Bucks Part Ways with Fledgling ECBL

Watertown Bucks LogoWatertown Bucks owner Bruce Zicari has confirmed that his team, scheduled to start play Sunday, has “definitely” parted ways with the start-up East Coast Baseball League.  He is now leading an effort to create a new independent league, which would be comprised of four teams.  Read more here.


Filed under League & Franchise, Market & Location

8 responses to “Bucks Part Ways with Fledgling ECBL

  1. tenaciouspuma

    Watertown was in the PGCBL and a pretty good franchise there but it seems the ownership and the city weren’t on the same page. From what I can tell, there isn’t any way they can sustain Indy ball’s costs…attendance numbers are way to low.

  2. Wouldn’t Watertown be suitable in the FCBL or NYCBL?

    • eastfirst107

      FCBL’s a bit far away – closest team (Pittsfield) is over 200 miles.

      Watertown was in the NYCBL from late ’90s to 2010, before they jumped to the Perfect Game League.

      The NYCBL tried to get back in there for 2015, but the city council in Watertown didn’t do their homework and went with the ECBL. (How’s that working out for you, guys?)

      • tenaciouspuma

        This is true..both the PGCBL and the NYCBL pursued Watertown. Maybe this is why the PGCBL team basically didn’t care if they came back. It’s city leadership like this that make it hard for teams to compete. Maybe Watertown just isn’t a baseball town???

    • eastfirst107

      Watertown’s had pro or summer college baseball for the last 30 years, so I don’t think you can say it’s “not a baseball town” – obviously, someone’s been able to make a go of it there.

      It is a military town, which makes things a bit more challenging (transient population, less attachment to local teams, etc.) – but military or not, a county with a population of 115,000 is certainly large enough to support a college team.

      They’ve announced an average of 600-700 per game the last couple of seasons, which is okay-but-not-great at the summer college level.

      • tenaciouspuma

        I recall a previous owner bucking heads with the current mayor or something like that..recipe for disaster. and then the last group falling out of favor for a dirty locker room!! something just seems amiss there

  3. Rf9

    IMO the Waterloo market wouldn’t have worked and even though the other teams may have been league owned the parks (or any park) arent

  4. tenaciouspuma

    Just pick up a bunch of guys and play with a travel team and a few others..sounds like American legion ball. give it up boys and move on, I hate to see people lose $$$ which is what would happen here.

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