The Intercounty Baseball League announced its 2009 All-Star Teams on
Tuesday, along with the 2009 winners of the Most Valuable Player and Rookie
of the Year Awards. The Dodgers would like to congratulate winner Marcus
Knecht who is the 2009 recipient of the Brian Kerr Memorial Trophy for
Rookie of the Year. Knecht is the first Oshawa Dodgers player to receive a
league award in the eight year history of the team.
Knecht, 19, put up impressive numbers in his rookie season and was one of
the Dodgers most consistent players all season. The outfielder batted an
impressive .349 with a club leading six home runs and 20 RBI, second on the
team as well.
Knecht led all rookies with his six homers and was at or near the top of just
about every category for rookie players, despite appearing in just 21 games
this season. Last year’s winner was Randy Schwartz of the Barrie Baycats.
With four first place ballots, Knecht wound up with 26 votes in the balloting,
eight more votes than runner-up Branson Joseph of the Mississauga Twins.
The Oshawa Dodgers would also like to congratulate Jordan Castaldo who
was named a First Team IBL All-Star at third base. Castaldo was the Dodgers
regular season and playoff MVP in 2009 and put up outstanding numbers in
his second year with the club. Castaldo is only the 4th Oshawa Dodger to be
named as an IBL All-Star. Ryan Crotin was a First Team All-Star selection in
2003 and 2006; Ken Calway a First Team All-Star in 2006 and Stevie Lewis a
Second Team All-Star in 2007.
The 2009 Rawlings IBL Player of the Year Award winner is catcher Jamie
Pogue of the Guelph Royals, who also pitched for the club this season. Pogue
takes the John Bell Memorial Trophy home for his efforts.
Pogue had a remarkable season, helping the Royals finish in third place with a
24-12 record. He hit .400 with an on-base percentage of .534, with 10 home
runs and 41 RBI. That placed him fourth in league batting average, with a
league leading 31 walks.
He also finished in the top five in the league in hits, doubles, homers, RBI and
runs scored while leading Guelph’s high powered offence at the plate, and
running the defence as catcher. If that wasn’t enough, he also was an
outstanding relief pitcher when called upon by the club! In seven games he
pitched seven innings, picking up three saves and posting a tidy ERA of 1.29,
along with 14 strikeouts and just one walk.
It’s no surprise considering those numbers that Pogue was just two votes shy
of being a unanimous selection. He amassed 38 of a possible 40 votes,
including seven of the eight possible first place votes, in voting conducted
among the league’s teams. Teams could not vote for their own players, and
the scoring was five points for first and three for second.
Ryan Spataro of the Barrie Baycats was second in the voting with 12 points,
while Mat Taube of the Kitchener Panthers was third with 11 votes. Pogue’s
teammate, Frank Hare, won the award last season.
The IBL also announced its 2009 All-Star Team on Tuesday, with the three
top vote getters in the MVP voting – Pogue, Spataro and Taube – all
unanimous selections at their positions. Pogue got 40 votes at catcher, Spataro
got 40 votes for outfielder and Taube received the maximum 40 votes at first
base. Again, teams all voted on the 5 points for first, 3 for second system,
with teams not allowed to vote for their own players.
The Guelph Royals had the most first team picks with four, followed by the
Toronto Maple Leafs, Barrie Baycats and Brantford Red Sox with two
selections each. The Leafs had a league best eight picks in all (two first and
six seconds), including manager Tim Harkness as first team all-star, while the
Baycats had a total of five selections (two first and three seconds), including
second team manager Angus Roy.
Only four players were repeat picks from 2008. Sean Reilly was once again a
first team outfielder, Josh McCurdy was a second team outfielder this year
after being a first team OF last year, Kyle Degrace was first team shortstop
this year after being a second team OF selection in 2008, and Paul Spoljaric
was the first team left handed pitcher after being the second team selection
2009 IBL ALL-STARS
1B – Mat Taube, Kitchener
2B – Matt Mann, Guelph
SS - Kyle Degrace, Toronto
3B – Jordan Castaldo, Oshawa
OF – Ryan Spataro, Barrie
OF – Sean Reilly, Guelph
OF – Jeremy Ware, Guelph
C – Jamie Pogue, Guelph
RHP – Stefan Strecker, Brantfod
LHP – Paul Spoljaric, Barrie
DH – Hyung Cho, Brantford
MGR – Tim Harkness, Toronto
1B – Dan Gibbons, Toronto
2B – Jon Saprosantos, Hamilton
3B – Rob Gillis, Toronto.; Kyle Piwowarczyk, London (tie)
SS – Dave Latour, Barrie
OF – Josh McCurdy, Brantford
OF – Kern Watts, Toronto
OF – Raul Borjas, Toronto
C – Jordan Lundberg, Barrie
RHP – Marek Deska, Toronto
LHP – Craig Bate, London
DH – Jeremy Walker, Toronto
MGR – Angus Roy, Barrie
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