PRESS RELEASE – Godfather Media, Inc. is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement between its subsidiary American West Baseball League (AWBL) and Albie Lopez, former MLB player, and Eddie Marin, a local businessman and sports agent for the Mesa, Arizona Territory.
Albert Anthony “Albie” Lopez is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Albie was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 20th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft. Then was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the second round (48th pick overall) of the expansion draft in 1997 then traded Lopez to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, where he was part of the World Series winning team. Lopez was also with the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Seattle Mariners organizations.
Eddie Marin, who is a partner with Mr. Lopez, is a local businessman in Mesa, Arizona. He also is a local sports agent, and has been working for 2 years to bring professional minor league baseball to the valley of the sun.
Mr. Marin commented, “I am very excited to have this opportunity to bring a baseball franchise to Mesa, Arizona. The American West Baseball League is sure to provide a great opportunity for myself as well as other businessmen looking to own and operate a professional baseball team.”
Sean Smock, Commissioner of the American West Baseball League, commented on the addition of a team in the valley of the sun, stating, “I am very excited about our partnership to bring professional minor league baseball to a market with great fans and a history of producing great baseball players.” Smock stated further, “To partner with a local group from Mesa, Arizona with great ties to the community and the game of baseball will make the experience amazing for fans and business partners of their local team.”
The American West Baseball League Founding Members are: Fullerton, Yuma Arizona, Long Beach, San Diego, and Mesa, Arizona