The Navigators, based out of Lynn, Ma, will be owned and operated by the Salvi owned Salvi Sports New England LLC. The Salvi’s hope to bring the same family-friendly and affordable entertainment to the North Shore that has made their other professional minor league teams, Gary SouthShore RailCats (American Association) and Schaumburg Boomers (Frontier League) so successful. While they thrive for success on the field, their community outreach and positive impact left are unparallel. Also on Tuesday the Lynn Stadium Commission unanimously and enthusiastically approved the transfer of the Frasier Field lease and shortly after the city approved, the sale of the team closed.
“What Tim Haley (the previous Navigators owner) has done for the North Shore community has been great,” said Pat. “Salvi Sports New England LLC will not only continue this, but take it to a whole new level and the fans will like what they see.”
Pat has named Minor League industry veteran Bill Terlecky as the team’s General Manager. Terlecky’s 33 years of experience includes stints with AAA, AA and Independent Baseball organizations. Bill had previously worked with Pat when in 2008 he became the owner of the RailCats.
“Frasier Field (home of the Navigators) as well as the North Shore community has a vast history of baseball excellence,” said Chris Hall, commissioner of the FCBL. “As a league we are excited to have such devoted owners as the Salvi’s heading up the franchise and we feel the North Shore Navigators will be an excellent addition to the Futures League.”
The Navigators join an impressive FCBL owner/operator group that includes Chris Carminucci and the Carminucci Sports Group, who operate the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, Torrington Titans and the Brockton Rox, the Goldklang Group, who own and operate the Pittsfield Collegiate Baseball team as well as the Charleston Riverdogs, Hudson Valley Renegades, Fort Myers Miracle and the St. Paul Saints, Drew Weber, who owns and operates the Red Sox short-season class A affiliate Lowell Spinners (Boston Red Sox) as well as the Nashua Silver Knights, Dave Hoyt who owns the Seacoast Mavericks in addition to USA Training Centers in Newington, NH, John Morrison who owns and operates the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs in addition to his local business Fosta-Tek.
The FCBL provides student-athletes from New England and New England Colleges the opportunity to compete and play with the elite players from across the country and to promote them to MLB organizations. Each roster must have at least half of its players from New England or from a New England University/College. In addition, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League will provide a family friendly, affordable, and fun experience for the communities that we play in, in a minor league style setting. You can visit the league’s website at http://www.thefuturesleague.com.