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The Cotuit Kettleers are a collegiate summer baseball team based in the village of Cotuit, Massachusetts, which is in the southwest corner of the town of Barnstable. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and plays in the league's Western Division. The Kettleers play their home games at Lowell Park in Cotuit. The team has been owned and operated by the non-profit Cotuit Athletic Association since 1947.[1]

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LeagueCape Cod Baseball League (Western Division)
LocationCotuit, Massachusetts
BallparkLowell Park
Year founded1947
League championships1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1995, 1999, 2010, 2013, 2019
ManagerMike Roberts
General ManagerBruce Murphy
PresidentAndy Bonacker
Websitewww.kettleers.org

The Kettleers most recently won the CCBL championship in 2019 when they defeated the Harwich Mariners two games to none to win the best of three championship series. The title was the team's seventeenth overall, including two separate strings of four consecutive titles (1961-64 and 1972-75). Cotuit's record of fifteen titles in the modern era (1963-present) and seventeen overall is unmatched among CCBL franchises. The team has been led since 2004 by field manager Mike Roberts.

HistoryEdit

The Pre-Modern Era (1947-62)Edit

The Cotuit Athletic Association began sponsoring the Cape League's Kettleers in 1947.[1] The "Kettleers" nickname is credited to Ed Semprini, former sports editor of the Cape Cod Standard-Times, who used the term in his coverage of the Cotuit team. The term recalls a legendary local land transaction between early area settlers and Native Americans, the terms of sale involving the exchange of a brass kettle.[2]

Led by manager Jim Hubbard, Cotuit won the last two Cape League titles of the pre-modern era in 1961 and 1962.

The Modern Era (1963-Present)Edit

 
Longtime Kettleers manager Mike Roberts

In 1963, the CCBL was reorganized and became officially sanctioned by the NCAA. The league would no longer be characterized by "town teams" who fielded mainly Cape Cod residents, but would now be a formal collegiate league. Teams began to recruit college players and coaches from an increasingly wide geographic radius.

The league was originally composed of ten teams, which were divided into Upper Cape and Lower Cape divisions. The Kettleers joined Wareham, Falmouth, Bourne and Sagamore in the Upper Cape division.

 
Former New Mexico Governor and US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson pitched for the Kettleers in 1967.

The 1960s and the first "four-peat"

Following the Kettleer's championships in 1961 and 1962, the team continued to ride its success into the newly-reorganized league by winning titles in 1963 and 1964 under Hubbard. After finishing the regular season with an astonishing 28-4 record in 1963, Cotuit defeated the Orleans Cardinals two games to none to win the title. The next season, the Kettleers finished the year with a 31-3 record and won the league championship three games to one over the Chatham Athletics.

The 1970s and 1980s and the second "four-peat"

From 1969 through 1987, Cotuit was the most consistent team in the Cape League, making the playoffs in eighteen out of the nineteen seasons. The Kettleers would reach the championship series ten times during that span and win the title a total of eight times. Under manager Jack McCarthy, Cotuit won four consecutive championships between 1972 and 1975, and won another in 1977. Manager George Greer took the helm in 1979, and led the Kettleers to three titles during his nine-year tenure.

 
Bradley Zimmer won a CCBL championship with Cotuit in 2013 and was playoff MVP

The 1990s bring two more titles

It would take five years for Cotuit to return to the championship series after this astounding run. In 1992, the Kettleers won the Western Division Regular Season title and then defeated the Wareham Gatemen to advance to the championship series. There, however, Cotuit was swept by Eastern Division champions Chatham two games to none. In 1995, exactly ten years after their last title, Cotuit got revenge on Chatham, defeating the Athletics two games to one for the Cape League championship. The Kettleers would win the title again in 1999, again defeating Chatham in three games.

Present-day

Manager Mike Roberts has led Cotuit since 2004. In 2010, the Kettleers defeated the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox 2 games to 1 to win their first title since 1999. Just three seasons later in 2013, the Kettleers again became Cape League Champions, defeating the Orleans Firebirds 2 games to 0.

The Kettleers claimed their 17th league title in 2019, sweeping Harwich in the championship series, two games to none. After a marathon 15-inning first game in Harwich, game two saw playoff MVP Casey Schmitt blast two home runs then come in to pitch the ninth inning in relief to secure the title. The 2019 title brought the Kettleer championship count to 15 in the modern era and 17 overall, a record that is unmatched among CCBL franchises.


CCBL Hall of Fame inducteesEdit

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Jeff Reardon
 
CCBL Hall of Famer Ron Darling

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.[3] Below are the inductees who spent all or part of their time in the Cape League with Cotuit.

Year Inducted Name Position
2000 Arnold Mycock Executive
2000 Jeff Reardon Player
2001 Cal Burlingame Player/Umpire
2001 Terry Steinbach Player
2002 Bernie Kilroy Player
2002 Ron Darling Player
2002 George Greer Manager
2003 Jack McCarthy Player/Manager
2003 Jim Perkins Player
2004 Bob Butkus Player
2004 Will Clark Player
2005 Tim Teufel Player
2006 Jim Hubbard Player/Manager
2006 Greg Lotzar Player
2006 Josh Paul Player
2007 Del Bender Player
2008 Bob Hansen Player
2008 Jeff Innis Player
2009 Greg Vaughn Player
2010 Jack Cressend Player
2010 Lou Merloni Player
2011 Paul O'Neill Player
2013 Garrett Atkins Player
2014 Donald Hicks Sr. Player


Notable alumniEdit

Yearly resultsEdit

 
CCBL Hall of Famer Tim Teufel belted 16 home runs and 52 RBI for Cotuit in 1979
 
Jeff Kent played for Cotuit in 1988
 
Josh Paul was league MVP and playoff co-MVP for the 1995 CCBL champion Kettleers
 
Chase Utley won a CCBL championship with Cotuit in 1999
 
Yan Gomes played for the Kettleers in 2007
 
Jason Kipnis was a Kettleer in 2008
 
Mike Yastrzemski played two seasons at Cotuit and won a CCBL championship in 2010
Results by Season, 1947-1962
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager MVP
1949 Lost semi-finals (Falmouth) Roger Scudder
1950 Lost semi-finals (Sagamore) Roger Scudder
1951 Lost semi-finals (Sagamore) Roger Scudder
1954 Lost semi-finals (Sagamore) Cal Burlingame
1955 Won semi-finals (Sagamore)
Lost championship (Orleans)
Cal Burlingame
1957 Won round 1 (Sagamore)
Lost semi-finals (Wareham)
Jim Perkins
1961 24 4 0 Won semi-finals (Falmouth)
Won championship (Yarmouth)
Jim Hubbard
1962 25 5 0 Won semi-finals (Sagamore)
Won championship (Harwich)
Jim Hubbard Tony Capo
Results by Season, 1963-present
Year Won Lost Tied Regular Season Finish Postseason Manager MVP
1963 28 4 0 1st Upper Cape Division Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Won championship (Orleans)
Jim Hubbard Jack McCarthy
1964 31 3 0 1st Upper Cape Division Won championship (Chatham) Jim Hubbard Ken Huebner
1965 15 16 0 3rd Upper Cape Division Jim Hubbard Bob Butkus
1966 14 22 0 3rd Upper Cape Division Jim Hubbard Tom Kelly
1967 22 16 0 2nd Upper Cape Division Jim Hubbard Tom Kelly
1968 16 24 0 4th Upper Cape Division Jim Hubbard Peter Krull
1969 21 22 2 2nd Upper Cape Division Lost semi-finals (Falmouth) Jim Hubbard Nick Furlong
1970 23 219 0 4th League Lost semi-finals (Falmouth) Jack McCarthy Natale Calamis
1971 20 18 4 4th League Lost semi-finals (Falmouth) Jack McCarthy Don Douglas
1972 26 15 1 1st League (T) Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Won championship (Chatham)
Jack McCarthy Joe Zylka
1973 24 17 0 2nd League Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Won championship (Yarmouth)
Jack McCarthy Gene Quirk
Danny Goodwin
1974 20 19 3 4th League Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Won championship (Orleans)
Jack McCarthy Jim Thomas
1975 24 18 0 3rd League Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Won championship (Falmouth)
Jack McCarthy Paul O'Neill
1976 25 12 5 2nd League Lost semi-finals (Wareham) Jack McCarthy Al Weston
1977 27 13 2 1st League Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Won championship (Y-D)
Jack McCarthy Del Bender
1978 19 22 1 6th League Jack McCarthy Randy LaVigne
1979 23 27 2 2nd League Lost semi-finals (Harwich) George Greer Tim Teufel
1980 25 15 2 3rd League Lost semi-finals (Falmouth) George Greer Ron Darling
1981 19 18 5 4th League Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Won championship (Orleans)
George Greer Billy Dees
1982 24 16 2 2nd League Lost semi-finals (Hyannis) George Greer Terry Steinbach
1983 27 11 3 1st League Won semi-finals (Hyannis)
Lost championship (Harwich)
George Greer Greg Lotzar
1984 22 16 4 3rd League Won semi-finals (Orleans)
Won championship (Wareham)
George Greer Stu Weidie
1985 28 14 0 2nd League Won semi-finals (Harwich)
Won championship (Chatham)
George Greer Greg Vaughn
1986 23 18 1 2nd League Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Lost championship (Orleans)
George Greer Cris Carpenter
1987 22 18 2 4th League Lost semi-finals (Harwich) George Greer Billy Masse
1988 21 18 5 3rd West Division Pete Varney David Krol
1989 23 20 1 3rd West Division Pete Varney J. R. Showalter
1990 22 19 2 2nd West Division Lost semi-finals (Wareham) Pete Varney Ray Suplee
1991 21 21 2 3rd West Division Roger Bidwell Chris Widger
1992 28 14 1 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Lost championship (Chatham)
Roger Bidwell John Kelly
1993 24 20 0 3rd West Division Roger Bidwell Ray Ricken
1994 20 21 2 4th West Division Roger Bidwell Joe Funaro
1995 29 11 3 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Won championship (Chatham)
Mike Coutts Josh Paul
1996 23 19 2 3rd West Division Mike Coutts Jack Cressend
1997 21 21 2 4th West Division Tom Walter John Scheschuk
1998 18 22 4 5th West Division Tom Walter Jeff Heaverlo
1999 26 18 0 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Won championship (Chatham)
Mike Coutts Garrett Atkins
Rich Thompson
2000 17 26 0 4th West Division Mike Coutts Nick Glazer
2001 20 20 4 4th West Division Mike Coutts Brent Metheny
2002 23 16 5 1st West Division Lost semi-finals (Wareham) Garrett Quinn Pete Stonard
2003 20 21 2 3rd West Division Garrett Quinn Eric Nielsen
2004 20 23 1 3rd West Division Mike Roberts Chase Headley
2005 22 19 3 2nd West Division Lost semi-finals (Bourne) Mike Roberts Sean Gaston
2006 27 16 1 1st West Division Lost semi-finals (Wareham) Mike Roberts Justin Smoak
Eric Farris
2007 14 27 3 5th West Division Mike Roberts Reese Havens
2008 24 18 2 1st West Division Won semi-finals (Falmouth)
Lost championship (Harwich)
Mike Roberts Kevin Patterson
2009 20 18 6 2nd West Division Won play-in game (Wareham)
Won semi-finals (Y-D)
Lost championship (Bourne)
Mike Roberts Zack Cox
2010 19 23 2 3rd West Division Won round 1 (Falmouth)
Won semi-finals (Wareham)
Won championship (Y-D)
Mike Roberts Jordan Leyland
2011 13 23 3 5th West Division Mike Roberts Victor Roache
2012 30 14 0 1st West Division Lost round 1 (Bourne) Mike Roberts Patrick Biondi
2013 25 18 1 3rd West Division Won round 1 (Hyannis)
Won semi-finals (Bourne)
Won championship (Orleans)
Mike Roberts Rhett Wiseman
2014 18 25 1 4th West Division Won round 1 (Bourne)
Lost semi-finals (Falmouth)
Mike Roberts Logan Taylor
2015 17 27 0 4th West Division Lost round 1 (Hyannis) Mike Roberts Michael Paez
2016 15 28 1 5th West Division Mike Roberts Quinn Brodey
2017 22 21 1 2nd West Division Lost round 1 (Bourne) Mike Roberts Griffin Conine
2018 22 18 4 4th West Division Lost round 1 (Wareham) Mike Roberts Michael Toglia
2019 20 20 4 3rd West Division Won round 1 (Wareham)
Won semi-finals (Falmouth)
Won championship (Harwich)
Mike Roberts

League Award WinnersEdit

 
Justin Smoak was league MVP in 2006
 
Lou Merloni wore the CCBL batting crown in 1992, and also took home the league Sportsmanship award
 
CCBL Hall of Famer Garrett Atkins was playoff MVP of Cotuit's 1999 championship team

The Pat Sorenti
MVP Award
Year Player
1964 Ken Huebner
1975 Paul O'Neill
1980 Ron Darling
1982 Terry Steinbach
1983 Greg Lotzar
1985 Greg Vaughn
1992 Rick Ellstrom
1995 Josh Paul
2002 Pete Stonard
2006 Justin Smoak
2017 Greyson Jenista
2019 Nick Gonzales
The Robert A. McNeese
Outstanding Pro Prospect Award
Year Player
1977 Brian Denman*
1980 Ron Darling
1985 John Ramos
1986 Cris Carpenter
1995 Josh Paul
2011 Victor Roache
2017 Griffin Conine
The BFC Whitehouse
Outstanding Pitcher Award
Year Player
1964 Bernie Kilroy
1980 Joe Pursell
1989 Mike Hostetler
1992 John Kelly
1998 Jeff Heaverlo*
The Russ Ford
Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award
Year Player
1995 Brendan Sullivan
1997 Chris Aronson
2012 Dan Slania
2014 Adam Whitt*


The Daniel J. Silva
Sportsmanship Award
Year Player
1978 Randy LaVigne*
1982 Jeff Innis
1984 Tom Hildebrand
1992 Lou Merloni
2001 Bill Peavey
2008 Kevin Patterson
2015 Will Haynie
The Manny Robello
10th Player Award
Year Player
1990 Chris Demetral
1999 James Ramshaw
The John J. Claffey Outstanding
New England Player Award
Year Player
The Thurman Munson Award
for Batting Champion
Year Player
1975 Paul O'Neill (.358)
1977 Del Bender (.395)
1978 Randy LaVigne (.370)
1982 Terry Steinbach (.431)
1983 Greg Lotzar (.414)
1992 Lou Merloni (.321)
1995 Josh Paul (.364)
2002 Pete Stonard (.348)


All-Star Game MVP Award
Year Player
1980 Ron Darling
1988 J.T. Bruett
1992 Rick Ellstrom
1994 Boomer Whipple
1998 Todd Donovan
1999 Garrett Atkins
2002 Brian Snyder
2009 Zach Cox
2017 Griffin Conine
All-Star Home Run Hitting
Contest Champion
Year Player
1993 Scott Krause
1997 John Scheschuk
2010 Paul Hoilman
The Star of Stars
Playoff MVP Award
Year Player
1985 Grady Hall
1995 Josh Paul*
1995 Josh Gandy*
1999 Garrett Atkins
2010 Jordan Leyland
2013 Bradley Zimmer
2019 Casey Schmitt

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


Managerial HistoryEdit

 
CCBL Hall of Famer George Greer skippered the Kettleers to three league titles in the 1980s
Manager Seasons Total Seasons Championship Seasons
Victor Robello 1947 1
Roger Scudder 1948 - 1952 5
Ed Bearse 1953
1956 - 1957
3
Cal Burlingame 1954 - 1955 2
Paul Thomas 1958 - 1959 2
Gene Savard 1960 1
Jim Hubbard 1961 - 1969 9 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
Jack McCarthy 1970 - 1978 9 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977
George Greer 1979 - 1987 9 1981, 1984, 1985
Pete Varney 1988 - 1990 3
Roger Bidwell 1991 - 1994 4
Mike Coutts 1995 - 1996
1999 - 2001
5 1995, 1999
Tom Walter 1997 - 1998 2
Garrett Quinn 2002 - 2003 2
Mike Roberts 2004 - 2019 16 2010, 2013, 2019

RostersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Cotuit Athletic Association, Inc. Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2007-07-04
  2. ^ "Origin of Cotuit Kettleers Name". kettleers.org. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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