Brewster Whitecaps

The Brewster Whitecaps are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Brewster, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and plays in the league's Eastern Division. The Whitecaps play their home games at Stony Brook Field on the campus of Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster.

Brewster Whitecaps
Information
LeagueCape Cod Baseball League (Eastern Division)
LocationBrewster, Massachusetts
BallparkStony Brook Field
Year founded1988
League championships2000, 2017
Former ballparksCape Cod Tech (1988-2005)
ManagerJamie Shevchik
General ManagerNed Monthie
PresidentChris Kenney
Websitewww.brewsterwhitecaps.com

The Whitecaps most recently won the CCBL championship in 2017 when they defeated the Bourne Braves two games to one to win the best of three championship series. The title was the second in team history, having won previously in 2000. The Whitecaps and the Bourne Braves joined the CCBL in 1988 as expansion teams, bringing the number of teams in the league to its current ten. The team has been led since 2015 by Keystone College field manager Jamie Shevchik.

History

The Pre-Modern Era

The Upper and Lower Cape League era (1946-1962)

Baseball teams from Brewster had played in various leagues such as the Lower Cape Twilight League throughout the early part of the twentieth century, but it was not until 1948 that Brewster began play in the Cape League. Brewster entered the Lower Cape division of the CCBL in 1948 as the division's sixth team, along with Orleans, Chatham, Harwich, Yarmouth, and Dennis.[1]

After the 1951 season, Brewster withdrew from the league, but was back in 1956, and remained in the league through the 1960 season.[2] In 1958, undefeated world heavyweight champion and Brockton, Massachusetts native Rocky Marciano was in the stands to cheer on his younger brother Pete, who played catcher for Brewster.[3][4]

The Modern Era (1963-present)

The 1980s and the birth of the Whitecaps

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Brewster did not field a team in the Cape League. In 1988, the league added Brewster and Bourne as expansion teams, bringing the number of teams in the league to its current ten. The Brewster entry was dubbed the "Whitecaps", a moniker suggested by Brewster native William Turkington and inspired by "the wind marching the waves steadily across Cape Cod Bay."[5]

Baseball hall of famer Stan Musial came to town to help raise funds for the new franchise,[6][7] and Brewster's Ocean Edge Resort brought Boston Celtics star and NBA Hall of Famer Kevin McHale to toss a ceremonial first pitch in July.[8] The Whitecaps played their home games at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, just over the border in Harwich. The use of Cape Cod Tech was intended to be temporary, but continued through 2005.

The 1988 Whitecaps team was led by skipper Joe Walsh, and featured future major leaguers Mike Myers and F.P. Santangelo. The undisputed star of the team was slugging first baseman Dave Staton. Staton ushered in the Whitecaps era with an opening-day performance marked by two home runs and six RBI. In a season when the CCBL featured a glut of future major league talent, including sluggers such as Frank Thomas and Mo Vaughn,[9] Staton led all with 16 homers and 46 RBI, and was named league MVP. He posted a gaudy .772 slugging percentage, and missed capturing the league's triple crown by just two points, his .359 average falling just shy of Chuck Knoblauch's .361 mark. Staton was inducted into the CCBL hall of fame in 2004.[10]

After posting a respectable 17-25 record in its inaugural season, Brewster qualified for the post-season in only its second year. The 1989 team was piloted by Rolando Casanova, and finished the regular season tied with Chatham for second place in the East Division. Brewster overcame the A's in a single-game play-in contest,[11] but went on to fall to first place Y-D in the semi-final series, two games to none.[12]

The 1990s

Brewster's 1992 team starred pitcher Billy Wagner, who fanned 79 batters in 44.1 innings of work, and was named the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect. Whitecap players took home hardware as East Division MVP's of the CCBL All-Star Game in three consecutive seasons, as Will Scalzitti claimed the honors in 1991, Wagner in 1992,[13] and Geoff Blum in 1993.

Manager Bill Mosiello's 1994 Whitecaps squad starred CCBL hall of famer Sean Casey, who hit .338 with 40 RBI, and led all first basemen with a .993 fielding percentage. Casey finished the season with an 11-game hitting streak during which he maintained a torrid .488 pace at the plate.[14] The team reached the playoffs and disposed of Orleans two games to one in the semi-finals to give the Whitecaps their first berth in the CCBL title series, where they were eventually downed by Wareham in two straight games.[15]

Mosiello's club finished in first place in the East Division in 1996 and 1998, but were bounced in the semi-finals both seasons by Chatham.[16] The 1996 team featured league Outstanding Relief Pitcher Drew Fischer, who posted 13 saves on the season, and David Ross, who would become a fan favorite of the hometown Boston Red Sox and play a key role in Boston's 2013 World Series title. The 1998 Whitecaps featured future major league all-star Chase Utley and CCBL hall of famer Bobby Kielty. Kielty was tops in the league with a .384 average, clubbing six home runs with 45 RBI and was named the league MVP.[17]

The 2000s: A first championship and a homecoming to Brewster

Brewster began the 2000s in dramatic fashion by claiming its first league championship. Led by manager Dave Lawn, the 2000 Whitecaps went 28-16 in the regular season, finishing atop the East Division. Pitching coach Pat Shine took over managerial duties when Lawn left with a week remaining in the regular season to take a coaching job at USC. The Whitecaps were led by league batting champ Steve Stanley (.329) and the league's Outstanding Relief Pitcher, Dan Rich. In the playoffs, Brewster defeated Chatham two games to one to advance to the championship series.[18]

Facing Hyannis for the title, the Whitecaps relied on a mixture of pitching and small ball. In Game 1 at Cape Tech, Whitecap lefty hurler Ryan Olson kept the Mets at bay through eight innings, allowing only five hits. Brewster capitalized on a pair of walks in the seventh to score the game's only two runs.[19] Behind the solid work of starter Mike Wodnicki in Game 2, Brewster combined a mix of bunts, walks and stolen bases to build an early 5-0 lead on a drizzly day in Hyannis. The Whitecaps held on to a 6-2 victory to complete the series sweep and take home the title. Playoff MVP honors went to Brewster's Jack Headley, who made a key catch in the field to preserve the Game 1 victory, and went 5-for-18 at the plate in the title series.[20][21]

In 2002, the Whitecaps featured exciting San Diego State University centerfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr., son of baseball hall of famer Tony Gwynn. Skipper Bob Macaluso took the Whitecaps' helm in 2003 and guided the club to the playoffs in three of his six years at the post. Macaluso's 2003 club finished in first place in the East Division and featured league Outstanding Relief Pitcher Jarrett Santos and CCBL hall of famer J.C. Holt. Holt recorded a 21-game hitting streak during the season, and went on to wear the league batting crown with a .388 mark.[22]

The Whitecaps boasted the league's batting champ for a second consecutive season in 2004 when Ryan Patterson hit at a .327 clip. The 2004 team also included future major league all-star Ryan Braun, as well as the CCBL's Outstanding Pitcher Matt Goyen, who posted a 5-2 mark with a 1.25 ERA and 80 strikeouts, including an 18-strikeout game at Orleans.[23]

The Whitecaps came home to Brewster in 2006, as a grant from the Yawkey Foundation and matching funds from the team allowed for the construction of a field behind Stony Brook Elementary School.[24] The 2006 team featured CCBL hall of famer Shaun Seibert, who posted a 6-0 record with a microscopic 0.39 ERA and was co-recipient of the league's Outstanding Pitcher award.[25][26][27]

The 2010s: Brewster claims a second title

Brewster qualified for the postseason in six of ten years in the 2010s. The 2012 Whitecaps featured future major league all-stars Jeff McNeil and Aaron Judge. Judge, a towering 6-foot-7 slugger, clouted 5 homers and batted .270 for Brewster.[28] In 2014, Whitecap Wade Wass set CCBL single game records by crushing two grand slams and driving in nine runs against Wareham in a game nationally telecast by Fox College Sports.[29]

Manager Jamie Shevchik joined the Whitecaps in 2015, and led the club to a second-place finish and playoff berth in his first campaign. The 2015 team featured league Outstanding Relief Pitcher Thomas Hackimer and all-star third baseman Nick Senzel, who hit .364 and took home both the league MVP and Outstanding Pro Prospect awards.[30]

In 2017, Brewster finished the regular season 21-21-2 and faced three-time defending champion Yarmouth-Dennis in the first round of the playoffs. The Whitecaps upset the Red Sox with an 8-7, extra inning game three win on the road to claim their first postseason series win since 2000, and advance to the Eastern Division championship against top-seeded Orleans. The Whitecaps again pulled off the upset in dramatic fashion on the road in game three, this time relying on late signee Conor McNamara from Marist College to pitch seven innings before a go-ahead 8th inning home run by Marty Costes from the University of Maryland gave Brewster a 2-1 win.

In the championship series, Brewster faced Bourne in a matchup of the 1988 expansion clubs. The Whitecaps won Game 1 at home on a walk-off hit-by-pitch in the tenth, then fell to Bourne on the road in Game 2, 13-7, to set up a decisive game three. Whitecaps starter Will Tribucher twirled six and two-thirds shutout innings, and Hunter Bishop delivered the decisive blow, hammering his third home run of the playoffs to put Brewster up 2-0 in the sixth. The score was preserved by a diving catch on the warning track by Costes with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh, and Brewster hung on to win by the 2-0 tally to secure its second league championship. Bishop shared playoff MVP honors with Nick Dunn, who batted .500 in the championship series.[31][32][33]

The Whitecaps' stars shone brighter than all at the 2019 CCBL All-Star Game. Prior to the game, Brewster third baseman Tyler Hardman slugged his way to victory in the home run derby. Brewster's Brett Auerbach and Gage Workman were named game co-MVPs for the East Division, with Auerbach delivering the ninth-inning walk-off RBI single to win the game for the East, 6-5.[34]

CCBL Hall of Fame inductees

The CCBL Hall of Fame and Museum is a history museum and hall of fame honoring past players, coaches, and others who have made outstanding contributions to the CCBL.[35] Below are the inductees who spent all or part of their time in the Cape League with Brewster.

Year Inducted Ref. Name Position
2003[14]Sean CaseyPlayer
2004[10]Dave StatonPlayer
2005[17]Bobby KieltyPlayer
2016[22]J.C. HoltPlayer
2019[25]Shaun SeibertPlayer



Famous alumni

Yearly results

Results by Season, 1988-present
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager
1988172505th East DivisionJoe Walsh
1989222022nd East Division (T)Won play-in game (Chatham)
Lost semi-finals (Y-D)
Rolando Casanova
1990232003rd East DivisionRolando Casanova
1991212213rd East DivisionDarren Mazeroski
1992261802nd East DivisionLost semi-finals (Chatham)John Hughes
1993232013rd East DivisionElliott Avent
1994241812nd East DivisionWon semi-finals (Orleans)
Lost championship (Wareham)
Bill Mosiello
1995172514th East DivisionSteve Rousey
1996232011st East DivisionLost semi-finals (Chatham)Bill Mosiello
1997222203rd East DivisionBill Mosiello
1998261611st East DivisionLost semi-finals (Chatham)Bill Mosiello
1999192414th East DivisionBill Mosiello
2000281601st East DivisionWon semi-finals (Chatham)
Won championship (Hyannis)
Dave Lawn
Pat Shine
2001172525th East DivisionBilly Jones
2002202043rd East DivisionDave Barnard
2003241731st East DivisionLost semi-finals (Orleans)Bob Macaluso
2004232102nd East DivisionLost semi-finals (Y-D)Bob Macaluso
2005182605th East DivisionBob Macaluso
2006241822nd East DivisionLost semi-finals (Y-D)Bob Macaluso
2007221933rd East DivisionBob Macaluso
2008192143rd East DivisionBob Macaluso
2009172254th East DivisionTom Myers
2010261712nd East DivisionLost round 1 (Orleans)Tom Myers
2011202043rd East DivisionLost round 1 (Harwich)Tom Myers
2012172615th East DivisionJohn Altobelli
2013142915th East DivisionJohn Altobelli
2014172524th East DivisionLost round 1 (Harwich)John Altobelli
2015241912nd East DivisionLost round 1 (Y-D)Jamie Shevchik
2016162625th East DivisionJamie Shevchik
2017212123rd East DivisionWon round 1 (Y-D)
Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Won championship (Bourne)
Jamie Shevchik
2018132744th East DivisionWon round 1 (Y-D)
Lost semi-finals (Chatham)
Jamie Shevchik
2019182245th East DivisionJamie Shevchik


League Award Winners

The Pat Sorenti
MVP Award
Year Player
1988Dave Staton
1998Bobby Kielty
2003J.C. Holt
2015Nick Senzel
The Robert A. McNeece
Outstanding Pro Prospect Award
Year Player
1992Billy Wagner
1997Kip Wells
2015Nick Senzel
The BFC Whitehouse
Outstanding Pitcher Award
Year Player
2004Matt Goyen
2006Shaun Seibert*
The Russ Ford
Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award
Year Player
1996Drew Fischer*
2000Dan Rich*
2003Jarrett Santos
2015Thomas Hackimer*


The Daniel J. Silva
Sportsmanship Award
Year Player
1998Ben Johnstone
2006Matt LaPorta
The Manny Robello
10th Player Award
Year Player
1995Scott Sollmann
The John J. Claffey Outstanding
New England Player Award
Year Player
2017Mickey Gasper
The Thurman Munson Award
for Batting Champion
Year Player
1998Bobby Kielty (.384)
2000Steve Stanley (.329)
2003J.C. Holt (.388)
2004Ryan Patterson (.327)


All-Star Game MVP Award
Year Player
1991Will Scalzitti
1992Billy Wagner
1993Geoff Blum
1996C.J. Ankrum
2018Reid Detmers
2019Brett Auerbach*
2019Gage Workman*
All-Star Home Run Hitting
Contest Champion
Year Player
2005Aaron Bates
2019Tyler Hardman
The Star of Stars
Playoff MVP Award
Year Player
2000Jack Headley
2017Nick Dunn*
2017Hunter Bishop*

(*) - Indicates co-recipient
() - Since 1991, an All-Star Game MVP has been named for each of the league's two divisions.

Managerial History

Manager Seasons Total Seasons Championship Seasons
Joe Walsh19881
Rolando Casanova1989 - 19902
Darren Mazeroski19911
John Hughes19921
Elliott Avent19931
Bill Mosiello1994
1996 - 1999
5
Steve Rousey19951
Dave Lawn
Pat Shine
200012000
Billy Jones20011
Dave Barnard20021
Bob Macaluso2003 - 20086
Tom Myers2009 - 20113
John Altobelli2012 - 20143
Jamie Shevchik2015 - 201952017

See also

  • Brewster Whitecaps players

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