Happy #givingtuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day for giving back during the winter holiday season. We ask that all our players, fans, and friends, give generously this year. Here are some suggestions.


Donating to the Millers is tax deductable and your gifts help us to purchase equipment and uniforms, travel to far-away tournaments, and reach out to blind and visually impaired youth who may not have had the chance to try adaptive sports. Simply use the donate link on www.mnmillers.org to send us your financial gift by mail or electronically through paypal. If a financial gift is impossible, though, then consider giving your time.


Our parent organization, the Minnesota Fighting Lions Association (MFLA), would like to expand our youth program by offering a summer-long opportunity for blind and visually impaired youth to play beep kickball and beep baseball. To make this possible, we need at least four adult volunteers and 12 youth participants. No prior experience is necessary, just use the contact form on www.mnmillers.org to let us know you’re interested and we’ll help you get started.


Finally, if you know a blind or visually impaired child, give them your love and attention. Many children with disabilities are isolated or even bullied. Your presence in their lives will make a greater impact than you can imagine.

Millers Create Hall of Fame; Induct First Two Members

This year, the Minnesota Millers created our own Hall of Fame to recognize players and volunteers who have played a crucial role in the development of the team. We also inducted our first two members, Dr. Jim (Doc) Mastro and Robert (Father Time) Moore.


Dr. Mastro helped form the National Beep Baseball Association, NBBA, and served as its third president. He played for several beep baseball teams throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s. In the 2000’s, he played for the West Coast Dawgs before helping to bring together the team that became the Millers in 2010. Since then, he has occasionally played for the Millers and continues to cheer us on as we improve.


Robert Moore also played beep ball during the 1970’s and 1980’s, before taking an extended break because there were no local teams. He was a founding member of the Minnesota Millers, and played with us through the 2014 World Series. He is now retired, but continues to cheer us on as we improve.


The Millers have retired the numbers 6 (Mastro) and 14 (Moore) and awarded them a commemorative plack and framed jersey. The coaching staff also awarded the following players for the 2015 season:


  • 2015 Contribution Awards: Riley Schmitz, Ben GoodRich, Stephen Guerra, Patrick Lemke
  • 2015 Sportsmanship award: Gary Boettcher
  • 2015 Coaches Choice Award: Josh Xiong
  • Golden Pin Award: Matt McCoy
  • 2015 Most Improved Player Award: Chris Peterson
  • 2015 Most Valuable Player Award: Evan Van Duyne

Congratulations to Stephen Guerra

Congratulations to one of our founding members, Stephen Guerra, for winning the first annual Stephen Guerra Humanitarian Service Award from the National Beep Baseball Association. Steve was unable to be reached for comment, which is the first time we’ve ever seen Steve at a loss for words.


Congratulations Steve, it is very well deserved.

So How Did We Do?

In 2014, the Millers reached seventh place in the World Series, ranking better than we’d ever ranked before in team history. 2015’s tenth place ranking may at first seem like a setback, but let’s look at some math and some history to be sure.

In 2014, 19 teams attended the World Series. 24 teams attended in 2015. Doing some simple math, we find that seventh place put us in the top 36 percent, while 10th place puts us in the top 41 percent. However, in 2014 we won five out of nine, or 55 percent, of our games. In 2015, we won four out of seven, or 57 percent of our games. Statistically, then, our record is virtually unchanged.

Individual standings haven’t been officially released yet, but we’ve done some calculations ourselves, and we believe that every player made a marked improvement from 2014 to 2015. For example, Evan Van Duyne had a batting average of around 668, which is higher than it’s ever been before, and he continued to be one of the team’s strongest fielders. Meanwhile, Chris Peterson scored six runs, obliterating his previous personal best.

One of our newest players, Josh Xiong, is proving to be an amazing offensive and defensive asset because of his incredible speed and powerful swing. We also continued to see strong performances from our veterans, Ben Goodrich, Stephen Guerra, and Matt Mccoy.

Dan Eliason and Kelly Peterson’s pitching/catching combination gets better every year, and even our relief pitcher/catcher, Zak and Nate Kanouski, put several runs on the table during their appearances. We think this puts us in a position to return on an even stronger footing next year.

That has happened before. The Millers were in tenth place coming out of the 2012 world series in Aims Iowa. The following year, we were only able to take twelfth, but in 2014 we fought our way all the way to seventh. With all this in mind, we’re confident that we’ll fight our way past seventh in 2016.

Final Standing: 10th Place

After a heartbreaking loss to the SW Slammers this morning, 6 – 5, our final standing is 10th place. Our final game was very close all the way, with the Millers and Slammers alternating for the lead throughout the game. The Millers held the lead into the sixth inning, but the Slammers were able to pull out two nice runs to end the game.

We spent the afternoon watching the first championship game between the Austin Blackhawks and the RHI X-treme. The winner of tomorrow’s game will determine who is crowned the 2015 world champion. The loser will take second place. Other games are still in progress this afternoon, so the final standings will not be published until tomorrow night.

Tonight we’ll attend a Rochester Redwings game, thanks to a generous donation of tickets from the Redwings. Tomorrow, we’ll watch the championship game, and possibly a second game if there isn’t a clear winner. Following that, we’ll attend a banquet to cap off the tournament. Tomorrow, we’ll fly home and start thinking about our next season. Although we didn’t achieve our goal of moving into sixth place, we know we have a strong defense and offense and we’ll only get stronger next season.

From a fund raising perspective, we’ll be in a slightly better position next year, because the World Series will be in Aimes Iowa. However, we could use some help finding practice space for some winter batting practice. We’d also like to start fund raising early for the 2017 tournament in West Palm Beach Florida.

Finally, we’d like to thank all of our supporters this season. Stick with us throughout the off season, and don’t forget to tell your friends about the Millers and about beep baseball. We’re always looking for new players, volunteers, or fans.

A Long Hard Day

We apologize for not posting scores as they came in today. We played three games today, and we had very little down-time. Here are the results:

  • Millers Vs. RHI X-treme, 0 – 13
  • Millers vs. Indi Thunder, 11 – 10
  • Millers vs. Indi Knights, 12 – 2

Unfortunately, losing our first two games today eliminates us from the winner’s bracket, meaning that we are now unable to compete for anything better than 9th place. Fortunately, though, we will be competing for 9th place tomorrow morning, thanks to our win against the Indi Knights. Stay tuned for the results of that game tomorrow afternoon.

A Busy Day

Today will be a busy day for the Millers. This morning, at 9:00 AM, we play the second-place RHI Extreme. They’ve been a hard team to beet in the past, but we’re not the same team we were either. Winning that game would leave us undefeated in the winner’s bracket. Losing that game will give one of two elimination slots. Losing both mathematically eliminates us from playing in the championship game, but does not eliminate us from the possibility of competing for third place. All in all, we’re still on track to achieve our goal of moving up in the standings to sixth place or higher.

Yesterday we crushed the Lodestar Roadrunners 10 – 1. Our defense was awesome, giving up only one run in the last inning. Pitching and catching have continued to be on fire with almost no strike outs and runs being scored all over the place. We spent the rest of the day resting up, spending some time in the pool, and bonding over our annual team dinner at Sticky Lips Bareque. It was fantastic and we’re all full of energy this morning. The weather is also more cooperative, with a forecast for mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 85.

Thanks to all our fans who have been leaving comments on our Facebook page. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come.

Final Scores for Day 1

Here are the final scores for day 1:

  • Minnesota Millers beat Atlanta Eclipse, 14 – 1
  • Minnesota Millers beat BCS Outlaws, 15 – 2
  • Minnesota Millers lose to world champion Austin Blackhawks, 13 – 1
  • Pitching, catching, spotting, hitting, and fielding were all finominal! We won’t know until later tonight who we’ll play tomorrow, but we believe that winning two games today positions us to be able to sleep in tomorrow, with our first game starting at 11:30 AM. Stay tuned to this page for more updates, and remember to subscribe by email so you can forward these posts to your friends.

We’re Here!

We arrived in Rochester at about 10:00 PM last night. We spent the next hour getting our bags and getting to our hotel. From there, some of us went straight to bed, while others stopped off at the hotel bar to meet and greet other beep ball players.

Today, our volunteers will pick up our transportation and some team supplies. We may try to get in a short practice, or some time in the pool. Games start tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for scores.

Did you Know?

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