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Asian Breeze Travel Team to Play Exhibition Games

A travel team called The Asian Breeze is a multi-cultural indy baseball team that plans on playing exhibition games against MiLB, Mexican and Independent league teams and colleges in Arizona and Mexico this February and March.

The owner of the team has many connections throughout Japanese baseball, and the team also plans on inviting scouts from the MLB, the Mexican League and various independent leagues.

Last year, the team ran as the Asian Islanders in Taiwan and had success finding players jobs in independent leagues throughout Asia.

While the team is mostly comprised of Japanese players, there are players from various other countries. They are also looking to add a few American players as well… including a few pitchers, infielders and a catcher.

Information for potential players:

Location: Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma Arizona and Mexico

Dates: February 21stthrough March 14th(21 nights 22 days)

Players will arrive from oversea at the Los Angeles Airport around noon on February 21st

They will leave from the Los Angeles Airport on the afternoon of March 14th 

Age: 18 years old and older

Exhibition game opponents: MiLB (affiliated teams), LMB (Mexican professional teams), The Southwest Professional Baseball League, Colleges and etc

Scouts: MLB, Mexican League, Can-Am League, Frontier League,

Scout connections in Japan: NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball), Shinkoku Island League (Indy ball), The Route Inn Baseball Challenge League (Indy ball) and Kansai Independent Baseball League (Indy ball).

Fees: $2,300 (2 players per room)

Application due date: February 1st,2019

Fees include:

  • Housing (21 nights)
  • Breakfast and Lunch (21 days)
  • Jersey and hat (Either rent or purchase)
  • Professional coaching fees
  • Transportations (from airport to hotel, hotel to fields)
  • Contract support

Not include:

  • Dinner (21 days)
  • Transportation from your home to Los Angeles or Arizona
  • Laundry
  • Passport fees and all other fees for your travel
  • Sport insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees for contracts

If you are interested in playing or scouting the Asian Breeze, please check out the following:

Asian Breeze Official Site (Additional Info and Application) HERE.

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San Rafael Pacifics Up For Sale

Today, The San Rafael Pacifics sent out a press release to the media about the future of their team.

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PRESS RELEASE

August 29, 2018

The San Rafael Pacifics ownership group announced today that the team will be offered for sale at the conclusion of the 2018 season.  

 

The independent minor league baseball team has been in operation since 2012, having won over that span three Pacific Association championships, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 “Large Business of the Year Award” and “The Spirit of Marin Award” and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 “Business Diversity Award”.

 

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of offering the Pacifics to the Marin County community,” said Pacifics Managing Principal Owner Eugene Lupario.  “But, after seven years of owning the team we’ve decided to step aside and allow new owners to come in to take the team to the next level.”

 

The team has received critical praise for their active participation in numerous community outreach programs including, among others, hospital visits, school reading programs, nonprofit donations and fundraisers, free baseball clinics and equipment giveaways to underserved youth and cause-based awareness programs.  

 

“Hopefully, we’ve done some really great things for our fans, the community and for the game of baseball,” said Pacifics President and General Manager Mike Shapiro.  “Our ownership group has been nothing short of amazing in their support for keeping the Pacifics going over all these years. They’ve given generously of their time, resources and money.”

 

Home games are played at historic Albert Park in downtown San Rafael and the team has led the league in attendance and revenues each year of their existence.  

 

The Pacifics play in the 6-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, the only remaining independent league based on the West Coast.  In addition to San Rafael, the league is composed of teams in Sonoma, Napa, Vallejo, Pittsburg and Martinez. Players in the league have either been drafted by major league clubs and released or are undrafted former collegiate players.  The league offers such players an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in order to hopefully climb to higher levels of professional baseball.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:  Michael Shapiro at mshapiro@pacificsbaseball.com