A Visit with Blue Jays prospect Sean Ratcliffe
A major league pro returned to his roots for a day as the Scarborough Stingers mosquito and peewee teams welcomed home Sean Ratcliffe, the Toronto Blue Jays 18th round selection in the 2013 MLB draft.
Sean dropped into Out of the Park Sports to meet with the players and coaches of the four Stingers teams. Sean pointed out he was their age when he started playing competitive ball on a Stingers team coached by Frank Gallo. Sean told the boys he spent five great years in a Stingers uniform, learning a lot about baseball and having a ton of fun.
"Work and hard and listen to your coaches," Sean said in answer to a question on the secret to being a good ballplayer. "And always have fun. Baseball is a great sport and more than anything you should be having fun while getting better."
Sean is not the first Stinger to be selected in the draft but he is the first to sign a pro contract. He leaves for Dunedin, Fla., next month for extended spring training.
The Stingers wish Sean the best of luck. And drop by anytime!
Indoor training is in full swing!
Off-season workouts and practices at all ages are in full swing for the Scarborough Stingers. Here are a few shots from the Peewee team.
Neilson Diamond 2 to get major facelift
It'll be a whole new ball game beginning next year at Diamond #2 at Neilson Park. Thanks to the generous support of the Jays Care Foundation, a much-needed re-construction will give Scarborough Stingers players and opponents an all-new grass and clay infield as well as a pitching mound for the Peewee age group. The outfield grass will be brought in 15-feet to better accommodate Mosquito players and everyone will benefit from new bullpens on both sides of the diamond.
This Field of Dreams grant will also provide funding for construction of a batting cage for all Stingers teams and other Scarborough players.
The City of Toronto will begin work on the infield re-construction and field enhancement in September. The Toronto Blue Jays will officially unveil the new field on Opening Day in May 2014.
On behalf of our players and parents, the Scarborough Stingers give a tip of the hat to the Jays, the Jays Care Foundation, Toronto's Parks and Rec Department and the Scarborough Baseball Association for supporting youth baseball programs in our community.
CNE Peewee tourney's Bill McBratney has died
Bill McBratney, a director of the CNE Peewee tournament and father of Blair McBratney, assistant coach with the Stingers Midget AA team, died on Sunday, July 14 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Notice in the Toronto Star.
Bantams reach final in Brampton
The Scarborough Stingers Bantams took him silver medals at the Brampton tournament on July 7.
Former Stinger Sean Ratcliffe signs with Blue Jays
(June 11, 2013) - Sean Ratcliffe has become the first Scarborough Stingers player to turn pro.
The 18-year-old pitcher/catcher signed a professional contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, just days after Canada's team selected Sean in the 18th round of the MLB entry draft.
Sean grew up playing baseball in Scarborough, starting in the Birchmount Baseball Association and then playing five years with the Stingers under coach Frank Gallo. He now lives in Ajax and most recently has played with Canada's Junior National team, doubling up as both a catcher and a pitcher.
Toronto used its 535th overall pick (34th round) to select the 6-foot-4 right-hander. According to reports, scouts see his upside on the mound with a fastball at 90-93 mph and the makings of a power breaking ball. He has an easy arm action and may pitch consistently in the mid-90s one day.
This is the second straight year a Stingers player has been drafted. Christian Botnick was selected in Round 34 by the Chicago Cubs in 2012.
Congratulations to Sean and his proud parents Mark and Katherine for this great honour.
MLB scouting video.
Noah Hull, younger brother of the late Stingers player Adam Hull, throws the first pitch on Opening Day 2013
Stingers' season dedicated to Adam Hull
The Scarborough Stingers opened the 2013 baseball season with eight games at Neilson Park and a dedication to a former teammate.
Adam Hull was just 18 years old when he lost a valiant battle with cancer in November 2012. Adam loved to play baseball and is dearly missed by friends and family. In a touching pre-game ceremony, his brother Noah, a player on the Stingers AAA Minor Peewee team, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Stingers Opening Day event with older brother Mark Hull, 20, as the catcher.
The Scarborough Stingers announced before the ceremony that the Black & Gold will dedicate the 2013 season to Adam's memory.
The weather couldn't have been better for late April as the exhibition games got underway on both diamonds at Neilson. More than 200 young baseball players took part in the full day schedule as the eight Stingers teams welcomed opponents from across the GTA, including Thornhill, Ajax-Pickering and North York.
Win or lose, the players were excited about playing ball outside again. And everyone on and off the field knew the joy of the game and the kids who play it is something to be embraced and cherished.
For moreinformation about the Scarborough Stingers, contact Greg Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-527-1864.
Welcome to our new Sponsors
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Stingers' Frank Gallo named OBA Youth Coach of the Year
Scarborough Stingers coach Frank Gallo was recognized at the Baseball Ontario Awards Gala in Allistion on Saturday, Nov. 17, as youth coach of the year.
Frank has been with the Stingers since its inception and has been instrumental in building the program while also developing young players. A tireless volunteer, Frank has an impeccable reputaion a top-quality teacher with the ability and patience to make all his charges better ball players and share his love of the game. It's for that reason his teams are always well-trained and competitive.
The Scarborough Stingers are thrilled that his committment and dedication to youth baseball is now recognized by his peers across Ontario.
Adam Hull loses battle with leukemia
The Scarborough Stingers lost a member of our family on Nov. 25, 2012, when 18-year-old Adam Hull died peacefully after a long battle with leukemia.
Adam was a wonderful guy and loved playing baseball. His former teammates on the Stingers and in the West Hill baseball association will remember him fondly and miss him dearly.
Our condolences and deepest sympathies go to Adam's parents, Mike and Michelle, his brothers and other relatives.
Stingers to train in new baseball facility.
Also new and exciting for 2013, the Stingers will be working out in the off-season in a soon-to-open new baseball facility in Scarborough. It will feature four batting cages, pitching mounds and a large infield/outfield area. In conjunction with the Toronto Mets, the Stingers will also host various clinics and instructional programs during the off-season.