The clubhouse and office at Bringhurst Field, former home of the Alexandria Aces in Alexandria (LA), went up in flames around noon on Saturday. The fire, which is still under investigation, reportedly resulted in a total loss of the building. Numerous folks have chimed in, including Eric Moran, majority owner of the dormant Texas Collegiate League version of the Aces, and “former” indy pro United League executive Craig Brasfield. Read more here.
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Work to replace the grandstand at historic Apodaca Park, home of the start-up Pecos League’s Las Cruces (NM) Vaqueros, is now underway. As previously reported, a structural analysis determined that the seating area had to be replaced. The new bleachers will seat about 360. The second-year Vaqueros played in the defunct Continental Baseball League last season. Read more and view photo here.
Okay, so we’ve seen a lot of speculation about markets, the naming of teams before they were locked in, and all kinds of uncertainty, but the new Pecos League, which emerged from the wreckage of the defunct Continental Baseball League, will apparently operate with six teams in 2011, including the Alpine Cowboys, Carlsbad Bats, Clovis Pioneers, Las Cruces Vaqueros, Roswell Invaders, and White Sands Pupfish. The Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs was formed today with 8 teams, 6 franchises and 2 travel teams. The Pecos League is where the Land of Enchantment meets the Lone Star State, this West Texas/New Mexico League will feature the Las Cruces Vaqueros, White Sands Pupfish, Roswell Invaders, Del Rio Gunslingers, Alpine Cowboys, Clovis Pioneers are host franchises. Odessa Continue reading
There will be a meeting in Alpine (TX) today to discuss the possible formation of a new team in the Pecos League, which emerged from the ruins of the defunct Continental Baseball League. The CBL’s Big Bend Cowboys are apparently not going to be part of the new Pecos. In fact, a new team called the Alpine 06 Cowboys appears as one of the “Accepted Teams” on the Pecos League website. Read more here.
The Alamogordo Daily News is in support of the new Pecos League’s White Sands Pupfish coming to Alamogordo (TX). The paper takes issue with those who argue that the level of ball will be “semi-pro” and not “professional,” and tries to dispel the rumor that the city is offering a financial incentive to entice the league to come to town. Read more here.
The defunct Continental Baseball League’s Big Bend (Alpine, TX) Cowboys will apparently not be part of the burgeoning Pecos League. This is unfortunate, as the CBL Cowboys have the only non-amateurish branding in the Continental or the new Pecos. The franchise will be replaced by the non-profit Alpine 06 Cowboys, which are named after the regionally infamous Kokernot 06 Ranch. Continue reading
It appears that the new Houston-based Pecos League that is set to replace the failed Continental Baseball League will begin play next season with 12 teams. The teams involved give the appearance that the operation will be a rickety one out of the starting gate, but we’ll reserve judgement. Read more here. One of the teams will apparently be the Pueblo (CO) Wranglers, which have an amateur website up and Continue reading
Sources tell us that the struggling four-team (only two with permanent homes) Continental Baseball League is done. This appears to be supported by the news that the CBL is ending its season early, and that the inaugural Las Cruces (NM) Vaqueros have accepted an offer to join another league. Read more here. The immediate assumption would be that the Vaqueros’ new league is the Continue reading
As the Continental Baseball League scrambles far and wide to find permanent homes for two of its four franchises and potential expansion markets, it does not appear that size matters. The CBL is reportedly interested in playing at the new Fuller Park in the tiny western Oklahoma town of Woodward (pop. 12,229). Read more here.
With only two teams with permanent homes, the Las Cruces (NM) Vaqueros and the Big Bend (Alpine, TX) Cowboys, the four team Continental Baseball League is still struggling for survival. Matters were apparently made worse when the CBL’s reported deal with the New York State League to own and operate the inaugural Desert Valley Mountain Lions fell apart. The club is primarily a road team operating Continue reading
For reasons not reported publicly, the New York State League will no longer be operating the Continental Baseball League’s Desert Valley Mountain Lions nor the West Texas Road Hogs. The Mountain Lions website has been replaced with team’s former introductory site with the blue lion logo, and the Road Hogs logo is nowhere to be found. The Coastal Kingfish traveling team has reappeared as a member of the CBL’s four team lineup for 2010.
The Continental Baseball League’s Las Cruces Vaqueros will have beer and wine available during their inaugural season. On Monday, the Las Cruces City Council approved a resolution allowing The Game Sports Bar and Grill to sell alcohol at Apodoca Park during Vaqueros’ baseball games. Read more here.
With the Alexandria Aces departing for the Texas Collegiate League, the Continental Baseball League has been left with only two teams with permanent homes — the returning Big Bend (Alpine, TX) Cowboys and the expansion Las Cruces Vaqueros owned by Beach City, Texas, Realtor Andrew Dunn. A possible entry for 2010 could be the Desert Valley Mountain Lions, which appear to be the second CBL franchise for Dunn, who registered www.dvlions.com on Valentine’s Day. Continue reading
In a search for league stability and a viable travel schedule, the Alexandria (LA) Aces have ended their relationship with the independent professional Continental Baseball League and joined the Texas Collegiate League for the 2010 season. This will bring the TCL lineup to seven teams, with a number of new franchises lining up for 2011. Continue reading
Word on the street has it that the Continental Baseball League’s South Louisiana Pipeliners will not be returning to play in 2010. The team’s logo has been removed from the CBL’s and Las Cruces (NM) Vaqueros’ websites. Continue reading
As we reported back in November, the Continental Baseball League’s Bay Area Toros have folded up shop. In a story today, the owners of the Toros discuss their status, financials, and travel costs that they expect would have tripled this year with the CBL’s expanded footprint. Team owners hope to make a return in 2011, although it is not clear if it would be as a CBL club or not. Read more here.
The Alexandria (LA) Aces from the independent Continental Baseball League will play 40 games at home and 20 on the road for the 2010 season. Visiting teams include the Road Hogs and Pavement Crushers, which we understand to be traveling clubs. The Aces will also play a home stand against Desert Valley (host community unknown). The schedule includes home and away games against “Texas.” Continue reading
There is no question that the independent professional Continental Baseball League is fighting for survival and credibility. Like the many defunct independent pro leagues of the recent two decades, the Continental is beginning to pollute markets along the way as it struggles to find one or two successful franchises on which to springboard to the next level. Unfortunately, for 2010, we are likely to see more of the same.
Former vice presidenial candidate Sarah Palin has nothing on the Continental Baseball League with her new book Going Rogue. While there is no new best-seller out about the struggling CBL, word on the street has it that the league’s Bay Area Toros and Texarkana Gunslingers will not be returning in 2010. This will undoubtedly exacerbate travel issues for the league, with miles and miles of open range between two teams in Louisiana and three teams in West Texas and New Mexico.
While the website for the Continental Baseball League’s Bay Area (Texas City, TX) Toros is still up and running, the website for the new team in Las Cruces, NM indicates that there will be six teams operating in the league in 2010, including returning teams Alexandria Aces, Big Bend (Alpine, TX) Cowboys, Texarkana Gunslingers, South Louisiana Pipeliners, and a new franchise called the West Texas Road Hogs. We are not sure where the Road Hogs will play their home dates. Because of the name, we are speculating that the team might be a travling squad.
The Continental Baseball League’s Texarkana Gunslingers are being sued by former field manager Steve ‘Rainbow’ Trout for not providing adequate security when he was allegedly beaten during an onfield fight between the Gunslingers and now-defunct Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs in 2008. The Gunslingers were also apparently not carrying workers’ compensation insurance at the time. Read more here.
The independent Continental Baseball League has put the Coastal Kingfish, a traveling team, up for sale. The hope here is to keep the club around as a road team for the 2010 season. Continue reading
There are a few details to apprently work out, but the Continental Baseball League will add Las Cruces, NM to their lineup in 2010. Andrew Dunn, a real estate executive from Beach City, TX near Houston will own the franchise. The team will play at 1,233-seat Apodaca Park. Read more here.
Ron Baron, president of the independent professional Continental Baseball League, will come before the Las Cruces City Council at 1:oo p.m. today present a plan to bring a new team to Las Cruces. This may be just a formality, as there is already a website and merchandise for the team at www.lascrucesvaqueros.com. Because this move will greatly expand the footprint of the league, this could make a struggling league, with struggling teams, struggle even more. Read more here.
The independent professional Continental Baseball League is apparently close to locking in Las Cruces, NM as an expansion market for 2010. League president Ron Baron expects to make a formal announcement next week. The team will be called the Las Cruces Vaqueros. This move is concerning, Continue reading
The ownership group for the Continental Baseball Leagues’s Alexandria Aces is offering to sell up to 23% of the team to local fans to raise extra capital to “shore up” the operation. The team has been valued at $207,000. A fan could buy into the team for as little as $300 for what amounts to one of 690 shares of the team. The team hopes to raise $47,610. Read more here.