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Former Boston Red Sox Minor Leaguer Kyle Fernandes selected to manage the Bay Sox in 2015

NEW BEDFORD, MA (November 14, 2014) – The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that Westport’s Kyle Fernandes has been selected to manage the Bay Sox for the 2015 season.

Fernandes, a former prep baseball standout in the SouthCoast and Bay Sox pitching coach in 2014, is recently retired from a 7-year professional career spent entirely with the Boston Red Sox organization. He was a 12th round draft pick of the Red Sox and the 378th pick in the nation in 2005. Fernandes also holds many pitching records earned as a member of the Massasoit Community College baseball squad. He is currently employed as a Westport Police Officer and is a Strength Coach at Infinite Fitness (www.infinitefitnessfallriver.com), a premier sport-specific gym, in Fall River.

“I am excited to hand Kyle the reigns of our club for the 2015 season,” said Bay Sox Director of Baseball Operations Mike Friar. “As with any Bay Sox opportunity, when selecting our coaches we wanted to give locals the first chance at the position. Kyle is a perfect candidate, has all the skills needed to succeed, and has invested a great deal of time building the roster with me,” Friar continued. “Kyle has all the skills of a great coach and communicator. Add to those skills the experiences gleaned from 7 years pitching in the Red Sox system and in Kyle we have a manager who will be the envy of the NECBL and an asset to the SouthCoast baseball community.”

Fernandes brings a youthful energy, knowledge and passion for the game and the SouthCoast to the Bay Sox Club. Fans of all ages will enjoy seeing one of our own wear the Bay Sox uniform in 2015.

 In addition to taking on the duties as Manager, Fernandes will appear, along with past Bay Sox players, during GM Rick Avila’s popular Bay Sox Pitchers & Catchers Clinics this winter. These popular clinics afford position specific instruction for both pitchers and catchers ages 8-18. Local high school coaches have heralded the clinics as a great way for high school pitchers and catchers to prepare for the season given the short window of spring training.

The 2015 New Bedford Bay Sox season will start at the beginning of June and extend into early August with the playoffs.  For more information on how to purchase your season tickets, to sign up for our Winter Pitchers & Catchers Clinics, or to make a tax-deductible donation to The New Bedford Bay Sox Foundation (a registered 501c-3 organization) call 855-BAYSOX1 or email info@nbbaysox.com.  You can also visit www.nbbaysox.com for more information about the Bay Sox and Like the Bay Sox on Facebook.

NB VOKE BASEBALL COACH RICK AVILIA TABBED AS BAY SOX GM FOR 2015

NEW BEDFORD, MA (November 14, 2014) – The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that New Bedford resident Rick Avila has been selected as General Manager of the Bay Sox for the 2015 season.

Rick is currently the Varsity Head Coach of the Greater New Bedford Voke Baseball team and has previously coached collegiate ball players with both the Bay Sox and the Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in Maryland. Rick also runs one of the SouthCoast’s premier baseball camps each summer.

“Rick’s love of the game and the SouthCoast community make him a natural choice for our team,” said Bay Sox Director of Baseball Operations Michael Friar, who went on to note, “he’s a tireless worker who will give his all to our program and our fans. I have great confidence in Rick, and am very excited to be able to offer him the GM position. His drive will bring many benefits to our baseball operations and to the fans of baseball in the SouthCoast.”

 In addition to taking on duties as General Manager, Rick will run the Bay Sox Pitchers & Catchers Clinics this winter. These wildly popular clinics afford position specific instruction for both pitchers and catchers ages 8-18. Local high school coaches have heralded the clinics as a great way for high school pitchers and catchers to prepare for the season, given the short window of spring training. Instructors will include Manager Kyle Fernandes, past Bay Sox players and area high school coaches.

The 2015 New Bedford Bay Sox season will start at the beginning of June and extend into early August with the playoffs.  For more information on how to purchase your season tickets, to sign up for our Winter Pitchers & Catchers Clinics, or to make a tax-deductible donation to The New Bedford Bay Sox Foundation (a registered 501c-3 organization) call 855-BAYSOX1 or email info@nbbaysox.com.  You can also visit www.nbbaysox.com for more information about the Bay Sox and Like the Bay Sox on Facebook.

 

Goeddel is First Bay Sox Player in Big Leagues

The 2014 Major League season closed with another significant milestone for the New England League.  UCLA’s Erik Goeddel, a 2009 New Bedford Bay Sox, became the first Bay Sox to reach the Major Leagues.

 

The 6’3” righty debuted on September 1st for the New York Mets, throwing .2 scoreless innings at Miami.  He has a 3.86 ERA in five appearances for the Mets as of press time.

 

Goeddel is one of 12 NECBL alumni to make his Major League debut, and one of 54 graduates of the NECBL to play in the Big Leagues in the 2014 season.  The NECBL has sent 111 players to the Majors.

 

Goeddel appeared in three games for the 2009 Bay Sox.  The Southern California product had a 1.98 ERA in 13.2 innings.  He fanned seven and allowed just eight hits.

 

A 24th round pick in 2010, Goeddel had a 3.41 ERA in 20 starts for High-A Port St. Lucie in 2011 and a 4.37 ERA in 25 starts for Double-A Binghamton in 2012.  He has struck out 357 in 384 Minor League innings.  Switched to the bullpen this season at Triple-A Las Vegas, Goeddel averaged better than a strikeout per inning.
 
The New Bedford Bay Sox congratulate Erik on this significant accomplishment.

Never Miss a Bay Sox Beat

Do you want to stay connected with the Bay Sox even when they are on the road? It’s easy and brought to you, as always, by Cloud Control Central.

 

To find all things Bay Sox, including game announcements, community activities and special event nights at the ball park check out our Facebook Page.

For the box scores, every stat you could possibly want, and a play-by-play Game Live . . . look over to the right and check out our Pointstreak Site.

 

Not able to make it to the park? No problem! We have you covered. Visit our Bay Sox Twitter Page where we tweet highlights throughout every game.  And, don't forget the Bay Sox are part of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.  We are part of one of the best Pro-Prospect leagues in the country and they have just re-designed their site -  the NECBL Official Webpage.

 

 But, most importantly, come to the park.  Nothing can ever beat a night at the ball park with the best fans around . . . Slide into a fantastic season and stay connected.

 
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Check out the latest addition to the New Bedford Bay Sox Youtube Channel and learn about the SouthCoast's Premier Baseball Experience.

What is a "Bay Sox" anyway . . . ?

Most people in the SouthCoast know, by now, that there is a baseball team called the New Bedford Bay Sox playing ball around here someplace. Many folks don't know what kind of team the Bay Sox are and just how good the baseball is.

The Bay Sox are a "summer college baseball team".  That means they are a team made up of the best talent drawn from the best college teams from around the country.  Virtually every state in the nation has a team playing in one of the nearly 40 leagues playing baseball during June and July.  But, not all leagues and not all places are created equal.  This kind of summer baseball holds a special, long, and storied history in New England.  The Cape Cod Baseball League was founded nearly 140 years ago.  The Bay Sox play in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (the NECBL - http://www.necbl.com) a league entering its third decade of play.  History and tradition matter for baseball players. The best of the best want to come here.  Much of the best of summer college baseball is played in southeastern Massachusetts. Welcome to Bay Sox country!  For more . . . http://www.newbedfordguide.com/new-bedford-bay-sox/2013/05/30

The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that our New Bedford Bay Sox broadcaster, Mark Perlman-Price, has accepted a broadcast internship position with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The IronPigs are based in Allentown, PA and are the AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

During his tenure with the Bay Sox, Mark has distinguished himself over the years as a superior broadcaster in the NECBL.  In addition to being named the 2013 NECBL All-Star game broadcaster, Mark was instrumental last season in the creation of the weekly NECBL podcasts series and in the production of the popular Bay Sox “One Minute Instructional Video” series, which can be found on the Bay Sox web page and on our Facebook site. 

“When I approached Mark with the concept of the ‘One Minute Instructional Video’ series, I knew that Mark would produce a first rate offering for our Bay Sox fans,” stated Bay Sox Director of Baseball Operations Mike Friar. “Mark embodies the spirit of a Bay Sox volunteer in that he cares very much about our fans and puts his heart and soul into ensuring that the Bay Sox fan experience is second to none.”

“While we will all miss seeing Mark in 2014 at Paul Walsh Field, and hearing his voice on road games, we can take pleasure in knowing that one of our own has been recognized in this fashion and will be taking his passion to the next level,” noted Bay Sox President Pat O’Connor

Please join the Bay Sox in congratulating Mark on his successful tenure with the Bay Sox and his outstanding new job at the AAA level for 2014.

Kyle Fernandes to join staff

NEW BEDFORD, MA (January 22, 2014) – The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that Westport’s Kyle Fernandes has been selected to join Manager Rick Miller’s staff as a coach of the Bay Sox for the 2014 season.

Fernandes, a former prep baseball standout in the SouthCoast, is recently retired from a 7-year professional career spent entirely with the Boston Red Sox organization. He was a 12th round draft pick of the Red Sox and the 378th pick in the nation in 2005. Fernandes also holds many pitching records earned as a member of the Massasoit Community College baseball squad. He is currently employed as a Westport Police Officer and is a Strength Coach at Infinite Fitness (www.infinitefitnessfallriver.com), a premier sport-specific gym, in Fall River.

“I am excited to bring Kyle into the fold for the 2014 season,” said Bay Sox Director of Baseball Operations Mike Friar. “As with any Bay Sox opportunity, when selecting our coaches we wanted to give locals the first chance at the position. The SouthCoast has many great pitching coach candidates and Kyle is at the top of anyone’s list,” Friar continued. “Kyle has all the skills of a great coach and communicator. Add to those skills the experiences gleaned from 7 years pitching in the Red Sox system and in Kyle we have a coach who will be the envy of the NECBL and an asset to the SouthCoast baseball community.”

Fernandes brings a youthful energy, knowledge and passion for the game and the SouthCoast to the Bay Sox Club. Fans of all ages will enjoy seeing one of our own wear the Bay Sox uniform in 2014.

 In addition to taking on the duties as Pitching Coach, Fernandes will appear during GM Jim Pereira’s popular Bay Sox Pitchers & Catchers Clinics this winter. These wildly popular clinics afford position specific instruction for both pitchers and catchers ages 8-18. Local high school coaches have heralded the clinics as a great way for high school pitchers and catchers to prepare for the season given the short window of spring training.

NEW BEDFORD, MA (January 23, 2014) – The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that Brian Rose will once again serve as Special Advisor to Director of Baseball Operations Mike Friar for the 2014 season.  Rose’s passion for the game of baseball and the people of the Southcoast is unrivaled. A New Bedford native and a former member of the Boston Red Sox, Rose is determined to give back to the game that has given him so much. The growing ranks of Bay Sox fans will surely benefit from his knowledge and experiences.  “Brian has stepped onto the highest stage in the game,” noted Friar.  “He has seen all the game has to offer and I seek his counsel on all things baseball and beyond.”  Rose was instrumental in bringing “Brian’s Buddies” to the Bay Sox in 2013. Sponsored by Electrical Wholesalers, with supply shops in New Bedford and Fall River, “Brian’s Buddies” enabled hundreds of local youths to attend a Bay Sox game free of charge. The young fans also received a t-shirt, hot dog and drink, all free and courtesy of Brian Rose and Electrical Wholesalers.

“The ‘Buddies’ program is all that the Bay Sox hoped it to be,” Friar said. “With the help of our sponsor, we brought in groups from the New Bedford Boys and Girls Club and the Fall River Boys and Girls Club. Many of these children had never seen a live baseball game, never mind being treated to a free shirt and meal. The kids had a blast! We are looking to expand the program this year and have a major event planned when a sponsor can be located.”

The Bay Sox are also proud to partner with Rose’s AAU baseball program, “Brian Rose Baseball” (www.brianrosebaseball.com), the premier AAU baseball program in the Southcoast, offering clinics and coaching to aspiring ball players. The partnership is intended to give his players access to the Bay Sox and our premier college players from around the country.

Rick Avila joins 2014 coaching staff

NEW BEDFORD, MA (January 15, 2014) – The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that New Bedford resident Rick Avila has been selected to join Manager Rick Miller’s staff as a coach of the Bay Sox for the 2014 season.

Rick is currently the Varsity Head Coach of the Greater New Bedford Voke Baseball team and has previously coached collegiate ball players with both the Bay Sox and the Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in Maryland. Rick also runs one of the SouthCoast’s premier baseball camps each summer.

“Rick’s love of the game and the SouthCoast community make him a natural choice for our team,” said Bay Sox Director of Baseball Operations Michael Friar, who went on to note, “he’s a tireless worker who will give his all to our program and our fans. I have great confidence in Rick, and am very excited to be able to bring him into the fold. His drive will bring many benefits to our baseball operations and to the fans of baseball in the SouthCoast.”

 In addition to taking on duties as an on-field Coach, Rick will join Jim Pereira in running the Bay Sox Pitchers & Catchers Clinics this winter. These wildly popular clinics afford position specific instruction for both pitchers and catchers ages 8-18. Local high school coaches have heralded the clinics as a great way for high school pitchers and catchers to prepare for the season, given the short window of spring training.

The 2014 New Bedford Bay Sox season will start at the beginning of June and extend into early August with the playoffs.  For more information on how to purchase your season tickets, to sign up for our Winter Pitchers & Catchers Clinics, or to make a tax-deductible donation to The New Bedford Bay Sox Foundation (a registered 501c-3 organization) call 855-BAYSOX1 or email info@nbbaysox.com.  You can also visit www.nbbaysox.com for more information about the Bay Sox and Like the Bay Sox on Facebook.

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