Silver Spring–Takoma Thunderbolts
|Silver Spring–Takoma Thunderbolts|
|League||Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (2005-present), Clark Griffith League (2000-2004)|
|Location||Silver Spring, Maryland|
|Ballpark||Montgomery Blair Baseball Stadium|
|League championships||2005 (co-champions), 2006|
|Colors||Blue and Maroon|
|Management||Edward Sharp (President)
Richard O'Connor (Vice President)
David Stinson (General Manager)
|Manager||Doug Remer (Head Coach)|
The Silver Spring–Takoma Thunderbolts is a collegiate summer baseball team based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Most of its players are drawn from the college ranks. The team is a member of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL). The Thunderbolts play their home games at Montgomery Blair Baseball Stadium. The Thunderbolts are funded through ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise sales, donations, and other fundraising efforts at games.
In January, 2000 Richard S. O’Connor purchased the charter rights to a collegiate summer baseball team in the Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League. The prior team was named the Southern Maryland Battlecats and played their home games in Charles County, Maryland. Maryland Community Baseball, Inc., the parent corporation of the Thunderbolts was formed as a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization to promote youth baseball in the Silver Spring-Takoma area. The new team began play in June, 2000 at three locations in Silver Spring. From 2000 -2004 the Thunderbolts were members of the Clark Griffith Collegiate League. In 2005, the Thunderbolts became a charter member of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. The Thunderbolts were League Champions in 2006 and Co-Champions in 2005. They have also won the Montgomery Cup (sponsored by the Gazette Newspapers) twice since 2005. In 2002, Maryland Community Baseball Inc. signed a 20-year license agreement with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission to play all home games at Blair Stadium.
- Jonathan Papelbon, who was a closer for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.
- Brett Cecil, in November, 2016 signed a 4-year, $30.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. For eight seasons he pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2013, he became the first Ripken League alum to play in an MLB All-Star game.
- Zach Clark, formerly a pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
- Adam Mills, formerly a pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization.
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