New England Collegiate Baseball League

New England Collegiate Baseball League

New England Collegiate Baseball League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 NECBL season
Sport Baseball
Founded 1993
Motto Keep your eye
on the dream
No. of teams 12
Country  United States
Most recent champion(s) Newport Gulls (6)
Most titles Newport Gulls (6)
Official website www.necbl.com

The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) is a 12-team collegiate summer baseball league founded in 1993 and sanctioned by the NCAA and Major League Baseball. Each NECBL team plays an eight-week, 44-game schedule during June and July, with a playoff in early August. Like the Cape Cod Baseball League and other amateur leagues, the NECBL is a showcase for top college-level players, giving professional baseball scouts a chance to see prospective pros playing against each other. Along with the Cape Cod Baseball League, Northwoods League, and Coastal Plain League, it is considered one of the top summer leagues in the country and is a part of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball. [1][2][3]

Founded in 1993, the NECBL began its direction under Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets All-Star and Major League Baseball home run leader, and Emmy Award-winning television producer/director Joseph Consentino. Play started in 1994 and today the NECBL has become a strong twelve-team league that plays in all six New England states.[4] It recruits players attending U.S. colleges from New England, the other 44 states, and foreign countries, provided that they come from NCAA-sanctioned colleges or universities, are in good academic standing, have completed at least one year of athletic eligibility, and have at least one year of eligibility remaining.[5] The NECBL became a 13-team league in 2013 with the addition of teams in Rhode Island (Ocean State Waves), Massachusetts (Plymouth Pilgrims) and New York (Saratoga Brigade) (the league's first team to operate outside New England), but reverted to 12 teams after the Brigade folded.

The NECBL's current commissioner is Sean McGrath, former general manager of the North Adams SteepleCats. McGrath replaced Mario Tiani, who retired following the 2012 season.

Current franchises

(see individual team websites below)

New England Collegiate Baseball League
Division Team Founded City Stadium Capacity
North
Keene Swamp Bats 1997 Keene, New Hampshire Alumni Field 4,800
Laconia Muskrats 2000 Laconia, New Hampshire Robbie Mills Field 1,200
North Adams SteepleCats 2002 North Adams, Massachusetts Joe Wolfe Field 1,800
Sanford Mainers 2002 Sanford, Maine Goodall Park 950
Valley Blue Sox 2001 Holyoke, Massachusetts Mackenzie Stadium 4,100
Vermont Mountaineers 2003 Montpelier, Vermont Montpelier Recreation Field 1,200
Division Team Founded City Stadium Capacity
South Danbury Westerners 1995 Danbury, Connecticut Rogers Park
Mystic Schooners* 1994 Groton, Connecticut Fitch Senior High School
New Bedford Bay Sox 1997 New Bedford, Massachusetts Paul Walsh Field
Newport Gulls 1999 Newport, Rhode Island Cardines Field 3,250
Ocean State Waves 2013 South Kingstown, Rhode Island Old Mountain Field
Plymouth Pilgrims 2013 Plymouth, Massachusetts Forges Field
  • An asterisk (*) denotes a charter franchise of the league

Former teams

Relocated or renamed teams

Team City Stadium Capacity Years History
Waterbury White Sox Waterbury, CT Municipal Stadium 6,000
1994
Became the Waterbury Barons
Eastern Tides Willimantic, CT Eastern Baseball Stadium 1,500 1994–2001 Became the Thread City Tides
Thread City Tides Willimantic, CT Eastern Baseball Stadium 1,500 2002–2003 Became the Berkshire Dukes
Berkshire Dukes Hinsdale, MA Dan Duquette Sports Academy[6]
2004
Became the Pittsfield Dukes
Pittsfield Dukes Pittsfield, MA Wahconah Park 4,500 2005–2008 Became the Pittsfield American Defenders
Pittsfield American Defenders Pittsfield, MA Wahconah Park 4,500
2009
Became the Bristol Collegiate Baseball Club
Bristol Collegiate Baseball Club Bristol, CT Muzzy Field 4,900
2010
Became the Mystic Schooners
Middletown Giants Middletown, CT Palmer Field 1994–2003 Became the Holyoke Giants
Holyoke Giants Holyoke, MA Mackenzie Stadium 4,100 2004–2007 Became the North Shore Navigators
Rhode Island Reds West Warwick, RI McCarthy Field 2,500 1996–2000 Became the Riverpoint Royals
Torrington Twisters Torrington, CT Fuessenich Park 1,500 1997–2008 Became the New Bedford Bay Sox
Rhode Island Gulls Cranston, RI Cranston Stadium 4,500 1998–2000 Became the Newport Gulls.
Mill City All-Americans Lowell, MA Stoklosa Alumni Field 4,000 2000–2006 Renamed the Lowell All-Americans
Lowell All-Americans Lowell, MA Stoklosa Alumni Field 4,000 2007–2010 Became the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide
Manchester Silkworms Manchester, CT Northwest Park 2000–2009 Became the Laconia Muskrats
Concord Quarry Dogs Concord, NH Warren H. Doane Diamond 1,200 2001–2007 Became the Holyoke Blue Sox

Defunct Teams

Team City Stadium Capacity Years
Fairfield Stallions Fairfield, CT Alumni Baseball Diamond 1,000 1994
Bristol Nighthawks Bristol, CT Muzzy Field 4,900 1994–1995
Waterbury Barons Waterbury, CT Municipal Stadium 6,000 1994–1996
Central Mass Collegians Leominster, MA Doyle Field 6,200 1995–1999
Riverpoint Royals West Warwick, RI McCarthy Field 2,500 1996–2004
North Shore Navigators Lynn, Massachusetts Fraser Field 3,804 1994–2011
Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide Old Orchard Beach, Maine The Ball Park 6,000 2000–2011
Saratoga Brigade Saratoga Springs, NY East Side Recreation 2013

Season structure

For the current season, the league is divided into two six-team divisions, the North Division and the South Division. During the regular season, teams play in-division opponents a total of six times, three games at home and three away. Teams play out-of-division opponents twice, one game at home and one away. These games make up the 42 game regular season schedule. When doubleheaders are scheduled due to inclement weather, NECBL rules dictate that they are two seven-inning games. NECBL regular season games have 2 umpires, while All-Star and playoff games have 3 or 4 umpires. The top four teams from each division qualify for the playoffs. In the division semifinal round the first seeds play the fourth seeds and the second seeds play the third seeds, respectively, in best-of-three series. The winners of the division semifinals advance to the division finals, where they play a best-of-three series against their fellow division finalist. The division champions advance to the NECBL championship series, where they face each other in a best-of-three series to decide the NECBL champion.

Past champions

Total NECBL Fay Vincent Cup Records
Franchise Titles Last Title Appearances
Newport Gulls 6 2014 11
Keene Swamp Bats 4 2013 6
North Shore Navigators 4 2010 4
Sanford Mainers 2 2008 3
Vermont Mountaineers 2 2007 4
Central Mass Collegians 2 1996 2
Mystic Schooners 1 1994 1
Danbury Westerners 0 4
New Bedford Bay Sox 0 4
Laconia Muskrats 0 1
Waterbury Barons 0 1
Bristol Nighthawks 0 1
Valley Blue Sox 0 0
Riverpoint Royals 0 0
Fairfield Stallions 0 0
North Adams SteepleCats 0 0
Ocean State Waves 0 0
Plymouth Pilgrims 0 0
Saratoga Brigade 0 0
Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide 0 0
In the NECBL's history, the most successful team is the Newport Gulls, with six league championships and ten championship series appearances. The defunct North Shore Navigators franchise had four league titles. The Keene Swamp Bats have four. Three franchises have won two championships, the Sanford Mainers, the Vermont Mountaineers, and the defunct Central Mass Collegians. The Mystic Schooners have won one championship, when the team was known as the Eastern Tides in the league's inaugural 1994 season.[7]
Year Winning Team Series Losing Team
1994 Eastern Tides
3–2
Bristol Nighthawks
1995 Central Mass Collegians
2–0
Waterbury Barons
1996 Central Mass Collegians
2–1
Danbury Westerners
1997 Middletown Giants
2–1
Torrington Twisters
1998 Middletown Giants
3–1
Torrington Twisters
1999 Middletown Giants
3–1
Danbury Westerners
2000 Keene Swamp Bats
2–1
Rhode Island Gulls
2001 Newport Gulls
2–1
Keene Swamp Bats
2002 Newport Gulls
2–0
Keene Swamp Bats
2003 Keene Swamp Bats
2–0
Torrington Twisters
2004 Sanford Mainers
2–1
Newport Gulls
2005 Newport Gulls
2–0
Vermont Mountaineers
2006 Vermont Mountaineers
2–0
Torrington Twisters
2007 Vermont Mountaineers
2–0
Newport Gulls
2008 Sanford Mainers
2–0
Newport Gulls
2009 Newport Gulls
2–1
Vermont Mountaineers
2010 North Shore Navigators
2–1
Danbury Westerners
2011 Keene Swamp Bats
2–0
Laconia Muskrats
2012 Newport Gulls
2–0
Danbury Westerners
2013 Keene Swamp Bats
2–1
Newport Gulls
2014 Newport Gulls
2–0
Sanford Mainers

Notable alumni

The following former NECBL players have gone on to play in Major League Baseball.[8] Former NECBL players have reached the major league rosters of 29 of 30 MLB teams, with the Philadelphia Phillies being the only team for which a league alumnus has yet to appear.

Media

All NECBL games are broadcast online through the NECBL Broadcast Network, with Teamline providing both audio, for all games, and video, for select games.[9]

On May 14, 2010, the league signed an agreement with Pointstreak. Pointstreak provides "real-time scoring, official statistics, and administration services" to the NECBL. A highlight of Pointstreak's services is Game Live, a real-time statistics feature providing play-by-play for every NECBL game.[10]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Rogers, Kendall (July 20, 2007). "Kendall's Mailbag: Ducks in a row". Rivals.com College Baseball. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ Nation, Boyd (September 21, 2010). "Talent Levels for the 2010 College Summer Leagues". Boyd's World. Archived from the original on February 21, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012. Overall, other than the clearcut win for the Cape, this leaves me a little fuzzy as to who's second, or to even who the second tier is. Overall, the NECBL, Jayhawk, and Northwoods leagues look good, but if you pay less attention to the D1% column (which may be reasonable, given the strength of the California JC ranks, for example), the California and West Coast leagues may join them. 
  3. ^ "2012 Baseball Season Preview Part 1: Q&A with Head Coach Brett Boretti". GoColumbiaLions.com. Columbia University Athletics. February 23, 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "NECBL Goes with 10 Teams for 2012". BallparkDigest.com. February 11, 2012. Archived from the original on February 21, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ NECBL League Info Page, URL accessed December 20, 2008
  6. ^ Berkshire Dukes Box Score, c. 2004 URL accessed June 5, 2009
  7. ^ NECBL Record Book at necbl.com, URL accessed July 22, 2009
  8. ^ NECBL alumni archive, URL accessed August 2, 2009
  9. ^ NECBL Broadcast Network at necbl.com, URL accessed June 4, 2010. Archived June 4, 2010
  10. ^ NECBL Signs Agreement with Pointstreak at necbl.com, URL accessed June 4, 2010. Archived June 4, 2010

External links

  • New England Collegiate Baseball League
  • Eye on the Dream Documentary Series

Team websites

  • Danbury Westerners
  • Holyoke Blue Sox
  • Keene Swampbats
  • Laconia Muskrats
  • Mystic Schooners
  • New Bedford Bay Sox
  • Newport Gulls
  • North Adams SteepleCats
  • Sanford Mainers
  • Vermont Mountaineers