ANGEL FLORES COACHING WITH THE ATLANTA BRAVES

ORLANDO, FL –   Empire League Scouting Director Angel Flores  gets  hired by the Atlanta Braves Organization .

Angel who has had a great playing career,  has been shifting gears into the coaching world over the last couple of years.  Today he is another great individual with a wonderful story.  After becoming the Empire Leagues Scouting Director for the 2016-2017 season and adding to his already established resume, he can now add the Atlanta Braves to it.  Angel  owns and operates a  baseball training facility  in Orlando Florida  named Action Force  Baseball academy.

This is a great example of what building a good  resume can do for any  young man that is ever involved in a league like the Empire league  says Director Eddie Gonzalez. ” You  just dont realize what  playing or coaching and building a good resume can do for you and  your future”.  We are very proud of Angel and wish him the best on his continuous success,  as he  will also add an even higher value to the Empire League  .   We look forward  to a great relationship with the Atlanta Braves, as we never know what great talent they can get from the Empire League.

REDBIRDS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE EMPIRE LEAGUE

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Plattsburgh RedBirds have done it. They are the 2017 Champions of the Empire League.

The RedBirds defeated the Old Orchard Beach Surge by a score of 7 to 4. The RedBirds got an early 3-1 lead as Surge starter Eric Mozeika started the game off with a hit by pitch to Christian Nazario-Cruz followed by a 2-RBI single and a run that came in on a walk to give the RedBirds an early 3 run lead.

The RedBirds added on when Josh Martinez had a 2 run single and ended up scoring on a passed ball.

Gevon Jackson hit a solo home run to get things going for the Surge but it wasn’t enough to catch up. Surge would score 4 runs before running out of time.

Closer Zach Breen got the final out with a strikeout looking to end it for the RedBirds to give the Plattsburgh RedBirds their first Empire League Championship.

Brian Brademan was named the Championship Series Offensive MVP and Josh Martinez was named Defensive MVP.

“It’s been one heck of a season, Pascual Santiago and the Surge had an awesome year as well as the RedBirds and it came down to the end. Good baseball was played all season long and guys played with a purpose and everyone is excited for next year. I’d like to personally congratulate the RedBirds on a fantastic season, we will enjoy our success this year and get right back to work.” – Jerry Gonzalez VP of Baseball

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EMPIRE LEAGUE SET TO EXPAND TO 6 TEAMS NEXT SEASON

TAMPA, FL – Empire League ownership group confirms expansion to 6 teams after meeting several groups of parties interested in franchising.

League president Eddie Gonzalez spent the last part of the 2017 season, visiting with potential franchisees in Quebec, Canada, New York, Georgia, and New Jersey making 4 of the 9 interested parties legitimate competitors for the 2 new potential franchises in 2018.

The Empire League will officially announce 3 national camps for the 2018 season. One in the winter, two in the spring. After the 2017 season was recognized as a premier independent rookie league for division I, division II and non drafted players, the announcement of two new expansion teams will allow for more talented players to get a shot a pro baseball.

“Providing opportunities for players is what we are all about. Now we want to help more players by expanding and opening up more roster spots as well as providing fun filled entertainment to the cities we become a part of.” -Jerry Gonzalez VP of Baseball

The League is excited for the years to come and the guaranteed expansion of teams coming ahead.

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DOMINIC SEVERINO TO THE BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Old Orchard Beach Surge lose yet another great pitcher in Dominic Severino as he is being moved to pitch for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League.

Severino started the season as a starter in the Surge rotation but was moved to the bullpen later on where he had a lot of success. He was drafted high out of the Empire League spring training draft and was a prospect all season long.

He will join the Bluefish immediately and continue his career at the highest level of independent baseball.

“I first saw Dom in the PRIBL Winter League program down in Puerto Rico. A program that is really about development of players. We invited him to camp and he has done a good job of finding himself as a pitcher in professional baseball. He did both start and close and i believe he will excel at the next level in the pen and we couldn’t be happier for Dom and the Bluefish” – Jerry Gonzalez VP of Baseball

The Surge are eligible to pick up a player of their choice from players from eliminated teams.

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SEBASTIAN DIAZ MOVED TO OTTAWA CHAMPIONS OF THE CANAM

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Surge shortstop Sebastian Diaz has been stellar and is moved to the Ottawa Champions of the CanAm League.

Sebastian hit his first homer with the Surge on the day he arrived making an immediate impact on the team. His outstanding play has landed him a job with the Ottawa Champions of the CanAm League.

“The kid came out swinging and is very deserving of this, on behalf of the Empire League we congratulate him on moving to Ottawa. They were the champs of the CanAm last season and managed by a great coach in Hal Lanier. We want to wish him the best of luck” – Jerry Gonzalez Vp of Baseball

Sebastian Diaz will head to Ottawa immediately.

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