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Autumn in full swing, the Shankees too!

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

Shankees Cruise Past Nichia

Saturday February 25th, 2017 – On perhaps the hottest day of this long Buenos Aires summer, the Shankee bus languidly rumbled down the streets of Buenos Aires to take-on Japanese Club Nichia Gakuin at home in Bajo Flores.

Packed with power and speed, the Shankees jumped out to an early one-run lead by way of solid hitting and aggressive base-running, something characteristic of manager Jay Bartelli´s style of baseball, which set the tone of the game as the Shankees never looked back. Jeret Adair (4-5) led the way for the Shankee offense with three singles, a sac fly, and a solo-homerun over the monster wall in left center. Gabriel Di-Sabatino also had a huge day by going 3-4 with three singles and four runs scored, not to mention taking one for the team; twice. Fabian Placencia went 2-4 with two singles and three RBIs, while slugger Sammy Carter struggled to get in the groove. However, the big righty from Los Angeles hit a sharp single in the top of the ninth to drive-in a couple insurance runs.

Defensively, Fabian Placencia, who threw 116 pitches last week in a win over the Venezuelan Criollos, was back on the mound for the Shankees. Seemingly unfazed by the heat, Placencia revved-up in the fourth and dominated throughout eight innings with 9ks and zero runs allowed. Placencia also adjusted very well to the assortment of battery mates; Ivan Zapata, Marco Fonseca, and Iñaki Picco, all in their debut as Shankees. The former, Zapata from Venezuela, has all the makings of a superstar behind the dish.

Team Nichia Gakuin, deep in Argentine baseball history and consisting of mainly Japanese players, threatened to score on a few occasions.  A lead-off single by Kogakenji (3-5 with two singles and a stolen base) and a walk by Kuda was followed by a pass ball that put both runners in scoring position. However, the Shankee infield, which ticked like a Swiss watch behind team captain, Mariano Boccardo, who made several phenomenal plays at short, third baseman Cesar Bracho, and second baseman, Gabriel Di-Santino, combined perfectly with Jeret Adair at first.  Pitcher Angelo Martinez entered the game in the 8th in relief of Placencia and pitched superbly, while older brother, Wilfredo Martinez in left, Julio Bracho in right, and Sammy Carter in center, saw little action as few balls found their way into the outfield. It was Carter who had the most fun, throwing out a man at first from center and making a diving catch in the bottom of the ninth to seal the Shankees victory. Final Score: Shankees 14 – Nichia 3Next week the Shankees are once again at Daom to host the Japanese Association team from La Plata. Go Shankees!

Reporting for the Shankee Press, Jack Green.



Shankees off to Good Start

The 2017 Shankees rolled into Bajo Flores under cloudy skies to host division rivals the Criollos at beautiful Daom Field on what was a most particular opening day. Donning new uniforms and with a totally revamped roster, this Shankees team is unique for many reasons, not only were there three sets of siblings in the likes of the Martinez, Boccardo and Bracho brothers, but also for the three U.S. players, Jeret Adair, Sammy Carter, and Fabian Placencia, on board to help the Shankees capture that elusive league division title. The Criollos, who beat the Shankees twice last season by capitalizing on lackadaisical defense and shabby at bats, felt confident they could once out-hit the Shankees. But that didn´t happen today as the Shankees defense held their ground and their bats blazed into the emerging sunset.  Pitcher Fabian Placencia got the start on the mound for the Shankees and pitched a solid 8 innings (116 pitches) despite getting out of the gate slow, giving up a leadoff hit and two walks followed by a triple to put the Shankees down by three early in the first inning. He settled down and struck out two batters looking as the Shankees defense stepped up the rest of the way with an almost error-free outing. Offensively, Placencia shined by going 2-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Leading the charge at the dish was Jeret Adair, who was a homerun away from completing the cycle. Adiar went 3-4 with a walk, 4 rbi´s and 1 run scored, establishing himself as a threat at the plate. Clean-up hitter and centerfielder, Sammy Carter (2-5), dropped a bomb in the 5th inning to score shortstop and team captain Mariano Boccardo, who was most productive offensively with 3 walks, 1 hit and 3 runs scored. Another new Shankee on the block, Gabriel Di Sabatino, who got the start at 2nd base, went 1-3 with a double, two walks and one run scored. Lucas Boccardo, who got the start behind the dish, had a quiet day at the plate going 1-3 with a walk and 1 run scored. The veteran catcher held his ground behind the dish catching 9 full innings under a blazing summer sun in a 3:20-minute game. Siblings Wilfredo and Angelo Martinez had a quiet day with right fielder Wildredo batting lead-off going 0-3 with a sac bunt and younger brother, righty pitcher Angelo, waiting in the wings to take the mound. The Bracho brothers for their part held their own as older sibling Cesar played solid at third with the youngster Julio entering in relief in the top of the eighth to seal the Shankees 11-8 victory. Full team stats coming soon. Reporting for the Shankee Press, Jack Green. Go Shankees!!

Editor´s note: Two months ago, the Shankees roster consisted of only three players, as team President Paul Perry, decided to totally revamp the team and set course on a new direction. Thanks to the efforts of the Shankees Front office, which includes U.S. recruiter, Scott Weaver, team manager Jay Bartelli, and sponsors like Fred Badagnani and Jason Hermes, the Shankees are once again on course for a historic season.

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2017 Shankees Good To Go!

The fully revamped Shankees are ready to set sail towards that elusive division title when they host rivals Criollos, who beat the Shankees twice last season. Team President & Founder, Paul Perry, and the entire front office has worked arduously during the off season to put together a high-caliber and serious roster. “The Saturday picnic days in the dugout are over. It´s time to dominate the A2 division and move up the A1,” stated Perry, confident manager Jay Bartelli can lead this revamped squad to club history. Game Time: 2:30 p.m./ Venue: Daom Field in Bajo Flores, BA. / Team & Fan Bus at 12 noon sharp from the Shankees Clubhouse in Palermo. Inquire at for Clubhouse address. Go Shankees!


Shankees Gearing-Up for 2017 Season

The totally revamped Shankees are hard at work gearing-up for another season of Baseball in Buenos Aires. “These past four weeks have been truly phenomenal, as it’s gonna be a season unlike any other given the talent we got!” stated the fervent Shankees President, Paul Perry, after Saturday’s full practice at Jupiter Field in Ciudad Evita. Coach Jay Bartelli for his part, is building an army of disciplined ball players set to wreak havoc on the opposing teams that eagerly await. Some of these teams include, the always dangerous and heavy-hitting Cuban Almendares, the scrappy and aggressive Dominican Cardenales, the division rivals Criollos of Venezuela, as well as Nichia and La Plata from Japan, not to mention A1 division Club Comu and Club Jupiter. This will be by far the most competitive season ever in terms of Shankees baseball. “A whole new era of Shankees baseball is upon us, can’t wait for opening day!” states Perry. Check out the Roster and check out the new Shankees! Full Preseason Report coming soon. – The Shankee Press.

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