The Intercounty Baseball League announced its 2013 All-Star Teams and award winners on Tuesday, with Sean Reilly of the Toronto Maple Leafs being named the league’s Most Valuable Player.
Reilly takes home the John Bell Memorial Trophy as the IBL’s MVP, as voted on by the league’s managers. Kitchener outfielder Tanner Nivins is the winner of the Brian Kerr Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie, with both players also being named to the IBL All-Star teams.
Reilly’s offensive potency in 2013 was not only the best of his career, but one of the best in IBL history. The 36-year-old Burlington native amassed 21 home runs and 60 RBI, setting new benchmarks in each category for single season bests.
He began the season as a member of the Guelph Royals before joining the Maple Leafs in mid June. He finished the regular season with a .404 batting average, good for second best in the league. Brantford pitcher Jamie Richmond was second in MVP voting with 12 voting points. Reilly’s selection to the First All-Star Team was the lone unanimous vote.
Nivins, a 22-year-old Kitchener native led the Panthers with a .392 batting average and 10 home runs, while his 31 RBI were second on the Kitchener team. His 38 hits and 27 runs scored were also amongst the highest on the team, and helped propel the Panthers to finishing in the top half of the league standings for the first time since 2010.
Nivins’ 29 voting points beat out London’s Paul Young with 15 voting points, and Hamilton’s Andris Rizquez who finished third in voting with eight points. Nivins also captured First Team All-Star honours with 33 votes, the most votes given to an outfielder this season.
All voting is done on a 5-3 basis, with a first place vote worth five points, and a second place vote worth three.
Lee Delfino (SS), Glenn Jackson (OF) and Sean Reilly (DH) are all repeats from last year’s First Team All-Stars. Joining them are Jordan Castaldo (1B), Josh Garton (2B), Johnathan Solazzo (3B), Tanner Nivins (OF), Kyle DeGrace (C), Jamie Richmond (RHP), Adam Rowe (LHP) and Matt Fortuna (MGR).
Josh McCurdy (OF), Ryan Spataro (OF), Brad Bissell (LHP) and Barrie manager Angus Roy were among those selected to the Second Team All-Stars and were also All-Stars in 2012.
There were three ties in Second Team All-Star voting this season at the outfield (Adwin Springer, Ryan Spataro), left handed pitcher (Brad Bissell, Brett van Pelt) and manager (Angus Roy, Adam Clarke) positions.
The Barrie Baycats led the way with nine selections on both teams, while the Brantford Red Sox featured five of their players. The Hamilton Cardinals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Kitchener Panthers and London Majors each had three selections, while the Guelph Royals were represented with one.
1B Jordan Castaldo, Barrie (21)
2B Josh Garton, Guelph (33)
3B Johnathan Solazzo, Hamilton (31)
SS Lee Delfino, Brantford (29)
OF Tanner Nivins, Kitchener (33)
OF Glenn Jackson, Toronto (25)
OF Jeff Pietraszko, Kitchener (24)
C Kyle DeGrace, Barrie (25)
RHP Jamie Richmond, Brantford (33)
LHP Adam Rowe, Barrie (19)
DH Sean Reilly, Toronto (35)*
MGR Matt Fortuna, Hamilton (31)
1B Jon Waltenbury, Toronto (19)
2B Tyler Burnell, Brantford (14)
3B Kevin Atkinson, Barrie (24)
SS Jason Coker , Barrie (18)
OF Josh McCurdy, Brantford (21)
OF Ryan Lapensee, London (15)
OF Adwin Springer, London (14)
Ryan Spataro, Barrie (14)
C Rick Murray, Kitchener (19)
RHP Cory Hammond, London (9)
LHP Brad Bissell, Barrie (16)
Brett van Pelt, Hamilton (16)
DH Daniel Jagdeo, Barrie (20)
MGR Angus Roy, Barrie (11)
Adam Clarke, Brantford (11)
*-denotes unanimous decision