Summer Collegiate Futures League Unveiled

PRESS RELEASE – On Tuesday, plans for the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England, a summer college circuit set to play in 2011, were announced. Longtime professional baseball executive Chris Hall was named the league commissioner.

The Futures League will feature as many as six teams in its inaugural season. Already accepted into the league are the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, based out of Vineyard Haven, Mass. The Sharks are operated by the Carminucci Sports Group, with Chris Carminucci, an owner of the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League, as the club’s CEO. The locations of other clubs in the league will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

All players in the league will be on college baseball rosters during the spring 2011 season. Futures League rules mandate at least 12 players from New England or New England-based schools on each team’s roster. Clubs use wood bats and will play a 44-game regular-season schedule.

“Summer college leagues have exploded in popularity in recent years, and we’re looking forward to providing quality baseball to the fans of New England. We’ve got excellent ownership groups and good markets in place, and success will be achieved through the hard work of our clubs’ front offices, which has already started,” Hall said.

Opening day for the 2011 season is scheduled for Thursday, June 9; the season will run through early August.

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