Ozarks Pro Baseball Pulls Plug on Season

Ozarks Pro BaseballOzarks Pro Baseball, an independent league organizers hoped would become a mainstay in the Springfield (MO) area, suspended operations and told players to go home this week.  See Facebook posting here.  The league had been holding games at sites in Arkansas and in West Plains as negotiations apparently continued with the owner of Price Cutter Park.  Read more here.

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6 responses to “Ozarks Pro Baseball Pulls Plug on Season

  1. Looks like they might have had a good idea but not the business experience to put it together. Looks like the NCBL aka ECBL made out better but not by much. All four teams will will have played the complete season after reorganizing from the ECBL. The players were mostly good. Some have been picked up by the Atlantic League. Quality of play was good.
    However attendance was very low. Newburgh had to become a road team.
    Someone on the Watertown Buck staff told me the league plans on being back next year with more teams.

    Gene

  2. John

    They played about 10-12. Players and coaches never got paid. They played in T-shirts with no numbers. A friend of one of the league’s founders encouraged parents to donate “north of a thousand” to keep the league going, on Facebook. The league was a joke.

  3. wonders if they played any games?

    • Edward

      Yes, I actually attended one in West Plains. The whole thing felt like it was thrown together at the last minute, probably because it was almost literally thrown together at the last minute.
      First the game time was changed day of the game. Also there were no rosters available so keeping score and following the game was definitely out. When the game started I realized rosters would not have mattered since the players wore team t-shirts with no numbers. That and the fact the players did not wear team hats, just whatever hat they had brought with them, made the game feel more like a pick-up or rec league game. The field, a high school field, was way too small for pro ball (300 foul poles, 360 center) although for high school baseball it actually is pretty nice.
      The action on the field wasn’t bad as the game was low scoring with some nice defense displayed. I certainly feel for the players and coaches who I’m sure expected better.
      Besides talent, professional baseball requires financing, marketing and planning and this league had none of those.

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