Salvis to Buy NECBL Navigators, Team Will Shift to Futures League

Chicago lawyer Pat Salvi and his wife Lindy, owners of the indy pro Gary SouthShore RailCats (American Association) and Schaumburg Boomers (Frontier League), have reportedly agreed to purchase the North Shore Navigators (New England Collegiate Baseball League) in Lynn (MA) and move the team to the second-year Futures Collegiate Baseball League.  The team plays at Fraser FieldRead more here

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6 responses to “Salvis to Buy NECBL Navigators, Team Will Shift to Futures League

  1. Gil Renard

    I am very glad to see such great leagues for college players to play in. With the new leagues starting each year further away from the East Coast, you have to wonder if it will dilute the talent through out the country. Although, additional leagues are welcomed if they are on the up and up, as it will allow more players to play. It will be interesting in the next few years to see how the east coast leagues compete against one another for talent, as well as leagues such as the TCL and new Hall of Fame League compete in the same region for talent!!

  2. baseballrules

    The futures league is about the same caliber as American Legion Baseball and the talent they recruit is second caliber compared to the Cape and the NECBL. Both of these leagues have a proven track record with many stars in MLB and minor league baseball. The talent they recruit is among the top collegiate stars in the USA and high draft picks and let’s see where the future’s league is in 5 years as many of the better schools coaches are not sending players to the FCL.

    • baseballrules

      I agree Gil,
      The higher leagues such as the Cape, NECBL, Northwoods league are considered the top tier by most DI coaches and the New York, Alaska, Costal Plains, and many other are the next level. The Futures League not competing for the same level of players as the leagues above and they seem to throw money around (I believe one guy owns several teams.) They seem to be trying to push other leagues around at this time, but don’t realize the deep community support the majority of the Cape and NECBL teams have in their communities. I have been to many games in these towns over the last 12 years and seen packed ballparks and minor league entertainment in many. There is enough room for all the summer league to get players who want to play and it is just a matter of the ability of the player you want to see as to which league you want to travel to see. Nomar, Varitek, Fisk in the Cape, Statsburg, Either, Nathan in the NECBL or guys in the Futures League. Good luck to everyone in all the leagues and time will tell!!! East coast baseball rules!!!

  3. david helmuth

    the NECBL lies about their attendance number.

    they count free tickets given away, and announce them in their total numbers. it’s a smoke screen, ninja dusk like operation.

    clearly with all the NECBL teams jumping ship, it shows how the FCBL is the new premiere league in New England.

    Yes the FCBL’s highest market, in their first year, drew 869. but thats a real number.

    the NECBL guys aren’t even professional, they are a bunch of amateurs. thats why all the professionals are leaning toward the FCBL

    IF I were Tiani and the NECBL staff I would really be nervous…there days seem to be number.

    of course this is just from a casual fans perspective!

  4. redsox2806@aol.com

    The statement that NECBL teams are all losing money is way out of line. If you look on ballparkdigest.com attendance records for summer collegiate ball you will see that Holyoke Blue Sox drew an average of 2,510 fans per game. More then enought to make a good profit. Newport Gulls drew 2,148. Three other teams drew in excess of 1,000. Highest team in FCBL drew 869. I think the owner of the North Shore Navigators is just looking for an excuse for selling the team. His team drew an average of 920.

    • ballparkbiz

      redsox2806:

      We track our own attendance records here:

      https://ballparkbiz.wordpress.com/attendance-rankings/

      What is troubling about the NECBL are the substantial fluctuations in attendance for some teams. For example, we find it hard to believe that Holyoke actually jumped from 1,181 per game and #39 on our list in 2010 to 2,510 per game and #3 in 2011. That said, we can only go by the attendance numbers that are officially reported by the leagues. The numbers for the Newport Gulls have consistently been strong throughout the years, so we think they’re probably doing just fine.

      One problem for the NECBL is that they have not evolved. I remember back when they put the brakes on expansion after new leadership came into power. The only way good quality owners with money could get into the game was to buy an existing team. In addition, they haven’t ventured beyond 21-22 home dates or adopted a “run it like a business” attitude, like powerhouses Northwoods League, Coastal Plain League and burgeoning West Coast League. The NECBL should forget about trying to be Cape Cod League light. There is only one Cape, and they’ve been doing what they do for 100 years. It is unlikely to be effectively duplicated.

      Alan

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