To the person who felt the need to bash a player without first checking their facts, Max Poulin is an all-star.
He was voted an all-star by the likes of Mike Levandosky, Jeff Wiebe, Gord Paddock and Ross Tycoles, all very well acquainted with the Manitoba Senior Baseball League and well respected baseball people.
As far as his batting average goes, he hit .268, had five doubles, two triples and a home run. He also stole six bases.
For your information, Max played hurt for the better part of the first half of the season, yet he still showed up, put in a solid effort and helped the ‘Leafs win some ball games.
All for his “pay” as it was put, that amounted to covering his fuel and maybe allowed him to buy a sandwich for the ride home.
In the last 10 games, when Max was healthy, he batted .381, certainly numbers worthy of an offensive all-star. Max is also one of the best defensive players the MSBL has ever seen, he made tough plays look routine while playing three different positions throughout the season.
Max pitched 20 innings, posting an ERA of 1.83, very effective. Max has also accepted an invitation to attend the Senior AAA Nationals with Reston, I don’t think they are inviting “average players.”
Max’s real value came to us in the time he put in with our young players, Mason Hodgson, Brady Potter, Steven Meikle and even Garrett Popplestone.
Max spent a lot of time with these guys sharing tips and techniques and every one of those guys is a better player today because of it.
Average player? I think not. Max is a very good player and an even better person, the Brandon Cloverleafs are proud to call Max Poulin a teammate.
The MSBL is about playing at the highest level we can in amateur baseball and I think it is a feather in the league’s cap to have a guy like Max in our league.
Ryan Potter, manager
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 21, 2012