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December 18, 2012

Mass. Coaches Baseball HOF comes calling for Danvers' Day

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Since 1999 alone, Danvers baseball teams have won 15 games in a season 13 times.

“It’s one of those things you never realize because you’re so focused on winning that next game, who’s going to pitch and that sort of thing,” said Day. “Even when we had the winning streak, I never really knew what the records were because I’m so wrapped up in the day-to-day.

“It’s really incredible when you start adding it up for something like this.”

Important influences

As with any great coach, Day always has his finger on the pulse of his team. He knows when to press his squads and when to back off, and always knows how to get his team refocused. One of the hallmarks of Danvers baseball is that they’re always peaking in the second half of the season.

“He puts us in position to play our best baseball in May,” said Marshall, who played his college baseball at Southern Maine. “He doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but he takes talented people to that next level. It’s the attention to detail on a daily basis — not a lot of people have the time to pay that much attention ... or the coach who can pull it off.”

For Day, the success of the Danvers baseball program is a credit to the entire town. Packed crowds at Falcons’ games at the Twi Field are a fixture under the lights in the spring.

“How well the field is maintained, the great setting at the Twi with the music and the concession stand, it’s all a credit to the town,” said Day. “I’ve had coaches tell me it’s one of the best settings in the state to come out and watch a game.”

A graduate of Ipswich High School, Day has also been an assistant football coach for years. He recently helped Beverly High win two Super Bowls in the last three years as offensive coordinator, and prior to that was on Danvers athletic director John Sullivan’s football staff when he was head coach.

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