PRESS RELEASE – Today marks a momentous occasion in Normal CornBelters baseball history, as the announcement has been made that they will begin play in 2019 as members of the summer collegiate Prospect League. It is also being announced that the Corn Crib is being sold to Corn Crib Associates and that the Normal Prospect League Membership will now be operated by Normal Corn Belters Baseball, including Mr. Rick DeStefane, Mr. Jimmie Louthan and Mr. Matt Stembridge. All three are current members and operators of Prospect League teams in Hannibal, MO and Quincy, Illinois.
Prospect League Commissioner Dennis Bastien enthusiastically spoke of the decision and the growth and upgrading of the league with the addition of the Corn Crib and the Cornbelters. “Words cannot express the thrill and pride by which this announcement is being made. Steve Malliett and I have known each other for several years and we are keenly aware of the professional operation by which the Cornbelters have evolved. To say that they are being welcomed with open arms would be a major understatement. Our league is being elevated by the addition of what might be one of the finest facilities in all of summer collegiate baseball in the Corn Crib. Being a ballpark fan, I have been here several times and have marveled at this ballpark and all of its’ features. Cornbelters fans will be amazed at the quality of play of high level collegiate players we have, as well as building fierce rivalries with identifiable teams in Springfield, Danville, Quincy, plus the rest of the league members. The bonus in all of this is the highly respected new ownership operator group here. Rick, Matt and Jimmie will definitely put their stamp all over this already successful franchise,” Bastien stated.
CEO of Corn Crib and Associates/Cornbelters Baseball Rick DeStefane spoke of the acquisition: “Baseball is here to stay in Normal, Illinois” he said.
A member of the new ownership group, Jimmie Louthan commented: “We strongly believe the passion these athletes will bring to the field everyday will translate into a high energy and exciting atmosphere for the whole family. We look forward to not only building the Corn Belters into a successful baseball team but also making the team and stadium a viable asset for the city and surrounding area.”
Prospect League President and Terre Haute Rex owner/operator Bruce Rosselli proudly spoke in glowing terms of the Cornbelters addition to the PL. ” This transaction with the Cornbelters is a historical moment for our league. I speak for all of our teams when I say, “Welcome Normal fans to the exciting Prospect League”, Rosselli noted.
The Prospect League just completed its’ 10th season and is known for its’ outstanding facilities.
For further information, contact:
Dennis Bastien, Commissioner
The Prospect League
P.O. Box 84
Elkville, IL 62932