The Thoroughbred Baseball League

New season, new start ups. It’s about that time of the year where new independent leagues seem to be popping up all over the country.

The Thoroughbred Baseball League, based out of Lexington, Kentucky, seems to be the one gaining the most buzz around the independent baseball world.

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Thoroughbred League Mission
“We are committed as a group and as individuals to help players advance their game by affording opportunities to advance through the ranks of professional baseball. The players will always come first, without them the game doesn’t exist.”

From their website, it appears as though the league will consist of six teams, each with 25 players per team.  All of the teams will play at the Eagle Sports Plex which has two professional baseball fields. (Indy Ball Island has not been able to find any additional information on this complex.)

The league has a 55 game schedule along with an All-Star game and homerun derby.  They also state that all players will be paid on a weekly basis.

The website has a link to sign up for training camp registration (the cost – if accepted into training camp – is $590) as well as information regarding the training camp on their main page.

The inaugural training tryout camp will begin May 30th 2017-June 2nd 2017.
The training camp will consist of players who have either been recommended, been invited from a pre-camp tryout or have been verified by staff. These players will initially check in to camp at 7:00 am on May 30th. Each player will receive color specific and numbered jersey for camp. Each player will then be ran through a pro style workout to record their 60 time and receive a grade from the training camp staff as well as team managers.

At 2pm on May 30th a tryout roster will be posted at the tryout complex where each candidate will be placed on a team which he will remain throughout the tryout camp process. These teams will compete against one another in modified game situations through the balance of the training tryout camp.

On Friday evening June 2nd, a posting will be made of all six Thoroughbred League rosters. These rosters will be the chosen teams for the summer 2017 season.

Each roster will consist of 25 players each. Each team will consist of the following: 19 of the rostered players may have professional experience, however 6 players on each roster may have zero professional experience. Each team having 6 true rookies will be different from all other professional leagues. Having 6 true rookies per squad will allow guys who have not been drafted or who are new graduates the ability to begin their professional career.

Immediately following roster postings each player will be signed to their professional contract to the Thoroughbred League and fill out payroll paperwork with the leagues payroll company. This is real professional baseball ALL PLAYERS WILL BE PAID WEEKLY! Each player must have with them at signing, proper identification in order to sign contract as well as payroll documents.

On Saturday June 3rd, there will be a dinner for all 6 teams to meet and greet with the local communities. Players at this time will be invited to sign autographs etc. Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th Teams will be allowed practice times and uniforms as well as equipment will be distributed by your team managers and coaches. Each player will receive BP uniform, as well as a home and away uniform.

Cost of training camp is $590 USD per player. Players are responsible for all personal expenses during camp. Please click on Registration tab to register. You will be contacted as soon as you are accepted. (NOTE) NOT ALL PLAYERS WILL BE ACCEPTED TO TRAINING CAMP, PLEASE DO NOT CLICK PAY UNTIL YOU ARE CONFIRMED. YOU HOWEVER WILL NOT BE FULLY REGISTERED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED, SPOTS ARE LIMITED BASED ON NEED, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND MAY PAY AT THAT TIME.

Honestly, it seems as though we’ve heard this information countless times over the last few years about a new start up league. I have reached out to Dallas Murphy (presumably the owner, as his name is listed first on the staff directory) to see if he is willing to answer any questions players or myself may have for him. Please comment on here or email (kaymthompson@gmail.com) any questions you may have for the league.

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11 thoughts on “The Thoroughbred Baseball League”

  1. What is the player pay? It says they will be paid weekly. Will all players receive the same pay or will experience, skills, etc. determine rate? What is the rate of pay or high-low pay range?

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    1. If a player is invited to attend training camp and is cut, will the $590 refunded or is payment of the $590 fee a guarantee that he will make a team?

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  2. It appears the thoroughbred baseball league is just another con job to take hard earned money away from innocent young players with a dream lack of details in its plan….about as vague as the league that wants a team in Puerto Rico without finalizing details. Dave Moore Saxtons River Pirates Vermont

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  3. Gee, this business model smells familiar.

    And the name “Dallas Murphy” sounds a little contrived. What alias did Art Wilkinson use — you remember, the run-away promoter/convicted felon of Heartland of America Baseball League?

    This isn’t a reboot if Art Wilkinson’s con, is it?

    If you don’t get answers from “Dallas”, I see Scott Nathanson listed as a Baseball Operations person — he is active on Facebook and managed in the Empire and Desert Leagues recently. You might want to ask him wazzup.

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  4. Any league that charges a fee for a tryout is suspicious but a $590 charge is no doubt absurd. If a player is good enough to be a professional, he should not have to pay over 500 bucks for that opportunity. Simple math tells us that if this scam gets enough guys to stock just four 25-man rosters he will collect $59,000 in tryout fees. Then, if the league even begins play, he has seed money financing from the very players he portends to be “helping”. This is not a “professional” league. It is plain and simple a pay-for-play scheme. There are dozens of questions that should be asked. Housing? Workers Comp Insurance ( Required by law)? Professional statistics recorded on a system recognized by pro scouts in order that the player is on record as having played pro baseball? And so many more….

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  5. Hmmm … I may have jumped the gun with my glib first comment

    In doing some research, “Dallas Murphy” is apparently a real individual, has experience with baseball leagues/showcases/tourneys, has local community support, and has deep pockets (or backer with big-time bling).

    I hope this works out — for players who really do want to keep pursuing the dream.

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  6. My boyfriend is currently in this league. It was a scam. First they said they would be staying in family houses, lie. They are now staying in a hotel and are discounting the money out of their pay. Second, they said they would be reinbursing the $590 if the player made the team, lie. They have been postponing the pay, they said they would reinburse it back to the account on the 15th ofJune. We still haven’t received the money. Third, they said the pay would be 300-600 weekly, my boyfriend got 200 dollar on the 17; 100 per week. The players were complaining because 2 weeks went by and they didnt have any money, Dallas said that if someone tried to sue him, he would make sure that player would never play again. This is a fraud. We made so many sacrifices, my boyfriend left his job because we thought this would be the perfect chance for him to start playing again after being released by the Marlins for an arm injury. We are so upset.

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    1. Well… players can’t stay with host families if there aren’t enough people who are willing to house them. 150 players cannot get housed in one town.
      Back in his Q&A on this website in March https://indyballisland.com/2017/03/30/thoroughbred-baseball-league-q-a/
      Dallas talked about the living situation including the hotel arrangements if there weren’t host families.
      He also addressed the pay… saying it is 400-600 a month. He didn’t lie there and this information was public well before the season. Sorry, but even well established indy leagues don’t pay 600 a week. I’m sure the contract he signed did not say 600 weekly.
      I’ve also heard from multiple players and people associated with the league that the tryout money should be back to them this week.
      I’m not saying that there isn’t problems and clearly things haven’t gone as smoothly as planned, but this is a startup indy league and for people to think it would already run as well as a league like the Frontier which has been around and established for 25 years is just crazy. Start up leagues are a risk you take.

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