Over the past few days, the logo for the Continental Baseball League’s Desert Valley Mountain Lions has changed from yellow to blue, and the owner of the team is now listed as the New York State League.
As many of you might recall, the NYSL failed to make a go of it in 2007 with a four team developmental league operating out of Murnane Field at Donovan Stadium in Utica, NY. The league then relocated to New York City. We have heard next to nothing from the league since then.
Apparently the CBL with play with four teams this season, including the returning Big Bend (Alpine, TX) Cowboys, the inaugural Las Cruces Vaqueros, the West Texas Road Hogs traveling team, and the Mountain Lions, which might be playing at neutral sites in Roswell, Rio Rancho, and Taos, NM.
The Rio Rancho location is interesting, as the city is just outside of Albuquerque. If the goal is to put forth a legitimate image and gain traction in a market that is Isotopes country, the only ballpark that seems remotely viable is the facility at Rio Rancho High School. Beer sales? That might not even be on the radar screen right now for a semi-traveling squad.