Martha's Vineyard Sharks
The Martha's Vineyard Sharks is a collegiate summer baseball team based on Martha's Vineyard. It was a charter member of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL), a wood-bat league comprising 7 teams from New Hampshire to western Connecticut. They played in the futures league from 2010 to 2018 before switching to the New England Collegiate Baseball League, where they began playing in the league in 2019. In 2019 the Sharks posted the best regular season record in the league and won best of 3 series with Newport Gulls to win Southern Division. Ultimately losing 2-0 in the Championship versus Keene Swampbats. The teams mascot is a likely reference to jaws, which was shot in the same town and made the city a popular tourist destination.
|Martha's Vineyard Sharks|
|League||NECBL (South Division)|
|Location||Oak Bluffs, MA (2010-present)|
|Ballpark||The Shark Tank (2010-present)|
|League championships||2 (2013,2018)|
|Ownership||Scott Lively John Roberts|
|Management||Russ Curran, President General Manager and Director of Baseball Operations|
Grace Moore, Asst. General Manager
|Media||Keith Chatinover and Jonathan Chatinover|
The team's home games are played at Vineyard Baseball Park, located on the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School campus in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, where $200,000 has been invested in field upgrades and construction of a field house, public Restrooms and a pro style backstop with netting and brick facade.
The Sharks began operations in the 2011 FCBL season. The Carminucci Sports Group sought to place a New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) franchise on Martha's Vineyard, but the NECBL declined to expand, so the Sharks and the organizers of the Nashua Silver Knights formed a separate league. Opening Day attendance was 2,139. The Sharks were in 1st place for a majority of the season, before injuries and a team-wide virus. They completed the season at 23-20, in 3rd place.
The Sharks won their first FCBL Championship in 2013 and shared the title in 2018. NECBL 2019 posted best regular season record that included a 12 game win streak. In the post season the Sharks won best of 3 over Newport Gulls. Ultimately the Sharks lost 2 straight to league Champion Keene Swampbats. The sharks broke a single game attendance record with 3567 fans in attendance on the last regular season home game of the season.
Head Coach:Jay Mendez
- Billy Uberti
- Mac Curran
- Ryan Uhl
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- "Wooden bat amateur baseball comes to Martha's Vineyard". Martha's Vineyard Times. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27.
- Summer collegiate baseball team coming to Seacoast