Al Thomas and Manager Joe O'Hara are proud to announce several administrative additions for the Al Thomas Baseball Club, Milton's entry in the Thomas A. Yawkey Amateur Baseball League.
Milton's Steve Lambert has been named team captain, the first one for the A's since Mike Hannon in the 1990's. Veterans John Kostas (Milton), Mark Daly (Milton) and Aidan Powers (Braintree) have been named assistant coaches and will serve as player-coaches for the team.
Lambert followed up his all star rookie and sophomore seasons with the A's with a phenomenal season that recently earned him the 2010 MVP award for the Yawkey League. He led the league in hitting at .453 and was among the top five in virtually every offensive category, finishing first or second in many, and won a gold glove for his outstanding defensive prowess in centerfield, including 13 outfield assists. He also played a bit at first and second base and was 1-0 on the mound.
Kostas and Powers have been perennial all stars in the YBL, and for a stretch were the team's ace pitchers, while Daly has made two all star appearances and played various infield positions for the A's.
The Al Thomas Club has won its division in four of the last five years and advanced one step further in the playoffs in each of the last two years. Manager Joe O'Hara looks forward to the increased roles of these four players. "I'm excited that these guys are stepping up to assume more responsibility in the advancement of the team," he quipped. "With a few key roster additions and a greater commitment to winning by the entire team, we feel confident that we can sustain a team capable of winning not just one, but a number of championships."
The year 2011 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Al Thomas Baseball Club. Anyone who has played for the team should send his contact information to Joe O'Hara at 45 Oval Rd. #27, Quincy, MA 02186 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure proper involvement in any commemorative activities throughout the year.