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The Pecos and Empire Leagues Were Built For This

We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Sports as we know it are canceling and changing.  Who is going to save us from a summer without baseball?

Look no further than the lowest levels of independent baseball… the Pecos and Empire Leagues.

You may be wondering how these two leagues, that I just classified as the “lowest levels” of indy ball will be able to continue playing when even major league baseball is having difficulty figuring out their game plan.

It’s simple really… the Pecos League and Empire League were both built for this…  Barely (or not at all) paying players and playing in front of minimal crowds is what they are infamous for.

Prospective players pay hundreds of dollars to play in these leagues when they attend training camps and tryouts in the spring. Every year, this is where a substantial amount of revenue for the leagues is made.

It’s also where a good amount of the labor comes from as well.  The fields these leagues play on aren’t state-of-the-art facilities that require a grounds crew and workers to maintain. Most teams use their own players to take care of field and ballpark maintenance.

As for playing in front of no crowds with no gate revenue, during a “normal” season, crowds usually range in the very low hundreds if that. It won’t be too much of a change overall. 

Don’t get me wrong, I along with many Americans, will be very happy to still have baseball to follow. I will watch and support the players.  I hope that they will be able to have the recognition that they deserve for grinding through some of the roughest conditions in baseball, especially with the current world situation going on all around us.

Here are the official statements from the Pecos League and Empire League about their seasons: 

Pecos League

4/16/2020- The Pecos League is aware of the rapidly changing developments regarding COVID-19. The Pecos League was originally scheduled to have a 64 game regular season start on 5/27/2020 and end on 8/1/2020 with 12 teams in 6 states. This will not happen.

The Pecos League has adjusted its season to a 48 game season with a start date to July 1, 2020 with an end date August 16, 2020 assuming it is deemed safe by local governments to play with fans at this time.

The other option the Pecos League may have to consider is to have four teams play in one location. No travel, no hotels and likely limited fan interaction would occur. But the players who need to play in the 2020 season would be able to play.

“There are 12 cities in the Pecos League and there are 12 different opinions, two of the cities have said no baseball in 2020. We will adjust and if possible play a 48 game season beginning July 1.”

Empire League

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I do commend the Pecos League and the Empire League for attempting to play and bring baseball to players and fans who are greatly missing it.  The sacrifices these teams are all making to play at a time of such uncertainty should be recognized if they do indeed have a 2020 season.

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.

pacific association

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.