Summer Baseball in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts is truly the heart of summer baseball. Whether you are enjoying a Red Sox game at historical Fenway Park in Boston or watching the Red Sox talented minor affilitate int the Lowell Spinners, opportunities for summer baseball in Massachusetts truly are endless. 20 Amateur Collegiate Baseball League team’s call Massachusetts home, including the entire Cape Cod Baseball League, the premier league in the entire country.  From the southern tip of the Cape to the northwest corner of The Berkshires, over 500 baseball games take place every summer in Massachusetts, and you do not want to miss out.

Cape Cod Baseball League

Baseball players up to bat

  • The Cape Cod Baseball League is the apex of summer baseball in Massachusetts. Cape Cod has one of the oldest summer baseball leagues in the country. For more than 130 years they have been featuring college-level baseball talent who move on to become professional players. More than 1,100 players who have played in the Cape Cod Baseball League ended up making it to the MLB.
  • Even ask Freddie Prince Jr. and Jessica Biel! The film Summer Catch takes place on Cape Cod. The story line revolves around a baseball prospect who gets the opportunity to play for the Chatham A’s. Even Phillies players Mike Lierberthan, Pat Burrell, Doug Glanville, and Ken Griffey Jr. make appearances in this famous film about the Cape Cod Baseball League.
  • No matter where you are on the Cape you can find a CCBL game near you. The 10-team loop includes the Bourne Braves, the Brewster Whitecaps, the Chatham Anglers, the Cotuit Kettleers, the Falmouth Commodores, the Harwich Mariners, Hyannis Harbor Hawks, the Orleans Firebirds, the Wareham Gatemen and the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. There are games just about every night during the summertime. The regular season includes 44 games finished by a very exciting post season. You can even go watch the open tryouts for the Cape Cod Baseball League.
  • Want to take something home? Find all of your Cape Cod Baseball memorabilia online or at their Hall of Fame in Hyannis.
  • If you are interesting in learning about some of the most famous players to pass through summer baseball in Massachusetts ot the Cape Cod Baseball League like Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlton Fisk, check out our Cape Cod League Alumni Page.

The Lowell Spinners

Jacoby Ellsbury throwing baseball in Lowell Spinners game

  • The Lowell Spinners are a minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The team got its start in 1966 and is part of the New York – Penn. League. Many future stars come through this franchise at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, MA. The stadium seats 4,797 people with a standing capacity of 5,030. The field is located near UMass-Lowell and overlooks the Merrimack River and the arches of the Aiken Street bridge.
  • If your family is looking to enjoy summer baseball in Massachusetts without hurting your wallet at a Sox game, check out a Spinners game in Lowell. The home games have been sold out every year and there is always a long waitlist for season tickets. Spinners games are nothing short of exciting and the big names that have passed through this team are not easy to ignore, including; Youkilis, Papelbon, and Ellsbury. You can find the Lowell Spinner Schedule on their website.
  • To learn about the professionals who got their start playing Lowell Spinners baseball, check out our Lowell Spinners Alumni page.

New England Collegiate Baseball League

2016-NECBL-Champions

  • The New England Collegiate Baseball League has been around since 1993 and has blossomed into one of the most respected summer collegiate baseball league’s in the entire country.  13 teams from across New England battle it out during a nine-week regular season (42 games per team) which is followed by playoffs.  Massachusetts is the state that has the most teams in the league, with four teams from across the Commonwealth.  The league’s Commissioner is Sean McGrath.
  • Traditionally, the NECBL has seen players go onto have All-Star MBL careers and it began in their first season, when future All-Star closer Joe Nathan played shortstop in the NECBL.  Overall, the league has seen hundreds of players in their almost 25-year history make their way to the major leagues, including almost 40 players in any given MLB season.
  • Every season, the league hosts an All-Star Game at one of the league’s ballparks (Massachusetts has hosted three times), and they have a fan vote, which allows fans from the league to participate in selecting one player for each division’s team.
  • New Bedford Bay Sox are in Southern Division of the NECBL and play their games at Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford.  The franchise moved from Torrington, Connecticut prior to the 2009 season.
  • North Adams SteepleCats are in the Northern Division of the NECBL and play their games at Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams.  The team has been in North Adams since its inception in 2002.
  • Plymouth Pilgrims are in the Southern Division of the NECBL and play their games Forges Field in Plymouth.  In the team was formed in 2013 and introduced a new ownership group in 2016.
  • Valley Blue Sox are in the Northern Division of the NECBL and play their games at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke.  The team moved from Concord, New Hampshire prior to the 2008 season.

Future’s Collegiate Baseball League

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  • The Future’s Collegiate Baseball League was recently founded in 2011 and has quickly built up a reputation for top notch talent from around New England and across the country.  Of the nine teams in the FCBL, six of them hail from Massachusetts, making the Commonwealth once again a hotbed for summer collegiate baseball.  The league plays a 56-game regular season which is followed by three playoff rounds.
  • The most unique aspect of the FCBL is their commitment to local talent from the New England area.  Every roster is required to have 13 players who either reside in New England or attend a college or university in New England.  This rule allows the league to have about 50% local talent, drawing more fans to the ballpark and keeping the interest level in the local towns extremely high.
  • The FCBL uses a Home Run Derby to deadlock ties, rather than have games extend very late into extra innings.  If a game is tied at the end of the 10th inning, the teams will participate in a home run derby.  The first round will consist of up to three players with a three-minute timer.  If still tied after one round, the second round will consist of up to two players a two-minute timer, while the third round has only one player and a one-minute timer.  If still tied after three rounds, the game will end in a tie.
  • Brockton Rox are in the East Division of the FCBL and play their games at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton.  The Rox have been around since 2002 and joined the FCBL in the inaugural season.
  • Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are in the East Division of the FCBL and play their games at The Shark Tank at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.  The team began play in the FCBL’s inaugural season.
  • North Shore Navigators are in the East Division of the FCBL and play their games at Fraser Field in Lynn.  The Nav’s jumped to the FCBL in 2012 after a long stint in the NECBL.
  • Pittsfield Suns are in the West Division of the FCBL and play their games at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield.  The Suns began their first season of play in 2012.
  • Wachusett Dirt Dawgs are in the West Division of the FCBL and play their games at Doyle Field in Leominster.  The Dirt Dawgs played their first season of baseball in 2012.
  • Worcester Bravehearts are in the West Division of the FCBL and play their games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field in Worcester.  The Bravehearts began play in the 2014 season.

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