PRESS RELEASE – The Great West League made a bold statement today by welcoming the established Medford Rogues to the fold. The Rogues, one of the top teams in the West Coast League, join the new summer collegiate wood-bat league immediately.
The Rogues began play in 2013 and have consistently recruited top players and have been a success at the gate. “The Medford Rogues are one of the finest franchises in all of summer collegiate wood-bat baseball and we could not be happier that the Rogues will be part of the Great West League,” said GWL President Ken Wilson. “CSH International is a quality owner that cares about the community, and they are a wonderful partner for our league.”
“We are excited about the move to the GWL, we feel this is best for our business model, less travel for the players, and markets closer to Medford so we can establish closer rivals for our fans. This is a league that has superb ownership groups and baseball people running franchises which makes the Great West League very attractive for Medford”, stated Gary Gelinas, president of the Rogues.
The GWL now has six teams and will begin play in June of next year. The Medford Rogues join the Chico Heat, Lodi Crushers, Marysville GoldSox, Portland Pickles and Sacramento. The addition of the Rogues gives the league four teams in California and two in Oregon.
“We have fabulous owners, terrific markets with exceptional facilities, easy travel and top coaching,” noted Wilson. “We feel our league provides the best opportunity for top college players to improve their game and move on to a career in professional baseball.”