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LEAGUE MVP MICHAEL DEEB SIGNS WITH CHICAGO WHITESOX

TAMPA, FL –  The Empire Leagues most valuable player in the 2018 season, Michael Deeb, has officially signed with the Chicago White Sox.

Deeb joins the Elite group of players in the Empire League who have moved on to sign with Major League Baseball organizations. The Plattsburgh RedBirds first baseman joins former RedBird and 2-time Empire League Champion Tarik El-Abour as the 2nd player to sign in 2018.

Deeb was named league MVP after posting monster numbers  hitting .352 with  3 Home Runs and a league leading 43 RBIs.

His work ethic, desire to learn and be coached to go along with his size and power have helped him accomplish his goals.

Deeb spoke with EPBL Representatives and said, ”  Thank you. It wouldn’t have happened without you guys. The area scout that sent film of a few  workouts to their director said it wouldn’t have happened if i didn’t put up the numbers in the Empire League.”

“This is why the Empire League  exists. This league  is simply for players to have an opportunity to put up numbers, expose themselves and move on to the reach their dream. We are not the dream, we are that stepping stone into reaching that dream. ” – Director of Baseball

The Empire League congratulates Michael Deeb as he prepares for the next level in affiliated baseball with a class organization like the Chicago White Sox.

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YOUNG MAKES EPBL HISTORY BY PLAYING ALL NINE POSITIONS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The day after the RedBirds clinched the EPBL Playoffs, Brandon Young was given an opportunity to play all nine positions.

Talk about being a utility player. Young started the game playing second base where he got an assist. He then moved to shortstop  where he had another assist in the second inning. He was moved to third base in the third and the ball seemed to be finding him everywhere he was positioned. This time however, he would end the inning with one error.  In the 4th inning, Young started the inning playing first base and fielded an unassisted ground ball to end the  inning.

Young was then put in center field in the 5th where he fielded a single with no other plays being made his way. In the 6th inning, he made the final out by catching a shallow pop fly for an out as the left fielder.

The 7th inning was interesting.  Young started the inning as the catcher. He saw one batter before the manager pulled the starting pitcher out of the game. During the break, Young was replaced behind the dish and moved to right field where he would also see some action fielding a pop fly.

In the 8th inning, Young came in to pitch in relief with 2 outs. He would give up 1 hit and walk 2 batters before getting the final ground out to end the inning and complete playing all nine positions.

I had a lot of fun today, when coach told me i would be able to do this i think the whole team was excited to see it happen. – Brandon Young

The game ended with a 8-4 loss  for the RedBirds but it was surely an interesting game to watch as the game itself had no meaning in the playoff picture.

The Playoffs will begin on Friday night at 11 am and 4 pm in Chip Cummings field. Fans can pay for one game and watch both playoff games. The 11 am game will feature the Puerto Rico Islanders versus the New Hampshire Wild while the 4 pm game will feature the Plattsburgh RedBirds and the New York Bucks. This is a single elimination game in which both winners will advance to the Championship series starting on Saturday at 4pm.

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THE PLATTSBURGH REDBIRDS ARE BACK IN THE PLAYOFFS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh RedBirds have clinched the final spot of the 2018 Empire League Playoffs.

It was a close race until the end and the RedBirds caught fire defeated the Puerto Rico Islanders in  the previous series  and with Old Orchard Beach losing to New Hampshire Wild, that means the RedBirds are in the Playoffs with just one final  game remaining.

The Playoffs will be hosted at Chip Cummings field. Fans are able to attend and watch both games as they will be played from the 10th to the 13th. August 10th will be a win or go home Wild Card game to see which of the 4 t eams will advance to the Championship series.

The New York Bucks earned first seed so they will play the 4th seed which could be the Plattsburgh RedBirds, who are tied with the New Hampshire Wild, in  Game 2 at 4:00pm at Chip Cummings Field while the second seeded Puerto Rico Islanders will take on the New Hampshire Wild at 11am at Chip Cummings Field if they can manage to beat Puerto Rico tomorrow in the final game of the season.

This is the time of the year we have all been waiting for, Playoffs and the Plattsburgh RedBirds have a chance to repeat!  Tickets are  only $5 for grass seating or $6 stadium seating sold at the gate at   Chip Cummings Field.

Article by Empire Media

PLATTSBURGH EARNS PLAYOFFS HOSTING RIGHTS

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  The Empire League has announced that Plattsburgh has earned Empire League Playoffs hosting right.

Fans the time we have been waiting for is finally arriving.  PLAYOFF BASEBALL. With Both New York Teams ranking in the top 3 spots of the standings, Plattsburgh has earned hosting rights. This means that Chip Cummings field will be the host to this years Empire League Playoffs and Championship Series!

Get your party hats on, bring your lawn chairs and coolers as this is Baseball History. The RedBirds were the Empire League 2017 Champions and are the current holders of the Zicari Empire Cup!

As the hosting town these RedBirds are looking for your support.  Coolers, drinks, and snacks welcome to the baseball party.

See you at Chip Cummings this coming weekend from the 10th to 13th of August.

PLAYOFF PICTURE – August 10th – 2 Games for the price of 1: WILD CARD PLAYOFF

Game one will be the 4th Seed against the #1 Seed  at 12:00pm. Game 2 will be the #3 Seed versus the #2 Seed. This is a one game Playoff to see who advances to the Empire League Championship Series.

August 10th – 13th – best of 3 series: zACARI CUP championship series

The Championship series is a best of 3 game series. The first team to win 2 games will be the Empire League Champions. This series will be between the winners of the Wild Card Playoffs! The Winners will be given the Zacari Cup which is named after a very important man named Bruce Zacari who was a big help in the process of building the Empire League.

ROGER DIAZ MOVE TO THE YORK REVOLUTION OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Roger Diaz ranked as the top Empire League Catcher with a 1.79 pop time to second has been selected to move up to the Atlantic League. .

With the many injuries taking place in such a high level pro league windows of opportunity have opened and spots need to be filled. It’s a great chance for our players to really see the level of play and we are thankful that our league is heavily chosen to select players from.
“Roger is an amazing person and a great player, I  coudn’t be happier for him and i hope he makes the best of this opportunity” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez
Diaz, who was with the Plattsburgh RedBirds will now be in a York Revolution of the Atlantic League uniform.
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