Hyannis Harbor Hawks

New Field Ribbon Cutting
Posted Jun 29, 2019

HYANNIS — The old scoreboard is still there in right field. The lights are out now. The spots for “Guest” and “Hyannis” and at-bats, inning number and count never to flicker on again. Now, it’s just a vestige, a relic, a blue block of wood.


Hyannis Manager. Gassman Resigns

HYANNIS — The Hyannis Harbor Hawks have begun searching for a replacement for their longest-serving coach, field manager Chad Gassman.


Improvements Planned

The Hyannis Harbor Hawks have received a $700,000 grant to make improvements at Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park.


Women In CCBL

Judy Walden Scarafile got her start as a scorekeeper and baseball writer for her high school newspaper. When she got to college at the University of Connecticut, she brought her portfolio — "a glorified scrapbook in those days," she says — to the sports editor and asked to cover the baseball team.


A call from the Cape

"As he waited, Bradley’s thoughts may have drifted to much earlier in the day, which began with a phone call back on the Cape from Tino DiGiovanni, one of his family hosts in 2009 when Bradley played for the Hyannis Mets."


Journey to the Bigs

Get a small glimpse into what it takes to be part of the Cape Cod Baseball League! Make sure you are watching or set those DVRs, this is something you don't want to miss!

CAPE COD: A JOURNEY TO THE BIGS premieres Tuesday, April 17 on FS1 at 11:00 PM ET.

The special also airs on FOX Sports regional networks on Wednesday, April 18 (check local listings).


Alumni Devin Smeltzer

“We hear hundreds of stories every year about Major Leaguers visiting children in need. It isn't every day, however, that one of those kids ends up becoming a professional baseball player himself.”




Since the days of the Roman writer Pliny the Elder who reported that parent osprey make their young fly up to the sun and dispatched any that failed to complete the task to references in Shakespeare's Coriolanus "I think he'll be to Rome/As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it/By sovereignty of nature," osprey have captured the public imagination. Today, these prehistoric birds can be found at Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park atop their very own viewing platform.

The osprey first landed at the field in 1992 and made their home on top of the lights in centerfield. Due to their tendency to reproduce near coastal brackish water, ospreys' diet consists almost exclusively of fish, and the occasional Cracker Jack found at the ballpark.

The birds are now making a population comeback on the Northeast Coast after years of having their breeding patterns disrupted by the use of insecticides. DDT interfered with the birds' calcium metabolism which resulted in thin-shelled, easily broken or infertile eggs.

Pairs of osprey usually mate for life and winter separately in the Caribbean and South America before returning the following year to the same nest. Often made of sticks, driftwood, turf, and seaweed, osprey nests can be wider than 6 feet and weigh over 300 lbs.

When lights were installed in the Park in 2008, the osprey returned with a fervor establishing themselves as part of the charm and character of the Cape Cod Baseball League. The birds were so popular that the team even changed its name in 2010 from the Hyannis Mets to the Harbor Hawks since another name for an osprey as a fish hawk. A new mascot was also introduced named Ozzie Osprey.

Prior to the start of the 2017 season, the ospreys' platform blew down and had to quickly be reconstructed. Thanks to the work of Jay Coteau, Dan Johnson, and Baxter Crane, the ospreys' perch was amended just in time for spring, a signal of the end of winter and the approaching summer baseball games that were only a few short months away.

7/31/19 vs. YD