Category Archives: Summer Leagues

MLB causing trouble with Cape Cod League

Everyone that visits this blog knows I am a big supporter of the Cape Cod Baseball League which is one of the top collegiate summer leagues in the country. MLB has decided to force the CCBL to pay them a rights fee as six of the teams use the same nicknames as MLB teams. Also, MLB wants the teams to buy merchandise from their vendor and sell it at the games instead of using the local vendors who make materials for the teams. The Cape Cod Times has a great article on this topic which can be read here. I think MLB should focus on more important things like cleaning up their own sport.

Baseball America Preseason All-Americans

Baseball America has put out their Preseason All-American list lead by Justin Smoak (South Carolina) and Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt). Both players are expected to become top 5 picks in the 2008 MLB Draft in the springtime. Miami first baseman Yonder Alonso was the other corner infielder on the team leaving Brett Wallace (Arizona State) off the squad. The middle infielders are Gordon Beckham (UGA) and Jemile Weeks (Miami FL). The outfielders are teammates Kyle Russell and Jordan Danks of Texas. The team is filled out by Dennis Raben of Miami (FL). The biggest snub on the team is Dominic De La Osa (Vanderbilt). The pitching for the squad is led by Aaron Crow of Missouri after an unbelievable summer in the CCBL. The other pitchers are Christian Friedich of Eastern Kentucky, Brett Hunter of Pepperdine, Brian Matusz of San Diego, and Ryan Perry of Arizona. How is Jacob Thompson (UVA) left off the team? He has had two outstanding seasons in a very competitive ACC. Zach Putnam of Michigan is listed as the utility man after a strong NCAA tourney last season.

Full Release
All-American teams can be viewed here.

Hyannis Mets Fundraiser

The Hyannis Mets will be running a fundraiser on March 9th where the proceeds will go to the renovations at McKeon Park. The event will take place at The Roadhouse Cafe in Hyannis from 4pm-6pm. They will have hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar while presenting the 2008 roster and other news around the Mets program. The flyer for the event is available in PDF format and for more information contact Kim Wolfe by email.

Springfield back in Central Illinois Collegiate League

FROM SPRINGFIELD JOURNAL-REGISTER
Springfield Sliders co-owner Jesse Bolder confirmed it by telephone Friday afternoon while attending the American Baseball Coaches Association convention with other CICL owners in Philadelphia.

“It is definite, and we are tickled pink,” Bolder said. “Everything has gone through. I’m meeting with fellow owners and commissioner (Frank Pergolizzi) here in Philadelphia, and everything is great.” Continue reading Springfield back in Central Illinois Collegiate League

East Texas Gets A Baseball Franchise To Call Its Own

FROM PRESS RELEASE
Kilgore, TX (January 16, 2008) – “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” will have a new ring for East Texas residents beginning this summer, breathing new life into an ageless Kilgore landmark.

A new summer collegiate baseball franchise is coming to East Texas this summer, it was announced at a press conference this afternoon. The new team will play at Kilgore’s Driller Park, returning a summer baseball franchise back to the ballpark for the first time since 1950. Continue reading East Texas Gets A Baseball Franchise To Call Its Own

Eric Williams named as Alexandria Aces First Manager

eric-williams-alexandria-aces-2008-inaugural-season-manager-1.jpgFROM PRESS RELEASE
Alexandria, VA – Saturday, December 8, 2007 – The Alexandria Aces Collegiate Summer Baseball Club, the eighth and newest franchise of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League, is proud to announce Eric Williams as the team’s first manager for its upcoming 2008 inaugural season.

“We have a very strong leader with Eric Williams, a guy who definitely knows his way around the bases,” said Aces chairman and CEO Donald R. Dinan. “Eric has a vast wealth of skill and knowledge when it comes to coaching baseball and we’re proud to have him as the first skipper of our ball club.” Continue reading Eric Williams named as Alexandria Aces First Manager

Alexandria Aces Officially Debut ‘Where Legends Begin’ Campaign


FROM PRESS RELEASE
Alexandria, VA – Saturday, September 8, 2007 – The Alexandria Aces Collegiate Summer Baseball Club, the eighth and newest franchise of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League, officially debut their ‘Where Legends Begin’ campaign as a part of the team’s ramp up to their 2008 inaugural season.

“Alexandria, Virginia will be a place ‘where legends begin’ for collegiate baseball players,’ said Alexandria Aces chairman and CEO Don Dinan. “We want players to know that the Aces will provide them with an excellent opportunity to showcase their skills to major league scouts. Alexandria will become a launching point for careers where players can shine in the summer spotlight. The Aces will diligently work hard to build a solid reputation throughout collegiate summer baseball so that Alexandria is known as a place ‘ where legends begin.’

The Alexandria Aces Collegiate Summer Baseball Club will play their 2008 inaugural season in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. Other teams in the league are the Bethesda Big Train, College Park Bombers, Herndon Braves, Maryland Redbirds, Rockville Express, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and Youse’s Maryland Orioles.

Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League website: http://www.ripkensrcollegebaseball.org

Alexandria Aces Release New ‘A’ Logo

FROM PRESS RELEASE
Alexandria, VA – Friday, September 7, 2007 – The Alexandria Aces Collegiate Summer Baseball Club, the eighth and newest franchise of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League, today officially releases its new ‘A’ logo for the team’s upcoming 2008 inaugural season.

The ‘A’, representing the city of Alexandria, Virginia, will be worn on the team’s home pinstripe uniforms, ball caps, as well as batting practice tee shirts and shorts. ‘ALEXANDRIA’ will be worn on Aces road gray uniforms. The Aces team colors are midnight blue, gray/silver and white.

Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League website: http://www.ripkensrcollegebaseball.org