Metro Minute

2017 Winter Meeting

We had a great time this year at our annual Winter meeting. We are looking forward to an awesome season! Check out the photos!

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 David Freese stops by the Metro Office...

David Freese, St. Louis Metro Collegiate alumni and current big leaguer with the Pittsburgh Pirates, stopped by the Metro Collegiate office last week.   It’s just wonderful that our Metro Collegiate “family” stays in touch.   David has been a great supporter of our program and recalls many fond memories of his years in the StL Metro program.

 Celebrating a successful round of pool play...

Bandits first baseman, Luke Bakula, entertains the troops.  After listening to his little concert, I remarked, "Looks like somebody was taking piano lessons while the other boys were playing baseball."  Luke took the ribbing with a hearty laugh.

- Bob T.

St. Louis Bandits earn trip to the NABF College World Series after winning the St. Louis Metro Collegiate Baseball League playoffs vs. the Kats

Team Manager Rick Fiala, Coaches Scott Brown and Rob Simpson and the Metro Bandits head to Toledo to defend the NATIONAL TITLE won by the St. Louis Metro Dodgers in 2015.

The Bandits won the 2016 Metro Collegiate Championship best of 5 series 3 games to 2 vs the Metro Kats.    Game 5 was everything a 5th game should be.   Solid pitching, great defense and timely hitting.   The score was 4-3 Bandits heading into the bottom of the 9th inning.   The “Baseball Gods” were certainly doing their thing as it took some outstanding defense for the Bandits to pull off the victory.  With one out in the bottom of the 9th, the Kats’ batter hit a hard line shot that took Bandits shortstop, Michael Wielansky deep into the hole.  He made a terrific back handed play, righted himself and threw a strike to Neil Fischer playing first base.   The excitement wasn’t over; with 2 away and no one on base, League MVP, Cody Klotz came to the plate.   Everyone in the park knew what was on Cody’s mind.  As it played out, Cody just missed his pitch but still drove the ball to the wall for the final out of the Series.

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They say, ‘Chicks dig the long ball.’

If so, that must make Derrick Freeman a ladies man.

Only 12 games into the season, the Trojans outfielder has already hit six home runs.

Along with the six home runs, Freeman leads the league in batting average at .435 and tied for fifth in RBIs with 12. Teammate Wesley Brooks is second with three home runs.

It is safe to say the power numbers this season are a surprise to everyone, including Freeman.

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6 Metro Collegiate Alumni chosen in 2016 MLB Amateur Draft

Since 1979… “The Tradition Continues”

6 Metro Collegiate players were chosen last week in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.   When asked about this year’s draft, League President Marty Stein said:  “over all we’re very pleased, but honestly we thought more of our guys would be drafted.  Chances are very good other Metro players will be signed as free agents in the coming weeks.”

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Metro Collegiate Baseball attends 2016 PGA Reach Fund Raiser Dinner

On Sunday, June 5th, a group from the St. Louis Metro Collegiate Baseball League attended the 7th Annual Ozzie Smith Gala for the Gateway Section of PGA Reach.   PGA Reach is a wonderful organization and one of Mr. Smith’s favorites.

When asked why Metro Collegiate Baseball attends, League President Marty Stein replied:  “Ozzie is a long time personal friend not to mention a huge supporter of our baseball organization.   #1 has been a great friend to our league and it’s an honor to be personally invited to attend his event.   The evening was just terrific and we totally enjoyed visiting with “Doc Gooden, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ozzie’s high school buddy, Eddie Murray.    A few of us were even lucky enough to be the winning bidders on some of the fantastic items offered in the charity auction.”

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Toledo Day 4

By Bob Totterer
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Holy Toledo - we did it again !
2015 NABF Championship Game: Dodgers - 8, Monarchs - 1

You've heard the clichés: 'a team of destiny'; 'a team that never quit;'  'a team that would not be denied'.  You can apply them all, if you wish, to the 2015 St. Louis Dodgers.  No one would object and no one would argue to the contrary.  Any who watched the six Dodgers games of this NABF World Series, even the one that got away, would tell you that tenacity was this team's stock in trade.

This championship game was scoreless through three innings, but there was a distinct feeling in the air that it belonged to the Dodgers.  Josh Rye, the 6'3", 220 pound lefty from Austin Peay State University, took the hill in the bottom of the first and would never relinquish it.  Number 28 was clearly in command all afternoon.  Though he was facing a tough Monarchs team which had averaged ten runs per game throughout the tournament, Josh surrendered only one run while scattering ten hits and one walk in his nine innings of work.  The Dodgers defense answered the bell as well, turning four double plays, one of which was a catch and throw by centerfielder Sean Ullrich, who gunned down a Monarchs runner at the plate in the fifth.

Scoring for the Dodgers began in the fourth with a leadoff bunt single by Designated Hitter, Matt Brown.  Two hit batsmen then loaded the bases for third baseman Matt Spradlin, who lined an RBI single deep to right.  Series MVP Dashawn Lindsay promptly drove in two more with a single to left.  The Dodgers added two in the sixth off the bat of Lindsay and the rout appeared to be on.

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