SAN DIEGO MADRES

 THE MADRES SUPPORT YOUTH BASEBALL

Over 2,000 San Diego County kids are playing organized baseball and softball this  year because of the Madres! During the 2017 season, the Madres distributed almost $25,000, to 43 leagues including 3 Challenger* teams. For a list of 2017 sponsored leagues, please  CLICK HERE

*The Challenger Division of Little League offers children with special needs the opportunity to experience the thrill of baseball, the excitement of hitting a home run, or the pure enjoyment of throwing a runner out at home. Challenger Little League shows the special needs child, as well as the rest of us, that nothing is impossible, as long as the desire is there.

 DOES YOUR  LEAGUE NEED A SPONSOR?

2018 sponsorships will be available January 2018. For sponsorship application, CLICK HERE

For questions, please contact Roi Nieto, Youth Baseball VP at: 

hs25capt@earthlink.net

At the Madres monthly brunches, a youth representative from one of the Madres' sponsored teams is an invited guest. This young person sits at the head table, gets to meet the other special guests, and addresses the group. 

                                            

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OPENING DAY 2016

2016 LITTLE LEAGUE AND GIRLS’ FASTPITCH OPENING DAY

By Stevie Vigeveno, Collage by Rick & Pati Zambori

The excitement on fields throughout San Diego County as Opening Day ceremonies were held was palpable...nowhere more than those of the  Oceanside National Little League and Pride Girls’ Fastpitch League.

After the color guards marched, the National Anthem was sung, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, enthusiastic girls and boys were introduced along with their teammates. Following the First Pitch were the first League game, fun activities and of course, yummy food.

Moments such as these are why the San Diego Madres exist. Our mission is to provide all children of San Diego County the opportunity to play baseball and softball. One of our happiest moments is when we hear those two simple words. “Play Ball!”

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A TALE OF TWO MADRE YOUTH PLAYERS

By Stevie Vigeveno

Luke Martin and Ryan Schroeder were born within days of each other in 1998. They lived in the same neighborhood and their mothers, both named Michelle, were friends. When Luke and Ryan started school, their mothers car pooled and continued to do so throughout the years.

As they grew up the two boys became interested in playing baseball and soon Luke was playing in the University City Little League Challengers’ Division and Ryan joined North City Youth Baseball League. Ryan and his brother Eric were invited to be the Madres’ Youth Players in August of 2004. Luke was our guest in in May 2009. Meanwhile, both boys and their families remained friends.

Their time together at University City High School found both boys growing (6’3”+); remaining friends and involved with baseball. When UC High played their last game of the season May 17, 2016 against Otay Ranch High, it was played in honor of all graduating seniors on the team.   Luke was chosen to be an honorary Bench Coach and to throw out the first pitch. Ryan was named starting pitcher and pitched a shutout in a game UC High won 9-0.

I really love the togetherness in baseball. That's a real true love. Billy Martin

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MADRE 2017 YOUTH PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
FEBRUARY 4, 2017
UC Del Sol Girls' Fastpitch players share hugs with Thunder, SD Padres Single A team, Lake Elsinore Storm's mascot.
Our February Youth Guests were three young ladies who play for University City Del Sol Girls Fastpitch; Anna Iturriria and her sister Katie along with Samantha Weathers.  Anna and Katie’s dad Ted also joined us. Katie, 8, and Samantha, 7, both play for the Blue Dolphins.  Anna, who is 9, plays for the Neon Strike.  

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 MADRE 2016 YOUTH PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

MAY 21, 2016

JOSHUA AMADOR
By Summer Serrano, Photo by Rick & Pati Zambori

Joshua Amador plays for Encanto Little League and he brought his grandpa Fidel Luna with him. He is 13 years old and in  7th grade. Joshua attends Lewis and Clark Middle School and his favorite subject is math. He plays second, short, third, and he pitches a little too "but I Don't do that good pitching” he admitted to us. He is a Dodger fan because his favorite players play on the Dodgers and his family are all Dodger fans. His favorite player is Clayton Kershaw. Joshua was a great sport because a Madre gave him a Randy Jones wig to wear and he wore it the whole time.

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APRIL 23, 2016
LIAM WATERS
By Summer Serrano, Photo by Rick & Pati Zambori
Liam Waters was our Little League guest, he plays in the Presidio Little League. His dad George Waters came with him.
Liam came in uniform as he had a game that day.

He was asked a few questions and had some great answers:

How long have you been playing?   I have been playing since I was born.

What position do you play?  
I can play any, but mostly catcher.

What position do you think you will play today?  
Probably catcher, pitcher and shortstop.

What is your team name?   Storm, since our uniforms are gray.

Liam  is in the 7th grade and he loves World History. His favorite team is  the Padres and his favorite player is Derek Norris.

He closed with the fact that Tony Gwynn is his idol; what a great choice!!

Thank you Liam for joining us.


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