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: Continue reading
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The Watertown Bucks will not be returning for a second season at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown (NY) next year. Owner Bruce Zicari notified city officials on Monday of his decision to cease operations of both the team and the North Country Baseball League after playing their inaugural 2015 season. Read more here. Watch news report here.
The first-year North County Baseball League wrapped up the season on Sunday, with the homeless Newburgh Newts capturing the NCBL title. What’s next remains to be seen, but Cheeseburger Cheeseburger founder and league savior Bruce Zicari is cautiously optimistic about the circuit’s future. Watch news report here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Rising from the ashes of the failed start-up East Coast Baseball League, the first-year North Country Baseball League managed to finish the 2015 regular season with playoffs starting Wednesday. Watch news report here. As we said, it would take subsidy from Cheeseburger Cheeseburger founder Bruce Zicari for the circuit to survive. Read about the NCBL season saga here. Thanks to John Cerone for the second link.
Three weeks into the season, Watertown Daily News sportswriter Chris Fitzgerald takes a look at the first-year Watertown Bucks and rookie General Manager Matt McClusky, as the franchise tries to survive the early collapse of the start-up East Coast Baseball League in the desperately formed, four-team (including one travel club) North Country Baseball League. Read more here.
No surprise here, but the start-up East Coast Baseball League has crashed and burned before playing a single inning, thanks to overly confident, novice founder Colin Cummins. In fact, he admitted to the Portland Press Herald, “It’s my fault.” Yes it is, and he was warned, no matter the excuse about losing a “chief investor.” Picking up the pieces, Watertown Bucks owner Bruce Zicari decided to Continue reading
Watertown Bucks owner Bruce Zicari has confirmed that his team, scheduled to start play Sunday, has “definitely” parted ways with the start-up East Coast Baseball League. He is now leading an effort to create a new independent league, which would be comprised of four teams. Read more here.
The town of Old Orchard Beach (ME), the Ballpark commission, and the start-up East Coast Baseball League have reached an agreement to bring a franchise to The Ballpark this summer. Read more here. The team will be known as the Surge.
Great day in Old Orchard Beach. Lisa MacNeill is the winner of the Name the Team Contest. Please welcome SURGE. pic.twitter.com/7AaL0K2lNF
The Old Orchard Beach (ME) council voted Tuesday night to approve a resolution to authorize Town Manager Larry Mead to enter into a contract agreement with Niagara Professional Baseball Group, the founding body of the start-up East Coast Baseball League, for the use of The Ballpark. Read more here (subscription required).
The newest franchise in the start-up East Coast Baseball League will be known as the Watertown Bucks. The team will play at Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown (NY). Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.
The owner of a fledgling East Coat Baseball League based in Canada is interested in bringing a team to Old Orchard Beach (ME) to play next summer at The Ballpark, after the summer collegiate Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (Futures Collegiate Baseball League) were sold and moved to Bristol (CT). Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Bruce Zicari, founder and CEO of a chain of family restaurants, Cheeseburger Cheeseburger based in Naples (FL) and located in 16 states, has expressed interest in bringing a team to Watertown (NY) as a member of the start-up East Coast Baseball League. A franchise from the ECBL, PGCBL or NYCBL could replace the departed Watertown Rams at Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Read more here. UPDATE: Watertown picks ECBL. Read more here.
Three baseball leagues have expressed interest in bringing a team to the city that would replace the summer collegiate Watertown Rams (Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League) at Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, including the Perfect Game, New York Collegiate Baseball League, and start-up East Coast Baseball League. Last month, the city severed ties with the Rams over several issues. Read more here.
The start-up East Coast Baseball League has announced that Waterloo (ON) will join the Niagara Wild and Newburgh Newts as the third franchise in the developing circuit. While the team has been announced, the press release leads us to believe that a lease to use Bechtel Park has not been finalized. By the way, it’s almost a 7.5 hour drive between Waterloo and Newburgh (NY). Thanks to John Cerone for the update.
PRESS RELEASE – The East Coast Baseball League (ECBL), a new professional independent league, is pleased to announce their first two franchises in Newburgh, New York and Welland, Ontario. Continue reading
We’re not sure how legitimate this is, but a new independent professional league called the East Coast Baseball League is being proposed. As usual, we’ll take a wait-and-see approach, but it’s a red flag when information about the founder(s) is non-existent. It’s also a red flag when a new league is seeking “Player Data” on the front page of their website. That’s the last thing they should be worrying about at this juncture. View website here.