NECBL Hall of Fame
Andre played outfield for the Keene Swamp Bats in 2001 out of Chandler-Gilbert Junior College. He transferred to Arizona State in the fall of 2001. He was drafted twice by the Oakland A’s and signed in 2003. In 2005 he was the Texas League MVP and A’s Minor League Player of the Year. In 2005 he was traded to the LA Dodgers, made his MLB debut in 2006 and is now their All-Star right fielder. Andre is married to Maggie Germaine Ethier, whom he met at ASU, they have 2 children and reside in Arizona.
A native Rhode Islander, Chris earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in the NECBL as the Newport Gulls catcher in 2003. He batted .302 with 20 RBIs on the season, and was selected to the NECBL All-Star Game and earned All-League First Team honors. Iannetta was drafted out of UNC by the Colorado Rockies in the 4th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut with the Rockies in 2006. Chris was also inducted into the Gulls Hall of Fame this year. He and his wife Lisa reside in Cumberland, Rhode Island.
Mark had the most prolific career in NECBL history as an outfielder/pitcher for the Danbury
In 1993 Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Consentino saw that some very talented New England collegiate baseball players were not getting the chance to play in summer wood bat leagues dominated by sun belt college players. He gathered together some of the best baseball people he could find and the NECBL was born in 1994 as a five-team league. With his guidance the league has thrived and has teams in all 6 New England states and is recognized by Major League Baseball as one
The New England Collegiate Baseball League made nation-wide news in 1997 when it was announced that former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent had agreed to become President of the League. Fay retired from his post in 2004 but there has been no better friend to the NECBL. Fay was honored by the NECBL in 2004 with a Tribute Dinner hosted by Bob Costas and attended by baseball and sports luminaries. Fay’s continued support has helped the NECBL become one of the top summer collegiate leagues nationwide.
From the league's beginning Joel Cooney was indispensible to the birth and growth of the NECBL. He was the original league statistician and held the posts of President, Commissioner, Executive Vice-President and Treasurer.
As a sophomore from Wagner, Bailey led the 2004 NECBL with 79 strikeouts. The Mill City All-American held hitters to a .188 average against that summer. Bailey was drafted by the Oakland Athletics and won the American League Rookie of the Year with them in 2009. During his three years with Oakland, Bailey saved 75 games and posted a 2.07 ERA.
Yale southpaw Breslow made 10 starts for the 1999 Middletown Giants, posting a 3.20 ERA and striking out 51 in 56 NECBL innings. But he has since made his mark as a reliever. Breslow has a 2.84 ERA in his 400+ appearance Big League career. Waived or released four times before establishing himself as a dominant Major League arm, Breslow's story of battling through adversity is one of the best in baseball. He has also raised well over $1.5M to fight pediatric cancer through his Strike 3 Foundation. For these efforts, Breslow recently received the Boston Red Sox' nomination for Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award
Nathan, the first NECBL alumnus to make the Majors, won the 1994 Defensive Player of the Year as a shortstop for the Fairfield Stallions. Although one of the NECBL's best hitters, Stony Brook's Nathan switched to the pitcher's mound in his second year of professional baseball and has carved out a Cooperstown-caliber career as closer ever since. The six-time All Star ranks 10th all-time on Major League Baseball's saves list, and will be MLB’s active leader with the retirement of Mariano Rivera. Nathan was the 2009 Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year.
Rossiter served the NECBL for the first 19 years of its existence, working as Secretary, Vice President, Deputy Commissioner and webmaster. The creator of the NECBL's Sportsmanship Award, Rossiter is the ultimate embodiment of the "utility man" who played many positions well.
Tiani was the founding General Manager of the Danbury Westerners and the NECBL commissioner for six years. Under his tutelage, the League strengthened, added internet broadcast capabilities, hosted several exhibitions with Team USA and other international squads while Danbury remains the longest tenured team in the New England League. Major League Baseball selected over 520 NECBL alumni in Tiani's six drafts, including nine first rounders.