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DRAFT DAY

NEW PLAYER TRYOUT & LEAGUE DRAFT

The Boston Men's Baseball League Tryout is typically held the first weekend in April across each age division. In most years, hundreds of players attend and about half are selected. The draft is one of the major factors that allows the league to grow at it's rapid pace, while also helping teams to remain competitive.

Go to: Draft Selections by Year

2017

Site: Extra Innings, Watertown, MA
#1 Pick: Willie Biddings, Orioles
Date: February 12, 2017

See 2017 Draft Picks.

A pack of hopefuls showed up on a snowy Sunday morning to tryout for the Boston Men's Baseball League 18+ division.

2008

Site: Clifford Field, Roxbury, MA
#1 Pick: Jay O'Hara, Grays
Date: April 5, 2008

See 2008 Draft Picks.

A pack of hopefuls showed up on a rainy Saturday morning to tryout for the Boston Men's Baseball League 18+ division.

2007

Site: Clifford Field, Roxbury, MA
#1 Pick: Steve Hemingway, Grays
Date: April 7, 2007

See 2007 Draft Picks.

100 prospects on the nose tried out today in icy conditions for the 2007 Boston Men's Baseball League season across its 18+ and 30+ Age Divisions. Congratulations to those drafted -- including a special congrats to Steve Hemingway who was the #1 pick overall to the Grays in the 18+ grouping. Hemingway is Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts graduate and former All MASCAC standout pitcher.

2006

Site: Clifford Field, Roxbury, MA
#1 Pick: Jon Hernandez, Grays
Date: April 8, 2006

See 2006 Draft Picks.

Exactly 150 prospects tried out today in a 43 degree chill for the 2006 Boston Men's Baseball League season across its 18+, 30+ and 40+ Age Division. Congratulations to those drafted in 2006 -- including a special congrats to Jonathan Hernandez who was the #1 pick overall to the Grays in the 18+ grouping.


2006 BMBL prospects check in.


A hopeful giving it a shot .

2005

Site: Clifford Field, Roxbury, MA
#1 Pick: Eric Harvey, Astros
Date: April 10, 2005

See 2005 Draft Picks.

The BMBL held its annual league tryout today, and about 150 players were in attendance to tryout for the age 18+, age 30+ or age 40+ divisions. From the Age 18+ division alone, 57 were drafted! Congratulations to Eric Harvey, selected by the Astros as the #1 pick overall.


2005 Draft Hopefuls


Sean Jacquet pitches to 1st Rd pick


Red Bull samples to MSBLers

2004

Site: Clifford Field, Roxbury, MA
#1 Pick: Ron Viola, Astros
Date: April 11, 2004

See 2004 Draft Picks.

Thanks to the 114 players who were in attendance at the league tryout yesterday, 79 were selected across the Age 18, 30 and 40 divisions. Congratulations to #1 picks Ron Viola (MABL 18 Astros) and Steve Hare (MSBL 30 Franklin Braves).

2004 MABL Draft
Pitching hopefuls await their turn.

2004 MABL Draft
Age 18+ pitchers/catchers addressed.

2003

Site: Buckingham, Browne and Nichols (BB&N), Cambridge, MA
#1 Pick: Rob Sherman, Athletics
Date: April 13, 2003

See 2003 Draft Picks.

The Boston Men's Baseball League Open Tryout was held at BB&N Upper School in Cambridge. Across the Age 18+, 30+ and 40+ divisions, once again, more than 200 players were in attendance. Congratulations to pitcher, Rob Sherman, drafted by the Athletics as the #1 pick of the 2003 MABL draft and to pitcher Wade Ward, drafted by the Boston Hurricanes as the #1 pick of the 2003 MSBL 30+ draft.


Prez Steve Wolf with Kristen McLaughlin & Lauren Huscher


VP Gilefsky addresses recruits

2002

Site: Cleveland Circle, Brighton, MA
#1 Pick: Matt O'Hara, Royals
Date: April 9, 2002

See 2002 Draft Picks.

The Boston Baseball League Tryout was held this past Sunday at Cleveland Circle. For the third straight year, more than 200 players were in attendance to try out. For the MABL 18+ Division, 42 of 145 players were drafted. About 27 others were selected to the MSBL 30+ and MSBL 40+ Divisions.


Dana Piechowski and Kissy Diamond registered every player


James Matthews hides, but the
Yankees still find him

2001

Site: Cleveland Circle, Brighton, MA
#1 Pick: Brendan Ryan, Tigers
Date: April 7, 2001

See 2001 Draft Picks.

For the second straight year, more than 200 ballplayers tried out for the Boston Baseball League. Overall, about 70 were selected for teams. However, due to the amazing demand, the MABL added a Saturday league to accommodate an additional 100 undrafted players.


New MABL recruits addressed by league VP

Heather Diamond signs them all in
2000 Site: Cleveland Circle, Brighton, MA
#1 Pick: Bill Schellbach, Diamondbacks
Date: April 19, 2000

New Player Tryouts for the 2000 season drew more than 200 participants between the three age divisions. Almost 100 were selected to teams. Top picks include:

  • Bill Schellbach, Diamondbacks
  • Kevin, McGowan, Tigers
  • Al Becker, Mets
  • Josh Congdon-Martin, Diamondbacks
  • Mike Byrne, Giants
  • Scott Bevis, White Sox
  • Mario Seanz, Dodgers
  • Gary Moran, Rockies
  • Brian Wachob, Cardinals
1999 Site: Cleveland Circle, Brighton, MA
#1 Pick: Craig Vecharelli, Pirates
Date: April 11, 1999

In 1999, the MABL was to add two expansion teams: the Pirates and Cubs. Even the managers were found on draft day at the tryout ( Shayne Guiliano and Clarence Hill for the Pirates and Shane Steffens and Michael Pietrasiewicz for the Cubs). Since those teams were completely new as of that day, it was agreed that each of these teams would have 10 draft selections before other teams would begin picking. That season, the Cubs battled the Pirates in the MABL Finals -- proving the strength of the MABL Draft.
1998

Site: Cleveland Circle, Brighton, MA
#1 Pick: unknown
Date: unknown

The MABL Draft began in 1998 as a concept, and as the only adult baseball league in Boston to hold an open tryout. It was a huge success and led to 42 signings.