As we mentioned yesterday, Sean Boudreaux, GSB’s scouting coordinator, has been identified as the commissioner of the new league. GSB is led by James Gamble. Gamble ran the Southeastern Baseball League that folded in 2003 after only two seasons. He then hooked up with the only remaining franchise, the Pensacola Pelicans, where he remains the director of player procurement. The Pelicans now play in the indy pro American Association.
As we reported, GSB was also the management partner for the Florida Winter Baseball League, which suspended operations last fall before the end of the circuit’s first season. Gamble served as the FWBL’s executive director. Boudreaux served as the GM for the league’s Cocoa (FL) franchise.
It’s unclear whether the league’s suspension of operations was merely a result of undercapitalization by the league’s founders, mismanagement by GSB, or both. Articles from the past refer to large expenses and very small crowds at games. In a press release, GSB blamed the FWBL for “failed commitments” and announced “a formal separation from the client.”
GSB also had an affiliation with the South Coast League that folded in 2007 after one year of operation. We believe GSB was brought on board to handle player acquisition and not league management, as Jamie Toole, now with the indy pro Northern League’s Joliet JackHammers, ran that show.
Both Gamble and Boudreaux are, at their core, on-field baseball guys. Gamble has been involved with some business operations, but it seems that anything he’s been involved with pertaining to the operation of teams or leagues has not turned to gold. The pair’s success appears to revolve around player development.
What does the future hold for this new louisiana-based summer collegiate league? The signs are telling, but only time will tell.