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As the largest resource for adult baseball players in New England, the Boston Men's Baseball League has been contacted by television and movie directors, as well as advertising agencies, to appear in tv shows, films and national ad campaigns. Provided is a sampling of our work. Looking to cast baseball players? Contact us!

MTV MADE: POLLARD SHINES IN TELEVISION ROLE

2007 MABL MVP from the Boston Tigers, Jonathan Pollard, was cast by MTV's MADE as a "MADE Coach." Pollard's mission was to help Saugus High School's Stephen LaMonica break down sociological and familial stereotypes and transform him from quiet theatre kid into a high school baseball player. For this hour-long episode, Jonathan works with LaMonica, a sophomore student at Saugus High School battling with peer pressures at school and trying to step out of a looming shadow cast by his athletic father.

MTV's hit show MADE has become known nationwide for helping to develop youngsters into something they've always hoped to be, but never had the outlet or confidence to do so. The shows undertone often serves as a positive outlet to expose these kids to a world outside of their own comfort zone. It will air April 12, 2008 on MTV.

MTV Made
MTV's Made finds coach in the MABL.
Stephen LaMonica, onathan Pollard
Stephen LaMonica and Jonathan Pollard.

VISIONS OF THE FUTURE - LOCAL BASEBALLERS TALK GENETICS ON BBC SERIES

"Visions of the Future: The Biotech Revolution" is a three-part series where leading theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku explores the cutting edge science of today, tomorrow, and beyond. He argues that humankind is at a turning point in history. In this century, we are going to make the historic transition from the 'Age of Discovery' to the 'Age of Mastery', a period in which we will move from being passive observers of nature to its active choreographers. This will give us not only unparalleled possibilities but also great responsibilities.

On July 21st at Chelsea High Field, several MABL players were filmed giving their opinions on potential risks and/or advantages of genetic enhancement in sports. The TV crew flew in from the UK for interviews. Stuart Wallace from the Indians, Brett Rudy from the White Sox and Anthony Bucciarelli from the Cutters are some of the players who can be seen. The program aired globally on the BBC beginning January 30, 2008. (Watch the Baseball Segment | Watch the Entire Episode.)

Visions of the Future
BBC Series: Visions of the Future.
Stuart Wallace, Visions of the Future
Stuart Wallace shares his future visions.

THE BOSTON GLOBE - HOW TO WIN A BOSTON SPORTS ARGUMENT

As part of a 2007 advertising campaign to promote Boston Globe sports coverage, the Boston Men's Baseball League's Brett Rudy was called upon to play a key role as a professional arguer. The campaign can be seen in the Boston Globe newspaper, as well as on concourse billboards at Fenway Park.

Brett Rudy, Anaye Milligan
Anaye Milligan arguing with Brett Rudy.
Boston Globe Sports
Another ad in the campaign.

FEVER PITCH - THE MOVIE

Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore starred in Fever Pitch which hit theaters in October of 2005. Also featured in the film were 17 members of the Boston Men's Baseball League as extras. Ryan Gray of the White Sox was even shown pitching. Players attended an open casting call where hundreds auditioned. Filming took place at Fenway Park from September 16-23, 2004 from 5PM to 5AM daily.

Based on the Nick Hornby novel and brought to you by the Farrelly Brothers, Fever Pitch centers on a guy named Ben (Fallon) and his obsession with the Boston Red Sox. Ben meets Lindsey (Barrymore). They fall in love. All things are wonderful. But their future together is threatened once the baseball season comes around and Lindsey discovers something about Ben...his obsession with the Boston Red Sox. See more pictures from the filming.

Fever Pitch
Russ Ward of the Somerville Senators hangs with Red Sox legends Jim Rice and Dennis Eckersley.
Fever Pitch
Paul Laurin of North Andover Thunder with Jimmy Fallon and an umpire.

PETE ROSE ON TRIAL - BOSTON MENS BASEBALL LEAGUE ON JURY

On July 17, 2003, three members of the Boston MABL and MSBL appeared on "Pete Rose on Trial" on ESPN and reached the conclusion that Pete Rose should be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Two dozen members from across the Boston MABL and MSBL cast for the 12 juror roles, but only three were selected for this national broadcast:


Background: Pete Rose on Trial.

Jim Holmwood
MSBL Gray Sox

Jason Grenier
MABL Giants

Jose Medina
MABL Dodgers

Should Rose be H.O.F. eligible?
Total: Yes - 8, No - 4

NO

YES

YES

       
Did Pete Rose bet on baseball?
Total: Yes - 11, No - 1

YES

YES

NO

IICHIKO VODKA - TELEVISION COMMERCIAL

On August 22, 2006, nine Boston Men's Baseball League players participated in filming a television commercial for the Japanese vodka iichiko. Dressed in period uniforms (the actual uniforms used in Field of Dreams) and using period gloves and bats, the "actors" were shot fielding their positions, pitching and batting. The shoot took place in Hudson, MA. See more pictures from the iichiko shoot. The commercial was first broadcast in the Fall of 2006 in Japan. Watch the commercial.

Iichiko Vodka
The filming of Iichiko commercial.
Iichiko Vodka
Closing scene from the tv spot.

STUBHUB LAUNCHES TICKET SERVICES WITH BMBL TALENT

Stubhub
Mike McInnis' nose bleed makes him a star.

On May 4, 2004, MABL White Sox infielder Mike McInnis was featured in a national print ad campaign to launch StubHub, now a popular online ticket service agency. The ad's first appearance was in the baseball satire newspaper, The Heckler in the Chicago area.

Stubhub found the photo used in the ad online after searching Google for the perfect picture for their ad campaign. They contacted the White Sox and purchased the photo for use in a full page advertisement.

FLEET HOMELINK LAUNCHES ONLINE SERVICE WITH BMBL HELP

All-star shortstops Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees are fiercely competitive baseball rivals on the field. But they're on the same team when it comes to supporting FleetBoston Financial Corp.'s online offerings: Fleet HomeLink with Quick & Reilly for personal banking and investing and Fleet OfficeLink for small business banking.

Jeter and Garciaparra are paired in new commercials from Fleet's advertising agency Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos that launch this week. The 2001 campaign consisted of three :30 TV spots and one :60 spot that ran throughout Fleet's retail footprint in the Northeast. Comic Jim Gaffigan is also in the spots.

More importantly, Brian Cooper of the Rockies was selected to be Derek Jeter's body double for the campaign because he had a similar build and haircut. Coop was selected after being seen playing baseball at Cleveland Circle Field.

Fleet Homelink
Garciaparra & Jeter for Fleet Homelink
 

Brian Cooper looking like Derek Jeter

GOLD'S GYM & TOYOTA TEAM WITH BMBL FOR MARKETING GIMMICK

In June of 2004, 28 members of the MABL White Sox, Athletics and Royals weighing more than 5,040 pounds piled onto a Toyota Tacoma for a photoshoot for Golds Gym. The photo, which will appear in Golds Gym signage, also appeared on the Toyota Tacoma website. Participants received a free Golds Gym shirt as well as a free month's membership, courtesy of Chris Kaufmann, President of Golds Gym Westborough.

Tacoma and Gold's Gym
5,040 pounds of White Sox, A's and Royals pile onto a Toyota Tacoma for Golds Gym promotion.

ESPN FEATURES BMBL PLAYER AS MEMBER OF NEGRO LEAGUES

On Sunday, February 26, 2006, as part of ESPN’s Black History Month initiatives, ESPN Classic televised ESPN Classic Vintage Live: Negro League Baseball. The game celebrated the rich heritage and tradition of the Negro Leagues and their role in the history of both baseball and the African-American community.

Rich Petrillo, who plays for the Brockton A's was selected from hundreds that tried out at closed practices around the country to play on the Barnstormers roster in his television role. – Rich is 55, by the way! Of note, the event included special game host Willie Mays, one of the few surviving former Black Barons players. Rosters competed using equipment, and wearing uniforms, that replicated the late-1940s period in baseball.