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NYESL - Season 2015
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Name W- L- T- Pts-For-Against-Diff-Avg-Win_Pct 
1.Gold000000000
2.Diamond Backs000000000
3.Bronx Royals000000000
4.NJ Saints000000000
5.Leland Legends000000000
6.Brew Crew000000000
7.Bronx Emperors000000000
8.Bronx Ravens000000000
 
 


 
 
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  Blvd Logo 2015 Memorial Day Tournament!


 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Friday, February 20 @ 17:38:14 EST (66 reads)
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  PHP-Nuke 2015 NYESL Season Right Around the Corner/1st Captains Meeting

Our favorite time of the year is almost upon us.  The freezing temperatures NY'ers have been dealing with this year only makes us want the season to get here faster.  2014 was the year of the Emperors and Gold, as both teams continued to add to their already crowded trophy cases, while the rest of the league continued to wonder what they had to do in order to get past these two perennial favorites.

The planning for 2015 season is already underway, with the first captains meeting scheduled for February 28th @ 1pm at McDermotts Pub located @ 2634 East Tremont in the Bronx.  A captain or team representative will be required to attend for each team.  There will be lots of topics to discuss ranging from the 2015 season, rule changes, as well as discussion for the NYESL's very own Hall of Fame.   If you want your teams concerns or ideas to be heard every team must be represented at these meetings.

The offseason has been an interesting one.  The NJ Devils have disbanded after just one season and most of the guys will be teaming up with the Saints.  2015 will also welcome a new team to the fold.  League Commissioner Eddie Espada, along with Adam and Frankie, decided to branch away from the Royals and start their own team in the Brew Crew.  This won't be your ordinary new team on the block as they have added several key players and are sure to turn some heads on opening day.  And to much of the dissapointment of the league, the Royals are still aliving and kicking, adding youth,speed and hands to their already potent offense.  The Gold introduced a few new faces during the Columbus day tourney and showed they are far from done.  The Gold got back to their winning ways and proved they are still a force in this league.  The Emperors will bring back their 2014 championship roster to defend their title.  The Emperors used to be all about defense, but proved to all the naysayers that their offense is just as good, if not better.  Leland will also return the core of their team and should compete for the top spot as they do every season. But can they get over that hump and win the championship that has eluded them since their inception?  The Ravens and Diamondbacks will look to bounce back after dissapointing seasons. The Ravens got off to the slow start which was difficult to overcome, and the Diamondbacks couldnt overcome their inconsistencies to be the threat the league thought they could be.

2015 is already shaping up to be an interesting one.  We all look forward to renewing our rivalries, and beginning new ones as well.  But more importantly, I think everyone is looking forward to getting back to doing what we love to do. Now all we need is for the weather to cooperate so all this damn ice can melt.

From the oldest guy on the Royals at the tender age of 32, I look foward to seeing my stickball brothers again.

Ruben
 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Thursday, February 19 @ 21:04:51 EST (148 reads)
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  Rest In Peace RIP Enrique Rivera

Rest in peace Enrique Rivera. Enrique Rivera was the grandfather of Tito and Eric from the Emperors and father to Tito's dad Eddie Rivera. Please say a prayer for their family and wish them strength and wisdom during these difficult times. Please see below for the viewing and final farewell.


 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Saturday, December 20 @ 14:56:10 EST (133 reads)
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  PHP-Nuke Gold wins the 2014 Columbus Day Tournament




The 2014 Columbus Day tournament was in jeopardy of being played this year with rain washing out Saturdays games. But the NYESL was determined to get the tournament in and came up with a plan to ensure a champion was crowned.  Normally each team plays 3 games on the first day of the tournament in order to determine seeding for Sundays one game elimination playoff, where the top 8 teams play.  But due to the rain, adjustments had to be made on the fly.  With 9 teams participating, it was voted that the 9 teams would be broken up into 3 divisions, with each team playing 2 games within their own division. The team with the best record in each division would automatically clinch a playoff spot and then the best second place team (determined by run differential) would be the wild card.   

Division A featured The Gold, Manhattans Wolf Pack, and the NJ Saints.

Division B featured the Leland Legends, Manhattans Jayhawks, and the Bronx Royals

Division C featured the Bronx Emperors, Bronx Ravens, and the Diamondbacks.

After each team played their two games, the 3 teams that automatically qualified for the playoffs were the Wolf Pack, Bronx Royals, and Bronx Emperors.  The Gold qualified as the final playoff team and edged out Leland by just 1 run.

The semi-finals featured the Gold versus the Emperors on field 1, and the Wolf Pack versus the Royals on field 2.  The Royals and Emperors were looking forward to a rematch of the 2013 Columbus day final, but the Gold and the Wolf Pack had other plans in mind.  The Gold defeated the Emperors by a score of 3-1, and the Wolf Pack upended the Royals 7-3.

The Championship game featured the storied Gold against the up and comers the Wolf Pack.  The Wolf Pack were confident coming into this game that they could take The Gold down after beating them earlier in the day in the qualifying round.  But the Gold put on an absolute clinic in the championship game.  The Gold defeated the Wolf Pack by a score of 16-1 and pocketed their second championship of the 2014 season.  Tournament MVP Josh Infante led the Gold with his solid defense and paced the Golds offensive attack with his bat and speed on the bases.

Congratulations are in order to the Gold as they proved their doubters wrong this weekend with a gritty performance.

Thanks you to all the teams that participated in this years tournament. And a special thanks to the NYESL board and team captains who were able to come up with a plan to get the games in and still put on a quality tournament.

That wraps it up for stickball in 2014.  May everyone have a safe offseason. See you all in 2015.

Ruben
 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Thursday, October 16 @ 16:08:02 EDT (370 reads)
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  Blvd Logo Columbus Day Tournament - 2014

The 2014 NYESL Columbus day tournament is quickly approaching. The tournament gives teams who haven't won a championship this year their final crack at it before they have to wait until next year. This years tournament will feature 10 teams from the Bronx, Manhattan and New Jersey fighting for their last chance at bragging rights in 2014. October is breast cancer awareness month, and as always, the Columbus day tournament will be dedicated to those who are fighting breast cancer, as well as remember those who have lost their battle against it.

The Bronx teams will be anxious to get out on the field after coming back from the Labor Day tournament in San Diego empty handed. It was the first time in the history of the San Diego Tourney that a team from the Bronx did not play in the championship when the Bronx was participating. The Royals and Gold both lost in the semi-finals and are looking to bounce back in a big way.

Among the 10 teams participating will be the Emperors, who are the defending Columbus day champs. The Emperors will be trying to win their second championship this year after claiming the 2014 league championship. Can the Gold win their second championship of the year and add to their Memorial Day victory earlier in the year? The Royals have been the runner up in the last 3 Columbus day tournaments. Can they finally break through and win it? Can Leland claim their first Bronx title after coming close time and time again? Or will another team come out and surprise the rest of the league and finish the season with a bang?

So come out and join us next weekend as we say goodbye to stickball until the 2015 season. There will be plenty of food, music, and as always, plenty of great stickball action that will be sure to entertain you.




 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Wednesday, October 01 @ 21:50:36 EDT (346 reads)
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  Rest In Peace RIP - Freddie Guzman

Our condolences goes out to Millie and her family during these difficult times. Millie was in charge of the cooking on Stickball Blvd a few years back and then handed it over to her son. A lot of you may not know Freddie, but he was Millie's husband. A great man who will surely be missed by many. 
The viewing will be this Friday October 3rd at the Ortiz Funeral Home on Westchester Ave & Castle Hill Ave in the Bronx from 3pm-9pm. 
Thank you Millie and family for all you have done for the Stickball community over the years. We're here to support and go through these difficult times together. God Bless You.
 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Wednesday, October 01 @ 20:36:17 EDT (300 reads)
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  Blvd Logo 2014 Labor Day Champs - Fish Sticks

 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Friday, September 19 @ 20:58:06 EDT (295 reads)
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  Blvd Logo 2014 Championship Run

The Bronx Emperors 2014 NYESL CHAMPIONS.


Emperors Vs NJ Devils

The Emperors sporting the leagues best offense and the #1 Defense came into the playoffs as the #2 seed behind Leland Legends. The Emperors waited as the NJ Devils punched their card into the playoffs by defeating the NJ Saints 3-1. The NJ Devils came out flying as Lenny "Hollywood" & team Mgr/Capt.set the tone by bringing his line drive hitting to the #1 Defense. He was not alone as Chris "Bambino" also brought the fire needed to beat the Emperors. Through 4 innings the Emperors were leading 3-0 and then as in many games the Emperors caught a break. Lenny hit a rope for a hit followed by another hit putting 2 men on with 2 outs Chris then crushed the ball sending it to parts where only the big boys go and had the fans believing tie game. The ball sailed into the sidewalk and as Chris rounded 2nd base into his HR trot, FOUL! was yelled by the OF Ump. Although the ball sailed thru the middle of the field it landed foul by inches according to ump although many fans disputed it asking with the Devils. The Emperors then sealed the deal by adding more runs in the 5th and 6th with the nail in the coffin coming from a similar bomb from Emperors All Star 3rd Baseman and OF All Star MVP Mike Carrion. 9-0 Emperors win with the score not really telling the whole truth. Next Bx Royals.

Emperors Vs Royals

The Bx Royals defeated the D Backs in FD2 13-6 and was ready to challenge the #1Defense as the Royals boasted #2 offense and ranked 4 players (SS Eric Santana, OF Darnell Byrd, 3B Kevin Santana and 1B Ruben) in multiple offensive categories. The Emperors were led by team capt OF Vido whose the teams emotional leader and as he goes they go. Vido set the tone by continuously ripping linedrives thru the Royals defense. Sluggers OF Mike Carrion 3B Caban and Cleanup hitter Forty brought home the runs while SS Eric Rivera and OF Ricky Torres shut the door on the vaunted Royal 4 limiting them to couple singles and shutting them out in the 7-0 win.

Emperors Vs Leland

1 vs 2. Leland and Emperors. #1 Offense vs #2 Defense. Leland advanced to the Championship Game by getting a bye and having to face The Gold in the Semi final. Leland defeated Gold 5-1 after trailing early and was ready to show all why they were the #1 seeded team. The Emperors had the best record since the Memorial Tournament where they lost to Leland 11-5. These 2 teams battled all year and outside of that heartbreaking lopsided loss they have all been 1 run games or tie. The Emperors struck early on a gift from SS Eddie F as he.was unable to come up with a slow dribbler by Emperors Capt Tito allowing  2 runs to score. The Emperors continued to put the pressure on Leland as EH/1B Tyrone Viruet was one of 4 players with multiple hits. The Emperors Defense stepped up by shutting out Leland and made several great defensive plays led by Outfielders Ricky Torres/Mike Carrion/ Chungo and Vido. The IF which has 3 Golden Hands award winners was carried by Golden Hands 2B Ant Live who made it look so easy on a couple of sizzling shots by Leland Capt SS Eddie F. The Game was still within reach for Leland til the Emperors Ricky launched a 2 out 2 Run No doubter Homer to seal the victory 5-0. The Emperors dominated the day and playing above their league leading numbers. They scored 21 runs while giving up zero. Congratulations to The Emperors who played the whole day in honor of close friend Noel Romeros father Junior.
                                                             
                                                                                - Tito Rivera
 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Saturday, August 16 @ 07:34:56 EDT (393 reads)
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  Stickball Blvd Supporting Our Troops - James R Saylor



The New York Emperors Stickball League has been in existence since 1985 and since then many of our Stickball brothers have taken on the challenge of joining the armed forces of the United States of America. 

Players like David Gintel (USMC) from the Bronx Ravens; Victor Morales (Army) from the Bronx Emperors; Albie Santiago from the Gold; Jay Alvarez from Leland Legends

Many others throughout the league have also taken on that responsibility and recently one of our sons has started bootcamp for the United States Marine Corps. Jame R Saylor, son of Artie Saylor from the Bronx Ravens, has recently shipped out to Parris Island to begin his Marine Corps training. 

The NYESL family stands together as we salute "Recruit Saylor R James" and wish him the best of luck and success during the next few months. Letters can be sent to:

RCT Saylor James R
1 RTBN PLT 1078 CO B
Box 16135
Parris Island, SC 29905 

We congratulate James and the rest of the members of our Stickball community who have taken on the responsibility of protecting our country. 

Thank you for your sacrifices.

                                              -NYESL and Stickball Community
 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Thursday, August 07 @ 18:22:42 EDT (363 reads)
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  Stickball Blvd Emperors Win the 2014 NYESL Championship!

 
 
  Posted by bxstickball on Monday, August 04 @ 18:41:28 EDT (305 reads)
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