2019 HDL BANQUET

HDL Awards Banquet

HDL 40th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Two candidates were approved by the Hall of Fame Committee for this year’s 40th induction ceremony.

The first Inductee was Outfielder Johnny Houghton who played in the HDL from about 2002 to 2016.  Johnny’s career batting average of .334 and almost 1000 Plate Appearances, as well as his infatuation with the HDL Baseball format, were valid reasons to justify his induction into the Hall of Fame.  Johnny was deeply appreciative of the honor of joining the HDL Hall of Fame.

The second candidate to be inducted was Team Manager and HDL Sponsor/Player, Don Hinkle. Don started his career in the HDL about the same time as Johnny Houghton.  As a player, Don compiled almost 700 Plate Appearances with a career batting average of .231. During the last 10-12 years of his career he has set an example by offering to manage any HDL team that needed him.  This unselfish service to the HDL is not reflected in his Stats because he actually participated as a Manager for an additional 200 games where he made sure his roster of players were treated fairly.

2019 HDL Player Awards

Bo McMinn, Jake Hatchett and Travis Hill conducted the introduction and presentation of trophies to 2019 players who were selected or earned a variety of award categories.

Trophies were presented to the following: 

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Gold Glove Catcher:  Carlos Bello

Gold Glove First Base:  Shane Petty  

Gold Glove Second Base:  Carlos Gotera

Gold Glove Third Base:  Brandon Poyner 

Gold Glove Shortstop:  Freddie Colmenares 

Gold Glove Outfield:  Cody Dunn 

Gold Glove Outfield:  Jason Nilsen 

Gold Glove Outfield:  Carlos Canelo 

Gold Glove Outfield:  Oscar Zamudio 

Gold Glove Utility:  Alex Vivas 

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Rookie of Year:  Tyler Dunn 

Charlie Hustle Award:  David Calhoun

Special Hustle Award:  Calvin Moore 

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Cardinals MVP: Jake Hatchett

Royals MVP: Tyler Dunn

Yankees MVP: Jodie Wolfe 

Mets MVP: Wes Hill 

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Best Pitcher:  Jodie Wolfe 

League MVP & Batting Champ: 

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Sponsor Awards (Gold):  Prudential Ins. (Don Hinkle) 

Sponsor Awards (Gold):  MBAA (Andy Cook)

Sponsor Awards (Silver):  JH Auto (Jake Hatchett)

Sponsor Awards (Bronze):  Thompson Trucks/Equipment (Robert Miller) 

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Special recognition went to Beth Hatchett for creating the Baseball theme table decorations that were donated.  They really added to the purpose of the evening.

All players were reminded to check the HDL Blog for off-season updates and announcements.  There are some  significant changes in progress at Tobey park that will make Tobey Baseball experience much different in 2020.  When extra help is needed, the Blog and Facebook will solicit your assistance.

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