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The Boston Astros 2013 Triple Crown Sports
U.S. National Baseball Championship



 

Boston – The Boston Astros, one of the top youth baseball organizations in the county, has won the 18U Triple Crown Sports U.S. Baseball Championship, a tournament held in Richmond, VA, July 18-28. Seventy-five teams from 21 states – ranging from California and Washington to Minnesota, Missouri, Connecticut, New York, Texas and Virginia – competed for the coveted title. This is the Astros’ second U.S. Baseball Championship win in four years. The Boston Astros 18U team is comprised of elite players primarily from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. Each player ‘earns their spot,’ and there is no fee to participate on the team, contrary to most elite suburban teams.

34 years ago, Robert Lewis, Jr. started the Boston Astros in the South End, with a belief that baseball could be a powerful vehicle to teach young men values and life skills such as the importance of teamwork, motivation, resiliency, and respect both on and off the playing field. Since then, Robert has emerged as a nationally-recognized thought leader, public speaker and passionate advocate for urban youth and along the way, has led his Astros to be recognized as Triple Crown Sports ‘2012 Team of the Year’ from a field of 40,000 teams, the 2013 U.S. National Baseball Championship, and has transformed the lives of more than 8,000 Boston Astros players and alumni. His latest initiative, The BASE, builds on the success of the Boston Astros model to provide players with superior baseball coaching and training, and adds comprehensive academic and life skills training to ensure that every student athlete not only wins on the baseball field, but has a Winning Game Plan for Life.
 


Please read this great editorial on The BASE in the Bay State Banner and share it with your friends.
We have something special at the Base - Home of the Boston Astros,  and the word is getting out.

 






The Boston Astros returned to North Branford, CT on Labor Day Weekend (2013)

 

2 Astros Teams, 2 Days, 2 Second Place Titles

 

The 14u team won three 3 games, which secured them a spot in the championship game.  Their only tournament loss came in the championship round against the Wolcott Storm.  A Second Place finish was a huge improvement from the 0-3 showing they had at the August 16th, Woodbat Championship.  Their hard work and determination paid off and they should be proud of this accomplishment.

The 16s returned to Connecticut after a second place finish in the Woodbat Championship, on August 16th.  This time they were registered in the 18u League. The Astros Organization feels that competing at a higher-level, forces players to step-up their game. This was definitely the case for our 16s.  They showed that they had the skill and talent to play against older players.  They made it to Sunday’s final and returned to Boston with the Second Place Title.  If they continue to work hard individually and as a team, First Place Titles are clearly in their future.

(photos by Coach Robert Lewis, Jr.)
 


 
 

Triple Crown Sports
9th Annual Woodbat Championship North Branford, CT
(2013)

 
 

We Are the Champions!
18U bring home the title





Second Place Finish for the 16U

 

18U Coaches

16U Coaches


To View all the photos click here

 

 

Oh, what a game

Boston's best baseball was played last night under the lights at Jim Rice. As Coach Lewis says, “You don’t need to go to Fenway for good baseball just head to Jim Rice.” Our 18u Boston Astros USB Championship Team played the Boston Astros Alumni, all of whom either attend college or have graduated from college. This game will go down in the record books as one of the most memorable matches.  The Alumni held the lead the entire night during this grueling battle. Both teams determined to win.  The game was decided in the last inning when Kenny Miranda hit a rocket that scored two runs and clinched the victory for the Current Astros.


Although the night was filled with great baseball there was more than just a game-taking place.  Jim Rice Park was packed with wonderful friends, family members, and sponsors, who make up the Astros family.  Music by Chris Melo echoed throughout the park. Folks were reconnecting and reliving by-gone days.  The BASE handed out school supplies, concession stand tickets, and supplied raffle items. They also presented computers to our Astros who will be attending college in September. It was truly a magical night - one that was full of love and pride for the Astros Organization.


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Join us for the
Second Annual Boston Astros Alumni Game!
A celebration of great baseball under the lights at Jim Rice Field

 
On August 14, The BASE and The Boston Astros will hold its Second Annual Alumni Game,
featuring the Boston Astros
18U team—winners of the coveted 2013 Triple Crown Sports US Baseball Championship,  
as they take on Boston Astros Alumni,
all of whom either attend college or have graduated from college and all, through their Astros’ affiliation,
have found a Winning Game Plan for Life both on and off the field.
 
The Boston Astros Alumni game will bring together city and state officials, business and community leaders, neighbors, baseball fans, youth sports coaches and Astros friends and alumni for a festive and fun evening celebrating the power and passion of baseball in transforming the lives of urban youth.
 

Date:    Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Event Start: 6:30pm—Festivities begin; 7:00pm—First Pitch
Location:  Jim Rice Field at Washington Street and Melnea Cass Blvd.
Game: Astros 18U vs. Astros Alumni
 
 
 
Event Elements:
  • Special Guest Game Announcer
  • Special Guest Vocalist for the National Anthem
  • First Pitch Ceremony
  • The Winning Pitch Scholarship Award Ceremony Approximately 8-10 Astros players who have graduated high school and are heading off to college will be given a laptop and books
  • T-shirts for the first 50 attendees
  • Raffle prizes given away between every inning
  • Ballpark hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and other classic summer fare
  • Music/DJ  
Invited Guests:
  • Anticipated audience – 250
  • Local elected officials
  • Business and community leaders
  • Baseball leagues and programs from throughout the Greater Boston area
  • The BASE Board Members, donors, advisors, partners and friends
  • Media

376 Warren STREET | Roxbury, MA 02119  | 617-442-7700 | fax 617-442-7711 | www.THEBASE.org

Click here for a printed copy of the flyer
 

15-16s Are LTA Champions

The Boston Astros 15-16s LTA team are the 2013 Lou Tompkin All-Star Baseball Champions. Starting in January, at the Winter Conditioning and Training Sessions, the coaches and players honed their skills and were ready when the summer season began. They Earned their Spot as the LTA CHAMPIONS.


 

 

2013 USB Triple Crown Champs




 

Laptops for
College Bound Astros (2012)


Because of the generous support of our sponsors and Astros family we were able to provide Dell Laptops to each of the players who are headed to college.  Good Luck and study hard.  Remember our motto, "Go Hard or Go Home".  
Jordan Matos, Jonathan Matos, Chris Delouchrey, Jonathan Salcedo, Santana 'Poncho' Cruz, and Coach Lewis

 
 




 

 

While studying at Boston University at the School of Communications, Sadaf Ayub chose to do a story on the Boston Astros as part of her course work.

Boston Astros from Sadaf Ayub on Vimeo.


Myrtle Beach

The competition wasn't over when the Boston Astros left the baseball diamond. Coach Junior was never at a loss for an evening challenge. Interestingly, the players would come up with some sort of challenge that they thought they could complete. Junior would add a twist to it to make it more interesting. Here is a clip of Adalberto trying to eat an entire Boston Cream Cake in 15 minutes. Of course, this took place immediately after he polished off three plates at dinner.  In this challenge Coach JP came to the rescue - well sort of.

 


We wish our friends the Boston Red Sox all the best as they pack up the truck and head to Fort Myers for spring training. Opening day at Fenway is only a few months away.  Go Red Sox!  


 

The South End Astros aren't like many other elite traveling baseball teams.

The Astros players, hailing from the Boston area, play for free, an opportunity many young people do not have the opportunity to do -- given the expensive nature of competitive travel teams.

The Astros, who feature mostly underprivileged players of Latin American heritage, won this year's national championship, and David Ortiz helped them celebrate the win this past week.

Peter Gammons shares his excitement for the program and the Astros.




Click here to view additional photos of the celebration at Fenway Park


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In Memory of
PAUL Z. RINKULIS


 
The Boston Astros sends its prayers and best wishes to the Rinkulis Family. Paul was a fine leader and advocate for our community and we'll miss him. We are all better baseball players and people because of our interaction with Paul. He taught us about hard work, caring for each other and being a good person. We'll miss our Brother Paul  but will continue to live out his legacy of being the best that we can and caring for all of our fellow players.
 
Thanks for everything Paul.
We'll miss you.
Love the Boston Astros Family



Visiting hours, Friday, August 5, 4-8pm
Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester

Funeral Mass - Saturday, August 6, at 10am
Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St., Boston

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Our First Month of
Conditioning and Training
at

Kroc Center, 650 New Dudley Street, Roxbury
 
What happens during our conditioning and training sessions in the off-season makes us strong and unbeatable when baseball starts. We are off to a great start and our players have been pushing themselves during these grueling workouts.  This is what the ASTROS stand for:
 
   A - Agile (quick in movement, nimble)
    S - Strong (great physical power)
    T - Team (a group on one side)
    R - Repetition (exercise that is repeated)
    O - Outstanding (standing out from group)
    S - Stamina (staying power, endurance

 
  Click on image for full slide show

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Congratulations Calvin Graves!

Calvin Graves has been selected to the 2012 All Northeast-10 second team. A regular starter in 2012 season after bouncing in and out of the lineup last season, Graves leads the team in average (.387) out of the nine-hole, turning the lineup over with regularity. He ranks second in the Northeast-10 in batting average, fifth in stolen bases (22-for-24) and 13th in on-base percentage (.426). Over 150 at-bats in 44 games, he is hitting .387/.426/.427 with four doubles, three triples and four walks. He has scored 31 runs, driven in 23 and been hit by seven pitches. It is the first career All-Northeast-10 selection for Graves.

Calvin was a member of the Boston Astros 2010 Triple Crown National Champions

Calvin Graves
FRANKLIN PIERCE


 
Position: OF
Year: SO
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
High School: West Roxbury
Height: 5-10
Weight: 155
Major: Sports and Recreation Management

As a Freshman in 2011: Played in 34 games for the Ravens, including 23 starts...Tied for second on the team in hit-by-pitch (5)...Hit .231 (18-for-78) with a .337 on-base percentage and a .282 slugging percentage...Hit two doubles and a triple, scored 15 runs, drove in six runs, drew eight walks, had one sacrifice fly and three sacrifice bunts and stole nine bases in 13 attempts...Made his collegiate debut, started, went 1-for-3 with a walk, drove in a run and scored once in the first game of a season-opening doubleheader against Dominican (N.Y.) on 2/26...Hit 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, drove in three runs and scored twice in the front end of a doubleheader at Mercy on 3/4...Went 2-for-4 and scored a run against Nyack on 3/11...Was a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, scored a run and stole a base against Molloy on 3/19...Hit 2-for-4 and stole a base against Bentley on 3/27.

Before Franklin Pierce: Team MVP as a senior at West Roxbury (Mass.) High School...Led Boston Public School System in batting average, runs batted in and stolen bases as a senior...Played at the club level for the Boston Astros, capturing four regional championships and a national title in 2010...Won league's batting title in 2009...Also a member of the track and field team at West Roxbury.

Graves Personal: Son of Yecenia Roman...Has two brothers, Carlos Roman and Armani Roman...A sports and recreation management major.

2012 News

South End News

South End youth baseball team meets with Peter Gammons, Torii Hunter at Fenway Park

By Matt Rocheleau, Town Correspondent



 




The Boston Astros visit Fenway



 

Jamaica Plain Gazette

 

2010 Season News:


 

Local team wins baseball championship

Posted by Mike Grossi, Boston Globe Correspondent July 26, 2010 09:11 PM

The Boston Astros survived a late charge by the Connecticut Owls to secure the Triple Crown Sports US Under-18 Baseball Championship in Richmond, Va.

The Astros beat the Owls 11-10 to win their first championship since 2001.

"We work hard, are dedicated and persevere," said Astro's coach Robert Lewis. "Other teams came up to us after the tournament and were surprised to find out that we were all from the same area."

While other teams in the tournament selected players from throughout their respective states, the Astros were comprised of 10 players from Boston and five from Lawrence.

The Astros almost didn't make it to the championship game. They trailed the 220 Academy (New Jersey), 6-1, in their semifinal game with two outs in the sixth inning. However, West Roxbury's Erick Martinez jolted a triple to begin a five-run rally that tied the game. After the 220 Academy scored twice in the top of the seventh, the Astros came right back and scored three in the bottom of the inning to win the game, 8-7.

"If you looked in our dugout when we were down 6-1, you would have never known we were losing," said Lewis. "We believed in ourselves and played hard."

Some of the top players in the tournament for the Astros were Globe Division 2 Player of the Year Jamill Moquete (Madison Park) and all-scholastic Mike Calzetta (Lawrence).

In pool play, the Astros beat the Pennsylvania Bearcats, 9-4, the Connecticut Tide, 10-5, and the Richmond (Va.) Braves 10-5. They beat the Connecticut Capitals, 5-3, in the quarterfinals.


 

Raymond Genco, J.P. Patterson, Robert Lewis, Jr. and Gerry Acosta

 Congratulations to Coaches and Players!

 



Erick Martinez Named Offensive MVP
by Josh Bordes

Boston Astros outfielder Erick Martinez was recently named the Offensive MVP of the Triple Crown National Championship won by Robert Lewis, Jr.'s Astros 18-year old team. What makes the achievement even more impressive is that Erick did all that from the number nine position in the batting order. Astros 14-year old Mentor, Robert Lewis, Jr. had Erick speak to his assembled team on the eve before a big recent playoff elimination game. Erick said, "Go hard or go home." Great advice from the former West Roxbury High star. Congrats Erick on your award.


St. Augustine, Florida - Triple Crown Tournament

 by Josh Bordes  January 15, 2011

The Boston Astros once again went to the Triple Crown Fall Nationals in gorgeous St. Augustine, Florida this October. Manager Robert Lewis, Jr. and the boys went down to compete in the 18 and Under Wood Bat Division, which is often the most prestigious and competitive of the flights. The team fared very well and came back to Boston with a solid Third Place finish once again representing the Astros well.

Upon finishing tied for 2nd after open pool play, the Astros drew a 3 seed in the championship bracket facing off first against the established Palm Beach Rockets. The Astros were able to get by the Rockets, 7-6 before falling in the semifinals to a very good Baseball Nation Team. Once again a strong effort and a close, one-run loss to a good team.Overall it was a very strong season for all of the Astros Teams including this recent entry. After their summer National Championship run in Richmond in July, hopes were high that this team would also be able to bring home the title. Even though the team came up a run short, the effort from all the players was great and the coaches appreciate all the hard work.

The Astros Coaches and Players are now off for the winter and looking forward to a great 2011! We wish good luck to all the players in school and college and look for our off-season workouts and conditioning program to commence in January, 2011.  Stay tuned to the website (www.bostonastros.org) and watch for the Boston Astros newsletter to be printed more regularly going forward to features on players, coaches and the families of the Boston Astros! Stay warm!

Members of the original Boston Astros team (Villa Victoria Astros), which was formed in 1979, were reunited in St. Augustine, Florida, the stage of the Triple Crown Tournament.  The Floridian Astros got to cheer on the Astros, as they took home the 3rd place medal. (photo: Ronnie, Coach Gerry, Tito, Coach JP)


Boston Astros Banquet - City Year Headquarters

 by Josh Bordes  January 15, 2011

On Sunday, November 21, the entire Boston Astros family met up for a celebration of the 2010 campaign at the City Year Headquarters on Columbus Avenue in the South End. Ironic that the gathering took place in the “House that Robert Built”, as Astros Founder Robert Lewis, Jr. was one of the driving forces behind the development of the City Year movement and has been instrumental in providing vision and leadership of the organization we now know today as, “City Year Boston.” Many current and former players and their families were in attendance in addition to Astros community partners, volunteers and coaches. Robert Lewis, Jr. welcomed all the guests and luminaries to the event with his typical grace and inclusiveness.  “We are a family here at the Boston Astros. We spend as much time with these kids as their families and we consider the Astros Program merely an extension of the family in the community. Many of our parents and volunteers are very invested and involved with our ballplayers as much as some of the adults in their lives and this is a celebration of that commitment.”

It was a gorgeous event ably staffed by Astro volunteer mothers and parents who served up plates of food from the copious buffet. Mr. Lewis and the other honored Astro Coaches in attendance, among them: Pito Ruiz, JP Patterson, Gerry Acosta, Ray Genco, Jose Bonilla, Orlando Watkins, Paul Grogan, Aaron Barnes, John Flakes, Kevin Johnson and Fred Mason. There were trophies for the kids and volunteers and many of the corporate sponsors and partners in attendance were honored. The program included special acknowledgments and awards to volunteers and partners followed by testimonials from players and coaches. Then the trophies were handed out to the kids which was the highlight of the event and then the evening came to a close with a lot of goodbyes and see you in a couple of months talk. The Boston Astros Program is becoming a year long venture.

Balloons, Astro cakes and a sea of red and black surrounded the room at City Year and welcomed the players and families in attendance. “These folks are really family to us,” quipped Madison Park and longtime Astro shortshop Willie Miranda.  “Look at Coach Bordes, Fox 25, we call him from high school. (long time Madison Park Baseball Volunteer Coach and Astro Volunteer Josh Bordes). When we first met him, it was like, ‘Who is this guy and what is he doing here?’ Then we got to know him and his knowledge of the game and desire to help.  And then it became obvious what he was doing there. He works with us because he wants to, not because he gets paid or anything.”  Rising 15 year old player Lazaro Rivera echoes the sentiment, “June (longtime Astro mentor Robert Lewis, Jr.) is like a father to many of us. Some of the players don’t have a positive male role model in their lives or any male role model at all and that’s real talk. June and the Coaches look after us, spend time with us off the field and take the time to get to know us and help is with problems and stuff.  We can go to them when we have a problem.”

It is these kind of connections between players and coaches that drive the mission and the work of the Boston Astros organization and makes it one of the most successful on and off the field, in baseball and in life. The Astros Program continues to be a leader in working with young men and women in the community and providing opportunities not only to play baseball at a high level, but also to build the leadership and citizenry skills necessary to be productive members of society.

 

 

TEAM

TOURNEY/LEAGUE   2010

RESULT

14U ASTROS

 

 

15U ASTROS

CITY WIDE RBI LEAGUE BASEBALL (IN THE 16U DIVISION) 

 CHAMPIONS

16U ASTROS

 

 

18U ASTROS

CITY WIDE RBI LEAGUE BASEBALL SR DIVISION 

 CHAMPIONS

18U ASTROS

 CITY WIDE RBI LEAGUE GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL SR DIVISION

 CHAMPIONS




2009 Season News: The Astros program had 6 teams representing over 125 young men. The teams played a full schedule of games and tournaments at the local, regional and national level.

TEAM

TOURNEY/LEAGUE   2009

RESULT

16U ASTROS

LOU TOMPKINS EMASS TOURNAMENT ( 24 TOWNS PARTICIPATING)

3RD PLACE 09

14U ASTROS

LOU TOMPKINS EMASS TOURNAMENT ( 26 TOWNS PARTICIPATING)

CHAMPIONS 09

18U ASTROS

CITY WIDE RBI LEAGUE BASEBALL SR DIVISION

CHAMPIONS 08-09

18U ASTROS

CITY WIDE RBI LEAGUE GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL SR DIVISION

CHAMPIONS 08-09

15U ASTROS

CITY WIDE RBI LEAGUE BASEBALL (IN THE 16U DIVISION)

RUNNER-UP 08

12U ASTROS

BAY STATE SUMMER TOURNEY-40 TOWNS PARTICIPATING

GOLD TROPHY 08

10U ALL-STARS

MAYORS CUP CITY WIDE TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONS 09

14U ASTROS

CITY WIDE RBI LEAGUE GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL JR DIVISION

CHAMPIONS 09

16U ASTROS

TRIPLE CROWN SPORTS NEW ENGLAND TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONS 08

  • Triple Crown Baseball/Softball: College World Series National Championships, Omaha, NE; National Championship, Myrtle Beach, SC; Regional Championship Series, Branford, CT

  • East Coast Tournament of Baseball, Lancaster, PA.,

  • Cocoa Expo Tournament of Champions, Cocoa Beach, FL


My South End News May20,2009 by Bessie King
South End Baseball celebrates Robert Lewis, Jr.

My South End News April 23,2009 by Bessie King
Red Sox Foundation, South End Baseball Sending three to Japan

My South End News April 14, 2008 by Rachel Kossman
So Much More Than Baseball