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An Off Season Start-Up… Is Anyone Even Surprised Anymore?

Recently, I was contacted by the co-founder of the Arizona Winter League (AWL) warning me about a new start up that appears to be scamming players already. The National Urban Professional Baseball League (NUPBL) has a new website up and running.

Last year, when I first heard about this potential start-up through posts on Facebook and inquiries from various players, I asked (who I believe to be) the owner how they expected to run a league, pay the players, etc… I was promptly told off and blocked when I was trying to do my research as I always do with these leagues.

The tryout section of their new website lists the name “Arizona Fall League” which has been leading players to believe that it has something to do with the AWL. Many players were contacting the winter league to ask about their tryouts in Mississippi, but they obviously had no idea what was going on as they have no affiliation with this NUPBL.

The website says:

2017 Upcoming Tryout Dates:
Arizona Fall League
 Spring/Summer League May – August 2018 
But then right under that the page says that teams will be located in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.
Tryouts are also listed to be happening in California as well as Mississippi and Tennessee.
But…. payments are to be sent to an address in Chicago, IL.
It also claims that all players will be paid including a paid winter league.
Their “About Us” profile offers some more information, although it’s nothing we haven’t heard before:
The league in its initial conception will consist of four teams with plans for future expansion.
 
Play a ninety game schedule between
May thru August in addition to play-offs
6 games per week
45 away games/45 home games
 
Team (s) will consist of
1 team manager
2 coaches
24 players per team
Targeted ages for the team will be players 17 years old and older (that have completed or will be completing their H.S. eligibility).
The players in this league will be paid
Tryouts will start in May 2017
Fall team in Arizona
The league starts in the spring of 2018
 
We will form the teams by selecting players (not withstanding their racial back round) from across the United State and the World by way of open try-outs to be held at a number of sites (see tryouts).
 
After the teams are formed the players that will makeup these teams will actively take part in preplanned promotion activities.
The website lists season tickets, job opportunities and a Go Fund Me (go figure…). There is also a contact us page where everyone working for the league appears to be living in a different state.
The website is unorganized and really weird to navigate… just like every other start-up we’ve seen over the last few years.
Players… just DO YOUR RESEARCH and watch out for leagues that pop up every off season.
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Thoroughbred League All-Star Game Set For Friday

Although the new Thoroughbred League has not gone as smoothly as planned, the league is still up and running.

On Friday July 14th, the league will be holding their first Homerun Derby and All-Star game at the Eagle Sports Complex in Nicholasville, KY.

The Homerun Derby will take place at 4:45pm with the All-Star game starting shortly after at 7:05pm.

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There will be two All-Star teams made up of members from all six teams in the Thoroughbred League.

The two teams will be the Red All-Star team, managed by Scott Nathanson (manager of the Mustangs) and the Blue All-Star team, managed by Sandy DeLeon (manager of the Stallions).

Congratulations to all of the Thoroughbred League All-Stars!

Red All-Star team roster:

Joe Jones
Connor Kelly
Justin Lemanski
Brian Bilello
Chris Allen
Bryan Hoover
Jonathan Piniero
Nicholas Jewett
Brandon Cooksey
Jacob Fabry
Eric Gutierrez
Robbie Ingram
Michael Sanchez
Ryan Dickt
Gerardo Torres
Jeremy Delgado
Nicholas Marigny
Collin Carroll
Sheehan Planas-Arteaga
Ryan Adams
Jose Fernandez
Tony Holt
Elijah Briseno
Jamiel Orozco
James Wong
Omar Llapur
Ryan Cooper
Franklin Romero
Alex Kinch
Kyle Richards

Blue All-Star team roster:

Ricky Martinez
Yuki Maeda
Maximo Rivera
Josue Herrera
Andre Solomon
Henry Blanco
Harold Rosario
Bryan Ferguson
Angel Mejia
Augustin Septimo
Jameson McGrane
Gio Abreau
Robert Peck
Ray Lanners
Cory Slater
Herny Blanco
Danny Arroyo
Dylan Sprague
Yuya Kasahara
Tom Nagy
Ryan Santhon
Evin Lynch
Nick Bozman
Aaron Marshall
Josh Wong
Andres Coll
Josh Wong
Blake Lishka
Brandon Turner
James Dockery
Bud Morton

I know this hasn’t all gone as planned, and it has been a bit of a rough ride for you guys… but you are all very deserving of the All-Star honor!