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Sign Me! By Chris Carminucci

Former indy ball jack of all trades turned Arizona Diamondbacks scout, Chris Carminucci, has published some of his knowledge.

Sign Me! The Undrafted Baseball Player’s Guide to the Independent Leagues is perfect for any player looking to learn more about indy ball and the steps it takes to get there.

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The book, which is around 100 pages, is to the point and packed full of vital information for potential players. In a way, this site’s Indy Ball 101 page is the cliff notes version of Sign Me! Carminucci goes into detail of the various leagues, which ones are better for which players, and includes tips and tricks for making yourself seen and ultimately get signed. He has a unique perspective as someone who has played and worked in indy ball and now scouts the independent leagues.

(Author’s note: Indy Ball Island did a story on the Diamondbacks and Carminucci scouting indy ball in 2014. You can check that out here: Finding a Diamond(back) in the Rough.)

Each league’s section also contains a directory of sorts for each team.  It can be very helpful for players looking to find information about a specific team and is a great starting point if the player is preparing to send out their baseball resume and videos.

Carminucci has had great success scouting the independent leagues for untapped potential. Indy ball is a grind, but this guide can help get a player through. Sign Me! is worth the read for any player who is thinking about continuing their career in independent baseball.

You can get the book HERE on Amazon.

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New Southwest Baseball League(s)

Two new independent baseball leagues are popping up and getting some involved in indy ball talking…

And both just so happen to have basically the same name.

Here’s a quick rundown of what they’re all about…

The Southwest Professional Baseball League is located in Yuma, AZ. Players pay $750 for a training camp (March 11-13th) where they will be evaluated and then placed onto four teams that will play from March 15th to April 15th… all to “chase their dreams in the desert.”

Let me stop you there for a second. If it sounds familiar, that’s because it is. It’s basically a copycat of the folded Desert League. The listed owner of this Southwest Professional Baseball League, John Guy, was also a partner in the Desert League and had ties to the failed National Urban Pro Baseball League. The majority of the staff have also been around the lower independent levels for the last few years.

You can check out their official website HERE and see all of the other information for yourself. I do not have any other further insight to provide other than what is listed and available for the public, and honestly… I don’t want to get into it any further.

The other league is the Southwest League of Professional Baseball located in Texas and Missouri. This league, which was originally slated to start in 2018 but is now supposed to run in 2019, has four teams listed (Waco, Royse City, Joplin and an unnamed Dallas team). The league had previously stated that there would be six teams, but it seems a little late in the game for two more teams to be added. The four confirmed teams are all said to have stadiums, but some of the pictures under their stadium information section are just computer generated.  But don’t worry, you can buy merchandise for the teams!

There has also been no updated information on the website since a post in July that mentioned a tryout that was taking place in Plano, Texas earlier this month.

I had many players message me asking about this league, so I contacted the owner, Mark Schuster, to ask if he would do a Q & A through email as I have done in the past with every start up. At first, he seemed very eager to answer all of my questions. That was until I sent him the email with the questions. He ignored that email and the multiple follow-up emails I have sent.

You can check out their official website HERE, but there really isn’t any more information than what I have briefly posted here.

Same stuff. Different season.

There have been enough of these exact same leagues over the last few years. You all can form your own opinions, but I’m sure my readers know mine at this point…