My name is Whitney Dowds. For most of us at some point we realize we will not become professional athletes and I am no exception. But that does not mean sports cannot be an important part of our lives. This realization came to me when I entered high school. I took my passion for watching high school and professional New England sports teams turning that into the idea of becoming a sports journalist.
Every time I would sit down and watch or listen to Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, I would fixate on the many different styles of broadcasting. I would replay the biggest plays from each game repeatedly to be inspired for my career. I attended Franklin Pierce University and graduated with a degree in communications with a journalism concentration in 2016. Three years later, I was given the opportunity to write sports articles for CruelFan, writing over 100 articles. Recently, I previewed the Boston Red Sox starting rotation for the 2021 season and provided my predictions for how the season will turn out.
I will be planning to cover adult amateur sports in Eastern Massachusetts. There is a lot of attention that is focused on how professional sports are continuously affected by COVID-19, but I do not see that happen as frequently at the amateur level. Being able to share unique sports stories with my audience will give them a perspective that is not normally seen in the national spotlight, but needs to be told. Readers should expect multimedia projects about players, coaches and teams from both Hub Sports Boston and the Boston Men’s Baseball League (MABL) every week. Additionally, I plan to closely monitor each organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide updates as they become available.
I am particularly interested in covering the Milton Fighting Irish, who are playing in their first season in the MABL 18+ division. They play their home games in hometown of Milton, Massachusetts at Cunnigham Park. I plan to do a profile article on their team’s transition from the BAMBUU League to the MABL at the end of their season.
Hub Sports Boston
According to the Media Kit, Hub Sports Boston began as a 13 team fall weeknight men’s softball league in Watertown. In 2015, the league would grow to over 500 teams and 7,000 players playing their games at 35 fields in the Greater Boston Area, becoming the most popular sport in HUB Sports Boston. In addition to softball, they offer soccer, flag football and basketball in 2021.
To learn more about the COVID-19 policies for HUB Sports Boston, click on the COVID-19 tab at the top of their homepage.
Boston Men’s Baseball League
The Boston Men’s Baseball League (BMBL) is the Massachusetts chapter of the national Men’s Senior Baseball League and Men’s Adult Baseball League. This league is comprised of four separate divisions within the league: MABL 18+, MSBL 28+, MetroWest MSBL and MSBL Masters featuring 41 teams this season. In 2020, the league only featured 33 teams across three divisions.
For more information on their COVID-19 guidelines and policies, I encourage you to review this COVID-19 BMBL Guidelines PDF.