The defunct, one-and-done North Country Baseball League, which emerged from Colin Cummins’ failed effort to launch the East Coast Baseball League, has become The Empire Professional Baseball League. Eddie Gonzalez, Director of Baseball Operations, had this to say in an e-mail:
“[W]e have merged over with the newly established Empire Baseball League. We wanted to let you know that the league will be better then ever with a true focus on professional player development and career advancement. This is the exact same league as the North Country Baseball League re-branded as The Empire Professional Baseball League.”
The league will operate with four teams, including the Watertown (NY) Bucks, Old Orchard Beach (ME) Surge, Rome (NY) City Explorers, and Albany (NY) Wild. Read announcement here. In related news, Matthew Snyder has joined the organization as director of business administration. Read announcement here. Thanks to John Cerone for sharing the e-mail.