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The IBL is the New Independent Baseball League in Town


There is a new league in town, independent league that is. The newly formed Independent Baseball League or IBL for short. Play starts this summer with teams located in Ohio and Michigan.

The IBL kicks off the 2014 season joining a laundry list of other independent leagues throughout the country. The IBL will start with four teams. The locations include Tiffin, Ohio; Marion, Ohio; Adrian, Michigan, and a traveling Ohio team. The league hopes to expand in 2015 into three divisions, but we will have to wait and see how successful it can be.

The area is no stranger to professional baseball. Marion, Ohio was once the home of the Marion Red Sox of the old Ohio-Indiana League in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Baseball extends back to the turn of the century with teams playing in the Ohio State League and other leagues dating back to 1900.

The innagural teams in the IBL will be the Tiffin Saints, Shovel City Crawlers (based in Marion), and two other teams to be named. The league will start play in June with each team playing a 36 game season.

It should be interesting to see if the league can survive like other recent start ups including the Pecos League, which is in its fourth season in the southeast.

For more information about the IBL or its teams, visit the league website at IBL-Baseball.com or check them out on Facebook.

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Bill “Spaceman” Lee to Play All Nine Positions in Game with San Rafael Pacifics


Bill “Spaceman” Lee is back at it again. The former MLB pitcher with the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos who is known for being outspoken and at times with some “different” ideas will pitch once again for the San Rafael Pacifics.

Last season Lee broke his own record as the oldest man to win a professional game. He set the record in 2010 at the age of 63. Then last season at the age of 65 he threw a complete game win for San Rafael.

This year he is going to once again play nine innings, but in a different style. Lee will attempt to play all nine positions in Wednesday nights game finishing out on the mound.

Lee says it is a tribute to former Major Leaguers Bert Campaneris and Cesar Tovar. Campaneris did the feat in 1965 with the Athletics during the team’s 103-loss season. Tovar completed the feat two years late while playing with the Twins.

Lee was the designated hitter in last nights game going 2-for-4 with a RBI.

The Pacifics play in the Pacific Associaton, an independent baseball league.

Photo: San Rafael Pacifics

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Minors: United League Holds League Wide Tryouts May 11th and 12th


The United League will kick off its season at the end of the month, however there is still time to find a spot on a roster.

There will be a league wide tryout this weekend on Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12. It will take place at La Grave Field in Ft. Worth, Texas, home of the Ft. Worth Cats.

All league managers will be present with roster sports available for all teams. This is a great way to get exposure and find a spot on one of the teams final roster.

Included in the managers will be the Ft. Worth Cats Jim Essian, a former manager in the Chicago Cubs organization. Ozzie Canseco will also be in attendance as the manager of the Edinburg Roadrunners, and Chris Paterson, who was named to our Top 10 Independent League Managers in 2012, will manage the Rio Grande Valley White Wings.

The registration fee is $150 per player. Registration will start at 8am with the tryouts getting going at 9am.

The 2013 United League season will start May 23rd as Ft. Worth, Rio Grande Valley, and the newest team Alexandria will host their season opener.

For more information, please contact Ron Mondragon at (817) 726-0248 and via Email at rod.mondragon@fwcats.com

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Texas Summer League Announced


With the success of the Texas Winter League, the United League has decided to start the Texas Summer League this July.

The league will give players an opportunity to develop their skills and get instruction from professional independent managers and coaches. So if you are looking to break into the professional ranks and maybe you were overlooked or you just graduated from college, this could be the perfect place for you to get noticed.

The league will run from July 15 to August 7 and at the end of the league the top 5 or 10 players will be selected and placed on a professional team for the final two weeks of the season. All games will take place in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

This is a great way to get started in professional baseball.

For more information visit Texas Summer League

The Texas Summer League is the only league-sponsored summer developmental baseball league. This allows the league to assure the players drafted that they will be added to one of the United League rosters.

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Minors: Rio Grande Valley White Wings Announce New Manager


The Rio Grande Valley White Wings have announced the hiring of manager Chris Paterson for the 2013 United League season.

Paterson has spent the past three seasons managing in the Pecos and Continental Baseball Leagues garnering a pair of manager of the year awards in two different leagues. In 2011, Paterson led the Roswell Invaders to the inaugural Pecos League title. He has also managed in the Arizona Winter League, the California Winter League, the Pecos Spring League, and recently the Texas Winter League.

Paterson played his collegiate years at North Dakota State University where he threw five innings of a combined no-hitter against Creighton in 2008. After graduating, Chris played in several independent leagues before taking his talents overseas.

Overseas Chris played in professional leagues in Germany, Italy, France, and Australia where he maintains many contacts.

While managing, Paterson has also served as a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays and now the Miami Marlins.

Last year, we named Chris to our Top 10 Independent League Managers. He came in at #9 and was one of the youngest managers in the game.

Paterson and the White Wings kick off the season on May 23rd at home against the San Angelo Colts.

White Wings Press Release

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Minors: Ozzie Canseco to Manage Edinburg Roadrunners of ULB


The Edinburg Roadrunners of the United League Baseball have announced its manager for the 2013 season in Ozzie Canseco.

Ozzie Canseco is a former Major League Baseball player with the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals. In addition, he has played professional in Japan and Korea.

Canseco was drafted in 1983 in the second round by the New York Yankees as a pitcher. He would transition to a fielder and make it to the big league in 1990 with Oakland.

In 2000, at age 35, Canseco set the Atlantic League home run record when he clubbed 48 for the Newark Bears.

The Roadrunners will look to defend their 2012 championship starting May 23rd against the Ft. Worth Cats. Edinburg will play an 80-game schedule against five other ULB teams including the Cats, Rio Grand Valley White Wings, San Angelo Colts, Alexandria Aces, and Texas Thunder.

You can find more information about the Roadrunners by visiting www.RoadRunnerBall.com.

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Minors: Rio Grand Valley White Wings Holding Tryout in California


Want to play professional baseball? Here is your chance.

The Rio Grand Valley White Wings of the United Baseball League (formally the North American League) will be hosting a tryout.

The tryout will take place in San Bernardino, California on Sunday April 28th at 10 am. Players can check in at 9 am.

Professional coaches, along with MLB and independent leagues scouts, will be on hand looking to sign players for the 2013 season.

Players will run the 60, take batting practice, throw from the field, and take ground balls and fly balls. Pitchers will throw live and be put on the radar gun.

Selected players may be asked to stay for additional stuff. Players should also bring their own equipment.

Cost is $60 and can be paid at the time of registration. Players will also be asked to sign a liability waiver.

Location:
La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Pkwy, Riverside, CA 92505

The United Baseball League will feature six teams in the 2013 season playing in Texas and Louisiana. You can find out more information about the tryouts on Facebook where you can ask questions if needed.

Or you can email the White Wings manager Chris Paterson at ChrisPaterson12@usa.com

Updated: Date and Location changed

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Book Review: Slouching Toward Fargo


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On the cover it claims it is “A Two-Year Saga of Sinners and St. Paul Saints at the Bottom of the Bush Leagues with Bill Murray, Darryl Strawberry, Dakota Sadie and Me”. The book is Slouching Toward Fargo by Neal Karlen, and I enjoyed every bit of the book except the “Me” part.

The book is about the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League mostly during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The team, and league, were still in its infancy and full of interesting people on and off the field.

How the book started it seems was that writer Neal Karlen was sent by Rolling Stone to do a piece on Bill Murray who was part owner in the club. He was there to do a hatchet job on Murray and as fate would have it on Darryl Strawberry as well.

Over the course of the first year Karlen has some interesting run ins with Murray, Strawberry, as well as others. These stories are entertaining, but I got a little tired of hearing how Karlen was there to do the hatchet job.

The characters of St. Paul were amazing. You have the great Bill Murray who in my book is one of the funniest men of all time. You have Darryl Strawberry who is there trying to make his way back to the Major Leagues by showing that he is now a good guy. Then you have Mike Veeck the president and co-owner of the Saints who had been blackballed from Major League Baseball for things that happened years ago. Not to mention there is an outfielder with no legs, a pig that delivered baseballs, a blind announcer, the first woman player and a nun who gives massages at games.

It’s a cast of characters that would make any story interesting, and Karlen does a good job of writing about this. But what I didn’t like is how Karlen kept inserting himself in the story. As a reader I want to read about the Saints, not how the writer was burned out and didn’t love baseball anymore.

With that being said, the book is still very good. The people of this town and team make this book. Everywhere you turn there seems to be someone just as interesting as the last. You get a taste of what life is like in the lowest of the low minor leagues where people are working and playing for the love of the game.

Mike Veeck’s “Fun is Good” motto really shows through in the writing and you can imagine the fun that people had at the games. And even though the book was written about a time that is now more than 15 years ago, it’s still a great read.

The ballplayers, former MLB guys and career minor leaguers alike, are interesting, funny, and you even finding yourself rooting for some of them even though all this happened nearly two decades ago. There are just a lot of likable people that you will be looking up on Google and Baseball Reference to see how they performed after the time of the book.

So get past the part of the writer inserting himself a little too much into the story, in my opinion, and give this a read because it’s definitely worth it. It’s been out for some time so you should be able to find a cheap used paperback copy somewhere.

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Minors: Pacific Association Announces New Franchise in Vallejo


The Indy League merry-go-round continues as the Pacific Association has announced a new franchise to replace the league’s travel team.

The Vallejo Admirals will take the place of the traveling Sonoma County Grapes. The new team will play at Wilson Park which will receive a facelift.

The team is owned by Redwood Sports and Entertainment, which also owns the San Rafael Pacifics and the Sonoma County Grapes. The group will look for a permanent home for the Grapes for the 2014 season in hopes of having a six team league.

The Pacific Association was formed this offseason after the North American Baseball League folded. The teams that make up the PA were the Northern Division of the NABL in 2012.

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AWBL: Independent League to Expand into Las Cruces for 2013


In the ever changing and exciting world of independent baseball, the American West Baseball League (AWBL) has announced its plans to expand into Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Las Cruces had an independent league team in the Pecos League the past few seasons in the Vaqueros. However, this winter the Pecos League announced it would pull the team out of Las Cruces with the impending AAA team headed to El Paso which is just a short drive away.

The thought behind the move was that the small independent league team couldn’t compete with the AAA team with advertisers thus making the team economically unviable.

The AWBL has already seen some turmoil before playing its first game. The league was slated to have four teams, but before the first pitch was thrown the Yuma franchise pulled out of the league.

One team slated to play in the league will play at a local university where the field has no lights. There was to be a winter program in Yuma, but the league canceled it “due to lack of interest”.

So what does a league do with more problems than teams? Create a franchise two states over when travel is a huge part of the expenses of independent teams. It just doesn’t seem to make much sense. Then again I don’t run a league.

It remains to be seen if the league will actually get off the ground in 2013 or hold off due to internal issues for the 2014 season. No matter what happens, its been interesting so far, and should continue to be so.

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Minor Leagues: Pecos League Drops to Eight Teams for 2013 Season


As we predicted in December, the Pecos League has dropped two teams prior to the start of the 2013 season.

The league had hoped to start the new season with 10 teams, but instead will be going with 8.

The Pecos Bills will be dropped from the league with the possibility of them coming back for the 2014 season. The league was relying on Reeves County to move forward with plans to move lights at Martinez Field, but they did not more forward on a motion for the lights.

The county might approve the motion in February, but that is too late for the league who will start their spring training in early May.

Another issue was that of the oil boom that is going on in the area that is taking up all of the housing. It was brought into question where the league would house players with the housing shortage that is occurring with the oilfield boom.

With Pecos dropping out for 2013, the league will also drop the Carlsbad Bats who were slated to be a travel team for the 2013 season.

Ryan Parent was slated to manage in Pecos. He has since accepted an open coaching position with the Trinidad Triggers. The Triggers and Bills will be merging rosters with 30 players from the two teams becoming free agents.

In addition, Taos will move to the Southern Division to even out the schedule with each division having four teams apiece.

Everyone involved is still hopeful that the Bills will be back for the 2014 season including Pecos League Commissioner Andrew Dunn.

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Minor Leagues: Abilene Prairie Dogs Out in 2013


The Abilene Prairie Dogs will not return to the field for the 2013 season.

The team played the 2012 season in the North American Baseball League’s United Division.

The team played at McMurry University where alcohol was not allowed to be sold at games. This put added strain on the team’s finances and without an agreement in place to build a new stadium, the team decided to cease operations for the 2013 season.

League officials have stated that there is a possibility the team will return for the 2014 season. This will give the league and city time to perhaps work out an agreement for a new home for the Prairie Dogs.

It is still up in the air what will become of the old North American Baseball League. The northern division of the 2012 league split off to for m the Pacific Association. The United Division will likely remain under the NABL name or go back to the United Baseball League name it was under before its merger.

With Abilene out in 2013, the league options are still unclear. The league might start a new franchise in either Brownsville, Tyler, or Del Rio but nothing has been stated publicly.

The league is running the Texas Winter League which starts in a few days, and I would suspect more announcements in the coming days about team locations for the 2013 season.

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Minor Leagues: Yuma Desert Rats Pull Out of American West Baseball League for 2013


The American West Baseball League had a setback this week as the Yuma Desert Rats elected to pull themselves out of the league.

Yuma was going to be apart of the inaugural American West Baseball League season in 2013. The league was slated to have four teams including Yuma, Fullerton, San Diego, and Orange County.

The league is rumored to be full of potential issues including one stadium with no lights, and others in financial problems.

It is still uncertain if the league will move forward for 2013 or postpone a year to get some of the issues resolved.

Here is the press release issued by Yuma:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Part 1/1 January 24, 2013

Yuma Desert Rats Withdraw from American West Baseball League

YUMA, ARIZONA – Tim Ferguson, owner of the Yuma Desert Rats announced today that the team has elected to immediately remove themselves from the American West Baseball league. The Desert Rats were set to be part of the inaugural season of the AWBL a four-team independent minor league with teams in Fullerton, San Diego, Orange County, and Yuma. Desert Rats Owner and President Tim Ferguson said, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Yuma Desert Rats will not be playing in the AWBL this season. We believe it is in the best interest of our fans, the City of Yuma, our corporate partners and sponsors to take some time to explore the best way that we can add value to the Yuma community through the game of baseball.”

While minor league baseball is at an all time high in attendance across the nation, hopes are high that the team will be able to continue to grow its fan base, build its corporate partnerships and community outreach programs while continuing to rebuild a foundation for professional baseball in Yuma. “There have been tremendous strides made towards bringing professional baseball back to Yuma. With more time to prepare, we feel that we will be able to sell a significant number of season tickets which will in turn attract even more community partners and sponsors. It also allows us to solidify our position within the local youth and amateur baseball programs in Yuma. We also think it will give us the proper time to find a suitable successor league which will provide the stability to create several much-needed business and support functions at the team level” added Ferguson. Because of a non-disclosure agreement, Ferguson is not able to release any other details regarding his decision to withdraw from the AWBL.

The team ownership went on to state “we would like to thank the community for welcoming myself and my family to Yuma. We remain committed to bringing baseball back in the very near future. We thank our staff, city officials and player participants in the AWBL league tryout for their hard work and dedication. I would also like to thank the many individuals who have helped me navigate this very difficult decision. We look to continue with you all as we look towards a strong and prosperous future within the game of baseball”. Said Ferguson.

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Pacific Association Releases Logo


The new independent league based in the Western United States, the Pacific Association, has released its new logo.

The league will consist of four teams. Two of them will be based in California in the San Rafael Pacifics and the Sonoma County Grapes, who will be a traveling team. The other two teams are based in Hawaii.

The four teams made up the North American League’s North Division in 2012, but with the league falling apart they have branched out and started their own league.

Each team will play a 78 game schedule including interleague games with other independent leagues.

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Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs Announced


As we reported in December, the North American League teams will be splitting up into new associations.

The first to announce is the new Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.

The San Rafael Pacifics announced the creation of the new league that will consist of the teams from the old North American League North Division including the Sonoma County Grapes (a traveling team owned by the same group as the Pacifics), the Hawaii Stars, and the No Koa Ikaika Maui.

The two California teams will also play 24 interleague games with Arizona’s Freedom Pro League with both teams traveling to Arizona before hosting games in California as well.

The two teams from Hawaii will play interleague games as well. However, they will play games with the independent Baseball Challenge League of Japan.

Each team will play a 78 game schedule in 2013.

Former manager of the San Rafael Pacifics, and former Major-Leaguer, Mike Marshall has been announced as the leagues new commissioner.

As for the United Division of the old North American League, the Texas based teams are expected to form their own association. At this time it is unclear if they will return to the United League name, or keep the North American League name in some for or fashion. Look for more info on this later this month.

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Independent Baseball League News and Notes


Independent baseball is an ever changing world of teams and leagues, and this year is no different. The 2013 season will see a lot of changes in the independent leagues starting with one league folding after playing only two seasons.

North American League

The NAL is no more. After just two seasons of play, the league has dissolved.

The league saw a lot of issues last season as the management group walked away before the season. The league had formed when three other leagues combined including the Golden Baseball League, the United Baseball League, and the Northern League.

Last year the league was split into two divisions that didn’t even play one another for the championship.

So what will happen to the teams in 2013? Most likely the Texas teams will go back under the United Baseball League brand. Most of the teams will be back with the addition of new ones. The travel team in McAllen will likely be gone and replaced by a team in either Tyler, Del Rio, or Brownsville. If a travel team is needed, it will likely not be out of the McAllen/Edinburg area again.

The Northern Division of the NAL consisted of teams from California and Hawaii. The teams will be re-branded as the Pacific West League or perhaps the Pacific Baseball Association. They will likely keep the team in San Rafael and add a third team in Hawaii. Two more teams in California could be added with one being a travel team perhaps. The most interesting thing is the inter-league games that could be played with indy league teams from Japan.

The Atlantic League

This is one league that seems to have it together, at least for now. The league will be back with the same 8 teams, but look for more expansion into the Texas/Louisiana area in the future for a possible division in that area.

The American Association

The AA will be back in 2013 with the same 15 team lineup with the same inter-league play with the Can-Am League. However, the league isn’t without its problems as well. El Paso will be going AAA next year, so the Diablos will need to find a new home or dissolve. It is also rumored that Amarillo is having financial issues.

Can-Am League

The Can-Am League will continue in 2013 with five teams. However, the league will feature a new team. The new team will be the second team in Quebec as the Trois-Rivieres Aigles. They will replace the Worcester Tornadoes who had their team charter revoked by the league at the end of the 2012 season. Look for the league to add a sixth team in the future.

Frontier League

The oldest running independent league in the US is the Frontier League. The league started in 1993.

The league will feature pretty much the same lineup as last season. It will include a traveling team in the Frontier Greys to fill out the 14 team league.

There is also rumor of possible trouble in the coming years with one of the Illinois teams, and its possible a team or two could drop out in the next few years. Then again that’s just typical independent league baseball.

The Pecos League

The Pecos League is looking to start the season with 10 teams in 2013, but its possible they drop two teams before the season even starts. The league is young and I see it expanding too rapidly before getting a foothold in the areas where they are already. There is a lot of expansion into small areas with little or no revenue stream. If the league continues in this direction, look for it to go the way of the old Continental League.

One sign that the league isn’t spending money, quite possibly because it doesn’t have any, is the league is using clipart images for their primary logo.

New Leagues

The Freedom League

The League will be back for 2013 and will expand to six teams. The league is rumored to be in financial trouble  as they look to stay afloat in 2013. It is possible they will also include inter-league play with the Pacific West League.

American West Baseball League

The new league on the block is the AWBL. The league consists of four teams right now with one being a travel team. The league is seemingly full of old Golden Baseball League teams and locations. But the league seems to have a lot of issues.

The North County Cannons will play at Cal State San Marcos, but there aren’t any lights there. So temporary lights will have to be added or games will be played during the day. Other teams are rumored to be in debt and/or have huge leases hanging over them like a noose.

One plus for them is that two-time World Series champion Edgar Renteria invested in the league to acquire an ownership stake and control of the Fullerton territory.

There is some talk here that the league won’t even get off the ground in 2013 and might have to push back another year, if it ever gets off the ground.

So there you have it, a round up of the (potential) nine independent baseball league around the US. The league maps are always changing, and this is only scratching the surface.

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Independent League Roundup: American Association and Atlantic League


American Association

The American Association began play in 2006. Today there are a total of 13 teams in the league spread throughout 3 divisions. Teams range from Canada to the south of Texas. As well, some teams have been in operation since 1993 while one is new for 2012.

The league includes two of the Top 10 Independent League Managers in Doug Simunic and Ricky Van Asselberg.

Currently the Grand Prairie AirHogs and the Wichita Wingnuts lead the South and Central divisions. While the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Winnipeg Goldeyes are tied for first in the North division.

League Leaders

Jake Kahaulelio (Wichita) is the league leader in batting with an average of .381. Tim Alberts (Amarillo) is second at .369.

Cristian Guerrero (S. Falls) leads the league in home runs with 14. CJ Ziegler (Wichita) is second with 13.

Nic Jackson (Fargo) leads the league in RBI with 55, with John Alonso (Lincoln) second with 50.

Zach Penprase (Fargo) leads the league in stolen bases with 25.

Nick DeBarr (Grand Prairie) is the league leader in wins with 9, as Josh Lowey (Wichita) has 8.

The strikeout leader is Matthew Rusch (Winnipeg) with 66. In second are Ryan Mitchell (Amarillo) and John Brownell (Grand Prairie) with 61.

Shaun Garceau leads the league in ERA at 2.25 with Matthew Rusch close behind at 2.52.

American Association Standings:

North Division
1. Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks 32-21
2. Winnipeg Goldeyes 32-21
3. Sioux Falls Pheasants 27-25
4. St. Paul Saints 24-28

Central Division
1. Wichita Wingnuts 33-20
2. Kansas City T-Bones 29-26
3. Sioux City Explorers 24-30
4. Gray SouthShore RailCats 23-31
5. Lincoln Saltdogs 20-33

South Division
1. Grand Prairie AirHogs 37-17
2. Amarillo Sox 29-25
3. Laredo Lemurs 23-29
4. El Paso Diablos 20-31

Atlantic League

The Atlantic League has been in operation since 1998. The league has a higher salary cap than most independent leagues and thus will routinely employ higher level players including many ex-Major Leaguers.

The league includes 8 current teams with a 9th team slated to start play in 2014. It also includes two of the Top 10 Independent League Managers in Sparky Lyle and Andy Etchebarren.

The league is broken down into two divisions with the Lancaster Barnstormers leading the Freedom Division and the Long Island Ducks leading the Liberty Division.

League Leaders

Adam Goodwin (Lancaster) leads the league in hitting with a .349 average. Andres Perez (York) is second in the league at .328.

Brock Peterson (Bridgeport) is the league leader in home runs with 16. Jaime Pedroza (Lancaster) and Brandon Sing (Long Island) are tied for second with 13.

The all-time Atlantic League RBI leader Jeff Nettles (Somerset) and Ramon Castro (York) are tied for the league lead in RBI with 50.

Adam Goodwin also leads the league in stolen bases with 21 where he is tied with 3 others including former Major Leaguer Freddie Bynum (Somerset).

Bobby Livingston (Sugar Land) leads the league in wins with 9. Paul Phillips (Somerset) and Corey Thurman (York) are tied with 8.

Mark Brackman (Lancaster), Paul Oseguera (Bridgeport), and Mike McGuire (Camden) are all tied for the league lead in strikeout with 74.

Dwayne Pollok (Lancaster) is the league leader in ERA at 2.33. Former Seattle Mariner John Halama (Lancaster) is second in ERA at 2.62.

Atlantic League Standings:

Freedom Division
1. Lancaster Barnstormers 47-25
2. York Revolution 36-36
3. Somerset Patriots 36-36
4. Sugar Land Skeeters 30-42

Liberty Division
1. Long Island Ducks 39-32
2. Camden Riversharks 35-36
3. Bridgeport Bluefish 33-39
4. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 31-41

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Independent League Roundup: Frontier and Can-Am League


Frontier League

The Frontier League is the oldest independent baseball leagues still around having started play in 1993. The league is made up of 14 teams broken down into two divisions, West and East.

The league also has 2 of the Top 10 Independent League Managers in Steve Brook and Phil Warren.

So far the Traverse City Beach Bums have a 3 game lead in the East Division, while the Schaumburg Boomers lead the West Division by 2 games.

League Leaders

Javier Herrera (Rockford) leads the league in hitting at a .380 clip. Joash Brodin (London) is second in the league at .371.

Jose Vargas (Traverse City) is the league leader in home runs with 18, while his teammate Jeff Flagg is second with 13.

Jose Vargas also leads the league in RBI with 54. Javier Herrera is second with 51.

Darian Sandford (Southern Illinois) leads the league with 30 stolen bases.

Dustin Williams (Windy City) is the league leader in wins with 7. Seven pitchers are tied with 6 wins for second.

The league leader in saves is Eric Massingham (Evansville) with 13.

Mike Recchia (Windy City) leads in strike out with 80, well ahead of the pitcher in second.

Dan Blewett (Evansville) is the league leader in ERA with a 1.06 in 7 starts.

The league has placed 11 players so far in 2012 with 6 different MLB club’s minor league affiliates.

Frontier League Standings:

East Division
1. Traverse City Beach Bums 32-17
2. Southern Illinois Minors 29-20
3. Florence Freedom 28-22
4. Lake Erie Crushers 26-23
5. Evansville Otters 22-27
6. London Rippers 20-29
7. Washington Wild Things 19-29

West Division
1. Schaumburg Boomers 30-19
2. Windy City ThunderBolts 27-20
3. River City Rascals 26-23
4. Gateway Grizzlies 26-24
5. Joliet Slammers 21-28
6. Rockford Riverhawks 19-29
7. Normal Cornbelters 16-31

Can-Am League

The Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, or Can-Am League, is in its 8th season of play. The league consists of 5 teams. However, the teams will play an interlocking schedule with the American Association with each team traveling to play the teams from the AA.

The league includes one of the Top 10 Independent League Managers in Patrick Scalabrini of Quebec.

So far the Quebec Capitales lead the league by 5.5 games over the New Jersey Jackals.

League Leaders

Nick Giarraputo (New Jersey) leads the league in hitting at .375, while Ryan Scoma (Rockland) is second with a .346 average.

Keith Brachold (Rockland) is the league leader in home runs with 19 and RBI with 54. Nick Giarraputo is second in both categories with 16 home runs and 47 RBI.

Bryan Sabatella (New Jersey) leads the league in stolen bases with 20.

Keith Brachold also leads the league in runs scored with 51.

Steve Fox (New Jersey) leads the league with 8 wins. Two others are tied for second with 7.

Pat Moran (Rockland) is the league leader in strikeouts with 67. Jeff Duda (Quebec) is second with 62.

Karl Gelinas (Quebec) leads the league in ERA at 2.30. Steve Fox is close behind at 2.39.

The saves leader is Jorge Vasquez (Newark) with 10.

Can-Am League Standings:

1. Quebec Capitales 36-18
2. New Jersey Jackals 29-24
3. Rockland Boulders 27-26
4. Worcester Tornadoes 17-35
5. Newark Bears 17-38

Next up in the Independent League Roundup are the American Association and the Atlantic League.

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Independent League Roundup: Pecos and North American Baseball League


Pecos League

The Pecos League is in its 2nd season of play and already includes one of the top independent league managers in Chris Paterson.

The Alpine Cowboys and the defending champion Roswell Invaders are locked into a nice battle atop the standings with the Las Cruces Vaqueros not far behind.

League Leaders

Chris Brown (Santa Fe) has absolutely torn up the Pecos League pitching. In 23 games, Brown leads the league in home runs with 16. He has driven in 39 runs and is hitting .451. Logan Lotti (Las Cruces) is second in the league with 15.

Logan Lotti (Las Cruces) and Steve Rinaudo (Las Cruces) lead the league in RBI with 61. Teammate Randy Wells is second with 59.

The top hitter (by the hitting score via the league) is Steve Rinaudo. He is hitting .379 (top 5), with 14 home runs (top 5), 61 RBI (tied 1st), 74 hits (tied for 7th), 17 doubles (tied for 1st), and 74 runs (1st). That is quite a season he is putting up so far and its only been in 49 games.

Anthony Smith leads the league in wins with 7, but he has an ERA of 6.90 in 11 starts.

Rich McNeil (Las Cruces) leads the league in saves with 8, but he has an ERA of 5.76.

The top pitcher (by the pitching score via the league) is Brett Kennedy (Alpine). In 8 games (7 starts), Kennedy is 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.

Players Promoted

Many players have been traded to higher independent leagues, but two have been signed by MLB clubs and assigned to their minor league systems.

Jonathan Edwards was picked up by the Texas Rangers and assigned to their Class A affiliate in Spokane.

David Valesente was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates and assigned to their Class A affiliate the State College Spikes.

Pecos League Standings:

1. Alpine Cowboys 33-18
2. Roswell Invaders 33-19
3. Las Cruces Vaqueros 32-22
4. Trinidad Triggers 24-30
5. White Sands Pupfish 19-34
6. Santa Fe Feugo 18-36

North American Baseball League

The North American League started in 2011 with the merger of 3 different leagues including the Northern League, United League, and the Golden Baseball League. The league also includes a few of the Top 10 Independent League Managers in Eddie Dennis and Doc Edwards.

The 10-team North American Baseball League is divided into two divisions. So far the San Rafael Pacifics have a 3 game lead in the North while the Edinburg Roadrunners have a 1.5 game lead in the South.

League Leaders

Maikal Jova (San Rafael) is leading the league in hitting at a .383 clip. Not far behind is Chad Gabriel (Ft. Worth) at .376.

Joe Weik (Abilene) and Brandon Jones (Ft. Worth) lead the league in home runs with 9.

Carlos Hereaud (Edinburg) is the league leader in RBI with 39. Fidel Hernandez (Rio Grande Valley) is 2nd with 38.

Celson Polanco (RGV), Blake Nation (FTW), Miguel Martinez (EDB), and Luis Chirinos (RGV) are all tied atop the league with 6 wins.

Celson Polanco leads the league in ERA at 1.44, while Dustin Crenshaw (Sonoma County) is second at 1.73.

North American Baseball League Standings:

North Division
1. San Rafael Pacifics 19-11
2. Hawaii Stars 15-13
3. Maui Na Koa Ikaika 14-16
4. Sonoma County Grapes 10-18

South Division
1. Edinburg Roadrunners 30-18
2. Rio Grande Valley Whitewings 28-19
3. Ft. Worth Cats 27-20
4. San Angelo Colts 22-25
5. Abilene Prairie Dogs 19-28
6. McAllen Thunder 16-32

Next up in the Independent League Roundup are the Frontier League and the Can-Am League.

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Minors: Pecos League Blasts Off into Second Season


The Pecos League kicked off its second season earlier this month. The league consists of six teams playing in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado.

So far the league has proven to be fairly evenly matched with 5 of the 6 teams at or over .500. The one exception so far has been newcomer Santa Fe Fuego who sit at the bottom with a 3-11 record.

The defending champion Roswell Invaders are sitting in second place at 8-6 trailing the league leading Las Cruces Vaqueros (9-4).

Positions three through five have the Alpine Cowboys sitting at 6-5, with the White Sands Pupfish, led by last season’s manager of the year Chris Paterson, at 8-8. In fifth place is the Trinidad Triggers, the lone Colorado team, sitting at .500 with a  7-7 record.

The hottest team in the league has to be the White Sands Pupfish. The Pupfish started the season 1-8. They were not losing close games either. In their first 9 games, the Pupfish offense averaged over 7 runs a game (67 total runs). However, the pitching staff gave up a total of 99 runs including 26 in one game to the Las Cruces Vaqueros.

It’s hard to win giving up 11 runs a game.

The have definitely turned the page. In their current 7 game winning streak, they have given up only 47 runs. Now that’s still not ideal for a team to give up almost 7 runs a game. However, if your offense is putting up almost 14 runs a game it’s easier to live with. The offense in the winning streak has put up game totals of 11, 13, 21, 18, and 16 in consecutive games. That’s an incredible total no matter what league you are in.

As the homepage of the league says, ” The league’s high power offenses are fueled by high altitudes and smaller ballparks.” I guess they mean it.

So far there have been some incredible offensive numbers put up.

Trevor Whyte (Las Cruces) leads the league in home runs (tied with 1 other at 5), batting average (.578), RBI (25), and is second in hits (26) and doubles (6). All of this coming in only 13 games.

Jordan Stouffer (White Sands) is having a quite the start as well hitting .453 (2nd), with 4 home runs (2nd), 20 RBI (2nd), and stealing 6 bases (3rd).

This would definitely be a fun league to watch, so if you are near a team head on over and check out the offensive explosion that is happening in the Pecos League.

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Interview: White Sands Pupfish Coach Ryan Parent


Today we talk with the first base coach of the White Sands Pupfish of the Pecos League Ryan Parent. Ryan was kind enough to answer some questions for us about his playing days and now his venture into coaching.

Can you tell us a little bit about your baseball career before joining the Marines?

Well prior to Joining the Marines my baseball career was mostly high school. I had a couple of Jr Colleges that were interested
But i didn’t have the money to attend the schools. I had been living on my own since I was 18, so at that time money was tight. I was playing some adult ball at the time and was spotted by a scout from the White Sox, but again lack of money got in the way.

During your time with the US Marine Corps you played for the “Heroes of the Diamond” (the US Military All-Star Team). What was that experience like, and what teams would you play?
That was probably one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. The coaches on that team are second to none and Terry Allvord runs a great program and puts on a wonderful show for a great cause and I am very grateful to have been a part of it. Due to being on Active duty my unit would not allow me to travel with the team so i was only allowed to play when they were in the area. One of the teams we played were the SO. MD Blue Crabs, and with the help of one of the Military coaches I was able to get the gig as the Blue Crabs bullpen catcher.

During the 2010 season you were apart of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League as a bullpen catcher. What was that experience like?
To get a chance to catch for guys who have been in the show and guys who had high professional experience was great. The coaches were awesome there too.I was treated like a member of the team. I owe a lot to Butch Hobson for allowing me to be able to come out and Jeremy Owens for working with me. Jeremy will make a great coach when he is done playing. They were very classy and fun group to be around and I am forever thankful for that experience. But due to my active duty work schedule my time with them was cut short but I was grateful for every moment of it.

A lot of us saw the article about you in the Yuma Sun newspaper. At that time you were playing in the Arizona Winter League trying to catch on with a team. You fought some injuries during that time. Can you tell us how your time went in Arizona?
Yeah I was fighting an elbow strain and it turns out I probably need Tommy John surgery, so since the rehab takes a year and im getting too old to be chasing playing dreams anymore so I decided to give coaching a shot, but my time in Arizona was a blast. I met some great guys who a lot of them I still keep in touch with. The coaching in that league was top notch. We were able to get a lot of attention from the coaches and they were willing to work with you to help you become a better player. My coach Benny Castillo was a great coach and helped me out a lot and spent many hours in the cages with me helping me with my swing. He knows a lot about the game of baseball and was teaching me the coaching side of the game at the end of the season. He even let me manage our winter league team for the last two games of the season and was helping me understand when to make certain moves and to look at certain situations that i might not have ever thought of as a player.

You signed on to be a coach with the White Sands Pupfish of the Pecos League. Was this a product of your time in the Arizona Winter League?
Honestly I don’t know. I would like to hope so. Half way through the AWL when i decided that playing pro ball just wasn’t in the cards I started to pick the brains of Benny and Brooks Carey, who was another coach in the AWL, but anyways i started to gain a passion for the other side of the game and they were able to teach me a lot about coaching and managing a team and a game. Since I love to teach others I thought it was a better fit. But the ironic side of it just happened that I was able to catch the attention of Chris Paterson this past winter and he was willing to offer me a coaching job for the summer and I am honored to be able to be a part of a new league and a great team.

Can you tell us a little bit about your duties for the Pupfish?
To do what the Manager tells me to do… ha.. Well I will have many hats this summer for the Pupfish. But as of right now i am slated to work with the catchers and to serve as the first base coach. But seeing that the town is located next to a big air force base they are hoping that I can use my military back ground to help us with the mostly air force population and to earn a good relationship with the base. I will also be helping run clinics for the youth on the base.

You are going to be learning under one of the best young managers in the independent leagues. Do you hope to find yourself in a managerial position in the future?
I would love to have my own team one day, but for now I’m just hoping to be able to learn from Chris as best I can to help set me up to manage my own team one day god willing. Chris is a very wise baseball man and I couldn’t be in a better situation to help start my baseball coaching career. I hope after a year or two I can find a club that’s willing to give me a shot a being the manager. But I still have a lot of learning to do and I am sure that Chris can help prepare me to one day manage my own team. My goal is to maybe one day be able to get a coaching job in affiliate ball, but at this point in my career I’m not picky, as long as I can continue work in the game I love and to be able to teach skills to players then I’m very happy. Although I am now a reservist in the Marine Corps so I hope that I will be able to work with my Coaching Career and still be able to serve.

But I would like to say that I am very blessed to have been given this chance to coach in professional baseball and to be a part of a great new league. I had a chance to fly out to New Mexico a couple of months ago and had a chance to meet the league head, Chris Paterson and our Booster club president Wally Anderson and I can say that this league and our team have a big future ahead of them and I am very happy to be a part of this season and I hope I can help us win and have successful season.

For those who would like to follow us this season you can go to our website at whitesandspupfish.com or can follow us on face book by searching pupfish booster club.

We’d like to thank Ryan for taking some time to answer questions for us, but we’d also like to thank him for his continued service to his country in the Marine Corps.  We wish him and his team the best of luck this season. Join us in following Ryan’s team by visiting the Pupfish’s website at whitesandspupfish.com or join the conversation on Face Book at the Pupfish Booster Club.

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Minors: Independent League Managers Top 10 – Part 2


Today we wrap up our top 10 list of the best baseball managers in independent leagues. This list shows the depth of talent in the independent leagues. It ranges from guys who have been in the game fro 50+ years, managed or played at the highest levels, but also includes some of the up and coming talent.

# 5 Doug Simunic

Doug Simunic is entering his 20th season of managing in independent baseball. For the past 16 years he has been the manager of the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. He has some impressive records in his time. He has posted winning records in 18 of his 19 years as a manager. He has six titles to his credit including five with the Redhawks, and last season became the first independent manager to win 1,000 games.

Simunic has 17 trips to the postseason, and looks to get back on track in 2012 after his only losing season last season.

#4 Patrick Scalabrini

Former minor leaguer and Canadian National Team member Patrick Scalabrini has kept the winning tradition alive in Quebec when he took over the Capitales job in 2010. Scalabrini served as the Capitales hitting coach in 2009 when they won the Can-Am League title.

After taking over in 2010, Scalabrini led the Capitales to two straight titles. Both seasons under Scalabrini, Quebec has finished with the best record and the title. He will look for his third title in as many years this year as he returns to Quebec to lead the Capitales.

#3 Sparky Lyle

Former Major League pitcher Sparky Lyle has been at the helm of the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League since its inception in 1998. Over that time he has led the Patriots to over 900 wins and five championships.

In 14 years of managing, Lyle’s teams have finished under .500 only twice. The former Cy Young winner has won the Manager of the Year three times in the Atlantic League.  He will return to the Patriots this season for his 15th year.

#2 Doc Edwards

Doc Edwards has been in baseball for over half a century including playing and managing at the highest level. After 13 years in the minor leagues as a manger, Edwards got his shot at the big leagues with Cleveland in 1987 where he would go on to manage over 350 games.

Edwards started his independent managing career in 1996 with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. Two years later he would lead the Atlantic City Surf to the initial Atlantic League title.  Edwards has won over 600 games over the years leading several of his teams to the playoffs.  For the past five seasons he has been at the helm of the San Angelo Colts of the North American League, formally of the United League, where he has led them to the playoffs three times and the championship once.

#1 Ricky Vanasselberg

Where ever Ricky VanAsselberg has coached success has followed. In six years managing independent league teams, he has led his teams to four championships including the last two in the American Association. Last season he led the Grand Prairie Airhogs to their first league crown. The previous season, in 2010, he led the Shreveport-Bossier City Captains to their first title in only his second season at the helm.

Prior to winning titles in the American Association, VanAsselberg was winning back-to-back titles in the United Baseball League with the Alexandria Aces. After a two year absence, the Aces joined the United League in 2006 and promptly took home the crown.  A year later, they would repeat under the tutelage of VanAsselberg. Heading into the 2012 season, VanAsselberg has posted a .580 winning percentage and four titles over six years.

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Minors: Independent League Baseball Managers Top 10 – Part 1


With the help of a few people in the know, we have compiled a list of the top 10 independent league managers. We are going to bring this to you in a two part series with #’s 6-10 today. So here is the first part of our list….

#10 Steve Brook

Steve Brook took over as manager of the River City Rascals in 2010 after a successful career pitching for the club. In his first season he led the team to a 2nd place finish in the regular season. In the postseason that year, he would lead them to a Frontier League Title.

In his second season, he led the Rascals to a franchise record 68 wins and a return trip to the finals where they fell to the Joliet Slammers.  He returns to the Rascals for his 3rd managerial season in 2012.

#9 Chris Paterson

Chris Paterson is the reigning manager of the year from the Pecos League having led the Roswell Invaders to the first ever Pecos League crown. He returns to the Pecos League in 2012 leading the White Sands Pupfish.

Chris Paterson might be one of the youngest managers in the game. After spending most of his professional playing career overseas with some of the top clubs in Europe, he began his managerial career in 2010 for the Desert Valley Mountain Lions of the Continental Baseball League. He led the team to a 26-26 record to garner his first Manager of the Year award.  He has managed teams in the California Winter League, the Arizona Winter League, and the Pecos Spring League.

In two seasons as field manager, Chris has a .579 winning percentage and has won 2 Manager of the Year awards in two separate leagues. He looks to continue his success this season in New Mexico.

#8 Phil Warren

Phil Warren is heading into his 6th season as the Gateway Grizzlies manager in the Frontier League. In his first 2 seasons with the Grizzlies, Warren led them to playoff appearances.

The former Frontier League All-Star led Gateway to a franchise record 64 wins in his first season at the helm in 2007. He has led the Grizzlies to almost 250 wins in his short tenure, and he looks to improve on the Grizzlies 3rd place West Division finish.

#7 Eddie Dennis

Eddie Dennis has had three stints as the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings manager. He took over the team in the 1998 season and led them to their only title in 2000 in the Texas-Louisiana League.  He returned in 2006 as the WhiteWings were reborn after two years, this time in the newly formed United League.

Dennis would continue manage again for the 2007 season before stepping away once again. However, he returned to help rebuild the franchise in 2009 after a horrible 20-62 2008 campaign. He was able to almost double their win total the next season going 39-41, and in 2010 brought the WhiteWings back to the playoffs. In the 2011 season, Dennis led Rio Grande to the league finals only to lose to Edmonton.

# 6 Andy Etchebarren

Two-time World Series Champion Andy Etchebarren also has a few titles as a manager for the York Revolution.  The former MLB catcher has led York to back-to-back titles the past two seasons in the Atlantic League.

After managing for years in the Baltimore Orioles organization, Etchebarren returned in 2009 to take over the Revolution managing spot late in 2009. He was able to turn a last place team from 2009 into league champions in 2010. The team continued to get better in 2011 posting the leagues 2nd best record and once again winning the Atlantic League title. “Etch” returns to York in 2012 as he looks for his 3rd straight title.

We’ll bring you the top 5 tomorrow. So be sure to check back.

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Can-Am League: 2011 Season Recap


Originally founded as the Northeast League in 1995, the Can-Am League has gone through various changes over the years but has continued to play without missing a season. Renamed the Can-Am League in 2005, the league has seen 9 different champions. This year the Quebec Capitales won its 4th title and 3rd straight.

The 2011 season consisted of 8 teams including the Brockton Rox, New Jersey Jackels, Newark Bears, Pittsfield Colonials, Quebec Capitales, Rockland Boulders, New York Federals, and the Worcester Tornadoes.

Quebec took both halves of the season finishing 8.5 games ahead of 2nd place New Jersey. Pittsfield (12 games back) and Brockton (14.5 games back) also made the playoffs for the 2011 season.

Can-Am League Standings

Team Won Lost Streak
Quebec Capitales 64 26 Won 8
New Jersey Jackals 57 36 Lost 3
Pittsfield Colonials 53 39 Won 4
Brockton Rox 51 42 Won 3
Worcester Tornadoes 48 44 Lost 4
Newark Bears 41 52 Won 1
Rockland Boulders 40 52 Lost 1
New York Federals 15 78 Lost 6

Playoffs

In the first round of the playoffs Quebec took on 4th place Brockton while the #2 and 3 seeds played one another in New Jersey and Pittsfield.

Quebec made quick work of Brockton winning the series in 3 games by a combined score of 24-4. Only Game 3 was close with Quebec coming out on top 3-2. The Rox just couldn’t overcome the strong Quebec pitching as the Capitales moved onto the finals to face the New Jersey/Pittsfield winner.

Quebec Capitales 10, Brockton Rox 1
Quebec Capitales 11, Brockton Rox 1
Quebec Capitales 3, Brockton Rox 2
*Quebec wins series 3-0

The other semi-final series wasn’t much of a contest either as the New Jersey Jackals swept the Pittsfield Colonials in 3 games. New Jersey only trailed once in the 3 games and only for 2.5 innings as they outscored the Colonials 21-4.

New Jersey Jackals 5, Pittsfield Colonials 1
New Jersey Jackals 8, Pittsfield Colonials 2
New Jersey Jackals 8, Pittsfield Colonials 1
*New Jersey wins series 3-0

So the finals were set as the top two teams from the regular season would face off with one another. The games were a bit closer than in the semi finals and there was no sweep, but in the end Quebec was too much for New Jersey as they won their 3rd straight, and 4th overall, league title.

Game 1 saw a great pitching performance from Quebec’s Bryan Rembisz who went 7 shutout innings allowing only 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 to pick up the win. Pete Laforest provided all the necessary offense with a 3-run home run in the 4th inning off New Jersey starter Isaac Pavlik.

Game 2 was another close game with Quebec coming out on top 4-3. Once again Quebec got to the New Jersey starter early with 4 runs in the 3rd inning. Geofrey Tomlinson drove in the first run with a double, and he would later score on Sebastien Boucher’s RBI single. The next hitter was Rene Leveret who would drive in the final two runs with a 2-run blast off Jackal starter A.J. Wideman. Wideman would take the loss going 6 innings allowing the 4 runs.

The Jackals bounced back in Game 3 with its first, and only, victory of the finals. This time the Jackal pitchers kept the ball in the ballpark and Jon Kibler gave New Jersey a strong start going 6 innings allowing only 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 5. The Jackal bats woke up as well as they belted 3 home runs in the game.

New Jersey got on the board in the 4th on a DAngelo Jimenez 2-run home run.  Myron Leslie drove in 2 as well in the 8th with a 2-run bomb of his own. And in the 9th the Jackals would add an insurance run with a Nick Giarraputo solo shot.

Game 4 would be all Quebec after the first inning and a half. New Jersey jumped out in front 4-1 after the first inning and a half, but it was all down hill from there. Quebec would get 2 runs in the 2nd and 3rd and a single run in the 4th to win their 3rd straight Can-Am League Title. Ryan DiPietro picked up the win for Quebec going 6.2 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Pete Laforest (0-for-3)and Geofrey Tomlinson (2-for-4) both drove in 2 runs to help Quebec defend their title.

Quebec Capitales 3, New Jersey Jackals 0
Quebec Capitales 4, New Jersey Jackals 3
New Jersey Jackals 5, Quebec Capitales 1
Quebec Capitales 6, New Jersey Jackals 4
*Quebec wins series 3-1

League Leaders

Danny Bomback (Pittsfield) led the league in hitting with a .355 average. Danny had 121 hits in 91 games including 32 doubles and 5 home runs.

Nick Salotti led the league in home runs with 23 for Worcester a year after he hit 10. He finished just ahead of teammate Chris Colabello who finished 2nd with 20.

Keith Brachold of Brockton led the league in RBI with 80 finishing just ahead of Chris Colabello (79).

On the pitching side of things, Zach Zuercher (Worcester) led the league in wins with 14 just ahead of New Jersey’s Isaac Pavilk (13).

Isaac Pavlik (New Jersey) led the league in strikeouts with 112. He also finished 3rd in ERA at 2.73.

The ERA crown went to New Jersey’s James Leverton who had a 2.38 mark.

Pittsfield Colonials right handed pitcher Patrick Moran won the Rookie of the Year award finishing tied for 3rd in wins with 11 and 10th in ERA at 3.62.

Player of the Year went to Worcester Tornadoes infielder Chris Colabello. Colabello finished in the top 3 in 12 offensive categories. He batted .348 with 20 home runs, 79 RBI, 127hits, 75 runs, and 32 doubles. He had a slugging percentage of .600 and a .410 on-base percentage.

There will be some changes in 2012 as the Can-Am League and the American Association announced that the two leagues will play interlocking schedules. The Can-Am League will adopt the American Association’s 100 game schedule while 5 teams from each league will make 10-game road trips to play teams from the other league.

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