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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EPBL TO PLAY IN IRELAND OLYMPIC PREP TOURNAMENT

TAMPA, FL – The Irish International Baseball Organization has made official the acceptance of the Empire Organization select teams to participate in the Ashbourne International games during the summer of 2019. These type of tournaments have a major purpose because they serve as preparatory and pre qualifying games for authorized National programs looking to qualify for the next Olympic Games in the sport of Baseball.
This gives the Empire 2019 Scout Camps another great objective which are to not only give a introductory Pro opportunity to players but also to establish two rosters representing North America and Puerto Rico.

Front office officials and Directors are excited to announce this additional event participation in 2019. It will be another great way for players to show their talent at an international level as there are Professional Leagues in all parts of the World from Europe to Australia that players can play on if a door is not open in America.

The Empire League  2019 Independent Baseball Showcase/Spring Camp  early Acceptance and  Registration  period  is   now open.   This allows for players  accepted into  Spring training to have half of the Registration and housing fee  paid by  an EPBL Sponsor. Players total cost for this big camp during this period from November 15th to December 31st is only $595.  A value of $1,190 for half off. This period ends on December 31st and prices will continue at regular cost January 1, 2019.   Spots can be secured with a deposit of  $175 and deposits are  ONLY  fully refundable if a player signs a Pro Baseball contract with any affiliated MLB organization or any of the Federation Leagues such as   the Frontier,  CanAm, American Association, and the Atlantic League. Otherwise the deposits are NON REFUNDABLE.

To apply for acceptance into the Empire League, simply fill out the form by clicking here. If accepted, you will be provided with an email from EPBL.

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JUSTIN LEMANSKI MOVED TO QUEBEC CAPITALES OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

TAMPA FL – Just days after the season is over, Justin Lemanski was awarded reliever of the year in the  Empire League. He will now move on to play at the next level with the Quebec Capitales of the CanAm League.

Lemanski posted outstanding numbers for the New Hampshire Wild as a reliever tossing 25 innings of work posting a 1.44 ERA with a record of (2-0). Lemanski was lights out all season long throwing a lot of strikes. In the 25 innings he struck out a total of 25 batters.

What a week it has been for Justin as it just so happens that today is his Birthday. Not only was he clutch for the Wild but he was awarded reliever of the year and now will be playing at a high level of baseball.

The Empire League wishes Justin the best of Luck and look forward to continued success.

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EMPIRE LEAGUE PLAYER AWARDS ANNOUNCED

TAMPA, FL – The Empire League has announced the winners of the season awards.  The Awards include, Offensive MVP, Defensive MVP, Pitcher and Relievers of the year, Rookie of the year, Matt Joyce Slugger Award, Impact Player of the Year, Manager and General Manager of the Year, Batting Champion and All Star  Game awards.

Below are the 2018 Empire League Award Winners.

  1. Offensive MVP: PLA Michael Deeb
  2. Defensive MVP: PLA Anthony Wiggins
  3. Pitcher of the Year: PUR  Matt Quintana
  4. Reliever of the Year: NHW Justin Lemanski
  5. Rookie of the Year: OOB John Tierney Jr
  6. Slugger of the Year: PLA Raul Shah
  7. Impact Player of the Year: PUR Shota Sugawara
  8. Manager of the Year: NYB Ernesto Punales
  9. General Manager of the Year: PUR Carlos Nunez
  10. Batting Champion: PLA Raul Shah
  11. All Star Game HR Champ: PUR Jacob Bissell
  12. All Star Game MVP: NHW Steven Figueroa

The Empire League Congratulates the men who have been awarded for their hard work and efforts to earn these awards. These Awards were based on Statistics and League executive voting.

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PITCHER OF THE YEAR MATT QUINTANA SIGNS WITH NEW BRITAIN BEES OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

TAMPA, FL – A couple of days after  the Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the New York Bucks to take home the 2018 EPBL Championship Cup, The New Britain Bees sign Empire Leagues Pitcher of the Year in Matt Quintana.

Quintana was named Pitcher of the Year in the Empire League after finishing the season  with a 1.39 ERA in  51.2 innings pitched. He started  7 total games in which he posted a perfect (7-0) record.  Quintana struck out 75 total batters giving him the 3rd most strikeouts totals in an Empire League Season.

Quintana will be putting on the independent leagues top level uniform Saturday night. His role has yet to have been determined.

“The whole purpose of the league is to improve your skills to be able to move up to a higher level.  That is exactly what The Empire League gave me.  I was able to pitch against very good talent and learn and improve after each start I had.  This league is a great way to get your name out there if you have little to no pro experience. Jerry and Eddie Gonzalez both did an excellent job of helping us with that by giving us the opportunity to play in front of both affiliated and independent scouts by using their connections since they have been around the game and also played at very high levels of baseball.  I am very thankful for them and all the managers and GM’s who put in a lot of hard work to make this season happen.  Thank you.  ” – Matt Quintana

Quintana has had one of the most successful seasons a player could have in the Empire League and  is a perfect example of what the Empire League’s process is about. Competing and putting up consistent numbers in the Empire League and moving on to play at a major league level is the opportunity the Empire League provides and will continue to do so.

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