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Japanese Professional Baseball Tryouts Coming to the US

The Kochi Fighting Dogs of the Shikoku Island League Plus will once again be having open tryouts in the United States over the next few months.

The Shikoku Island League Plus has four teams and is part of the Japan Independent Baseball League Organization.

The tryouts, which will be held in California, Florida and Texas, cost $100 for all players who pre-register and $125 for players paying the day of the tryout.

For more information, questions, or to pre-register, email Zak Colby at: colbyson1016@hotmail.com

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2015 Annual Report

As 2015 comes to an end, I just wanted to thank you all for making Indy Ball Island so great! It was a crazy year in independent baseball with all of the (failed) start up leagues and the other stories from more established leagues.

Over 71,000 people from 91 countries visited Indy Ball Island this year!

I posted 72 different articles in 2015… here are the top 5 (in case you haven’t had a chance to check them all out):

Re-Inventing Indy Ball? The Heartland Of America Baseball League – Q & A with Director of Operations. As we all know… this league never materialized after so many other issues arose.

The East Coast Baseball League Ends Before Ever Playing a Game.

Japanese Independent Baseball Tryouts Coming to the US. Look for a follow up in 2016 with some of the players who were signed to contracts!!

Nick Renault – World Traveler Returns Home.

Why Isn’t Anything Being Done About the Evansville Cheating Scandal?  A week after this article was published, the Frontier League did in fact force Evansville to forfeit ten games.

I had a fun and interesting 2015 covering indy ball. Thank you to all the players, coaches, front office staff, and fans who made this year so enjoyable! Thank you for allowing me to bring you some of the stories surrounding a part of baseball that often gets little attention outside of the towns that they play in.

Here is to an even more amazing 2016! Be on the lookout for more player features, news on any new independent leagues looking to last longer than a few weeks, Japanese Independent Ball, and much more!!

Happy New Year!