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Thoroughbred League Playoffs? What Happened The Rest of the Season?

Today starts the Thoroughbred League playoffs… although I doubt anyone knows that except the players, coaches, and maybe some of their 750 followers on the Facebook page where it was announced.

How are teams ranked for the playoffs?
What is the playoff format?

Well… none of that is really clear.

What happened during the regular season?

Well… stats aren’t updated on Pointstreak either.

And even if they were, you’d see that many games got rained out or canceled due to poor field conditions.

There have also been reports of players not getting paid what they were promised. From the information I’ve gathered, they’ve only been paid once and their tryout money hasn’t been returned. But at least the league does put players up in a hotel, so the guys aren’t living out of their cars.

Hardly any fan support, basically no stats, poor field conditions, little pay, broken promises, but yet… the league continues.

I’m sure the players are happy to be playing, but for what?

There are no stats to show higher leagues or affiliated organizations. No one except yourself and your coaches  know how you’re doing… at least I assume the players and the coaches know something we don’t.

Players don’t seem to be (publicly) complaining either unlike startup failures in the past.

So… the question there is why?

Have they been told not to speak out? Do they fear losing out on the promised pay that they have yet to see? Or is it something else? Are they just enjoying it for what it is now?

It seems like every year, the same thing occurs: There’s a startup league, conditions are poor, there’s no pay, and then it fails or barely survives.

This has become the norm in low level indy ball.

And that has to stop.

To the players who are grinding it out just to play SOMEWHERE, ANYWHERE to keep the dream alive, I respect you more than you know. You don’t deserve everything that you have to go through.

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MLB Tryout Camps Information

Even though this site is based on independent baseball, many players ask about MLB tryouts. Few major league organizations still hold open tryouts, but these teams are holding tryout camps this summer. The general rules are for players 15/16 years old to 22/23 years old – make sure to click each official link for exact information.

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Atlanta Braves Tryout Camps

Date Start Time Location Address Area Scout
Wednesday, June 14 9 a.m. Kankakee CC 100 College Dr
Kankakee IL 60901
Stu Cann
Monday, June 19 10 a.m. State Mutual Stadium 755 Braves Blvd
Rome GA 30161
Dustin Evans
Wednesday, June 21 9 a.m. Indian Park Floyd St
Kennett MO 63857
Kevin Barry
Sunday, June 25 10 a.m. Edison HS 21400 Magnolia St
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Dan Cox
Monday, June 26 9 a.m. ESPN Wide Word of Sports 700 S Victory Way
Kissimmee FL 34747
Justin Clark
Thursday, July 6 9 a.m. Trustmark Park 1 Braves Way
Pearl MS 39208
Steve Desalvo
Sunday, July 23 11 a.m. Pearl City HS 2100 Hookiekie St
Pearl City HI 96782
Dan Cox
Wednesday, July 26 9 a.m. Jack Williams Stadium 1137 Elm St North
Fargo ND 58102
Kevin Barry
Monday, July 31 9 a.m. NIACC 313 15th St SE
Mason City IA 50401
Kevin Barry
Tuesday, August 1 9 a.m. Augustana College 2505 S. Grange Ave
Sioux Falls SD 57105
Kevin Barry
Monday, August 14 8:30 a.m. Dan Daniel Park 302 River Park Dr
Danville VA 24540
David Cross

For more information on Braves tryout camps, click HERE.

Cincinnati Reds Tryout Camps

Date
Time
Location
June 8, 2017 10: 00 AM EST Prasco Park 6125 Commerce Court
Mason, OH 45040
June 14, 2017 10 a.m. EST Hamilton Southeastern HS 13910 East 126 Street
Fishers, IN 46037
June 20, 2017 10 a.m. CST Illinois Central College 1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
June 21, 2017 10 a.m. EST Derby City Park 4139 Cadillac Court
Louisville, KY 40213
June 28, 2017 10 a.m. EST Mentor High School 6477 Center Street.
Mentor, OH 44060
July 12, 2017 10 a.m. CST Oakland HS 2225 Patriot Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
July 26, 2017 10 a.m. EST P&G Urban Youth Academy 2026 East Seymour Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45237

For more information on Reds tryout camps, click HERE.

Philadelphia Phillies Tryout Camps

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For more information on Phillies tryout camps, click HERE.

Tampa Bay Rays Tryout Camps

Day, Date Field Location Address Time Contact
Person
THU, June 22 Hallsville HS Field 1 Bobcat Lane
Hallsville, TX 78650
8:30 AM Pat Murphy
pmurphy@raysbaseball.com
WED, July 19 Mercedes HS 1250 S. Florida
Mercedes, TX 78570
8 AM Pat Murphy
pmurphy@raysbaseball.com

For more information on Rays tryout camps, click HERE.