New Cape League president got start with Gatemen

Mar 28, 2023

Andrew Lang, who became the 12th president of the Cape Cod Baseball League in January, doesn’t see any curveballs in his future. 

“I have a good relationship with all the different teams,” he said in a phone interview. “I think it’s going to be fun to help all 10 teams and maintain the League. The Cape League is the best college summer league in the country. It’s been that way my whole life and I think it’s been that way for a very long time.”

There is one team that Lang, a 42-year-old attorney with the Lang, Xifaras and Bullard law firm in New Bedford, has a very special relationship with.

Lang first joined the Cape Cod Baseball League at the end of the 2013 season, serving as assistant manager of the Wareham Gatemen. He was general manager from 2015 to 2021, when he became team president. In 2018, the Gatemen finished first in the western division and won the ninth Cape League Championship.

“It was a group effort, hiring that group of players,” he said. “That was a very good group of players not only on the field but off the field. They gelled well and were fun to watch.”

As general manager, Lang hired coaches and made sure that “the kids” were healthy and learning on the field.

“I’m not saying you’re improving the kid 100 percent,” he said, “but as long as the kid comes in here, stays healthy and leaves a little bit better, that’s a success.”

Lang said that his biggest accomplishment as Gatemen general manager was creating a program that was attractive to college coaches. He proudly noted that, during his tenure, no players were seriously injured or got into serious legal trouble.

“Every kid was showcasing their skills,” he said. “I took pride in people wanting to play for Wareham.”

Several of those players, such as Gavin Sheets, Andrew Vaughn and Shea Spitzbarth, went on to play in the MLB.

“It’s fun, because they’re kids,” Lang said. “It’s fun to watch them progress in their professional careers. It’s difficult to get to the big leagues, so to watch them go through it and hear their journeys… is really interesting and fun.”

Lang started playing baseball when he was 3 years old. To him, the players in the Cape Cod Baseball League were giants. He wanted to be like them someday.

“I’ve always liked sports,” he said, “but baseball came easiest to me. I enjoyed it, I had fun doing it. It was always a challenge.”

Lang received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Maine, where he continued to play baseball. 

He went back to school to earn a law degree at Fordham University, while also serving as an assistant coach for the Rams baseball team. 

“It was tough,” he said. “School ultimately trumped baseball responsibilities.”

Unlike baseball, law did not come easily to Lang. Studying the subject gave him “a completely different way of thinking,” letting him take his time and learn every side of an issue before making decisions.

His talent for memorizing facts and dates, which proved useful in his history classes, has helped him both in the courtroom and on the diamond. 

Lang is “honored” to be president of the Cape Cod Baseball League, but acknowledges he has a “learning curve” ahead of him. He is currently studying the many documents, agreements and contracts that make up the League. 

“I’m still wrapping my head around it,” he said, “because it’s different than just running a team. You’re looking at 10 teams. There’s a lot of moving parts.” 

Lang said that he wants the players’ well-being to be his first priority, but he is also interested in fundraising, especially in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Most of all, he wants to be involved in any way he can. 

“Being outside of the dugout,” he said, “you see everything a little bit differently… Some people like going to the beach. I like going to the baseball field.”