One day after the summer collegiate Midwest Collegiate League announced that Jamie Toole had pulled the Will County CrackerJacks and Illinois Lincolns out of the league, he announced his “Rise Up” campaign/slogan representing a new, fresh start for the 2013 season in a yet-to-be-identified new circuit for his teams. Read more here.
First, this campaign seems a bit silly and smells of a marketing gimmick to sweep whatever truth there is under the rug. Second, there are really no economical league choices out there for his teams to take up residence. The summer collegiate Prospect League has at least a $175,000 franchise tag. The summer collegiate Northwoods League? Well, let’s not even go there. That’s a rich man’s game now. That leaves a new league, which Toole might not have a problem introducing. We all know about the defunct South Coast League, and the proposed Super Independent Baseball league is still sitting out there with a website, although it has not been updated with news since 2010.
We also caught wind of another possible issue today, as a source tells us that another one of Toole’s sports properties, the Chicago Jets, an independent rookie-level baseball club where players apparently pay for pro-scouting exposure, folded mid season. While this has not been corroborated, the team’s website has not been updated with news since late June. The club’s schedule shows games through July 29.