By Don Leypoldt
December 31, 2012- New England Collegiate Baseball League Commissioner Sean McGrath proudly announced the addition of three expansion teams for the NECBL’s 20th season in 2013.
The NECBL Board of Directors announced new organizations to play in South Kingstown RI, Plymouth MA and in a historic move for the NECBL- Saratoga Springs, NY. Saratoga is the first NECBL team to not be located in New England.
The South Kingstown organization will play as the Ocean State Waves.
“We are thrilled at the addition of Plymouth, Saratoga Springs and South Kingstown,” said McGrath. “All three of these communities share the core values of the NECBL: bringing top quality baseball and family entertainment value while being integrated in the community fabric.
“All three organizations enjoy tremendous community support. We look forward to their participation in the NECBL family for years to come.”
Ocean State has a natural built-in rivalry with Newport, Mystic and New Bedford. The organization has assembled a team well positioned to mine the rich vein of talent in Rhode Island.
GM Dan Scaring successfully ran the Saratoga Phillies in the NYCBL. He will bring that expertise to the Saratoga Brigade franchise. The Brigade plays in one of the nation’s premier vacation spots and introduces a New York audience to the NECBL brand.
Plymouth GM Dave Dittmann, an NECBL veteran, also brings valuable NYCBL experience from his days as general partner of the Amsterdam Mohawks. Plymouth becomes the NECBL’s closest team to the “Hub”- Boston. The team combines excellent facilities and strong community support which will enable them to hit the ground running in the 2013 season.
As part of the expansion, the League has announced re-alignment. Laconia, Sanford, Ocean State, New Bedford, Newport, Mystic and Plymouth will play in the Eastern Division. Vermont, Keene, Saratoga Springs, North Adams, Holyoke and Danbury comprise the Western Division.
It is the NECBL’s first expansion since the 2003 season. The League last played with 13 teams in 2004.
The NECBL congratulates these three new teams and proudly welcomes them into the League’s family.