A Look At 2015 For Independent Baseball

With the 2014 independent professional baseball season about to start this week with the Atlantic League, we decided to take a preview of the independent baseball landscape for 2014 off-season and into 2015.  Here are the things to keep an eye on for each league (with much more to come), in alphabetical order (current league first): AMERICAN ASSOCIATION The AA … Continue reading

New Ownership For The Vallejo Admirals

Longtime owner of west coast independent baseball teams, Robert Young, is now the owner of the Vallejo Admirals in the Pacific Association.  This is both confirmed by a local news article and Young’s name now on the Admirals website.  Tito and Alma Fuentes will remain as co-General Managers for the Admirals. Of interest is that Young owned the two Hawaii … Continue reading

ULB Announces New Team For 2014

The Fort Worth Cats yesterday announced the release of the schedule for its home games for the United League Baseball 2014 season.  The 4 teams in the circuit were announced as: Fort Worth Cats Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (Harlingen) San Angelo Colts Mexico Paisanos (to be based in Harlingen) Whether the Paisanos will be a pure travel team or have … Continue reading

Possible New Pacific Association City

The city of Pittsburg, California may be the home of a new Pacific Association team this year.  It came out recently that the city council will be hearing a proposal for the team and upward of $350,000 in field renovations to get the facility up to par for professional baseball. The Pacific Association’s website doesn’t have anything posted yet on … Continue reading

Frontier League April Fool’s Joke – A Quick Analysis

The Frontier League initiated a social media joke in the last 24-48 hours which an attempt to get some humor during the April Fools Day spirit.  The league, through its teams, issued a press release indicating that it would start all at-bats with a 1-1 count in order to speed up games.  Quotes from league officials, team officials and managers … Continue reading

Somerset Patriots Launch SPN.tv Network

The Somerset Patriots made a large step forward this week to grow the independent baseball landscape with the launch of SPN.tv – the official media network of the team. Here is the video clip of the highlights from the announcement: So far the team has the infrastructure for the “Brett Jodie Show”, the “Sparky Lyle Show” and other non-game video … Continue reading

Both Hawaii Teams Suspend Operations For 2014

Earlier this week, the two Hawaii teams in the Pacific Association announced that they will suspend operations for the 2014 season.  The owner of both teams, Bob Young, said that the teams may be part of a new Hawaii and Pacific Rim combined independent league for 2015, but no information on that has yet to emerge. Here are the articles … Continue reading

Hints Of Reducing Fragmentation Between The Leagues

One aspect this website has long promoted is the reduction in the “fragmentation” between the independent leagues.  While much of the fragmentation has its roots in the early days of this version of independent baseball (1993 onward), the problems of why independent baseball hasn’t made huge strides in the minds of fans around the country may begin to start to … Continue reading

Tracy McGrady ESPN Features After Making Skeeters Spring Training

Former NBA player Tracy McGrady has been given the invitation to be on the spring training roster for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League.  Here are the two ESPN features on him: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10583349/sugar-land-skeeters-invite-tracy-mcgrady-camp ESPN video on Facebook Of interest in the first video, around the 2:20 mark he mentions that he worked with longtime pitching instructor, Tom House.  … Continue reading