Pitcher Gives Insights As To Playing Independent Baseball

Dylan Badura was a pitcher last year for the Tiffin Saints of the short-lived Ohio-area “Independent Baseball League”.  He currently is scheduled to be on the spring training roster of the Road City Explorers of the new East Coast Baseball League (ECBL). He wrote a brief article about life in the lower levels of the independent pro baseball industry, and … Continue reading

56 Year Old Knuckleball Pitcher Trying Out In Pacific Association

Here is an interesting story.  A 56 year-old pitcher is attempting to play in the Pacific Association by trying out for the Vallejo Admirals.  He talks about his journey with independent teams in the 1980’s (before the 1993 inception of independent baseball) and several other factors including his switch from outfielder to pitcher. This link will take you to the … Continue reading

Updated List Of 2015 Independent Baseball Teams

This year’s updated list of independent baseball teams reflects several changes across the industry.  Included are the three main “unknown variables” for this season:  East Coast Baseball League, Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League, and the Ozarks Professional Baseball League. Here is the updated list of teams for 2015 as of the time of this post: http://www.independentbaseball.net/teams/   Here are the … Continue reading

New Voices Covering The Independent Baseball Leagues

This offseason has seen an increase in activity on social media talking about the independent leagues.  There are active forum groups, Facebook groups, new bloggers covering the game and much more. This is both good and bad for the independent baseball industry IF the goals are to: see independent baseball players gain more legitimacy for their willingness to play in … Continue reading

Resources For Independent Baseball Updates During The Holidays

In addition to the OSC news updates on the sidebar of this website, there are several other places to get specific pieces of news from the independent baseball industry.  Some of them include player updates who are in winter ball, developmental league information, and the league/team websites themselves.  The latter can be found here:  http://www.independentbaseball.net/teams Here are some of those … Continue reading

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