Let me in coach, I’m ready to play

Cory
Cory Hurley
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Where can I find a baseball pitcher?

A group of us softball players from the Corner Brook area are looking to take our talents to Jubilee Field. There is no smoke, cameras, promises of championships — but we’re heading into this with as much enthusiasm as Lebron took to Miami.

We are a group of ballplayers, regardless of which type we grew up playing. Softball/baseball

— you hit the ball, catch it and throw it.

There would be a significant learning curve no doubt, but it’s not like we are a bunch of rookies who have to learn to play.

We have also surrounded ourselves with a group who have played baseball over the years. That will be a big help to us as we would be sure to take our lumps early in the year learning the game. We have a roster of about 16 players eager to play, but that has proven to be the easy part.

We then received approval from the league to come on board.

It took some meetings, negotiations, and some convincing; but it appears all teams came onside to accept us for the 2014 season.

Although acceptance was gained, not a whole lot of help is coming our way.

We are not participating in the draft — which we agreed to, and did not need, because we have a full roster. We will allow the other teams to fill their rosters as they do every year, filling their holes with the available players.

All we asked from the get-go was some pitching help. Easier said than done. While it looks like there are plenty of arms in the league on paper, everybody says that is deceiving.

There are part-time pitchers, people who only throw on necessity, pitchers who are hurt, and people who don’t want to pitch anymore.

That leaves the league as a whole with a pitching deficit.

So, there’s not much or nothing left for a new team looking to enter the league.

They approached a young guy, asking him to pitch for us, but he was not interested in the 10-12 starts we had to offer him this year.

The word from the league is they will continue to look for a starter willing to join us, but the wait has been deflating.

The offer stands for anybody looking to get 10-12 starts this season.

Come join this expansion team. We will play hard behind you, have a lot of fun, and you get to hang at the field with a terrific group of guys.

The league will benefit and the sport will grow, so why not make it happen.

I think a lot of people are expecting us to be horrible, but I don’t think that will be the case. I’m not saying we will win a lot of games, but again, we will play hard and compete every game we play.

Our defence should be strong, and our hitting should only improve with experience. What more could a pitcher ask for?

So, we are ready for a summer of baseball. We just need one quality, starting pitcher to make it happen.

The boys of summer are waiting. “Let me in coach” is playing in the background. I’m ready to play.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • Zippy
    May 21, 2014 - 20:32

    The CBBA senior baseball league is one of the best leagues going for a town of Corner Brook size. Four teams, and now adding a fifth team is great. It can only grow the sport. Several years ago there was no junior-age team, now there is, which benefits the future for the league. As for pitching - that's always a challenge for any team at the amatuer level. Just because a players throws a few innings, doesn't make him a pitcher. You have to work with what you got. Finally, why is this team not being called the Curling Rangers? It seems like a natural fit like in soccer, or the West Side Monarchs.