including Recap, Box Score, Rosters, and Photos.

Editors Note: The stadium announcer inadvertently failed to announce National League coach Bryan Morrissey's name during the pregame ceremonies. The league apologizes to Bryan for this unfortunate moment. Bryan's efforts as Reds team manager earned him his spot on the All-Star Game field. The league greatly appreciates the many things Bryan has done this season to improve the Oak Grove field - including the donation of his own time and $150 in field care equipment.

Feduk, Madej Named 2014 All-Star Managers

August 2, 2014

Brian Feduk (Mets) and Kyle Madej (Twins) have been selected as the managers for the 2014 Nicewonger All-Star Classic. Feduk will manage the National team and Madej will run the American squad.

Feduk joined the league in 2002 as a member of the 25+ Pirates and moved over to the 18+ division in 2005 as a member of the Diamondbacks (future Mets). In 2008 he became the Mets manager in the 18+ division and took his team to the finals. Feduk’s Mets are the Nicewonger division defending champs and have won three division championships in six years. Brian has also won a MSBL National World Series Championship ring in 2011.

Madej first played in SJMSBL in 2003 on the Padres in the 18+ division. Kyle formed the Twins in 2012 and has led them to a perfect 13-0 record this season – the best record in the league. Twins pitchers have only allowed 21 runs in 13 games. Madej is a former college pitching coach, most recently at Deanza. Kyle won a MSBL National World Series Championship ring in 2011 as a team mate to opposing All-Star Game manager Brian Feduk.

Field Heroes Rescue Oak Grove

July 31, 2014
Field Heroes Rescue Oak Grove
Hector Esparza, Bryan Morrissey, José "Choo Choo" Medina, Jordan Romero, Seth Turner, Dave Meier.

Board member Dave Meier and a group of Reds worked tirelessly Thursday night to install new clay on the pitchers mound and batters boxes at Oak Grove.

The league purchased 250 lbs of clay mix, Bryan Morrissey and Dave Meier provided the tools and four Reds helped do the heavy lifting.

Oak Grove was in dire need of a facelift and in addition to the Field Heroes efforts the site also received a new 1B bag install and complete makeover from a landscaping company to repair the base paths and cut and weed the field.

BREAKING NEWS - League Schedule Wrecked

July 12, 2014
Schedule changing car accident at Fair Oaks Park
Schedule changing accident at Fair Oaks Park.

Early Sunday morning on July 6 a car lost control and smashed completely through the grandstands and into the backstop behind home plate at Fair Oaks Park.

The field is now closed indefinitely. Damage to the site includes a downed light pole, destroyed bleachers, press box knocked off the top of the grandstand on to the bleachers, hole punched through the wood of the backstop and compromised backstop support poles.

Doubleheaders at the field on July 13, 20 and 27 need to be rescheduled and changes will be made to the entire league schedule on these dates.

The league secured use at PAL Stadium on July 13 for the twin bill between the Phillies and Mariners thanks to the efforts of Phillies manager Patrick Battiste and team member Nate Wyms.

On July 20 games will be moved at three sites to create an open field for the double dip between Padres and Red Sox. Thanks to the Twins and Kyle Madej for moving his home games vs Mets over the hill to Aptos to open up a field.

The league is attempting to find a field for July 27 double header between the Padres and Mariners. Summer vacation at all of the school districts is proving to be a big obstacle as very few administrators, athletic directors and coaches are available for communication.

Ettare division double headers on July 27 could become single games at all sites to get a field for the Padres and Mariners to play one game. The second game of these double dips would be played on August 24 - pushing the playoffs back one week. Post season would start after Labor Day on September 7 the same day as the Dunn and Nicewonger divisions.

Managers will be sending out emails to inform players of any late schedule changes and the website Schedule will be updated as field changes are finalized.

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Dave Meier, Jon Trees, and Mike Zamba Elected to Board of Directors

February 28, 2014

Congratulations to Dave Meier, Jon Trees, and Mike Zamba on their elections to the board of directors.

Meier, co-founder of the SJMSBL and co-manager of the Brewers, has been in the league since its founding in 1988. He was elected to his third term having previously served two terms from 1998-2004.

Trees, manager of the Astros, has been in the league 19 years and was elected to his second term.

Zamba has been in the League since 1990. He's been on the Board of Directors since 1992, serving as President since 1996.

Elections are for three-year terms and will expire 12/31/2016.

Thank you to Rafael Ibarra, Darryl Jones, and Bryan Morrissey for submitting applications and their willingness to donate their time and effort in wanting to serve on the board. Hopefully all choose to run again next year.

Phil Scholz - Fallen Hero

January 25, 2014
Phil Scholz Phil Scholz

The San José MSBL lost a hero on Monday, January 20. Phil Scholz, 1B for the White Sox, was tragically killed attempting to pull a person from the Caltrain tracks at the Santa Clara station. An in-depth article on Phil's heroism can be found on the San José Mercury News website.

White Sox manager Craig Myers had this to say about Phil.

Phil was an outstanding 1B and played ball selflessly. In fact, he lead the team in getting drilled every year. I mean it wasn't even close -- he'd get hit 6-8 times a season. He also had a habit of trying to steal home, and he was actually successful a couple of times. As it turns out, his character as a person was reflected in the way he played baseball.

We'd all go out for beer and pizza after games and Phil was always there drinking whatever IPA they had on tap and talking about the game. He was such a great guy and a pillar of our team.

Phil was a frequent submitter to this website's Photo of the Week contest. His photos will be missed.

The League's condolences go out to Phil's wife Emily, his family, and the entire White Sox team.

MEMORIAL

What: Services for Philip Scholz
When: 10 a.m. Feb. 10
Where: Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton