Mike Hinojosa was truly in charge over the weekend at the Revere High School baseball field.
Hinojosa not only assisted the Yawkey Baseball League by allowing it to use the Revere field for the games, but he served as the home plate umpire.
When the East Boston Expos and other teams needed to access a field outside of Boston, the Yawkey League reached out to Hinojosa, who as director of the Revere Parks and Recreation Department is the overseer and scheduler for all fields in Revere.
The field at RHS had been the home of the Revere Rockies, but that team disbanded, going out in style by winning the 2019 Yawkey League championship. Some Rockies players have moved over to the East Boston Expos roster for the 2020 season.
A former Revere High and Suffolk University baseball star, Hinojosa has been giving back to the sport as an umpire for decades.
True to form with an exceptional knowledge of the rules from his many years of playing the game, Hinojosa has won plaudits for his work as an umpire.
“Mike won our Peter Williams Umpire of the Year Award two years ago,” said Yawkey League President Dave McKay. “He an excellent umpire and a classy guy, too.”
Hinojosa said the Yawkey League will be renting the field for some additional games this season. The New England Expos AAU team is also using the Revere High field for tournaments.
“They like our field,” said Hinojosa proudly.
Meanwhile, the fields at Griswold Park are also busy with activity as the Revere Youth Baseball and Softball (RYBS) League has begun its 2020 season after a delay due to the coronavirus.