Newport Gulls

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Newport Gulls
League NECBL (Southern Division (2014))
Location Newport, RI (2001-present)
Cranston, RI (1998-2000)
Ballpark Cardines Field (2001-present)
Year founded 1998
League championships 6 (2001, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2014)
Post-Season Division championships 11 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Regular-Season Division championships 9 (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Former name(s) Newport Gulls (2001-present)
Rhode Island Gulls (1998-2000)
Former league(s)
  • NECBL
    • Eastern Division (2009–2013)
    • Southern Division (2002, 2004–2008)
    • American Division (2001)
Former ballparks Cranston Stadium (1998–2000)
Colors
  Blue
  Orange
  Black
Mascot Gully & Gully Jr.
Ownership Chuck Paiva, Chris Patsos
Ron Westmoreland, Greg Fater, Mark Horan
Management Chuck Paiva (GM)
Manager Mike Coombs
Website newportgulls.com

The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team based in Newport, Rhode Island. The Newport Gulls Baseball Club is a member of both the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the NECBL's East Division. From 2001 to the present, the Gulls have played at Cardines Field.

History[edit]

An NECBL expansion team, the club was founded in Cranston in 1998. The Gulls have been one of the NECBL's most successful teams since their inception, winning 6 Fay Vincent, Sr. Cups as champions of the NECBL, and eleven Division Titles.

While most teams playing at Cardines average attendance in the dozens or, at most, a few hundred per game, the Newport Gulls, since moving to Newport in 2001, have helped to bring the field back to its former glory days of the mid-twentieth century, usually attracting over two thousand fans for a home game. During the 2004 season alone, the Gulls attracted over 50,000 fans through just 26 home games, with sellout crowds in excess of 3,000 people. Following the 2006 season, the Gulls set a team and league record (since surpassed) for regular season home attendance, totaling 42,424 fans after 21 games.[1]

Newport Gulls games often feature fan participation activities between innings, along with concessions, low ticket prices, and a safe atmosphere. This reputation has only added to their popularity, not only among tourists passing through Newport, but with many Aquidneck Island children and families, as well. The active crowds, historic atmosphere, and competent club management have allowed the Gulls to recruit some of the best college baseball players in the nation, with talent rivaling the Cape Cod League. Since 2001, Cardines Field has hosted the Gulls through 8 regular season Division titles, 9 postseason Division titles, and 5 league championships, along with other notable awards, such as the RI Governor's Cup. The Gulls have also begun an annual tradition of playing Team USA in an exhibition around Independence Day every July, in what is often a sellout game. In July 2005, the Gulls hosted the NECBL All-Star Game and Home Run Derby at Cardines, which was a major event for the park, the league, and the City of Newport.

Cardines undergoing pregame preparation on a Gulls game night.

The Gulls and the NECBL as a whole have received national attention recently with the addition of live Internet video webcasts to the normal audio webcast of games, effectively doing so at minimum cost in infrastructure. On opening night of the 2006 NECBL season, the Newport Gulls were the first to implement this new technology, bringing summer collegiate baseball, as well as Cardines Field, into a new era.[citation needed] These changes and improvements were implemented under the direction of team Director of Broadcast Operations Nicholas Lima from 2005-2010.

The Fighting Gull

This attention is more than welcome for Gulls players, who, as amateur college athletes, hope to be drafted by Major League Baseball teams. The recent surge in recognition and popularity of the Newport Gulls organization throughout the professional baseball world has provided for an increase in the number of Gulls players to be drafted every year.

On July 18, 2010, the Gulls and Cardines Field again hosted the NECBL All-Star Game.

The Gulls have won the NECBL Championship in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2012, and most recently in 2014. The 2012 Gulls were Perfect Game's unofficial national champion, and NECBL's first team so honored.[2]

Attendance[edit]

The following is a list of Gulls attendance figures at Cardines Field dating back to the 2001 season, when the team began using the facility.

Home Attendance
Season Game Avg. Season Total Lge. Rk.
2001[3] 676 11,491 4th
2002[3] 792 16,640 5th
2003[3] 1,200 21,604 4th
2004[3] 1,798 35,964 2nd
2005[3] 1,687 33,759 3rd
2006[3] 2,020 42,424 1st
2007[3] 2,010 42,225 1st
2008[3] 2,101 44,123 1st
2009[3] 2,277 45,547 1st
2010[3] 2,284[A] 45,683[A] 1st
2011[3] 2,146 42,913 2nd
2012[3] 2,126 38,275 1st
2013[3] 1,939 40,714 1st

Postseason appearances[edit]

Year Division Semi-Finals Division Finals[B] NECBL Championship Series
Rhode Island Gulls
2000 Mill City All-Americans W (2-1) Keene Swamp Bats L (1-2)
Newport Gulls
2001 Eastern Tides W (2-1) Keene Swamp Bats W (2-1)
2002 North Adams Steeplecats W (2-1) Danbury Westerners W (2-0) Keene Swamp Bats W (2-0)
2003 Danbury Westerners W (2-1) Torrington Twisters L (0-2)
2004 Torrington Twisters W (2-1) Riverpoint Royals W (2-1) Sanford Mainers L (1-2)
2005 Danbury Westerners W (2-0) North Adams Steeplecats W (2-0) Vermont Mountaineers W (2-0)
2006 Manchester Silkworms W (2-1) Torrington Twisters L (0-2)
2007 North Adams Steeplecats W (2-1) Torrington Twisters W (2-0) Vermont Mountaineers L (0-2)
2008 Manchester Silkworms W (2-0) Pittsfield Dukes W (2-0) Sanford Mainers L (0-2)
2009 New Bedford Bay Sox W (2-0) Sanford Mainers W (2-1) Vermont Mountaineers W (2-1)
2010 Laconia Muskrats W (2-0) North Shore Navigators L (1-2)
2011 Laconia Muskrats L (0-2)
2012 Sanford Mainers W (2-1) New Bedford Bay Sox W (2-0) Danbury Westerners W (2-0)
2013 Sanford Mainers W (2-0) Mystic Schooners W (2-0) Keene Swamp Bats L (1-2)
2014 Ocean State Waves W (2-1) Plymouth Pilgrims W (2-1) Sanford Mainers W (2-0)

Notable players[edit]

Notable Newport Gulls[4]
Year Player MLB Team University
1999 SzuminskiJason Szuminski[C] San Diego Padres MIT
2003 IanettaChris Ianetta[D][E] Los Angeles Angels University of North Carolina
2004 BoggsMitchell Boggs[D] St. Louis Cardinals University of Georgia
2005 OteroDan Otero[D] San Francisco Giants Duke University
2006 BeliveauJeff Beliveau Chicago Cubs College of Charleston
2006 DominguezChris Dominguez San Francisco Giants University of Louisville
2007 WilkAdam Wilk Detroit Tigers Long Beach State University
2007 StudMike Seander N/A Duke University
2009 GarciaGreg Garcia St. Louis Cardinals University of Hawaii
2010 AppelMark Appel Houston Astros Stanford University

Notable games[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b NECBL Records.[3]
  2. ^ The NECBL did not separate into divisions until 2001.
  3. ^ A Rhode Island Gull.
  4. ^ a b c d Member, Newport Gulls Hall of Fame.[4]
  5. ^ Member, NECBL Hall of Fame.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NECBL (August 11, 2006). "New England Collegiate Baseball League - Newport (2006)". NECBL. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Simpson, Allan (August 20, 2012). "Summer Collegiate Team Rankings". Perfect Game USA. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Lima, Nicholas. Newport Gulls 2014 Media Guide. Newport, RI: Newport Gulls. p. 64. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Lima, Nicholas. Newport Gulls 2012 Media Guide. Newport, RI: Newport Gulls. pp. 64–65. 
  5. ^ Synder, Eric (August 3, 2002). "Gulls player shows versatility at key time". The Newport Daily News (Newport, RI: The Edward A. Sherman Publishing Company). pp. B3. 

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