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2016 Independent Leagues

With the Major League Baseball season underway and the minor leagues already going strong, I thought we’d take a look at the independent leagues that will get going soon. Every year there seem to be new players and old ones going by the wayside. This year there are still a few strong leagues poised to have strong seasons.

Atlantic League

Easily the most successful league, the Atlantic League has been strong for years featuring many former MLB players. The eight team league has already kicked off the season with the league’s defending champion off to a 14-4 start as the Somerset Patriots continue to field a strong team. The league has also conditionally approved a 9th franchise for 2017 in the Virginia Beach Neptunes.

Frontier League

This coming week the longest running independent league will kick off its 2016 season. The league will feature 12 teams located around the mid-west all the way from Missouri to Pennsylvania. The Traverse City Beach Bums look to defend the franchise’s third title, but the first since the team moved from Richmond in 2006. The league has been going since 1993.

Empire Professional Baseball League

The newest entry into the independent game is the Empire League with four teams from the Northeastern US. The league is a replacement for the North Country Baseball League that lasted a single season. Three of the teams from the NCBL will play in the Empire League this summer starting in June.

Pecos League

The Pecos League is back for its 6th season with teams in the Southwestern USA.  The league will feature 10 teams with the Roswell Invaders looking to defend their 2015 title and third overall.  The league will kick off its season this coming week.

Pacific Association

The Pacific Association is back for its 4th season. The league has four teams around California. The season will begin in just under a month with the San Rafael Pacifics look to defend their 2015 title. The Pacifics are the two-time defending champs.

Canadian American Association

The Can-Am League kicks off its 12th season in just under two weeks time. The six team league looks to build on its experience and the support it has built up in Canada and in places like New York and New Jersey. The Trois-Rivieres Aigles look to defend their 2015 title and first in franchise history. The New Jersey Jackals will look to break through into the championship column after finishing runner-up for the past five seasons. The Jackals have won four championships in franchise history back in the old Northeast League Days of the last 90s early 00s.

American Association

The AA is back as well for its 11th season as the Laredo Lemurs look to defend their title from a year ago. The 12 team league has had some strong teams in recent years and has former MLB talent running several teams including last years champion Laredo with Pete Incaviglia. The league will kick off its 2016 season later this month.

We hope to bring you some updates on the leagues as the season progresses. We intend to take another look at the managers in the different leagues and highlight some of the up and coming stars there. We also hope to bring you some interviews and photos from some of the stadiums as we travel and take in a few games.

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Pecos League to Partner with Amtrak for 2015 Season

Joe Anton, who writes quite a bit about independent baseball over at Baseball Essential, has reported that the Pecos League will be sending its players to games this season via Amtrak.

The Southwest Chief train of Amtrak runs from Chicago to Los Angeles passing through several stops for the Pecos League teams including Lamy, NM; Las Vegas, NM; Trinidad, CO; and Garden City, KS.

The Pecos League has taken a lot of flack over the low pay, and sometimes no pay, of its players over the course of its four year existence. Some immediate feedback was that the players would have to pay their own way. However, that was quickly put to rest by a member of the league. There were many players who have openly complained about not getting gas money to travel in their own cars to games in the past.

If done correctly, this could be a win-win for both the league and Amtrak. But we have all seen how independent leagues have ruined good things in the past. Hopefully, the Pecos League will not follow suit here.

You can read Anton’s article here.

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Independent: Sioux Falls Canaries Name Chris Paterson Manager for 2015

The Sioux Falls Canaries of the independent American Association have made Chris Paterson their new manager for the 2015 season. Paterson is coming off a championship with the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings from the United League Baseball in 2014. This was not his first championship. He also won the inaugural Pecos League championship with the Roswell Invaders in 2011.

Paterson began his coaching career in 2010 with the Desert Valley Mountain Lions of the defunct Continental Baseball League where he was named manager of the year. He has also managed in the California Winter League, Arizona Winter League, Pecos Spring League, and the Texas Winter League. He also serves as a scout for the Miami Marlins. In 2012, we named Paterson the #9 manager on our top 10 list of independent managers.

The Canaries are coming off a rough season in which they finished the year with a 33-67 record. The Canaries had the worst record in the league finishing 30 games behind first place Winnipeg in the North Division.

Paterson was nice enough to stop and take a moment to let us know how he feels about the new challenge of the step up in competition and the rebuilding effort he faces in Sioux Falls:

I am very excited to get this opportunity to manage in the American Association with Sioux falls. I’ve always regarded the AA as the top Indy league and best run one. I look forward to the challenges that it comes with and hope some of my prior successes in baseball can translate in the association. I’m very grateful to the general manager and assistant general managers in Sioux Falls as well as the ownership for putting their faith in me to lead this rebuilding process for the Canaries. We are in probably what is the toughest division in all of Indy ball with three well respected clubs and very successful managers. I look forward to working hard and making this transition

The three teams Paterson mentioned are the Winnipeg Goldeyes (nine division and two league championships), the St. Paul Saints (four division and league championships), and the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks (thirteen division and five league championships). These three teams are also three of the top four teams in attendance in 2014 in the American Association while Sioux Falls ranked eighth.

The Canaries decided not to renew former manager Steve Shirley shortly after the end of the 2014 season. Shirley was the longest tenured manager in team history, but the team has failed to reach the playoffs since 2010. Paterson will look to bring the Canaries back to their former days. The franchise has one AA title in 2008.

Paterson with the WhiteWings

Paterson with the WhiteWings

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Minors: Will the Osos be back in Raton in 2015

The Pecos League has been in existence since 2011 and some teams have bounced around from city to city. The Raton Osos started out as the Ruidoso Osos in the league’s inaugural season of 2011.  A year later the Ruidoso team was gone. The Osos were reborn in 2013 in Raton. Over the next two seasons they went a combined  36-92. Earlier this year an interesting article was posted to the website of KRTN Radio out of Raton and included parts from the city’s parks and recreation director.

This article gives a little insight into how some independent league teams are run and the hardships that they can come across. It does not appear, and it is still up in the air, that the Osos will return to Raton. It will be interesting to see where the team moves next or if some sort of agreement can be made to keep the team in Raton.

You can read the article by clicking the link below.

Osos Saga Continues

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Independent Baseball League Stadium Ratings Part 2

We are back with Part 2 of our ratings. This time we take a look at the American Association, United League Baseball, and Pecos League. Not all of the stadiums for these leagues are available via StadiumJourney.com, so we are basing it on what we do have.

There are a few other leagues we did not factor into our ratings. First of all, the Freedom Pro League plays at some of the Arizona Spring Training fields so we did not rank them. The newly formed Independent Baseball League had no stadiums rated via Stadium Journey. It looks as thought they are playing at municipal and local high school fields and if they were in the rankings, they would probably be last based on some of the photos I have seen.

All of the ratings come from StadiumJourney.com. The ratings take into account different aspects including atmosphere, food, and even bang for your buck. Click on any team name to view the Stadium Journey rating for each one, see some stadium photos, and see why each has the rating it does.

American Association – The AA is located throughout the US from Texas to Minnesota. It is one of the more established leauges, but there are rumors a few teams may bolt next year due to travel costs.

Amarillo Sox (3.6) – The Sox play at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium. The stadium is old (opened in 1949) and has featured teams in many different leagues over the years. It seems the stadium gets a higher score due to some great fans and good value.

Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks (3.3) – The Redhawks play at Newman Outdoor Field which is also home to the North Dakota State Bison. The stadium opened in 1996 and is better known as “The Nest”.

Gary SouthShore RailCats (3.1) – The RailCats play at U.S. Steel Yard. It holds 6,000 people and opened in 2002.

Grand Prairie AirHogs (3.0) – The AirHogs play at Quick Trip Park which opened in 2008. With a capacity of just over 5,400, this is a nice place to catch a game. Afterwards you can walk on over to Lone Star Park and bet on the horses if you wish.

Kansas City T-Bones (3.7) – The T-Bones play at Community America Park which opened in 2003. With a capacity of over 6,500 it is one of the bigger stadiums in the league but not the biggest.

Lincoln Saltdogs (4.0) – The Saltdogs play at Haymarket Park which is also home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The park was built in 2001 and holds 8,500 fans which is the biggest stadium in the AA.

Sioux City Explorers (3.3) – The Explorers play at Lewis & Clark Park which opened in 1993. The Explorers were one of the Northern League teams when the league was reborn in 1993. The stadium has a capacity of over 3,600.

Sioux Falls Canaries (2.9) – The Canaries, formerly known as the Pheasants, play at Sioux Falls Stadium. The stadium was built in 1941 but was renovated as recently as 2000. It holds 4,500 people and is known as the “Birdcage”.

St. Paul Saints (4.0) – The Saints play at Midway Stadium which was built in 1982. It holds a little over 6,300 and is known more for what goes on on the field than the actual stadium.

Winnipeg Goldeyes (4.0) – The Goldeyes play at Shaw Park and is the only team in the AA from Canada. The team has played in Winnipeg since 1994 but only at Shaw Park since 1999. The stadium holds almost 7,500

Average score (two stadiums have not been reviewed) 3.49

Can-Am League – The Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball sits now as just a four team league. The league has two teams in each the US and Canada.

New Jersey Jackals (3.1) – The Jackals play at Yogi Berra Stadium which was built in 1998. With a capacity of just over 3,700, the stadium has seen the Jackals compete in three different leagues.

Rockland Boulders (3.3) – The Boulders play at Provident Bank Park which was built in 2011. The new stadium holds 4,500 people.

Average score (two stadiums have not been reviewed) 3.2

United League Baseball – The ULB is located in Texas with four teams and three stadiums (one travel team). A few of the teams are well established including one that plays on historic grounds.

Ft. Worth Cats (3.0) – The Cats play at historic La Grave Field. It has been rebuilt but on the same spot where many historic figures have played in the past. The stadium is nice, but nothing spectacular, sitting just outside of downtown Ft. Worth.

San Angelo Colts (3.0) – The Colts play at Foster Field which is also home to the Angelo State Rams. Built in 2000 it seats 4,200 and features Triple-A lighting. It is a bit more state of the art than some of the other ULB stadiums.

Rio Grande Valley White Wings (2.3) – The White Wings play at Harlingen Field. It is an older park that has undergone numerous renovations but doesn’t really add anything extra to the equation.

Edinburg Roadrunners (2.4) – This stadium is no longer used in the ULB but was in the past when the Roadrunners played at Edinburg Stadium.

Average score (without defunct stadium/team) 2.76

Pecos League – The Pecos League started in 2010 and features teams in the Southwest of the US in parts of New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. Most of the parks are city fields and not built specifically for professional baseball.

Trinidad Triggers (2.6) – The Triggers might be most famous for their show on Fox Sports 1 that shows the team in the low minors. They play at Central Park that was built in 1960 and holds 887.

Las Cruces Vaqueros (2.3) – The team and field are no longer used by the Pecos League.

Average score (without defunct stadium/team) 2.6

Final Rankings:

1. Atlantic League 3.65
2. Frontier League 3.53
3. American Association 3.49
4. Can-Am League 3.2
5. United League Baseball 2.76
6. Pecos League 2.6
*Independent Baseball League and Freedom Pro League not rated

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the ratings?

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Minors: Pecos League Team Looking for German Player

Press Release Pecos League

The White Sands Pupfish professional baseball team from New Mexico looking for a German player for the 2013 season. The Pupfish play in the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs to play every day from July 14-28th May The Pupfish play in Alamogordo New Mexico, the German Air Force Center Tatical players have professional experience in Germany and need to move up 18 to 25 years old and in the attempt, in their baseball career. Applicable send an e-mail to Pupfish@pecosleague.com

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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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Minors: Pecos League Adds Twist to All-Star Game

The Pecos League will try a new approach to their annual All-Star Game. Instead of dividing the teams up by divisions or geographically, it will divide them up by bat manufacturer.

Each team in the Pecos League is sponsored by one of two bat manufacturers, Max Bats and Rawlings. The teams will be named accordingly – Team Max Bat and Team Rawlings.

Splitting up the game this way will also have the leagues rivals pitted against one another.

The Santa Fe Fuego will host the All-Star Game at Fort Marcy Park on July 6th.

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Pecos League: Trinidad Triggers Unveil New Logo

TRINIDAD, Colorado – The Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League have released their new logo. The new Triggers hats with the new logo will go on sale in January 2013.

The Triggers will keep the same jerseys and colors of black and yellow. They will continue to use the original logo as an alternate.

The logo is more of a Western Theme and is designed after Bat Masterson who was a famous gunman in the area at the turn of the century.

The Triggers made the playoffs in their first year in the Pecos League but lost in the first round to the eventual champion Alpine Cowboys.

For more information visit TrinidadTriggers.com

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Pecos League: Playoff Spots Up For Grabs in Final Weekend

The Pecos League is in its final weekend of the regular season. There are three games to play with three teams already in the playoffs. The final spot will come down to the final few games as the Trinidad Triggers and White Sands Pupfish are battling it out for the final spot. Plus none of the top three seeds are set.

At the top of the standings are the Alpine Cowboys and the defending champion Roswell Invaders who are battling it out with the final 6 games of season. Alpine took the first game 6-5 by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to earn the win. On Sunday and Monday, the two teams will be playing double headers with the final game of the season coming Tuesday night.

In 3rd place at the moment is the Las Cruces Vaqueros who could still maybe come out on top. They are playing the 5th place White Sands Pupfish who are fighting for their playoff lives.

The playoffs will start on Wednesday, and the final weekend should be interesting with all the playoff spots being set.

In other recent news from the league, two players were signed by MLB affiliates.

Charlie Short of the Roswell Invaders was signed by the New York Yankees and assigned to one of the Yankees minor league teams. Short was a reliever for the Invaders and was having a great season. In 12 appearances, Short had 6 saves and 28 strikeouts in15 innings pitched.

Andrew Wall of the Alpine Cowboys was signed by the Washington Nationals and assigned to the New York-Penn League which is a short-season A league. The left-handed relief pitcher was 1-0 in 27 games with a 2.70 ERA over 20 innings pitched.

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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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Pecos League to Hold West Coast Tryouts April 23rd

The Pecos League will host their west coast tryout on Monday April 23rd at 10 am in Compton at the MLB Youth Academy. 901 East Artesia Blvd, Compton, CA

Tryout is open to all players with professional, college or High school experience. Graduating college seniors are welcome to attend and participate as well.

The cost of the tryout is $50 and players can pay and register before the tryout at the field.

The Pecos League is a professional independent minor league that plays in the Southwest of the USA with teams in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas for this season.

The Pecos league has sent over 70 players to higher leagues and affiliated MLB teams in their inaugural year.
players can can email Chris.Paterson@pecosleague.com for more info.

Last year the tryout saw over half the participants receive spring training invites.

Scouts and coaches from other Professional independent leagues will be invited as well as MLB scouts to attend the tryout.


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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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Pecos League: 2011 Season Recap

With most of the baseball over (there are some excellent winter leagues that we will continue to cover), we will be taking a look back at all of the leagues throughout the world. We will be starting with the independent leagues in the USA and then continue to climb the ladder of baseball in the States and all over the world.

Now let’s get this started.

The Pecos League was a new league for the 2011 season. Six teams competed throughout New Mexico and Texas for the inagural crown. The teams included the Roswell Invaders (perhaps with the greatest uniforms of all time?), White Sands Pupfish, Ruidoso Osos, Alpine Cowboys, Las Cruces Vaqueros, and the Carlsbad Bats.

The six teams played a shortened season (70 games in 2012) starting in May and lasting through mid August.

The Roswell Invaders, led by manager of the year Chris Paterson, took 2-of-3 from the Ruidoso Osos in the finals to win the first Pecos League crown.

With six teams only four teams made the playoffs. Roswell finished with the best record in the league at 47-27. They were led by some of the better hitters in the league as well. Clifton Thomas, named league MVP, was near the top of the league in batting average at .369. He was also tied for 4th in home runs with 9, 2nd in RBIs with 61, and 2nd in hits with 94.

Thomas had a lot of help though. Catcher Adrian Martinez hit .321/7/46 and outfielder Trivon Howard hit .302/1/29 with 34 stolen bases.

On the hill Roswell was led by pitchers Reed Brown (4.52 ERA) and Josh Grady (5.55 ERA) who both tied for the league lead in wins with identical 7-2 records. Anthony Carrillo (3.93 ERA) led the league in saves with 6.


In the first round of the playoffs, Roswell faced off with 4th place finisher Alpine. Roswell took the first game in a huge way winning 19-4 but failed to put Alpine away in game 2 of the best-of-3 series losing 6-5. Then in dramatic fashion the Invaders advanced to the finals with an 11-9 win in 10 innings. With 1 out and  a runner at 2nd, Brian Ramirez a 1-2 pitch and deposited it over the fence for a home run, a walk-off series winner.

Roswell 19, Alpine 4
Alpine 6, Roswell 5
Roswell 11, Alpine 9
Roswell advances with 2-1 series win

In the other first round match up, Ruidoso (2nd place) took on White Sands (3rd place). Ruidoso made quick work of White Sands winning the series in 2 games closing them out 7-0 in Game 2

Ruidoso 8, White Sands 6
White Sands 0, Ruidoso 7
Ruidoso advances with 2-0 series win

The top two teams of the regular season faced off with one another in what turned out to be a good finals. Ruidoso won Game 1 5-3 but Roswell bounced back in Game 2 winning 7-1 to force a decisive final Game 3. The final game turned out to be a good one with Ruidoso jumping out to an early 1-0 lead after a half inning on a Jason Hyland home run (2nd of the playoffs). But Roswell would bounce back in the bottom of the 6th inning to take the lead 2-1 on a Clifton Thomas 2-run home run.

However, the 1-run lead was short-lived as Ruidoso came back in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 2. Kip Masuda reached first after the 3rd strike got away from the catcher. He advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt and then scored the tying run on a Sean Proni single.

But in strong fashion, Roswell quickly regained the lead for good in the bottom of the 7th. Brian Ramirez doubled with 1 out and scored on a Brycen Bell single. The Invaders got an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th on a Josh Cakebread sacrifice fly. Josh Grady finished the game earning the save pitching 2 innings after being a starter for most of the season.

Clifton Thomas led the Invaders in the playoffs like he did all year long hitting .464 with 1 home run, 1 triple, 2 doubles, and 13 hits in the 6 playoff games. He also drove in 9 runs.

Roswell 3, Ruidoso 5
Ruidoso 1, Roswell 7
Roswell 4, Ruidoso 2
Roswell wins 1st Pecos League Title

Final Standings:
Pecos League

Team Won Lost
Roswell Invaders 47 27
White Sands Pupfish 41 29
Ruidoso Osos 38 29
Alpine Cowboys 37 31
Las Cruces Vaqueros 35 32
Carlsbad Bats 09 59


The Pecos League will be back in 2012 but will have a few changes. The Ruidoso Osos and the Carlsbad Bats will not return in 2012. To replace these two teams, the league has added the Sante Fe Fuego and crossing into a third state in Colorado, the Trinidad Triggers.

The 2012 season looks like it will be an exciting one with the additions of the new teams in the league. The league will continue to develop talent. During the 2011 season the league placed 43 players with higher independent and affiliated teams.

For more information, visit the leagues website at PecosLeague.com

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Pecos League Tryout – December 4th Riverside, California

The Pecos League, an independent baseball league in the US, will be having a tryout camp on December 4th in Riverside, California.

The Pecos League has teams in the New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado.

Details for the tryout:

December 3rd 11AM PST
La Sierra University,4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, Ca 92515
This camp is for the White Sands Pupfish and will be conducted by manager Chris Paterson – Chris.Paterson AT pecosleague.com

For more information visit PecosLeague.com

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Strange Fight from the Pecos League

From the files of “What was he thinking?” comes a fight from the newly formed Pecos League.

In the 7th inning of a game between the Roswell Invaders and the Las Cruces Vaqueros, a Vaqueros player was picked off of first base. The third base coach then ran over to argue and wound up pushing the umpire. Things from there got a little out of control.

The benches cleared as the arguing continued. No punches were thrown and no one was hurt. But as the players were on the field a strange thing happened. Roswell Invaders owner and league commissioner Andrew Dunn ran out onto the field holding a metal folding chair above his head.

Dunn has since apologized for the incident. No one was hurt or hit with the chair. It seems to have been a spur of the moment things as he was getting a chair the fight broke out and he ran out to break it up. As owner and commissioner he knew that fighting at a game was bad for the team/league. In a written apology he writes, “In no way shape or form, was I trying to use the chair to harm anyone. I sincerely apologize for the actions I might have brought about because of my poor judgment, but I want to make clear that I do not condone any fighting on or off the baseball field.”

The Las Cruces coach has been suspended and several Vaqueros players released from the incident. The league has also changed their rules regarding players entering the field during a dispute. They must now stay in the dugout and maintain a certain distance during any disputes.

The Invaders are holding a “Bring your own chair night” on June 11. Any fan who brings a lawn chair to the game will get $2 off general admission tickets.

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Pecos League Opening Day

New this year in independent league baseball is the Pecos League. The league formed this season with 6 teams all located in New Mexico and Texas with the thought to further expand in Texas and other locations in the future. Several of the teams are from the Continental Baseball League that folded after last season. The league will play a 68 game regular season, and play began on Tuesday in Ruidoso.

Game 1 of the league featured the Roswell Invaders, with some of the greatest uniforms of all time, going up against the Ruidoso Osos.

What is gaining a lot of attention on the homepage of the league is the statement of, “The league’s high power offenses are fueled by high altitudes and smaller ballparks.” The first 2 games of the season definitely lived up to that statement.

Game 1 featured a slug fest between Ruidoso and Roswell. Roswell scored 13 runs, but still fell up quite a bit short.

Roswell Invaders 13, Ruidoso Osos 19

Ruidoso started off strong scoring 3 runs in the first 2 innings, and they never let up after that. They went on to score 6 in the 3rd inning, 8 in the 5th inning, and 2 more in the 7th. They pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of the Invaders 5 errors.

The Roswell Invaders’ first baseman Matt Palko (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs) hit the first home run in Pecos League history leading off the 2nd inning. Jake Burns (1-for-5, 4 RBI) and Brian Ramirez (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 3 runs) also went deep for Roswell.

Ruidoso also did their share of hitting. Shortstop Chris Davis (1-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs) and catcher Kip Masadua (2-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBI) both went deep for the Osos. Lead off hitter and center fielder Drew Paterson led the way going 4-for-6 with 4 runs scored.

Both starting pitchers struggled. Nick Shoup gave up 14 runs on 11 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4 over 4 innings for the Roswell Invaders. The Osos starter Erick Campos also went 4 innings giving up 10 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4.

Game 2 played on Wednesday featured almost as much offense.

Roswell Invaders 10, Ruidoso Osos 16

You can find more information on the league and what is happening at PecosLeague.com.

The 6 teams in the league consist of the following:
Roswell Invaders
Ruidoso Osos
White Sands Pupfish
Las Cruces Vaqueros
Alpine Cowboys
Carlsbad Bats

A few photos from opening day between Roswell and Ruidoso:

Photos Courtesy PecosLeague.com
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