Mid-October Recap For The Independent Pro Baseball Industry

A lot of industry insiders knew that this off-season promised to be one of the more intriguing ones in terms of business development, player numbers, front office changes, expansion, and more.  The last off-season which had this much potential for change was the 2010 off-season.  Going back in history, the end of the 2010 season saw changes affecting every league … Continue reading

Lancaster Barnstormers Championship Ends 2014 Independent Baseball Season

The 2014 independent professional baseball season is now completed, with the upcoming development and fall/winter/spring leagues starting soon.  The Lancaster Barnstormers won the 2014 Atlantic League title, defeating the Sugar Land Skeeters (story here).  This was the last league to complete its season, with the six other independent leagues having finished their post-season games in recent weeks. The Barnstormers have … Continue reading

2014 Independent Baseball Playoffs Update

Earlier this week, the Rockland Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League championship by defeating the New Jersey Jackals.  The Boulders won the seven-game series by a margin of four games to two.  Here are the links of interest: http://www.canamleague.com/cgi-bin/dist/news_new.cgi?id=1410230518 http://rocklandboulders.com/pressbox/features/index.html?article_id=905#.VBG6-2MdPIU The Boulders victory marks the first Can-Am League championship since 2008 that a team other than Quebec won the league’s … Continue reading

In Memory – Ken Shepard

We at IndependentBaseball.net want to express our deepest condolences to the family of Ken Shepard, his friends and the Bridgeport Bluefish organization.  He passed away this Friday after a long battle with cancer, while still acting as the GM for the Bluefish this year. http://www.bridgeportbluefish.com/blog/post/541/bluefish-gm-ken-shepard-passes-away http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/Shepard-on-bout-with-cancer-I-m-in-a-great-5649504.php The Bluefish will have “Ken Shepard Day” on September 14.  Pete Rose is scheduled … Continue reading

San Rafael Pacifics Win 2014 Pacific Association Championship

The San Rafael Pacifics won the 2014 Pacific Association championship over the weekend.  They came from behind in the final game to defeat the Vallejo Admirals by a final score of 11-8. Here is the relevant information: Championship team photo + game recap and interviews Box score from championship game The Pacifics have been added to the list of historical … Continue reading

Santa Fe Fuego Win 2014 Pecos League Championship

The Santa Fe Fuego defeated the Alpine Cowboys to win the best-of-three 2014 Pecos League Championship.  The final score of the last game was 7-3.  Here is the box score and the recaps on the team’s website and the Pecos League website: Box score for 2014 Pecos League championship game Announcement and photo on league website Announcement on Fuego website … Continue reading

Recap Of Independent Baseball For July 2014

The professional independent baseball season is about to wrap up the July 2014 month, so this post will touch on the recent developments across the industry.  Most of this post will focus on the business end and how it may affect you, the fan or industry insider, and how you experience games in the future.  Players being signed to affiliate … Continue reading

New 2015 Independent Baseball Landscape Changes

The landscape for the 2015 independent baseball season looks to be very interesting.  Some of the information is still private or uncertain, but here is the breakdown of interesting happenings for 2015: Atlantic League will likely have the Virginia Beach Neptunes ready to play.  This should be interesting if a 10th Atlantic League team comes into the picture, although which … Continue reading

Specialty Uniforms And The Next Evolution For Them

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of specialty, promotional uniforms across all of minor league baseball including the independent leagues.  Here are just some of the announcements: San Rafael Pacifics announced that they will wear women’s baseball uniform dresses (akin to the movie “A League Of Their Own”) as a promotion for raising money for breast cancer survivors.  … Continue reading

Billionaire Wins Game For Rockland Boulders

Last week, Korean billionaire Hur Min used his knuckleball to earn the victory for the Rockland Boulders.  He earned the win over the defending Can-Am League champions, the Quebec Capitales. He went 6 innings, giving up 10 hits, 6 earned runs, walked 4 and struck out 1.  Here is the box score from the game: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=176121 The Korea Herald did … Continue reading