New East Coast Baseball League Announces First Two Franchises

East Coast Baseball LeaguePRESS RELEASE – The East Coast Baseball League (ECBL), a new professional independent league, is pleased to announce their first two franchises in Newburgh, New York and Welland, Ontario.

“We are excited to announce the first two franchises of the East Coast Baseball League,” said Commissioner Shawn Whiteley. “We have worked hard over the last few months with both the city of Newburgh, NY and Welland, Ontario to form an agreement to bring independent professional baseball back to both cities.”

Delano-Hitch Stadium and Welland Stadium are both well kept baseball stadiums that have seating capacity of over 2,000. Both communities deserve to have professional baseball teams to cheer for again.

The ‘Name the Team Contest” for each team will begin tomorrow August 21st and end September 2nd. The teams new name, colours and logo(s) will be announced at the end of September. You can send in your team name idea to

Season Tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale on September 1st. Other franchises of the East Coast Baseball league will be announced in the coming months.


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7 responses to “New East Coast Baseball League Announces First Two Franchises

  1. Indy V

    What projects has this gentleman been involved with in the past?

    • E A

      This is what I found out. I think it’s fairly recent. From the Brock Badgers: “Shawn Whiteley enters his 15th year as the Sports Information & Marketing Coordinator at Brock University.

      Whiteley 41, has spent 22 years in the field of sports media relations. He started in 1992 as a student intern at Durham College where he worked for three years doing media relations and game day operations for Durham Lords Athletics. He graduated with honours in 1995 with a three year diploma in Sports Administration.

      In 1997 he was hired as an intern in the Sports Information Department at Davidson College, an NCAA Division I school in North Carolina. A year later he was hired at Troy State University in Alabama as the Assistant Sports Information Director (SID) and in 1999 worked as the Assistant SID at (RIT) Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

      In 2000 he was hired as the first ever full-time Sports Information and Marketing Coordinator at Brock University. Over the past 14 years he has had the opportunity to cover 62 championship teams including 24 National Champions.

      In his career he has been recognized for his work by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) twice. In 1999-2000 the RIT Men’s Hockey Guide placed second in the Nation and in 2005-06 the Brock Men’s Basketball Media Guide Cover was voted Best in the Nation by CoSIDA.

      Whiteley resides in Fonthill with his eight year old twins Hailey and Zachary.”

  2. ps i wonder where clubs 3 & 4 will call home

  3. maybe they think new leagues can do better than the old

  4. Hard to understand why these teams are coming into a newly-formed league when the independent leagues in the area are always struggling to have enough teams.

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