The Sacramento club is led by Leon Lee, a one-time baseball star in Japan, a veteran scout and long-time proponent of amateur baseball in the Sacramento area. Lee is partnering with local real estate developer Vujadin Jovic.
The team is the fifth to join the new summer college wood-bat league, following the Chico Heat, the Lodi Crushers, the Marysville GoldSox and the Portland Pickles. A sixth team will be named soon. The GWL begins play next June and will play a 60-game schedule.
“The Great West League is a terrific fit for what we’re doing in Sacramento,” said Lee. “We’re always promoting baseball and working with kids in this area, and having a GWL team is the icing on the cake.” Lee, who played in Japan from 1978 – 1987 and eventually coached and managed in Japan, is a key member of Baseball 360, which encourages youngsters to play baseball. “We’re excited to be able to promote baseball to the kids and provide affordable family entertainment.”
“We are thrilled to bring Leon Lee and Vujadin Jovic into the Great West League,” added Ken Wilson, Great West League President. “We believe having our product in Sacramento, along with the Pacific Coast League team, will work well to serve the citizens of the area.”
The club expects to name a General Manager in the near future and will hold a contest to select a nickname for the team.
The team is finalizing plans for a playing site and expects to have an announcement in the next few weeks.