Marlton Athletics Baseball Club: A's Team History

Washington D.C./Marlton A's Franchise History (1992-2008)
What is currently known as the Marlton Athletics Baseball Club began back in 1992 in Washington D.C., as the "Washington A's" of the DC-Metro Men's Adult Baseball League (DCMABL). The team was started by Terry Annese and Peter McNally, who were joined by Jason MacLean, Chris Hoagland, Terry Dorfman, John Halversen and Brian Howery to form the core of the early A's ballclubs. The team made the playoffs in 1992 and and in 1993, D.C. advanced to the League Semifinals. The 1993 playoffs were highlighted by the A's knocking off the Arlington Indians (the top team that year) in a quarterfinals game no one thought they could win. Relying upon Terry Dorfman's gutty relief pitching and Terry Annese's 9th inning, 2-out, 2 run homer, the A's capped a wild 12-10 win that saw 7 lead changes. Unfortunately, the A's Championship run was stopped by the Maryland Yankees a day later - after falling behind early 12-4, a late inning rally fell short in the final inning as the A's dropped a 14-12 score.

After the 1993 Season, Peter McNally took over the reins as Terry Annese had to leave the team to concentrate on law school full-time. McNally would run the ballclub for two more seasons before the original team folded after the 1995 Season.

Flash Forward to 1999.....

The A's are alive again!! In Spring 1999, Terry Annese (now settled in Southern New Jersey after passing the NJ Bar Exam) jump started the A's franchise in Marlton, NJ, after playing 2 seasons for the Burlington Bandits of the United States Over-30 Baseball League. The A's patented vest uniforms were unpacked from moth balls and a few were replaced with some (much cooler) mesh versions. The 1999 Marlton A's were born when former Washington A's players Gary Giese and Barry Annese were joined by: Trent Dion, Ed Miller, Todd Camp, Keith Wood, Dan Kennedy, Steve Lomax, Ken Ferry, Dick Semel and Billy Keim.

1999 Season: After a slow 2-7 start to their Inaugural Season in Marlton, the A's displayed some spark - winning 4 straight games to pull with 1 1/2 games of a playoff spot. However, razor thin, tired pitching and injuries caught up to the team and 5 straight tough losses followed. Just prior to the end of the regular season, The A's shined proud as SS Gary Giese and CF Todd Camp represented the ballclub at the USOTB All-Star weekend in Cooperstown, NY. 1999 SEASON RECORD: 6-12 (fifth place in six-team SW Division). 1999 POST SEASON: An injury-depleted A's team dropped a 1st Round "Best of the Rest" Tournament game to the Mercer Mets, 12-9, to end the 1999 Season.

2000 Season: The Marlton A's went into Y2K with hopes of a .500 record and playoffs dreams in their eyes. Several new faces were added to the roster including C Lance Wood, IF/P Jim Fischer and OFs Dave Spector and Kevin Lomax. Meanwhile, IF Dick Semel signed with the Langhorne Phillies Over-40 team and OF Bill Keim was released. Endless rains and injuries plagued the early season as three of the first four games were rained out. C Trent Dion and IF/OF Dan Kennedy were lost just after Opening Day for family reasons and injuries to IF/P Jim Fischer (shoulder) and C/IF Steve Lomax (knee) punctuated four straight losses. The A's finally grabbed their first "W" on June 4th, as they routed the Ocean Mariners, 11-4, paced by some timely hitting and the brillant pitching of Gary Giese. With a record of 1-4, it appeared that things could only get better - but the worst was yet to come. Injuries and losses continued hand-in-hand as OF Todd Camp (rotator cuff) LHP/1B/OF Barry Annese (shoulder/torn biceps tendon) and OF Dave Spector (broken wrist) hit the infirmary. A mid-season highlight featured 2B Ken Ferry representing the A's at the USOTB All-Star Game at Waterfront Park in Trenton. Unfortunately, the ballclub would register just one more win the rest of the way, a 10-2 rout of the South Jersey Cards that would feature another Giese gem. SEASON RECORD: 2-13 (tie - fifth place in six-team SW Division).

2001 Season: The injury bug that ate the 2000 Marlton A's alive created plenty of roster spots to fill, and team management aggressively went proactive to change the face of the ballclub, moving back to the team's original roots and filling the player void by signing eight new players to the roster. The Opening Day roster featured only five players who were even active in 2000. OF/C Lance Wood, IF Jim Fischer, OF/IF Dan Kennedy and SS/P/OF Gary Giese were placed on the inactive list due to personal committments. CF Todd Camp and 1B/3B Steve Lomax were placed on the Disabled List (DL) and OF's Dave Spector and Kevin Lomax were released. The A's made perhaps the most important move of the 2001 season off the diamond, by moving the franchise back under the MABL/MSBL banner, where things began nine years earlier down in Washington, DC. In need of some ballplayers, the A's began to fill the void from behind the plate, adding C/OF/P Bill Hazel, C John Reidenbaker and SS/C Harry Ritchie. Other additions included 2B Pery Shusterman, OFs Ed Hall and Joe Walton, slugging 1B/P Rich Mazzella and P/1B/OF Ken Joerg. The new-look A's started the season with a pedestrian 2-2 record - but things were about to change. In the fourth game of the season, the A's defense blew an early 6-run lead en route to a 15-8 loss to the Bordentown Patriots. Clubhouse frustrations brewed over during the dissapointing defeat - climaxing with a red-faced umpire tirade by skipper Terry Annese. The in-house fistacuffs quickly branded the club with the "Fightin' A's" moniker that would ultimately spark the team back to the postseason. Pushed to the brink, the club finally seemed to realize that in order to win it had to play as a team. And win they did - six straight W's highlighted an 8-3 finish to the regular season and suddenly the Fightins' found themselves playoff bound for the first time. 2001 SEASON RECORD: 10-5 (tie - second place in six-team Liberty Division). 2001 POSTSEASON: 2-2 record - advanced to league C/D Semifinals; eliminated by Willingboro (2 games to 1).

2002 Season: Coming in - P/OF John Tumbelty, OF Joe Bouchez, IF Gregg Mosher, SS/OF Gary Giese, IF/OF Dan Kennedy.....Going out - OF/C Joe Walton, 1B/P/OF Ken Joerg, IF/P Tom Gorski, SS/C Harry Ritchie. Everything that went right in 2001 went sour in '02. Devastated by injuries and an unfortunate move up two spots to the "A" Division from the "C" Division a year earlier, the A's stumbled out the gate to a forgetful campaign resembling the lost year of 2000. 2002 SEASON RECORD: 3-13 (eighth place in nine-team A/B Division).

2003 Season: Coming in - OF/P Marcus John, P/OF Phil Anselmo, IF Rich Dickinson, OF/IF Zack Edelman, P Chris Dolan, OF/P Joe Simiriglio.....Going out - P/OF John Tumbelty, OF Joe Bouchez, IF Gregg Mosher, IF/OF Dan Kennedy. The A's added experience in Dickinson and youth in John, Edelman and Anselmo to revitalize the ballclub back to respectability. Things started well, with the ballclub winning three of its first four games. However, the wheels nearly fell off as seven straight losses followed before MVP Ken Ferry put the team on his back, hurling 29.2 scoreless innings to close out the regular season. The Amazin's go on to win four of their last five games and clinch a playoff spot on the last day of the regular season. MGR Terry Annese, P Ken Ferry, OF/SS Gary Giese, C Bill Hazel and 1B Rich Mazzella represented the ballclub at the 2003 SJMSBL All-Star Game - played at Campbell's Field in Camden. 2003 SEASON RECORD: 7-9 (tie - fourth place w/U-City Grays in six-team Liberty Division, advance to playoffs due to head-to-head sweep over Grays). 2003 POSTSEASON: 0-2 record - eliminated in Dbl Elim second round by Bordentown.

2004 Season: He's New: 2B Gary Shears 3B/SS Rich Hudgins, OF/IF/P Jay Rabinowitz, C/IF/OF George Rogers, 1B/OF/P Larry Hubert, IF/RHP Steve Paolini, C/IF Rich McNee, SS/3B Hector Colon and OF Bob Karas. He's Gone: CF Todd Camp, OF/1B/P Barry Annese, SS/P Gary Giese, OF/EH Keith Wood, OF Zack Edelman, 3B Rich Dickinson, 1B Rich Mazzella, IF Ed Hall, P Chris Dolan and OF/P Joe Simiriglio. He's Back: CF Todd Camp; The A's undergo their second major turnover of nearly 1/2 the roster in last four years - Gary Giese, Barry Annese, Todd Camp and Keith Wood retire, while Rich Mazzella and Ed Hall are released. Todd Camp rescinds his retirement and re-signs for another tour of duty on the eve of Opening Day and helps revitalize the offense, hitting .444 with 11 SBs. C Bill Hazel, returning from back surgery, along with newcomers Rich McNee and Bob Karas fill the power void, as McNee (4 HRs, 17 RBIs) and Hazel (2 HRs, 11 RBIs) finish 1-2 among the SJMSBL's HR leaders. IF Terry Annese hits over .500 over first three months of season to lead league before a leg injury in late June knocks him back to third with a .450 clip with 11 RBIs for the season. Ken Ferry picks up where '03 left off, extending his regular season scoreless streak to 33 2/3 innings. The righthander notches a 7-1 record, with 70 K's and a 1.54 ERA, second best in the league in all three categories. The ballclub stumbles out to an awkward 1-1 start - losing to the "D" Division Sharks at home, before ripping off five straight wins and eight of nine en route to an 11-5 record and a coast-to-coast ride to the ballclub's first ever Liberty Division championship. Classic pitching performances include a pair of "A" Division contests - Ferry on Jun 6th vs. Astros (10 inns., 1 ER, 7 K's) and newcomer Steve Paolini on July 25th vs. Cardinals (9 IP, 2 ER, 10 K's). Defensive play of the year turned in by CF Jay Rabinowitz, SS Paolini and C McNee, who go 8-to-6-to-2 to gun down an Astros runner trying to score from first on a drive to the leftfield gap. A's party crashes in the playoffs, as a pair of heart-breaking losses to the Mudkats and Cardinals knock the Amazin's out of the SJMSBL double elimination tournament despite hitting a team playoff record seven HRs. Amazins' split two games with the Boston MSBL's Cambridge Cubs over the Memorial Day Weekend in the A's first-ever games at Doubleday Field adjacent to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. RHP Ken Ferry, OF Todd Camp, C Rich McNee, C Bill Hazel and 1B Larry Hubert represent the ballclub at the 2004 SJMSBL All-Star Game, played at Campbell's Field in Camden. A's field team in SJMSBL Fall League for first time, finishing with a 3-5 record. 2004 REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 11-5 (1st Place in five-team division - 2004 Liberty Division Champions). 2004 POSTSEASON: 0-2 record - eliminated in Dbl Elim third round by Delran Cards.

2005 Season: He's New: OF Ray Jobson (Yankees), P/IF/OF Pat Hennigan (FA). He's Gone: (OF) Jay Rabinowitz (retired).

The Amazins' lose OF Jay Rabinowitz, who retires just before Opening Day and is replaced by former Yankee OF Ray Jobson. Ex-Seton Hall standout Pat Hennigan joins the club in Week 2 to provide pitching and infield depth. Marlton moves up to the power-packed Colonial Division and finishes in a second place tie with Riverside at 9-9 (behind 16-2 Bordentown). Todd Camp hits .400 with 13 runs scored and a team-high 12 stolen bases in what would be his final season in A's black and green - announcing in May that '05 would be his final season at the 28+ level. Rich McNee (.404 BA, 7 2B, 15 RBI) and Ken Ferry (.395 BA, 4 2B) help pace the offense, while Bill Hazel adds 7 SB and 14 RBIs. A's nearly pull titantic Week 2 upset of defending league champion SJ Yankees, blowing a 3-run lead in B9th in a 10-9 defeat. Team plays up and down ball throughout the summer - sweeping two DH's and get swept in two others while never going more than 2 games under or over .500 the whole season. Amazins' collect first ever upper division win, a June 5th 3-0 whitewashing of the WT Senators. On July 30th Terry Annese collects his 100th Marlton A's regular season hit, an infield single against old pal Tom Hunter's Delran Cardinals. A's clinch 3rd consecutive playoff berth and take American Division champ Glouco to extra inning before dropping 11-10 second round game. A's eventually eliminated in fourth round after a heartbreaking walk-off loss to Colonial rival Riverside, 8-7, which saw the Amazins' blow an 8th inning 2-run lead.
2005 REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 9-9 (T-2d Place in five-team Colonial Division). 2005 POSTSEASON: 2-2 record - eliminated in Dbl Elim fourth round by Riverside Pirates.

2006 Season: He's New: OF Gregg Kuzma (FA), P/OF Scott Mitchell (FA), C Lee Madden (FA), P/IF Aiden Lawlor (FA) and IF Bryan King (FA). He's Gone: OF Bob Karas (injured), OF Todd Camp (38+ A's), George Rogers (38+ A's), Ed Miller (38+ A's) and Pery Shusterman (traded to Cubs), IF Bryan King (moved).

Amazin' vets Todd Camp, Ed Miller and George Rogers join Tom Hunter on the inaugural 38+ A's team. IF Bryan King leaves ballclub after Opening Day due to work-related move. Hurlers Scott Mitchell (1-1, 3 sv, 0.53 ERA, 54 Ks, 4 BB) and Aiden Lawlor (5-2, 2.43 ERA, 62 Ks, 13 BB) join vets Ferry (2-2, 3.34 ERA) and Paolini (3--2, 1 sv, 1.21 ERA) to form deepest staff in league. A's pitching overall posts miniscule 2.11 ERA with 157 strikeouts to just 53 walks. However, A's poor defense plays key role in a 1-6 regular season record in 1-run games, including 9th inning or later losses to Washington Twp, Riverside and the defending champ Delco D-Rays. IF Gary Shears (.380 BA, 14 RBIs) and Ray Jobson (.378 BA) lead A's in hitting in what would be final seasons with ballclub. Rookie OF Gregg Kuzma hits .364 with 7 SBs taking over CF mantle from Camp. Marcus John leads club in SBs with 9. McNee wins second MVP award (shared with Mitchell), batting .370 BA and 18 hits, despite playing entire season with an aching shoulder that would require off-season surgery to repair. Amazins' have unprecedented playoff success, sweeping through Preliminary Pool Round that includes wins over Washington Twp Sens, Woodbury Marlins and the Jersey Devils. A's knock off nemesis Glouco D-Jaxx in a wild 16-8 win that features near bench clearing brawl. Defense comes back to be team's undoing in late-inning 13-11 defeat to Camco Mudcats and 7-3 elimination loss to Washington Township in the Championship Final Four Round.
2006 REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 11-7 (T-2d Place in six-team Colonial Division). 2006 POSTSEASON: 4-2 record - eliminated in Championship Final Four Round by Washington Township.

2007 Season: He's New: OF George Felder (FA), IF/OF Gregg Jewett (FA), IF/P Travis Davis (FA), IF/OF Chris Lebron (FA - DJaxx), C/IF/OF Eric Talarico (FA); He's gone: P/OF Scott Mitchell (Florida Marlins - MLB), OF Ray Jobson (FA - Sens), IF Gary Shears (FA - Sens); He's Injured: C Lee Madden (Rotator Cuff surgery), OF Phil Anselmo (knee).
2007 REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 16-2 (Colonial Division Champions). 2007 POSTSEASON: 2-2 record - eliminated in Championship Final Four Round by Voorhees Phillies.

2008 Season: He's New: P/IF Joe DeMeo (FA - Logan), IF/OF Jason Davis (FA), C/OF/P Michael Volkmar (FA), OF Vince Vukovich (FA); He's gone: P/IF Ken Ferry (retired), C/OF Bill Hazel (FA - Indians), Rich McNee (retired), Pat Hennigan (voluntary leave). Marlton Athletics 10th Anniversary Season.