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GEORGIA RHINOS TO JOIN EMPIRE LEAGUE AS NEW EXPANSION ORGANIZATION MANAGED BY TIM RAINES JR

SARANAC LAKE, NY – The Empire League is set to officially welcome its first ever expansion organization. The League is currently finalizing the operating agreement that would allow for the newly formed and privately owned organization “The Georgia Rhinos” to participate in official league play beginning June of 2020 .

The Franchise headquarters are in Conyers, Georgia where the team looks to host its inaugural games at Henson Carr Legion Field. Team owners and co-founders CEO Dr. David L. Scott Jr and COO Rick Turpin Sr. believe the Empire League platform is absolutely perfect to meet the needs of players looking to take that first step into pursuing a Professional Baseball career and feel that its what independent baseball should truly be all about.

“Developing and giving guys repetitions as a true opportunity at learning how to become professionals is what is needed in many areas of this country. That education and knowledge is priceless” says Dr. Scott.

The Team front office is as qualified as any Professional Ball club in the country and its roster is as follows:

Dr. David L. Scott Jr.- Chairman/CEO

Rick Turpin Sr. – Vice Chairman/COO

Joseph Pelligrino – President

Miles Fore – General Manager

Keith Childs – Senior Vice-President

Linda Thompson- Executive Operations Manager

Kevin Early – Executive Advisor

Mike Fair- Marketing Director

Seth Coleman – VP Public Relations & Media

Dr. Tony Gayles- Team/League Physician

John Lewis- Speed & Conditioning

Rodriguez Davis – Strength and Conditioning

The Team has hired Tim Raines Jr. as field manager, son of former MLB star and Hall of Famer Tim Raines.

The Georgia Rhinos will host teams from Puerto Rico, New Hampshire and New York this coming summer as part of the regularly scheduled matches.

“The Empire League is still a league on its beginning stages, we are just now starting to touch the surface of growth and expansion as we look to continue improving these levels of Professional baseball development programs. We have a big vision where the league will grow in a way that can be truly defined as the biggest platform to help players achieve the high levels of professional Baseball.” said League Director Eddie Gonzalez

The Rhinos will host League Base tryouts starting in March, Players interested in showcasing their skills to the Independent Baseball industry or playing in the Empire League must attend a team or League Tryout camp to be selected.

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ISLANDERS REYNOSO WINS WINTER LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP AND NAMED TO ALL TEAM HONORS

SAN JUAN, PR – Puerto Rico Islanders right handed relief pitcher Eddy Reynoso has worked his way into winning a Puerto Rico Professional Winter League title with the Cangrejeros de Santurce.

The Cangrejeros defeated the Mayaguez Indios last night to take the Islands biggest baseball title and Reynoso was a big piece of that puzzle. The team will now travel to represent Puerto Rico in the Caribbean World Series which brings the winners of each country to fight for the Caribbean title.

Teams that are a part of this are Dominican Republic, Columbia, Panama, Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba.  DR has the most Caribbean World Series titles with 19 while Puerto Rico is right behind them at 16.

Reynoso didn’t just win the Puerto Rico title, he was also named  as the right hander of the year and to the All Star Puerto Rico team.  An achievement most dream of during for the Winter Leagues.

Eddy appeared in a total of 14 games while pitching 21 innings of work.  He only gave up 1 earned run on 11 hits  during his relief appearances  while striking out 7 batters.  What made him a game changer?  He also won 5 games which was the most by any pitcher in the entire league.

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CAMP EARLY REGISTRATION PERIOD ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK, NY –   Every year during the winter, the Empire League provides a week long opportunity for returning and out of college prospects  to register for the independent pro baseball showcase camp early. This opportunity allows for players to sign up for the exciting event during a time when the league secures sponsors and supporting partners.

For this reason, the ELB provides a discounted rate where players can save  from the regular camp cost.   Players have the opportunity to lock in their camp cost for housing and meals at a more economical price  during the early registration period.

 The 2020 Independent Pro Baseball Showcase and ELB  Spring Training camp will give you the opportunity to be scouted by confirmed MLB scouts as well as higher level independent baseball leagues. If a player is not selected by MLB or higher level independent leagues, then the player will have an opportunity to make 1 of the 6 teams in the ELB.

All ELB rosters are made strictly from those players that attend camp.  No players will be signed to the ELB directly from outside winter leagues or other programs.

The Empire League will have 6 teams for the 2020 season of play.  The camp will be held in the week of June 1st to June 5th.

For those players that would like to take advantage of the discounted early bird pricing, deadline to register is January 20th. If you do not register during the  early registration period, you will have an opportunity to register during the regular registration period which goes from March 1st through April 1st. Due to the number of players requesting to participate, no player will be accepted after April 1st.

Register today during the early registration period by clicking here. If you have any questions feel free to contact the ELB at baseball@empireproleague.com

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KEN MATSUZAKA TO MANAGE SARANAC LAKE IN 2020

TUPPER LAKE, NY – The Empire League, Saranac Lake Surge will bring back Ken Matsuzaka as  the Manager of the Saranac Lake Surge for the 2020 Season of play. This will be the second season as manager of the Surge.

Matsuzaka,  went (16-19) last season and he looks forward to a new year and a new outcome.  The young Japanese Manager has a unique baseball mindset and will look to develop players  while winning a championship.

Saranac Lake now has two big time rivals in Plattsburgh Thunderbirds who won the 2019 ELB Championship, and the new neighbors of Tupper Lake Riverpigs who are looking to be a  strong playoff contending team in their inaugural season.

For more on the Surge, visit surgeprobaseball.com or follow the team on social media. Facebook Saranac Lake Surge, Instagram @elbsurge.

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ISLANDERS RELIEVER EDDY REYNOSO DOMINATES IN PUERTO RICO PROFESSIONAL WINTER LEAGUE

MAYAGUEZ, PR – Puerto Rico Islanders right handed reliever Eddy Reynoso has been dominant with his time with the Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Winter League.

Tonight, Reynoso  tossed 1 inning of work giving up  just 1 hit while striking out a batter.  Reynoso worked really well with big league catcher Roberto Peña for the inning. Here’s how the inning played out:

  • Jesmuel Valentin pops out to catcher Roberto Pena in foul territory.
  • Zach Davis grounds out to first baseman Ryan Casteel.
  • Henry Ramos singles on a line drive to center fielder Rey Fuentes.
  • Kennys Vargas strikes out swinging.

Reynoso come fresh out of a solid season with the Puerto Rico Islanders in which he  was an All Star pitcher winning 2 games and striking out 17 batters in the 18 innings of work.

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