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Gordon SmithCongratulations From Flint Michigan Connie Mack World Series Champion's of 1974 Carpets by Jim Smith .Great Job Guy's Enjoy2 weeks ago
Can someone tell me where one can purchase the thumb drive of the CMWS? The commentators on the live broadcast that was streaming (CoachesAid) kept saying it was available for purchase. However, I have not been able to find where and how much? ... See MoreSee Less
***2015 Connie Mack World Series All Tournament Team***
First base: Robert Salazar (D-Bat)
Second base: Michael Massey
Third base: Carter Kieboom
Shortstop: Justin Evans (East Cobb)
Catcher: Joseph Bart (East Cobb)
Designated Hitter: Daulton Ryans
Utility: Jay Schuyler (SoCal)
Jacob Vanderwal (Prairie Gravel)
Carter Hall (East Cobb)
Darius Hill (D-Bat)
Travis Swaggerty (Louisiana Elite)
Connor Manous (Prairie Gravel)
CJ Broussard (SoCal)
Rodney Hutchinson (Midland)
Keyton Gibson (East Cobb)
The Clubhouse Golden Glove:
Kyle Jacobsen (East Cobb)
Zinger Bat Big Stick:
Carter Kieboom (East Cobb)
C.O. Brown Team Sportsmanship:
Joseph R. Cooper Individual Batting Champion:
Carter Kieboom (East Cobb)
Sponsored by San Juan College
Lincoln Hackim Most Valuable Player:
Carter Kieboom (East Cobb) ... See MoreSee Less
Judd PerkinsThat Carter Kiebppm kid will be in the Majors soon. Keep an eye out on this one.3 weeks ago · 4
Kim Burnette GibsonWhat a season...what a series....what a team! YAY EAST COBB YANKEES!!!! Congratulations!!!2 weeks ago · 2
To all the fans of CMWS, accept our apology of the how the tournament ended. We were unable to completely control the way it played out. On field, decisions are made by the governing board of AABC and not just an individual. The decision to play this way was multifactorial and a difficult decision to make. We are well aware of the time and effort these teams and players have put in to get to this point. Our hats are off to both teams, their staffs, their fans, and their families. Two quality organizations with quality individuals, doing their part in forming these young men into outstanding people. As the old adage states, “there are numerous life lessons learned from sports.”
Let us start with the bye into the championship game. This happens often in tournament play and and coaches are well versed in how the bye system works.
AABC White Handbook Rule 211:
(b) Where there is a bye in the schedule, all teams – undefeated and defeated – shall share in drawing for the bye except as provided below in (d). No team may receive a second bye until every other team alive shall have had a first bye. This will be adhered to even if it means two (2) teams must meet for the second time when there is a team alive they have not yet met. The bye has top priority over anything else and MUST be the first consideration. IT IS VITAL AND ESSENTIAL THAT THE BYE BE DETERMINED FIRST.
Secondly, the time shortened game was less than ideal. We, the CMWS committee, failed to make the fans in the stadium aware of the situation and we apologize for that. As for details of the game to be played, the teams and coaches were well aware. This is not the first time shortened game to be played in competitive baseball. The NCAA has this situation somewhere nearly every Sunday. The travel plans of the teams are made ahead of time, but as you can imagine very difficult to change in the final hours. I am not in anyway condoning early travel plans, but we as a committee will highly discourage this in the future. It is the belief of the AABC board that a single winner is ALWAYS going to be the best option.
Please remember that when the boo’s are ringing out through the stadium the players will perceive these as directed toward them. I do realize that these were directed toward the coaching staff, the CMWS, and AABC. The point is taken and will be discussed at length for future events. ... See MoreSee Less
Lloyd NicaudFirst class tourney! First class people! Best baseball experience I've ever had!3 weeks ago · 14
Jimmy WalkerAll you people get over it, its an amateur baseball tournament. Rules are rules, no one got cheated.3 weeks ago · 10
Deanna SchneiderMy son enjoyed his experience and appreciates the wonderful hospitality and opportunity to have played there. Looking forward to my 11 year old coming hopefully. All the teams who made it there are winners!3 weeks ago · 11
Cole CatalanoAs coach of Louisiana elite, I want to remind everyone of the tough decision the "committee" made based on our game! We beat host team (Farmington) 5-0 due to a shortened rain game. They easily could have made la Elite play the next morning at 8:00am but they stayed true to the ruling. Knowing they just sent home their own team! Now when the integrity of the game is jeopardized by the teams playing, I have an issue with that! I was not at game and do not have a dog in this fight, but we play East Cobb every year in our regional, and they are a classy group who do things the right way. I also commend PG on a outstanding run! There is no question they will be back to Farmington. So before we start bashing the committee, coaches, and teams, remember it's about these kids. No matter what the outcome was they will have memories they can cherish for a lifetime!3 weeks ago · 71
Judd PerkinsMaybe the change that could solve such unforeseen issues is to play 1 extra game during the week like they did on Tuesday, moving up game 20 from Thursday to Wednesday. That would relieve the final 2 days of the tourney from being played so late, moving game 21 and 22 to Thursday and. if necessary, game 23 for Friday at 7:30. That way, in case of rain, it's still plenty early.3 weeks ago · 5
Jymi RogersI believe one thing that could have helped a lot of us fans would have been communication over the loud speaker. Those of us without radios (a good 80-90%) had no idea what was going on. And as most of us know the lack of knowledge frightens and upsets us. There were many things questionable about this years tournament that could easily been avoided with some communication to the fans, host families, and sponsors. I have been part of a sponsor for many years now and have watched communication in some areas improve greatly while other areas have disappeared completely. Dear AABC, please talk to us.3 weeks ago · 8
Jana Dilmore HardyMy son was blessed to play in the CMWS for two years. We missed it last year but were able to come and watch this year. I was so impressed with the town, community, baseball stadium, fans, foster families, and all the teams. We loved the experience and we had a great week of watching baseball!3 weeks ago · 9
Eileen Benes-BegayFifty one years of running the series and you still have these type of issues. Come on, cmws committee, get your act together. Another sad note to the championship game debacle is the fact that the winners (EYC) were not even presented the series trophy and banner at the end of the game!3 weeks ago · 4
Mary Batley RogersI am wondering after the first game restarted did the committe consider there might be a time problem? after four complete innings it had started to rain again, why wasn't the first game called at this time. This would have allowed more time for a second game to be played. during the first game several comments were made by a host family for east cobb that they didn't even know why they should have to play the second game because of their bus schedule they should just be awarded first place. after the game was over Brad Campbell came out on the field, we in the stands expected some word from him over what had occurred and why, nothing was said. the fans were stunned at the way this ended.3 weeks ago · 3
Eileen Manthey EiermanCan't control Mother Nature! I am sure lots of things will be changed for the next tournament. My husband played in Farmington in 1988 and had a great experience and came back this year with our son, who played for Prairie Gravel. Our team had a great experience and played some great players and competition. That's what it's about.3 weeks ago · 26
Tyson SnyderBoth teams were offered the opportunity to be co-champions after the first game. Both teams passed and agreed to the terms set forth. Once teams are on the field it is hard to control how the game gets played. All tourney awards and team trophies were not awarded because there was not time due to travel arrangements that the teams had made (not the committee or AABC). There were also players from teams other than East Cobb on the bus leaving at 1:30...so it had to leave in order to honor their schedules as well. This tournament is comprised of volunteers that sacrifice time with family as well as time at work to make this what it is. Great job players, coaches, volunteers and Farmington. We will adjust and continue to make this a great community and baseball event.3 weeks ago · 27
Laura Nicole PacePrairie Gravel played some of the best baseball I've seen at this tournament in years and I'm sad for both teams that they didn't get the ending they deserved. However, we are not strangers to Connie Mack rain and I commend the staff, coaches and players of all three teams who played Friday night for their tough spirits and love of the game in a less than ideal situation. I hope all three teams return next year to play again. This is a huge event and I can't even fathom the amount of work that goes in to pulling it off every summer. The Series staff does a great job working to make every year better than the last and I'm confident they will continue that work. Let's remember what Coach Cole Catalano just reminded us: it's really about the kids.3 weeks ago · 9
Lisa CurtisRules are rules.. U guys do an awesome 🙆 job every year. To bad U can't control the weather. 😉 some teams have travel arrangements n can't stay another day.. Thank you .3 weeks ago
Brad KesslerGreat tournament, great experience. In the future having a rain date would be helpful. Bye games should not exist if possible. Recipients of the bye should qualify by least amount of runs allowed or runs scored, but not arbitrary. In the end some excellent baseball was played at the amateur level. nice job Connie Mack....LETS GO BAYSIDE YANKEES.3 weeks ago
Brittany BearceFirst, I would like to congratulate all of the participants this year for an amazing series! In all my years of watching and being involved in the series, this one is one of my favorite years! Classy organizations, respectful men (coaches and players) and good ball! Secondly, I'd like to give kudos to the numerous committees that work their tails off for a year leading up to this! All of your hardwork, time and dedication is not being over looked guys! You are very much appreciated! Thirdly, for those wanting to gripe about anything, we are always in need for more volunteers in the series. If you think you can help improve the series or help, then stand up and do it. Don't sit in the peanut gallery and whine. As Coach Catalano reminded us; it is about these kids. Sure, we work year around to produce this tournament, BUT these kids work their whole lives to get to this tournament! I feel confident in saying that the AABC committee and all other volunteers work their butts off and care about the product and outcome of this tournament and it is all for these 16-19 year olds. For a lot, it's their last time playing ball, we strive every year to improve and to give these kids what they deserve on our end, then their hard work comes in and determines the final product. East Cobb and PG played a hell of a game, PG made a hell of an appearance for their first year, do not diminish their fight because it did not end the way we (the locals) wanted it to. It's clear we cannot control Mother Nature, only work around her. Each team knew the predicament posed playing the second game, and I can almost guarantee that the coaches had the kids in on the decision as well. Do not take this series in vain, folks! It was a wonderful series! Not an ideal ending, but do not devalue the hard work these kids put into it or what the committee did. In my years watching and being involved, I do not recall a championship night ending this way. So... We live and learn. But as long as these kids leave smiling with an experience of their lives, who are we to judge how anything turned out. Every year there is a chance for improvement, this year is no different! Thank you to the AABC, the volunteers and the teams for making this year of the CMWS an entertaining series! I cannot wait to see all the teams back next year so we can see yall get it done again!!!3 weeks ago · 3
Travis MillerThank You, to the committee for the apology! The lack of announcement to the fans was what caused most of the confusion.3 weeks ago · 3
Darren MarcyWasn't in the stadium and went to bed (East Coast) before the championship game even started. Was shocked when I read about how it ended the next day. But the CMWS has always been a classy tournament run by great people who do a great job. Has been that way since I was little bitty. I have no doubt the best was made of a bad situation. Suggestion is to have Saturday be part of the tournament schedule as an "if" type situation caused by weather or other calamity. If a second round game gets shortened by weather it's one thing. But the title game should go seven and the best option would have been to play it on Saturday. Teams should know that if they're still in it, they need to plan to be around through Saturday night just in case. Great job to everyone on this year's tournament.3 weeks ago · 4
Michael KelleyVery classy to offer an explanation in such detail. The CMWS committee puts on a fantastic tournament every year. Keep up the good work!3 weeks ago · 3
I want to thank the Kennedy's and the rest of the Connie Mack / Farmington community. My son, Cody, on the EC Yankees, said it was an amazing experience to participate in the tournament and visit your lovely town.
The coaches had told them it was unlike any experience they would ever have. Other players had told them it was a fantastic tournament, not to be believed.
Thank you for all you do. ... See MoreSee Less
I ask these questions with all due respect.
Redskins and East Cobb had buses leaving at midnight and 1AM according to President of CMWS.
Had those two teams faced each other in the championship game instead of EC and GRAVEL, how would this have been handled differently?
MLB/CMWS threw the rule book aside.
Championship game MUST be played full 7 innings regardless of weather or bus schedules.
The CMWS President told me directly that the game would go all night if necessary.
Why enter into the 5th inning at 12:58AM and then continue to play until 1:30AM knowing that the EC teams bus was leaving for airport at 1am?
(Gravel Coach was NOT slowing down game. He approached ump and called out what was happening with EC swinging at every pitch to speed up the game to make it to the 5th before 1am because EC said they had to catch a bus.)
And why was EC still on the field after 2AM "celebrating" when their bus was supposed to leave and hour earlier? Hmmm.
PRAIRIE GRAVEL finished with their dignity and integrity in tack.
Congratulations for being a team that will forever live on in the wonderful, supportive fans for Farmington, NM! Thank you for opening your homes and hearts to us. We are forever grateful. ... See MoreSee Less
I'm not sure who is in charge of scheduling flights for teams to go back home but something needs to change. There is no reason for the teams to have to rush to leave here. These kids enjoy their time here. there is no need to rush them out of here. ... See MoreSee Less
Connie Mack host families give an enormous amount of time to support, cheer, entertain and just show love to our players. This is an experience they will have with them for a lifetime and while thank you does not seem enough for your generosity, please know that everything your families do is truly appreciated. Connie Mack organization, host families and the Farmington community....Thank you for the memories!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
I want to say thank you to AABC, Farmington, the Host families, and fans who made my son and entire team feel so welcomed and at home while playing in the CMWS. Although I was unable to attend with my son and watch him play, this experience was so amazing for him. We were uncertain that he was actually going to make the trip because he broke his jaw three weeks ago from a line-drive while pitching.
He plays for the East Cobb Yankees and is #12, the player who wore the face protector while pitching. While winning the CMWS is fabulous for our team, the bond and friendships established with the host families and fans the last 9 days is immeasurable and priceless. Congrats to East Cobb Yankees and thank you AABC Connie Mack World Series! ... See MoreSee Less
Kathy Dove KennedyI absolutely love your son. I really hope they come back next year as he would get to stay with us again. He was definitely my favorite one to pick on because he gave it back so well (or he started it and I gave it back, lol). Thank You for letting him come! My husband Steve and I really enjoyed him!3 weeks ago · 1