No surprise here, but the start-up East Coast Baseball League has crashed and burned before playing a single inning, thanks to overly confident, novice founder Colin Cummins. In fact, he admitted to the Portland Press Herald, “It’s my fault.” Yes it is, and he was warned, no matter the excuse about losing a “chief investor.” Picking up the pieces, Watertown Bucks owner Bruce Zicari decided to regroup with his newly created North Country Baseball League consisting of the Bucks, Newburgh Newts, Old Orchard Beach Surge and a travel team. Read more here. Watch news report here.
The Bucks began play Sunday, in front of a team-reported crowd of “nearly 400” (view video here), but we don’t expect long-term survival for the NCBL, unless Zicari is willing to spend some of his Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger money to subsidize the circuit to keep it afloat. That said, good luck to the new league and those involved.