2006 NECBL season

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2006 NECBL season
Regular season
Duration June 8 – August 1
Playoffs
Start date August 2
Quarterfinal 1 Vermont over Holyoke
Quarterfinal 2 Sanford over Keene
Quarterfinal 3 Torrington over North Adams
Quarterfinal 4 Newport over Manchester
Semifinal 1 Vermont over Sanford
Semifinal 2 Torrington over Newport
NECBL Championship Series
Date August 9–10
Site Recreation Field, Fuessenich Park
Champions Vermont
2005  NECBL seasons  2007

The 2006 NECBL season was the thirteenth season of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The league's Lowell, Massachusetts franchise, the Mill City All-Americans, was renamed and became the Lowell All-Americans.[1]

In the quarterfinal playoff rounds, Vermont defeated Holyoke 2-0(2-0,5-1), Sanford defeated Keene 2-0(3-1,14-4), Torrington defeated North Adams(3-0,7-2), and Newport Defeated Manchester 2-1(5-8,7-1,5-4). In the semifinal rounds, Vermont defeated Sanford 2-1(2-1,5-6,3-2) and Torrington defeated Newport 2-0(1-0,3-1). In game 1 of the championship round, Vermont defeated Torrington 4-3. In game 2, Vermont defeated Torrington 4-1 to win the NECBL championship.[2]

Regular season standings[edit]

Key to colors in standings
Top four of each division advanced to 2006 NECBL playoffs

Northern Division[edit]

Team Wins Losses Win Pct. GB
Vermont Mountaineers 27 15 .643 0
Sanford Mainers 26 16 .619 1
Keene Swamp Bats 22 20 .524 5
Holyoke Giants 17 25 .405 10
Lowell All-Americans 16 26 .381 11
Concord Quarry Dogs 14 27 .341 12.5

Southern Division[edit]

Team Wins Losses Win Pct. GB
Newport Gulls 32 10 .762 0
North Adams SteepleCats 25 17 .595 7
Torrington Twisters 23 18 .560 8.5
Manchester Silkworms 21 20 .512 10.5
Danbury Westerners 14 27 .341 17.5
Pittsfield Dukes 13 29 .310 19

League leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Avg Jim Murphy Newport .358
ERA John Hernandez Lowell 1.41
H Gil Zayas Manchester 56
R Matt Bouchard Newport 29
RBI Jim Murphy Newport 40
2B Devery van de Keere North Adams 16
3B Damon Olinto Lowell 4
HR Chris Dominguez Newport 11
TB Jim Murphy Newport 94
SB Cheyne Hurst Keene 22
K Joe Esposito Vermont 61

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League Awards[edit]

Award Player NECBL team
Most Valuable Player Jim Murphy Newport
Top Pro Prospect Andres Perez Torrington
Offensive Player of the Year Jim Murphy Newport
10th Player Award Matt Karl Keene
Defensive Player of the Year Curt Smith Vermont
Top Pitcher Jay Monti Holyoke
Top Relief Pitcher Mark Murray Vermont
Sportsmanship Award Robbie Minor Vermont
Rookie of the Year Chris Friedrich Vermont
Most Improved Player Randy Gress Pittsfield
Manager of the Year Mike Coombs Newport
Umpire of the Year Dan Collins

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Attendance[edit]

Rnk Team Year Total Game Average Rnk Change¿ Total Att Change Game Avg Change
1 Newport Gulls 42,424 2,020 +2 +8,665 +333
2 Vermont Mountaineers 36,852 1,754 +0 -899 +47
3 Keene Swamp Bats 33,861 1,693 -2 -3,501 +6
4 Pittsfield Dukes 27,400 1,304 +0 -5,052 -241
5 Torrington Twisters 24,616 1,172 +1 +4,636 +221
6 North Adams SteepleCats 22,995 1,095 -1 -3,235 -154
7 Sanford Mainers 12,889 613 +0 -1,803 -86
8 Concord Quarry Dogs 10,578 503 +2 +658 +31
9 Manchester Silkworms 8,030 422 -1 -2,642 -86
10 Holyoke Giants 8,371 398 -1 -1,678 -80
11 Danbury Westerners 6,056 302 +0 +455 +22
12 Lowell All-Americans 2,947 140 +0 +282 +14
TOTAL NECBL 237,019 956 -3,934 -4

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  • ¿ Comparisons in relation to 2005 NECBL season.
  • † Lowell All-Americans attendance figure comparisons in relation to 2005 Mill City All-Americans.

Media[edit]

The 2006 NECBL season was notable as it was the first in which the entire league began live, video broadcasts of all games via Teamline. The Newport Gulls, as defending champions, had the first-ever live video webcast of a game on Opening Day, June 8, 2006. The Gulls walked off to win, 2-1, in 10 innings versus the Pittsfield Dukes.[6] Under new team Director of Broadcast Operations Nicholas Lima, the Gulls broadcast team pioneered the first regular, multi-camera broadcast in league history, going on to win the Rhode Island PEG Award for Best Sports Program for their coverage of the June 8 game. Following the success of the Gulls multi-camera broadcasts, other teams would attempt to emulate the Gulls' production, including the Manchester Silkworms, Torrington Twisters and Keene Swamp Bats, as it became known for being the best in the NECBL. [7] [8]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.necbl.com/2006webstats/lgsumm.htm#form.std NECBL standings archive, URL accessed December 17, 2008
  2. ^ http://www.necbl.com/2006playoffstats/confstat.HTM NECBL playoff archive, URL accessed December 19, 2008
  3. ^ http://www.necbl.com/2006webstats/lgsumm.htm#form.lgt NECBL leaders archive, URL accessed December 19, 2008
  4. ^ http://www.necbl.com/awards2006.htm NECBL awards archive, URL accessed December 19, 2008
  5. ^ http://www.necbl.com/2006webstats/confstat.HTM NECBL team statistics archive, URL accessed December 27, 2008
  6. ^ http://necbl.com/necbl_historical/2006webstats/608pdng.htm NECBL team statistics archive, URL accessed January 7, 2013
  7. ^ http://pointstreaksites.com/view/newportgulls/news-media/live-game-video Newport Gulls team website, URL accessed January 7, 2013
  8. ^ They bring you the Newport Gulls by Christopher Parish, August 6, 2006