The Latest Roster Additions

Life, like baseball, is a tricky business, full of curve balls and unexpected events.  The Harrisonburg Turks are disappointed by the injuries to various players previously set to see game-time this summer, but are confident that new additions to the squad will compensate for the loss of personnel.  New members of the Turks include Davis Kirkpatrick, Mason Studstill, Tanner Dofflemyer, and Matt Young.  What do these young men offer the Turks this summer?

Harrisonburg native Davis Kirkpatrick joins the Turks from East Carolina University, where the 6’0”, 187-pound senior is a starting pitcher.  In previous years, Kirkpatrick has earned All American Atlantic All Region 2nd team honors as well as the 2013 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention.  He is the son of JMU football coach Donnie Kirkpatrick, and played for the New Market Rebels   last summer.  

Mason Studstill stands at a solid 6’2”, 205 pounds, and looks to further develop his talents over the summer before completing his transfer from Miami to Eastern Florida State University.  We look forward to seeing him at the mound, where the sophomore’s pitches have been clocked at 90 mph in past seasons.

 

Tanner Dofflemyer is another 6’2”, 200-pounder who returns to the Turks for his second summer.  A redshirt sophomore at JMU, Dofflemyer previously played at VMI.  His presence will be felt throughout the infield area, as his veteran fielding will  pose problems for opponents defensively.                               

 

Closing out the new additions to the Turks is Matt Young, who towers at 6’4” and weighs in at 225 pounds.  Young is coming off a stellar year with the Oklahoma City Stars, currently ranked #1 in the NAIA World Series. Young played for the Turks briefly in 2015, but had to cut his season short. We are excited to welcome him back to Harrisonburg!

2017 Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame Announced

Seven former players, coaches, and administrators were approved by the Valley Baseball League Board of Directors as the second class of the VBL Hall of Fame, as announced by League Commissioner and President Don Lemish.

The second Hall of Fame class was voted on by a nine-member committee, with 35 candidates receiving at least one vote. The 2017 inductees are Wayne Comer, John Kruk, Claude “C.C.” Michael, Sam Perlozzo, Earl Shirkey, Marion “Bo” Trumbo and Maynard “Mo” Weber.

Individual plaques will be presented to inductees and the second class will be recognized at the 2017 VBL All-Star Game on July 9. Hall of Fame bios are featured on the VBL website, valleyleaguebaseball.com, and the league is also planning to erect a permanent shrine for recognizing current and future inductees at Rebel Park in New Market.

Players nominated for their VBL achievements must have made significant contributions to the VBL as members of a team and have been out of the league a minimum of five years. Administrators and other individuals who have distinguished themselves in various VBL-related activities may be considered after being retired or disassociated from the VBL for a period of one year.

Nominees must have demonstrated good citizenship. Nominees can be considered for their VBL records, service provided to the league, or for their national exposure which brought recognition to the league.

WAYNE COMER (Elected as Player and Distinguished Career)

Played for the Shenandoah Indians in 1961, winning a VBL championship… Won a World Series in 1968 with the Detroit Tigers, recording a hit in his only at-bat of the series… Played 12 seasons of professional baseball, including five in the majors with the Tigers (1967-68, 1972), Seattle Pilots (1969), Milwaukee Brewers (1970) and Washington Senators (1970)… Coached at Spotswood High School, winning a Valley District championship and Coach of the Year honors in 2000.

JOHN KRUK (Elected as Player and Distinguished Career)

Played for the New Market Rebels in 1981, leaving to join the San Diego Padres’ system before New Market’s VBL championship series appearance that year… Played 10 seasons in the majors with the Padres, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox… Was named to the National League All-Star team in 1991, 1992 and 1993… Currently works as a broadcaster with the Phillies, following a long run as an ESPN analyst on Baseball Tonight.

CLAUDE “C.C.” MICHAEL (Elected as Administrator)

Served as VBL president from 1946 to 1967… Oversaw the reorganization of the league in 1946… Also served as the first commissioner of the Rockingham County Baseball League and as president of the Virginia Mountain League… The VBL MVP award was named after him in 1972.

SAM PERLOZZO (Elected as Player and Distinguished Career)

Played for the Waynesboro Generals and New Market Rebels… Served as manager of the Baltimore Orioles for 300 games from 2005-2007… Has also been an assistant coach with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies… Won a World Series ring in 1990 with Cincinnati… Played in the majors in 1977 with the Minnesota Twins and in 1979 with the San Diego Padres.

EARL SHIRKEY (Elected as Administrator)

Longtime scorekeeper for the Harrisonburg Turks… Elected to the Harrisonburg High School Hall of Fame after working at their basketball scorer’s table for 51 years… Also a longtime clock operator for the James Madison basketball teams… Has volunteered over 10,000 hours at Rockingham Memorial Hospital… Taught at Asbury Methodist Church for 31 years.

MARION “BO” TRUMBO (Elected as Player and Distinguished Career)

Played for the New Market Rebels… Employed as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners, and worked for the Major League Scouting Bureau… Was named the Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association’s Supervisory Scout of the Year in 1996… Has been elected to the Salem-Roanoke Baseball and Bridgewater College Athletic Halls of Fame.

MAYNARD “MO” WEBER (Elected as Coach)

Coached baseball for over 65 years, including the final 17 as hitting coach for the New Market Rebels… Served as the head coach at The College of William and Mary in 1965 and again from 1978-1981… Was later the General Manager of the Peninsula Pilots, a White Sox affiliate in the Carolina League… The VBL Coach of the Year award was named after him in 2008… His #1 jersey has been retired by the New Market Rebels.

Harrisonburg Turks Announces 2017 Coaching Staff 

The summer of 2017 is full of promise for the Harrisonburg Turks for several reasons, not least of which is the return of long-time President and General Manager Bob Wease as the head coach.  His 16th season in the head coaching position, Wease looks to enjoy his 27th year as President and GM.  During his time at the helm, the Turks have gone 423-248 in games and look to improve on their 27-17 finish from last year.   

Wease has had a decorated career as a player and coach, achieving numerous accolades—such as his induction into the Rockingham County Baseball League Hall of Fame—as well as championships over the years.  Additionally, the 2017 Turks coaching staff includes four other members who will undoubtedly compliment Wease’s pedigree.    

 

Bench Coach Mark Klosinski rounds out a decade of service this season with the Turks organization.  A specialist at his position, Klosinski’s expertise will add valuable stability to the Turk’s bench.  A faithful employee of the Rockingham County Schools, Klosinski resides in Harrisonburg with his wife, Lisa.  

 

To add to the veteran leadership of Klosinski, the Turks are excited to welcome Eric Niesen to his first season with the team as the Pitching Coach.  An accomplished pitcher himself, Niesen provides a fresh perspective for the finer details of the role of the man at the mound.  Prior to this summer, Niesen worked as the Student Assistant for the Wake Forest coaching staff while finishing his bachelor’s degree.

 

   
Joining the Turks for his first season as an assistant coach is EMU alumnus Nic Love.  Love was named team captain for the Royals during his playing days in addition to mainlining a high quality of academic work, cementing a perennial spot on the Dean’s list.   

 

Another former EMU player joins the talented group of Turk’s coaches in Ryan Tierney, a four-year letter winning pitcher during his playing days for the Royals.  Tierney is coming off of his first season as an assistant coach for his alma mater, and will look to establish a strong rapport with the Turk’s players this summer.   

Wease Filling Turks’ Roster

Longtime Harrisonburg Skipper Eyes Valley League Pennant This Summer

By Greg Madia
Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG – Bob Wease has his sights set on another pennant.

The longtime skipper of the Valley Baseball League’s Harrisonburg Turks is keeping that in mind as he prepares to finalize his roster for the 2017 season. Read more

A Squad of Spartans Set to Sign with the Turks

Former 1992 Harrisonburg Turk, UNC Greensboro Head Coach Link Jarrett has been a constant source of sending talented players to the Turks each summer. This season isn’t any different. 

UNC Greensboro second baseman Austin Embler will be an important part of the Turks infield. The 5-9, 165 pound junior has produced a lot of offense for the Spartans this spring. Read more