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South Coast League Suspends Two For Drug Violations Print
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 11:11

South Coast LeagueYesterday, the South Coast League of Professional Baseball suspended Aiken Foxhounds SS Tim Sweeney and RHP AJ Montano for violation of the league’s drug policy.

“This is unfortunate for Aiken as they will lose two valuable pieces of their team for an extended period of time during the final month of the season,” shared SCL Chief Operating Officer Chris Allen. “Nonetheless, a violation of our drug policy is not something to be taken lightly, and the South Coast League will not condone this type of behavior.”

Under the current policy, a first time violation carries a 10 game suspension without pay. Over the last month, acting SCL Medical Director Rob Desantis has conducted numerous random drug tests in all six markets.

“Both of these tests came back as ‘diluted samples’, which mean that there was a masking agent used to cover up the potential of a positive test for a banned substance,” shared DeSantis. “Per league policy, a diluted sample falls under the category of a failed sample, thus triggering the suspensions.”

The South Coast League is currently the only independent league in the country with a written drug policy. As a league built on professional player development, the SCL will continue to provide the knowledge and resources necessary for their players to make a smooth transition into affiliated baseball.

Read the South Coast League's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program here on The Biz of Baseball 

 
Cecil Fielder to Manage Charlotte County Redfish Print
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Saturday, 16 June 2007 08:38
RedFishFans of the Charlotte County Redfish will be seeing a lot more of SCL Roving Hitting Instructor Cecil Fielder as he will take over managerial duties for the Redfish beginning Sunday.

“Having someone with the knowledge and passion for the game like Cecil Fielder accept this position will allow a smooth transition for everyone involved,” shared SCL Chief Operating Officer Chris Allen.

Former manager Jackie Hernandez will continue to be a part of the South Coast League family, accepting a position on the league level for the remainder of 2007. The Redfish, who currently are posting a league worst 5-20 mark to begin the season, can use a breath of fresh air in the dugout.

“It’s a benefit to be able to promote from within,” shared Redfish GM Steven Tricarico. "Cecil Fielder is a name and personality that our fans will be familiar with and we look forward to having him guide us through the rest of our season.”

Fielder will take over a team that has struggled to find an identity early in the season. Numerous roster moves and player turnover haven’t helped a young team like the Redfish find their stride. With a focus on taking the season one game at a time, Fielder believes that his squad will make an impact in the second half.
 
Say it with me: "LBALACUSNAIBA" Print
Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 05 June 2007 14:36

The Golden Baseball LeagueMike Veeck, eat your heart out...

It seems that the Golden Baseball League will break the record books for the longest franchise name by changing the Long Beach Armada to (takes a deep breath) the...

Long Beach Armada of Los Angeles of California of the United States of North America Including Barrow, Alaska.

Or, if you're reading the boxscore:

LBALACUSNAIBA

"In order to better reach the larger Armada Nation, we felt compelled to lengthen the name to incorporate all our fans stretching from the warm beaches of Los Angeles to the frigid beaches of the Arctic Circle," Golden Baseball league CEO Dave Kaval told the AP.

In other news, sports reporters in the Long Beach area were seen jumping from bridges. Arte Moreno, look what you have done.

 
PA SportsTicker Partners with South Coast League Print
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Wednesday, 28 March 2007 06:06
PA SportstickerBaseball is a game of numbers. Fifty homerun seasons, 40-40 clubs, .300 hitters and 20 win campaigns all play a role in defining greatness. With the help of PA SportsTicker, the South Coast League of Professional Baseball will be able to keep track of their own players’ statistics during the upcoming season.

“We are pleased to partner with PA SportsTicker,” said SCL Chief Operating Officer Chris Allen. “They have been the premier stats provider in our industry for many years and they’re success speaks volumes in their quality of work.”

PA SportsTicker is America 's leading real-time sports news information service provider, covering all major sports for the US sports fan. Formed from the acquisition of SportsTicker by PA Sport, the world's leading sports news and information provider, it is the natural successor to Western Union 's original Baseball Ticker, established in 1909. Today PA SportsTicker's sports news heritage is honored in a permanent exhibit at Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown , NY .

PA SportsTicker is the primary instant sports news source for the ESPN television networks, ESPN.com, Yahoo!, CBS Sportsline, MSNBC, CSTV and the YES Network. It is also the official statistician for more than 20 professional leagues and associations.

PA SportsTicker will be responsible for keeping track of every statistical detail throughout the season for all six South Coast League franchises and will compile daily and weekly statistical releases for SCL personnel. At season’s end, PA SportsTicker will also provide the SCL with a comprehensive final report of all statistical data compiled during the 2007 season.

The South Coast League is a six-team based independent professional baseball league located in the Southeastern U.S.   First pitch is scheduled for May of 2007.   
 
FineDeering Signs as Presenting Sponsor for Foxhounds Print
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Sunday, 11 March 2007 15:03
FoxhoundsThe Aiken Foxhounds are proud to announce that FineDeering Development Group has signed on as presenting sponsor for the 2007 inaugural season. The Foxhounds, a member of the independent South Coast League, and FineDeering have a number of exciting events planned for the upcoming season, which begins on May 24th at 7:05 PM versus the Anderson Joes.

On opening night, FineDeering will present the first 1,000 fans with a commemorative ticket holder to chronicle Aiken’s first professional baseball game with a fireworks show following the game. FineDeering will also present two other fireworks shows during the season and will play an active role in the Foxhounds Kids’ Club.

“FineDeering and the Foxhounds both strive for family values and entertainment,” said Foxhounds GM Bradley Bell. “We are looking forward to a great partnership as well as a fun and exciting season.”

FineDeering Development Group is currently constructing two unique residential communities in Aiken. Sage Creek, located on Bettis Academy Road one mile south of Interstate 20, features the new Byrd Elementary School to be open for the 2007-2008 school year. Trolley Run Station is located at Highway 118 and University Parkway, adjacent to the University of South Carolina, Aiken and Aiken Regional Medical Center and right next door to the Foxhounds home at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. Trolley Run Station will house the new Wyatt Family YMCA.

“FineDeering Development Group is thrilled to sponsor the inaugural season of the Aiken Foxhounds,” said Co-Chairman Bob Deering. “We are proud that our partnership with this organization will bring such fun, family-friendly entertainment to the area. FineDeering is committed to the growth and vitality of Aiken County and sees its support of the Foxhounds as an important part of this commitment.”

The newly formed Foxhounds Professional Baseball Club is proud to call Aiken, South Carolina home. Through our National Pastime, the Aiken Foxhounds will provide affordable family entertainment to the citizens of Aiken and the surrounding areas while serving as a loyal partner to the community.
 
Northern League Eyes Expansion Print
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Friday, 16 February 2007 16:00

Northern LeagueClark Griffith, the commissioner of the independent Northern League is looking to expand the league by as many as four, with Saskatoon a possible new market. As reported by the Winnipeg Sun:

"I look at a map and Saskatoon glows as such an obvious choice," said Griffith Thursday.

"I would love to have four Canadian teams.

"I talked to Peter Young (Calgary Vipers president) yesterday and he said: 'We have got to have a team in Saskatoon.'

"And I said: 'We are going to have a team in Saskatoon.'"

Griffith claims the league is good health and is especially pleased with stadium renovations in Calgary, where bench seating has been replaced with stadium seats.

 
South Coast League Inks Agreement with Spalding Print
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Sunday, 28 January 2007 16:00
SpaldingThe South Coast League of Professional Baseball, the southeast’s newest independent minor league baseball circuit, is pleased to announce a league wide agreement with Spalding Baseball as the “Official Baseball of the SCL” for the inaugural 2007 season.

Spalding has long been a leader of innovation and quality in the sporting goods category dating back to 1876. From the development of being “America’s First Baseball Company”, Spalding’s tradition of innovation continues to this day.

“We are delighted to partner with a company with such a rich tradition and respect throughout the industry as a whole,” said South Coast League COO Chris Allen. “They have been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to continuing this relationship for many years to come.”

By signing the deal, Spalding will gain exclusive rights to be the “Official Game Baseball” and the “Official Practice Baseball” of the South Coast League.

Spalding will also provide specially stamped baseballs for the SCL’s All-Star Game and Championship Series, along with an All-Star MVP trophy and new Pro-Select gloves for the MVP’s of both events.

The South Coast League is a six-team based independent professional baseball league located in the Southeastern U.S. First pitch is scheduled for May of 2007.
 
Fielder Named Hitting Instructor for South Coast League Print
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Thursday, 04 January 2007 14:06
Cecil Fielder and South Coast League GroupThe South Coast League of Professional Baseball is pleased to announce the signing of former major league home run champion Cecil Fielder as Roving Hitting Instructor for the 2007 season.

“This signing sends a message to our players and the baseball industry as a whole that the South Coast League is committed to player development,” said SCL Chief Executive Officer Jamie Toole . “Cecil was a premier hitter during his career and our players will benefit from his instruction.”    

A graduate of UNLV, Fielder (pictured, second from left) was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 31st round of the 1981 amateur draft, but did not sign. The following season, he was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the 4th round of the 1982 draft. The Royals ultimately traded Fielder to the Toronto Blue Jays in February of 1983 where he began his minor league career.

Fielder made his debut with the Blue Jays in the summer of 1985, and managed to hit 31 homeruns and 84 RBI’s in limited playing time over four seasons. After the ’88 season, the Hanshin Tigers, of Japan ’s Central League, purchased his contract from the Jays and the rest was history.

Cecil went on to hit 38 homeruns in 1989 for Hanshin and quickly became a fan favorite in Japan , earning the nickname “Wild Bear”. The crowds weren’t the only ones pleased with his resurgence, as multiple major league scouts took notice. 

In 1990, Fielder returned to the majors with the Detroit Tigers and became the first player to hit 50 homeruns in a season since George Foster hit 52 for the Reds in 1977. On the last day of the Tigers' season at Yankee Stadium, Fielder hit his 50th and 51st home runs to become the 11th player in ML history to reach the 50-HR plateau.

“We are delighted to have someone with so much experience and knowledge of the game to instruct our young hitters,” shared SCL Chief Operating Officer Chris Allen. “Anytime you are able to work with someone with such an accomplished resume as Cecil’s, it can only be a positive for your organization.”

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Clark C. Griffith Named Commissioner of Northern League Print
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Tuesday, 02 January 2007 17:36
Northern LeagueCHICAGO (January 2, 2007) -- The Northern League of Professional Baseball announced the appointment today of Clark C. Griffith as its new Commissioner, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Rich Ehrenreich, President/Managing Partner of the Schaumburg Flyers and a member of the Northern League’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Griffith, who previously had served as the Northern League’s General Counsel, replaces Jim Weigel. Mr. Griffith was elected to the position by unanimous vote of Northern League owners following the League’s annual meeting in Orlando.

Mr. Griffith brings his successful and uniquely diverse experience as an attorney and as a professional baseball executive to the top leadership position of the Northern League.

Mr. Griffith is an adjunct Professor of Sports Law at two St. Paul law schools, and Chairman of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University. Mr. Griffith is also the Governor of the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Forum. A lawyer and arbitrator, Mr. Griffith is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Federal and Minnesota state courts.

In announcing the appointment, Mr. Ehrenreich expressed the League’s excitement with the elevation of Mr. Griffith to the Commissioner’s post.

"Clark has league office experience in the Northern League both in our early years as well as recently, and has simply been outstanding in his guidance,” Mr. Ehrenreich said. “It's become clear over the years to the Board of Directors that the title ‘Commissioner’ fits Clark like a glove.”

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Four Former Orioles Added to Revolution Coaching Staff Print
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Friday, 22 December 2006 16:16
York RevolutionThe York Revolution announced Friday that “The Oriole Way” is alive and well in York as it named four former Baltimore Orioles to lead the coaching staff in the upcoming inaugural season. Chris Hoiles was announced as the club’s first-ever manager and will be joined by Tippy Martinez as pitching coach, Ryan Minor as the team’s infield/hitting coach, and Al Bumbry as outfield/baserunning coach and community ambassador. Beginning in May of 2007 the Revolution will open play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

“We are thrilled to bring Chris, Tippy, Ryan and Al to lead the Revolution coaching staff through our inaugural season,” said Peter Kirk, chairman of Keystone Baseball, ownership group of the York Revolution. “I am confident that their leadership, Major League experience and impeccable knowledge of the game provide us with a coaching staff that is second to none in all of minor league baseball.”

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