Bloordale Volunteers Recognized at the Etobicoke Baseball AGM

by | Nov 22, 2021

Two Bloordale volunteers were recognized at the Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Annual General Meeting, held virtually on November 16.

Sam Flynn won the EBA Senior Umpire of the Year award.  Sam is a former Bloordale baseball player, who began umpiring when he was 13.  In 2018  Sam also won the EBA Junior Umpire of the Year award.

When presenting the award, EBA President Patrick McConnell noted that Sam is always working hard to improve his skills by analyzing his performance after the game.  Added Patrick

‘Sam listens to tips from other experienced umpires on how to improve his game and is quick to adapt and apply the advice at his first his first opportunity.

He is knowledgeable about rules and a quick study when he has a question.

His calls are crisp and loud and he works hard to get in the best position to make them.

When paired with less experienced umpires, Sam assumes a leadership role. When paired with a more experienced umpire, Sam is always looking for ways on how to improve his own game.’

Steve Castrucci won the EBA Coach of the Year Award.  Steve has had a lifelong love of coaching, coaching hockey while still in university and at the tender age of 18.  Steve began coaching baseball when his oldest son was in T-Ball 28 years ago. Unlike many parents, Steve continued coaching even after his children had graduated from youth baseball.

Steve has been a successful coach since joining Bloordale in 2015, culminating with the recent 2021 EBA 18U Select Championship.

Several co-coaches shared their thoughts on Steve

Steve won the 18U Championship select loop with a team he started building at the 15U level. To have a core group together for that long is very impressive, and even more impressive to develop into a championship team in the final year of eligibility for the majority of his players.

I have been coaching with Steve a long time and he has many positive attributes. He has no kids currently in the game; most of us with no children in the game would not be doing this. So it goes to show how much he loves the kids and the game.

He treats all the players the same and no matter how a player played during the game. At the end of the game when he gave his speech he would always have a positive thing to say about all players.

Steve is truly a great a coach but an even better person.

Congratulations Sam and Steve!


Recent Posts

Bloordale Volunteers Recognized!

November is AGM time, which gives us an opportunity to recognize some of our great volunteers. Below is a picture of the five dedicated Bloordale volunteers who were recognized at the Bloordale Annual General Meeting, which took place at the Canadiana restaurant on...

Celebrating Our 2022 Teams

Bloordale Baseball’s Select and Rep teams had a phenomenal finish in local playoffs in 2022.Nine of Bloordale’s 13 Rep and Select teams finished as finalists or champions in their respective divisions. That is an astounding 69% of our teams finishing first or second...

Jays Care Field of Dreams Re-opening for Millwood 2 Diamond

Bloordale Baseball was thrilled to host the official re-opening of the Millwood 2 baseball diamond on Saturday, May 28.  Millwood 2 underwent an extensive refurbishment project that included new fencing to replace the old worn fencing, vastly improved players’...

Parking at Millwood Diamonds

Parking is always at a premium in the area around Millwood #1 and #2.  Parking is available on the south side of the street along Silverthorne Bush Drive and along adjacent streets. We ask all parents, guardians, and other spectators to not park in the parking spots...

Former Bloordale President Dave Lawrence Remembered

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Lawrence in Milton on February 4. Dave was a Bloordale Baseball volunteer for almost 30 years, and served as league president during a period of significant growth for our league.  Dave’s contribution to...