The 2014 season is
our 25th year covering
the Fair Oaks Post 383
American Legion team!!!
2014 WAS DISAPPOINTING SEASON OF CHANGE FOR POST 383 OAKS
By Joe Blenkle, Post 383 Web Page Editor
FAIR OAKS, Calif. (July 31, 2014) - It was a disappointing season of change for Fair Oaks Post 383's baseball team in 2014. With a new coach (Ken Fuhrman), who at times seemed more enthusiastic than the players, the Oaks compiled a 5-11 record, their fewest number of wins since the team began in 1989. For the first time ever, the Oaks canceled multiple games due to insufficient players. It was reported that players didn't show up to practice and often would give late notice they wouldn't be at games. This was disrespectful to the coaching staff and an embarrassment to a team that has a long history of dedication and success on the field.
There was a lot of turmoil for the 2014 season. District 6 dropped from five to four teams (at one time the league boasted 16 teams). District playoffs were eliminated and a new interleague format was created with Area 1 - Eastern (Fair Oaks, Yolo, West Sacramento, Lodi), Western (Fairfield, Napa, Petaluma, Humboldt) and Northern (Chico, Redding, Orland, Susanville) Divisions created. This was more or less abandoned with the Northern teams left to do their own thing and limited play between the Eastern and Western Divisions. It was further complicated when Napa ultimately did not field a Legion team in 2014.
I have never officially been connected with Fair Oaks Post 383's baseball team. I started covering them in 1990 for The Orangevale News and when I quit there in 1996 I created this web page. The 25 years I have covered the Oaks has been a labor of love. This season, however, left me wondering if there is a future for the Post 383 baseball team. It has been an ongoing problem for the past few years getting players to commit, but never so bad as this past season.
I sincerely hope the Oaks continue on in 2015 and can again rise to be one of the elite teams in the area. I don't want to see them go out with a whimper as they did in 2014.
SHORTHANDED OAKS DROP 10-2 DECISION TO YOLO
FAIR OAKS, Calif. (July 13, 2014) - It's tough to compete with only nine players in uniform and that's all Fair Oaks had in its Sunday game against Yolo Post 77 at Del Campo High School. As they did in their first two games of the series, the Oaks took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning, but things went downhill fast after that as Yolo picked away run-by-run en route to the win. Go HERE for the game story. Fair Oaks is scheduled to play Petaluma in a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Del Campo on Wednesday. Hopefully the Oaks will be able to scrape together enough players to play the twin bill.
.JPG SUBSCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE
FAIR OAKS, Calif. (June 19, 2014) - From this point forward we have decided to discontinue selling prints of the photos we take at games and will go entirely to a subscription service format. For only $15 you will receive all .JPGs taken of a particular player during the season. Go HERE for additional details. Please do not subscribe to a player until there are actual photos available. We can't guarantee every player will have photos take or the quantity of photos for each player. You will find those players at the bottom of the photo index page. Once subscribed you will receive a link to where you can download the .JPGs.
FOLLOW US @383BASEBALL ON TWITTER
FAIR OAKS, Calif. (May 23, 2014) - If you can't make tomorrow's games, don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @383Baseball. We will tweet updates throughout the games. We have been trying unsuccessfully most of the day to get our tweets to cross-post to Facebook, but until we figure it out, live updates will just be via Twitter.
FUHRMAN TO GUIDE OAKS IN 2014
FAIR OAKS, Calif. (Mar. 19, 2014) - Ken Fuhrman, who currently serves as pitching coach for Casa Roble Fundamental High School, will take over as coach of Fair Oaks Post 383 for the 2014 season. Fuhrman should bring a wealth of knowledge to the Oaks and keep up Post 383's winning tradition on the field.
DON'T FORGET TO JOIN THE GOLDEN GLOVE CLUB TO SUPPORT THIS PAGE
FAIR OAKS, Calif. (June 7, 2013) - Don't forget to join the Golden Glove Club and help support the continued upkeep of the Post 383 Baseball web page. Join the Golden Glove Club by clicking on the trophy link in the right column, or click HERE. You can pay online via PayPal using a credit card (no PayPal account required), send us a check, or give us cash when you see us at a game. NEW this year -- we can accept credit card payments at games using the secure SQUARE app and card reader.
FAIR OAKS POST 383 GAME PHOTOS FOR SALE
We are now offering game photos for sale. The cost is $2.50 for a 4x6, $5 for a 5x7 and $10 for an 8x10 plus a $2.50 per order shipping and handling charge (subject to change). This covers the cost of a photo mailer and postage. Go to the main photo index by clicking on the "Buy Photos" button in the boxed top right column on this page. There is also a link in each game story under the headline. Orders are made through PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal account...just a credit card. Click on the appropriate payment link from the shopping cart page. NEW: Photo subscriptions. Get all JPGs we take of an individual player all season for only $15. Go HERE for additional details.
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