* The East Coast indy league hopes to start next season with two teams in Ontario — the Waterloo Whiskey Jacks and the Niagara Wild playing out of Welland as well as New York state teams the Newburgh Newts and yet-to-be-named Watertown franchise. ….
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Pro baseball returns to Niagara
By Devon Teeple
It’s exciting, very exciting. For the first time in over a decade, professional baseball is returning to the Niagara Region.
The East Coast Baseball League, the newest independent league on the block, is looking to begin play in 2015. With the extensive baseball knowledge of Colin Cummins, a former independent league player in the late 1990’s and owner of Red Eye Sports Management and commissioner Shawn Whiteley, they are looking to bring the game back to an area once known as a hotbed for local and professional baseball.
According to the league’s website, the league is looking to have four teams play a 48-60 game schedule. Playoffs will see 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 in the semi-finals, with the two winners advancing to the ECBL Championship.
Currently, the league is busy getting things in order for a 2015 start, including, officially announcing a fourth franchise located in Watertown New York. The other three franchises are located in Niagara (Wild), Waterloo (Whiskey Jacks), and Newburgh (Newts).
As an added bonus, The GM’s Perspective will be speaking with ECBL League Director, Cummins to get a more in-depth outline of the league’s objectives and how its existence came to be.