Onondaga Flames Join PGCBL

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PRESS RELEASE – The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is proud to announce the newest addition to its roster, the Onondaga Flames.

The Flames will join 13 other upstate New York franchises in one of the fastest growing summer collegiate leagues in the country. Just having completed its sixth year, the PGCBL has grown from 8 to 14 teams and had more than 250 alumni play professional baseball.

The Flames will be operated by Wayne and Alyce Walker.

onondaga-flames-logo“I spent all summer watching PGCBL games and talking to the owners of several franchises. The players were high quality and the management top notch. We are delighted to join them,” said Walker, the team president.

The team will play its home games at the Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex, which is adjacent to the Onondaga Nation, an original member of the Iroquois Confederacy.

“The Onondaga Nation continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all the Six Nations in Grand Council. They are keepers of the Central Fire and we have chosen to honor their role by naming our team the Flames,” explained Walker.

“The Onondaga CC Baseball complex is the best campus baseball facility in upstate New York. The Flames are going to attract some superb talent based on their facility alone. We expect them to compete for a PGCBL title in year one,” said PGCBL President Jeff Kunion.

The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent scouting service. Its alumni include more than 1,500 PGCBL/PG participants who were either drafted by MLB or played professional baseball.

For more information about the PGCBL, visit http://www.pgcbl.com and follow the league on Twitter, @PGCBLbaseball.

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14 responses to “Onondaga Flames Join PGCBL

  1. bball35

    Teams like Amsterdam, Elmira, Glens Falls, Oneonta were all minor league ballparks and the town still runs its like so. These teams going into small college fields do not have the same feel. I know when you go to these old NYPL ballparks the old timers still think its minor league baseball

    • tenaciouspuma

      bball, now that Watertown has kicked out another team the race will be on to put a franchise in there for a year or two. That’s what these leagues do, just throw teams in markets that suck and pray they hold on…any predictions??

      • eastfirst107

        Watertown’s actually a good summer college market, and supported the PGCBL/NYCBL very well for 15 years or so.

        It would probably be better off lying fallow for a season or two before getting back into summer college, but with the NYCBL and PGCBL in competition for markets, that may not happen. But even if someone went there for 2017, a good operation would do fine there.

      • tenaciouspuma

        I dont know east man. Seems when watertown turned over in admin. At the city level it all went to crap. Ur right though, they did have it going well there. Could be unrecoverable.

      • bball35

        I know when Watertown was NYCBL it has good attendance and I know a few players that loved playing there. The summer I played in NYCBL it was one of the better places in the league to play at. New ownership seemed to ruin that though.

    • eastfirst107

      Kicking the PGCBL out wasn’t the brightest move from the city’s perspective, you’re right, but as far as “all going to crap,” the incompetence and cluelessness of the North Country and Empire League folks had a lot more to do with that than anything the city did afterwards.

      Damaged, yes; unrecoverable, no.

      • tenaciouspuma

        bball, it was better when it went to the pgcbl and they had it going very well. my family used to have season tickets. a lot changed politically up there and at the end of the day we decided after one ‘pro’ game to spend our baseball dollars with syracuse triple a.

  2. tenaciouspuma

    Mark is right. Although Onondaga plays in Cuse, there are other teams there, the park doesn’t seat many and let’s face it, they won’t draw flies. No clue why Victor was added, crappy HS field and no fans. It seems that all the league is doing is trying to add teams and not worry about how good they are. They should just combine with NYCBL.

    • eastfirst107

      Generally, as long as they get their cut of the expansion fee, the other owners in the league don’t really care if another club draws well or not – it’s not their money that’s being lost.

      • tenaciouspuma

        I can’t imagine that their is much of a cut for expansion fees either. Let’s face it, this league was supposed to mirror, (as advertised) the Northwoods but there is no way Victor, Adirondack, Onondaga, Saugerties or Geneva (who was awful last year) could have paid much to go into the league. From what I understand, the basic business plan is charge players well over $1000 and try to travel as little as possible. Certainly not a Northwoods type blueprint.

  3. Mark

    I don’t understand the PGCBL’s recent editions of Saugerties, Victor and now Onondaga. These towns are very small and not likely to post decent attendance numbers.

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