2016 HDL Banquet Review (11/20)
The 2016 HDL Baseball season annual Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet was held Saturday, November 19th at the Ballroom of the Butcher Shop on Germantown Parkway. Approximately 60 members and guests came out on a cool evening to be part of a special night in the growing history of the Hernando DeSoto Men’s Baseball League.
For Those who attended:
This year’s banquet was moved back to a Saturday night. For two years in a row our attendance estimate was around 60 people. Many of our 2016 first year players (Rookies) came out to see what the HDL Banquet was all about. Please tell your fellow players/teammates, who were unable to attend, that we wish they could have attended. Several HDL players, who previously mentioned they were planning to attend, had last minute conflicts that prevented their attendance.
While everyone was waiting for their food order to be cooked, Larry Rutledge showed a variety of vintage HDL related video’s of days gone by. Videos of late 1980’s baseball trips to St Louis and New Orleans were shown.
Due to technical issues, a video of a 1988 HDL game against the Indianapolis Clowns at Tim McCarver Stadium was prevented. (Maybe next year.) Prior to presentation of player awards, a 19 minute video slide with music showing pictures from 2016 Season was played.
We will continue this treat as a tradition to help everyone re-live the season. For those of you who want to see it again or for those who did not attend, this video has been loaded on YouTube at:
Hall of Fame Inductees:
Two former HDL Player were inducted into the HDL Hall of Fame.
First inductee, Josh Huggins was Inducted for his career as a Catcher for the HDL. Josh was a versatile player who could field, throw and hit. Injuries eventually curtailed Josh’s baseball career. Josh expressed much appreciation to Johnny Houghton and Larry Robinson for their support and encouragement to play in the HDL.
Our other player inductee, Willis ” Damn Yankee” Dorothy, was equally appreciative to become a member of the HDL Hall of Fame. Will Dorothy was a solid player who was most appreciated for Catcher position, but he was also a good Outfielder and eventually filled in to become a successful Pitcher.
As you can imagine, Will told some entertaining stories of memorable HDL games and his views of how playing in the HDL impacted his life. Dorothy was sincere about how this honor (H of F) affected him as well as his deep appreciation for the value of the HDL Baseball experience.
2016 SEASON PLAYER AWARDS
All SPONSORS were presented a plaque expressing our appreciation.
Next, all Managers were recognized for fulfilling this important role. Attended: Robert Miller – Cardinals; Carlos Varela – V-Brothers Motors; Don Hinkle – Prudential Insurance. Absent: Tony Lomax – Lomax Insulation Dodgers; Will McPherson – Lost Pizza Orioles
GOLD GLOVE WINNERS:
Outfield: Oscar Zamudio, Carlos Cabrera, Will McPherson, Carlos Canelo and Johnny Gonzalez
Utility: Travis Hill
Catcher: Judson Belote
Pitcher: PW Burnett
First Base: Larry Hunsucker
Second base: Carlos Medina
Third Base: Cory Morgan
Shortstop: Cesar Cabrera
Rookie of Year: Casey Engan
Ray Reinhart Hustle Award: Carlos Varela
Team MVP’s: Johnny Gonzalez (Lost Pizza Orioles), PW Burnett (Cardinals), Bret Delk (Lomax Dodgers), Juan-Jose Castillo (V-Brothers Athletics), Travis Hill (Prudential Tigers)
Best Pitcher: PW Burnett (7-2; 1.47 ERA)
Batting Champion – BRET DELK, (.512 Avg.)
Congratulations to all players who were recognized by their peers as “The Best” of the best. And for those players who posted best category statistics for all earned awards.
Officer Changes for 2017-2018
Following the announcement of Larry Rutledge stepping down as active President of the HDL, officer ballots were received during annual election-re-election voting in September & October. Based on player write-in entries, the results of the election process was announced:
NEW HDL OFFICERS
President: Robert Miller
Vice President: Kevin Latham
Vice President: Ramon Moreta
Vice President: (To Be Appointed by Robert Miller)
In late October, the Hall of Fame Board of Directors proposed appointing Larry Rutledge the title of “President Emeritus”
What does “President Emeritus” mean?
Best Answer: Emeritus means retired or honorably discharged from active professional duty, but retaining the title of one’s office or position. President emeritus (of a company, etc) would be an honorary title bestowed as recognition for exemplary service.
Players and former HDL members in attendance gave their approval of this announcement. Larry Rutledge promised his continued support to the HDL. Larry plans to help develop and mentor all new Officers as they take on their roles and expectations during the coming seasons.
Past OFFICER APPRECIATION:
Larry Hunsucker pointed out to the audience that Bo McMinn and Patrick Belote deserve a show of gratitude for their weekly efforts to take care of Tobey field and have it looking great every time the HDL players took the field. Even though these two excellent representatives of the HDL chose not to be considered for re-election for the 2017-18 seasons, they both acknowledged that they will provide assistance, when needed, to ensure the high standards they established for playing conditions will continue.
Stay tuned for additional stories and news as they happen during the off-season.
We will be posting articles to cover:
Openings for Team Sponsors,
Off-season improvement progress at Tobey field,
2017 Score keeping,
Many other topics of interest to HDL players.