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Western Association Of Professional Baseball

Today, Indy Ball Island was sent an official press release from the newly formed Western Association of Professional Baseball (WAPB).

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A NEW LEAGUE IS BORN

by Western Association

Newport Beach, CA – The Board of Directors representing the development of North America’s latest premier independent professional baseball league development, proudly announcing the official formation of the Western Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (“WAPB”) an association of independent professional baseball clubs owned by individual ownership groups throughout the Western United States. The League plans to kick off its inaugural season in June of 2020 and is expected to host 8 teams to be located throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, and Nevada. 

The League’s inaugural season will feature a 78-game regular season schedule to begin in the third week of June and wrap up in the first week of September with the top four franchises in the League advancing to the Western Association playoffs in hopes of being crowned League Champion. 

Seasoned professional sports and media executive Peter Young who is tasked with leading the League’s business had this to say about the start-up Western Association, “I’m looking forward to another startup opportunity.  I was fortunate enough to be with the Winnipeg Goldeyes in their first two seasons in the Northern League, winning a championship in 1994.  Then in 2005, I was named the president of the Calgary Vipers as we came into existence a mere two (2) months before the season started but only missed the playoffs in the inaugural season by half a game.  

Like many premier independent professional baseball leagues, the Western Association will seek the highest level of talent available and the League and its’ teams will look to take advantage of the amazing talent pool of the regions we service with both inexperienced players and those with Major League Baseball playing experience that remain unsigned calling the warm-weather states that round up our market home. 

We look forward to serving markets now and in the future that has had limited exposure to professional baseball yet have the right formula of a growing population, strong corporate sector and like most great communities an ever-growing need for affordable family entertainment. 

As we announce our birth, please stay tuned for additional announcements and in the meantime please be sure to follow us on all of our social platforms and be sure to check back often.

The league does have an official website up and running as well at: westernprobaseball.com

The site does have an ABOUT US section (similar to the info found in the press release) and a section on the STAFF involved.

Beyond this information, not much else has become available. Stay tuned to Indy Ball Island in the upcoming weeks and months for more information.

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Pecos League and Pacific Association Seasons Begin This Week

The Pecos League is set to open their ninth season today (May 30th) while the Pacific Association begins their seventh season of professional baseball on Friday (May 31st).

The Pecos League consists of 12 teams throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.

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Pecos League Opening Day 2019 games and starters:

  • Alpine Cowboys (Jake Waters) at Santa Fe Fuego (Kyle Atkinson) 6 PM MST Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Trinidad Triggers (Conor Bawiec) at Garden City Wind (Rich Edwards) at 6:30 PM CST Garden City, Kansas
  • White Sands Pupfish (Colin Shaw) at Roswell Invaders (Kyle Herrick) 7 PM MST Roswell, New Mexico
  • Wasco Reserves (Max Williams) at Monterey Amberjacks (George Faue) 6 PM PST Monterey, California
  • High Desert Yardbirds (Colton Draney) at Tucson Saguaros (Will Morris) 7 PM PST Tucson, Arizona
  • California City Whiptails (Scott Bigelow) at Bakersfield Train Robbers (Edilson Alvarez) at 7:45 PM PST Bakersfield, California

 

This year, the Pacific Association will have five teams (including one travel team – the Stockade), all based out of California.

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PACIFIC ASSOCIATION TO OPEN 7TH SEASON OF PROFESSIONAL,
INDEPENDENT BASEBALL IN NORTHER CALIFORNIA
(Official Press Release)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is set to embark on its seventh season with Opening Day celebrations in San Rafael and Vallejo on Friday night. The Vallejo Admirals play host to the Napa Silverados at Wilson Park in Vallejo with first pitched scheduled for 6:35. A few miles West at Albert Park in San Rafael, the defending champion Pacifics will host newcomers Salina Stockade, also at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Vallejo travels west on Hwy 37 to take on San Rafael at 5 p.m., while the Sonoma Stompers — who boasted a league record with 57 wins in 2018 — will host the Stockade at 7:05 pm at Arnold Field in Sonoma. The Napa Silverados will welcome the Stockade to Napa Valley College at 1 p.m. for their home opener Saturday. The opening weekend winds down Sunday Sonoma hosts Napa at 7:05 p.m. and Vallejo invites San Rafael for a 1 p.m. matinee at Wilson Park.

Tickets and information for all the games all season long can be found at the team websites:

https://silveradosbaseball.com/

http://www.stompersbaseball.com/

http://vallejoadmirals.com/

https://www.pacificsbaseball.com/

Two clubs are under new ownership in 2019 as the Napa Silverados are owned and operated by Tito and Alma Fuentes and their partner Dave Halloran. Additionally, the longtime stalwart of the league and charter member from 2013 season was sold to Gabriel Suarez. The Association also welcomes the Salina Stockade into the fold this season as a travel club.

Founded in 2013, and known for its groundbreaking moments, the Pacific Association remains the only independent professional league west of the Rocky Mountains. Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area — a top-five media market with more than 10 million residents — with reach into the Northern California Wine Country, the boutique baseball league hopes to continue that spirit of innovation and ingenuity in the future.

Our league was the first in the history of baseball to sign an openly gay player. It was the first in generations to integrate multiple women onto a roster, and it was the first to experiment with a computerized strike zone with a “robotic umpire”. The league’s 2015 season was chronicled in the New York Times Bestselling book, The Only Rule Is It Has To Work, when the Sonoma Stompers partnered with former Baseball Prospectus managing editors, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, in an experiment to bring cutting edge analytics into clubhouse as well as the dugout.

We are excited to deliver a product that sets the standard and continues to raise the bar for Independent Baseball on the West Coast.