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Update on the Moses Lake Pro Baseball League

Last month, Indy Ball Island reported on a new league, the Moses Lake Professional Baseball League, based out of Moses Lake, Washington.

Plans for the league, created by Jim Hayes and Keith Marshall, seem to have come to a halt.

Hayes sent out an email today with an update on the league:

Kayla,

As stated on our website, if we do not have all finances in the bank by march 7th, 2020, we would not move forward. As of right now, it looks like we are not going to reach the goals we set for this league and will not pursue it further. One important thing though, not one player is out a dime as promised by us. Thank you for your time…..
Jim Hayes, MLPBL
The good news is that they were smart enough to realize that they do not have the funding in place to start before the league turned into a scam and created more unfulfilled dreams for players.

*On another note*

It appears as though the Western Association of Professional Baseball that was first covered on this site in July, is not getting off the ground either. Their last update was in September and nothing has been heard from them since.

Western Association Announces First Team For Inaugural Season

In July, Indy Ball Island did a Q & A with the Western Association of Professional Baseball. 

At the time of the interview, the league wasn’t ready to announce any information about locations or teams.  That changed today.

The Western Association of Professional Baseball announced their first team, the Henderson Hoo, today.

THE WESTERN ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THE HENDERSON HOO

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by Western Association

The Western Association Welcomes The Henderson Hoo

Newport Beach, CA, September 26, 2019 – The Western Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (“WAPB”) is proud to announce that it has accepted an application for membership to place a charter franchise in Henderson, Nevada.

The franchise will be known as the Henderson Hoo, which will begin play in 2020 as part of the planned inaugural season. The Hoo will play their home games at Morse Field on the campus of the College of Southern Nevada where it has come to terms on a multi-year lease agreement. The franchise has been awarded to Minneapolis based business owner, Nick Sperides who is a widely respected Architect and Founding Partner of Sperides Reiners Architects, Inc., a full-service architectural design firm.

“it’s an honor to welcome the inaugural franchise to the Western Association”, said Peter Young, Vice President of Business Operations for the league. “Henderson is a vibrant area of Nevada and this level of professional baseball will definitively appeal to families, especially those with young children.”

Principal owner, Nick Sperides established his architecture business in 1998 and it is headquartered in the heart of the Twin Cities. They maintain a dedicated staff of professional, architectural, interior design and administrative support team members as a full-service design firm. Seen throughout the industry as experts in creating innovative, and high-quality healthcare and wellness centers along with corporate, retail, professional and amateur sports venues and mixed-use housing environments. Over the years Sperides Reiners Architects (“SRA”) has developed a leading name within the industry.

“We are excited to be a part of the WAPB and for the opportunity to establish the first franchise of the league in Henderson. We are eager to create a “hometown team” for the City and to engage in the community to create a baseball team for Henderson to truly call their own.” Said Team Owner, Nick Sperides. “In the formation of the Western Association we have been impressed with the mission of the league and the integrity of the group of owners and operators that will be involved. This announcement of the Henderson baseball club is the culmination of several years of hard work and research to design a business that will represent and serve the community, the players, and most important the great game of baseball well”.

The Henderson franchise is the first of several forthcoming announcements for the Western Association leading up to the New Year and in preparation of Opening Day 2020. To learn more about the team and to follow the development of the Henderson Hoo, please visit us at www.hoobaseball.com. A formal press conference is being planned by the organization and details about the event will be made public in the near future.