Prospect League Replaces NY-Penn League in Jamestown

Prospect League LogoPRESS RELEASE – Kevin Rhomberg, Robert Schenosky, and Ron Bercaw, members of RS Entertainment, are excited to announce the beginning of a new era of baseball in Jamestown, NY. Jamestown is the newest member of the Prospect League, a premier summer collegiate league that has produced over 175 Major League Baseball players.

Jamestown has a long standing baseball tradition. The city was an original member of the New York Penn League, a short season professional league, and saw countless numbers of future stars come through Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park. With the Prospect League, this experience will continue for baseball fans.

Prospect League Comes to Jamestown

The Prospect League, which merged with the historic Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL) in 2009, is one of the country’s premier summer leagues for top college players, with the CICL starting play in 1963. Over 175 major league alumni have come through the league. Some names will be familiar to Jamestown baseball fans. Players such as Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jonathan Papelbon, all came through Jamestown while playing in the NYPL, but before that were alumni of the Prospect League. Other big names that have played in the Prospect League include Hall of Famers Kirby Puckett and Mike Schmidt, as well as, Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

The Prospect League is designed to give current college players the opportunity to experience minor league baseball while still maintaining their college eligibility. The league features twelve teams across seven states. The new Jamestown franchise will be the furthest team to the East, as the league expands its footprint. Teams are currently located in Missouri (Hannibal), Illinois (Quincy, Springfield, and Danville), Indiana (Richmond, Terre Haute, and Kokomo), Ohio (Champion City, Chillicothe), West Virginia (Beckley), and Pennsylvania (Butler).

RS Entertainment co-owner, Kevin Rhomberg, has experience in both professional and collegiate baseball. Rhomberg spent time playing in the New York Penn League during his career in the Cleveland Indians organization, which included three seasons in the major leagues with the Indians. Schenosky spent almost fifteen years in New York as a financial analyst before turning to baseball, and was a former collegiate player. Bercaw is a long time business consultant. RS Entertainment has spent the past five years running a Prospect League team, which has seen several players drafted or signed to professional baseball.

“We are excited to build on the outstanding baseball tradition here in Jamestown.” said Rhomberg. “We believe that baseball fans in Jamestown will thoroughly enjoy the product they see on the field, as well as, the fan experience every night at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park.”

The name of the new Jamestown franchise will be announced in the near future.

For more information please contact RS Entertainment co-owners Kevin Rhomberg at 440-752-0372 or Robert Schenosky at 440-487-8758.

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Thanks to Mark Tobin for the heads up.

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6 responses to “Prospect League Replaces NY-Penn League in Jamestown

  1. Indy V

    There seem to be a lot of inaccuracies in the press release. The PL didn’t exist until 2009, IIBC. Obviously, Puckett, Schmidt, et al, did not play in the league.

    • ballparkbiz

      @Ind V,

      The Prospect League is obviously absorbing CICL history here, as the league’s merged:

      “The Prospect League, which merged with the historic Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL) in 2009, is one of the country’s premier summer leagues for top college players, with the CICL starting play in 1963.”

      Actually, I wouldn’t even call it a merger. I would call it a rebranding of the CICL with expansion.

      Alan

  2. Eric

    The Jammers’ name would be great to see continued in the town; I hope they can make it happen. Do you think that Johnstown, Pa., may fall into the hands of the Prospect League?

    • ballparkbiz

      Johnstown has been sitting out there for a long time now. I would be surprised if they hadn’t already looked at it and ruled it out or didn’t get the deal or owner(s) they needed. Maybe with Wickline taking the lead, they will make a run at it to add another franchise to the region. It would help Butler (PA) and Jamestown (NY), but Beckley (WV) would still be quite a trek:

      https://goo.gl/maps/WjhVu

      There are quite a few gaps to fill in the circuit.

      Alan

  3. Eric

    Well, I saw the college wood bat leagues coming to Jamestown, but just not the Prospect League. I hope all goes well.

    • ballparkbiz

      Didn’t think the Prospect League would go that far, but they did say they needed to help out the Blue Sox and Miners by finding more markets out that way.

      If I were the owners, I would negotiate with the WV Black Bears owners to secure the Jamestown Jammers name and logo, and then do a logo/branding overhaul via Studio Simon or other top industry designer.

      Alan

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