The local lore of rain and its forthcomings of good fortune shall be put to the test Sunday when the Shankees face Daom Beisbol Club in a top division battle. At 0-2 and a month into this season, the new batch of Shankees has spent the past 3 weeks watching the rain fall on game day. Manager Wilber Castro (a former Cuban National Team player and minor league coach), has taken on the task of turning a group of players from around the world into a high caliber team. Russian pitcher Dmitry Shtykher looks to carry the load along with battery mate Will Swindle from the German league. Outfielder Orlando Rebolledo from the Magallanes club in Venezuela, patrols the outfield with fellow countryman, Ricardo Lugo out of Iowa State, and Juan Ariel from San Cristobal, DR. Cuban players Carlos Fundichely from the Habana league and Julio Gomez, a Cienfuegos Metro league champion, are just a few members of this international team. ‘We’ve just acquired a former Texas Ranger minor league catcher from Venezuela,’ states Perry. By opening the doors to more international talent, the Shankees Front Office aims to continue laying down the groundwork for Argentina as the next hub for quality baseball south of the equator. Go Shankees!
On Monday, August 21st, the Shankees debut in the A1 (Top 6) division of the Liga Metro.
A totally revamped team will visit Velez Beisbol Club at field #2 of the Ezeiza Baseball Complex.
A talent-packed squad of baseball players from diverse parts of the world; Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republica, Russia, USA, and Venezuela, will battle among the best in Buenos Aires Baseball.
The Buenos Aires Shankees Baseball Organization marked another milestone in local baseball by adding to its baseball endeavors three-fully operational youth categories (U18-U15-U12) in the likes of the Aguilas and Angeles Beisbol Clubs. Through an agreement reached by Mike Figi of the Aguilas, Pablo Ludueña of the Angeles, and Shankee President Paul Perry, the Buenos Aires Shankees Baseball Organization commits to providing quality training and coaching to approximately forty kids (to date with number expected to rise) in the outskirts of Buenos Aires City. “This is a great chance for us to have a huge positive impact on local youth baseball, especially through our Imports Program that allows us to offer kids top-notch coaching and enhanced insight into the game,” states Perry. Mike Figi and Pablo Luduena for their part seemed thrilled to have the Shankees onboard with their youth program. ‘That’s what we were missing till now; quality training and dedication on behalf of those that know the game, and the Shankees will provide our kids the training and guidance they need,” states Ludueña of the Angeles.
The Buenos Aires Shankees closed-out the 2017 season in epic style this Saturday by defeating the Cuban Almendares 5-3 in the A2 Division Championship game. Fabian Placencia pitched another gem as the Shankee defense held its ground. Aggressive base running and timely hitting led the Shankees offensively as they held on after giving up three runs in the first inning. This is the first division championship for the young Expat team, which next season will battle in the upper echelons of Buenos Aires baseball.
Many a time, I’ve read or heard the phrase; ‘Reality exceeds fiction any day of the week.’ Well let me tell ya’; it’s true. The 2017 Buenos Aires Shankees (9-0) have done what no team in Argentine baseball history has ever done; go undefeated into a A2 division championship final. And who better to be facing than arch rivals the Cubans (6-3), who defeated the Shankees 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th inning to wrap-up both teams inaugural seasons in 2009. That was the last time the Shankees were in a final and the only time the Cubans ever won it. Team President, Paul Perry, who totally revamped his team at the end of the 2016 season, has done a great job alongside manager Jay Bartelli and US recruit and sponsor, Scott Weaver, to assemble a team that took local baseball to the next level. However, as the gods of baseball don’t always play fair, a set of obstacles lay scattered across their road to glory. With their workhorse Fabian Placencia aching from multiple 100+ pitch games (all wins), starting shortstop and team captain, Mariano Boccardo out with a pulled hamstring, younger sibling Lucas Boccardo serving the 2nd of his eight 8 game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct, and first base/at-the-dish sensation, Jeret Adair back stateside, the Shankees will have their work cut out for them before the heavy-hitting Cubans. Nevertheless, the Shankees look good going in with back up players like pitchers Enker Herrera and Rafmil Rodriguez, catchers Ivan Zapata and Marcos Agudelo, and many more Shankees waiting in the wings. When asked about Saturday’s big game, Perry said, “Shankees baseball is by far the most exciting. I’m just happy to give everyone their fair dose.” The Shankees face the Cuban Almendares at the Ezieza Stadium. Game time 2:30. Shankees Team/Bus from Palermo 12:00 Sharp. Reporting for the Shankee Press, Jack Green.
The Shankees increased their winning streak to 9 with an 11-9 victory over the Dominican Cardenales in this second game of the three game olympic format series. The Shankees set the tone quickly in the first by scoring three runs off a Sammy Carter single up the middle with Fabian Placencia and Jeret Adair on second and third respectively. Fabian Placencia, who pitched another gem, crossed the 100 pitch count for the ninth consecutive time. The pitcher from the Florida Keys has been the Shankees workhorse all season and a key part of the team’s success. The Shankees rolled through the innings practically unscathed until the bottom of the 8th when things suddenly took a dramatic turn. With a comfortable 11-2 lead, Shankees manager, Jay Bartelli made a radical pitching change which led to a series of booming hits that saw 5 Cardenales runners cross the plate to put the game at 11-7. Enker Herrera entered half way through the eighth to put out the fire before the Cardenales could do any more damage. With run differential in effect in the event of a tie, every run allowed was crucial to the Shankees. The Cardenales tacked on another two in the bottom 9th but the Shankees held tough to close the game out 11-9. Highlight of the day was Jeret Adair going yard deep into the woods to bid farewell to his Shankees baseball experience. Reporting for the Shankee Press, Jack Green.
The Shankees cruised past the Scrappy Criollos 6-3 at the Estadio Nacional de Beisbol and, not only won the first game of the second round playoff series, but extended their winning streak to 8-0.
Full story and game stats coming soon…
It’s a chilly Buenos Aires night, the first of many it seems as the leaves begin to fall from the trees. Autumn is in full swing it seems, and so are the Buenos Aires Shankees.
Those familiar with Shankee folklore may recall the game between the Shankees and Cubans in the final game of the 2009 season. Those unfamiliar simply need to know that was as close as the Shankees ever got to winning the division title; until now! Undefeated at 6-0, the Shankee hitters have simply overpowered opposing pitchers while simultaneously daunting defenses through their aggressive base running. The Shankees have amassed more runs and allowed fewer runs than any other division team and thus seem well on route to their first division title. Team president Paul Perry, together with manager Jay Bartelli and U.S talent recruiter, Scott Weaver, have done an outstanding job putting together this winning ball club, starting with Jeret Adair, the first US recruit to say, “Yes” to the experience of playing Shankees baseball in Buenos Aires. Adair has turned out to be a superb first baseman and an overwhelming hitter; batting over 600 with 10 rbi’s in just five games. Fabain Placencia was the second US player to journey over the rainbow. The native from the Florida Keys has been key to the Shankees success by way of his poise on the mound. Placencia has an unbeaten record with an ERA of 2.00 and has been awesome at the plate as well with a batting average of over 600. Sammy Carter followed. The Los Angeles native, who had a brief stint with the Dodgers, has perplexed opposing pitchers by way of his offensive power, driving pitches deep into the hollows of Buenos Aires baseball fields. Sean Stevens, the most recent addition to the team and who went 4-6 in his first appearance wearing the Shankees blue, looks to help set the final course for that elusive division title. Locally, it’s been the Venezuelan connection of Gabriel DiSabatino, Wilfredo Martinez, and Cesar Bracho teaming up nicely with Argentine siblings Mariano and Lucas Boccardo. Catchers Ivan Zapata and Inaki Picco look to get into the mix, together with pitchers Angelo Martinez, Rafmil Rodriguez, Pedro Noguera and Hector Silva. The Shankees host the struggling Jupiter team at home in Daom this Saturday, looking for their 7th straight victory and a new milestone in Shankees history. Reporting for the Shankee Press, Jack Green.
Saturday, April 8th, 2017. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Despite an 80% chance of rain and 99% humidity, players and fans boarded the Shankee bus from the team’s clubhouse in Palermo. One hour and some minutes later, the traffic-weary group arrived to the beautiful Estadio Nacional de Beisbol in Ezeiza and to the revitalizing site of baseball being played in Buenos Aires.
First off the bus was Coach Jay Bartelli, who according to Shankees President, Paul Perry, has done a great job leading the team to a 5-0 record and is an intricate part of the Shankees success puzzle. “Bartelli’s done a fine job taking the Shankees to where they are now. We are playing phenomenal baseball, and that’s thanks to his dedication and effort,” States Perry, on hand to witness another epic battle between these two ball clubs, whose history dates back to the 2009 season and their first final.
The Shankees got it going in the first inning with two outs courtesy of aggressive base running by Jeret Adair and Sammy Carter, and timely hitting by Sean Stevens and Mariano Boccardo. The Cubans battled back in the bottom first and scored a few runs of their own courtesy of a rare pair of Shankee errors perhaps due to a case of Cuban jitters. Nevertheless, the Shankees were set out to give it their all. Starting pitcher Fabian Placencia led the way with his 140 pitches as his defense helped keep the Cuban heavy hitters in check through nine. Starting catcher Lucas Boccardo had a solid day behind the dish, throwing out a pair of Cubans trying for second. The Shankees had a two-run lead going into the bottom of the third thanks to a booming triple into deep left-center by Sammy Carter followed by an RBI sac fly by Mariano Boccardo, who had a 3 rbi day. The Cubans tied the game at five in the bottom sixth but the Shankees defense stepped up and manager Jay Bartelli pulled his offensive strings. Cesar Bracho reached first and quickly stole second. Gabriel Di Sabatino laid down a beautiful bunt along the first base line, causing the Cuban pitcher to overthrow the first baseman allowing Bracho to round third base undeterred as the ball rolled into the vastness of foul territory. Sammy Carter managed to reach third again and tagged up to score off Mariano Boccardo’s second sac-fly, which gave the Shankees the decisive late inning lead. With the Shankees up 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth and its defense clicking, the Cubans chances of a comeback were as slim as the sun breaking through the dark clouds rolling in. The game ended on a controversial call at first base; just before the heavy rains began to fall.
“I’m really happy with what I saw here today. I’ve always felt that success on the field comes from finding the right players and matching them with the right coach. I still find it hard to believe that barely four months ago, the Shankees only consisted of three players. There are now over twenty Shankees on our roster, and all of them got the skills we’re eager to welcome,” stated Perry. Manager Jay Bartelli, for his part, has done what no other Shankee manager before him has been able to; defeat the Cubans twice in a row. The snappy veteran coach from Jersey is boasting the division’s best record and looks poised to lead the Shankees to the pinnacle of Buenos Aires baseball.
At 6-0, the Shankees are atop the A2 division standings and have clinched home field advantage throughout the eminent playoffs. Not since the 2009 season have the Shankees held a 6-0 record, and with a win over the 1-5 Jupiter club next week, Bartelli can carve his name into the Shankee Scrolls of Success. Reporting for the Shankee Press – Jack Green