TAMPA, FL – Ken Matsuzaka will now shift his focus to the development of young ball players and leading the Surge Baseball club out of Saranac Lake, New York in 2019.

Matsuzaka will resume the managerial duties of the Saranac Lake Surge  after finishing the 2019 season with the club.

Matsuzaka, from Japan,  played his first season of professional baseball in 2016 as a member of the New Hampshire Wild. He has then stepped into a leadership role and player development in the Empire League as a rovering instructor.

The Empire League couldn’t be more excited to have a manager of Matsuzaka’s knowledge, leadership and discipline leading a ball club.

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TAMPA, FL –  The Can-Am League announced on Thursday its first joint partnership with the Empire Professional Baseball League. This summer, the Empire League’s all-star team, the Empire League Grays, will play four games against the 2018 Can-Am League champion Sussex County Miners.

The Empire League is extremely excited and Grateful to the CanAm League for this great opportunity and the possible future collaborations.

The Empire League will send a team of 25-28 players selected at this years Empire League Spring Training Tryout camp to play in the CanAm League series versus the 2018 CanAm League Champions the Sussex County Miners in June  and July in Sussex County.

Players will have the opportunity to not only play and get the experience at the level of the CanAm League but will also be evaluated for potential opportunities with the CanAm League teams.

The Grays and Miners will face off in four games at Sussex County’s Skylands Stadium: a doubleheader on Tuesday, June 11 at 5:05 p.m. and single games on Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3 at 6:05 p.m.

The games will count in the standings and replace the Miners’ originally scheduled games against Cuba’s national team July 2-3.

“I am very excited we have entered this agreement with the Empire League,” Can-Am League Executive Director Kevin Winn  said. “These four games will allow us a nice introduction to a league that sits in the middle of our footprint. Eddie Gonzalez has done a great job on this and I am looking forward to the games.”

Entering its fifth year, this partnership marks the Empire League’s first-ever interleague games. Established in 2015, the league operates with teams in New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico and Maine.

“I am extremely grateful for this Empire League opportunity by the Can-Am League and the great recognition by Kevin Winn,” Empire League Director of Baseball Eddie Gonzalez said. “We are excited about this agreement and the possibility of future collaborations.”

Entering its 15th season, the Can-Am League’s 2019 season will begin on May 16. The league’s teams will play a 95-game schedule that includes series against the Cuban National Team and Japan’s Shikoku Island Team. The Can-Am League has been a leader in several areas, including the implementation of speed-up rules that dramatically reduced game times league-wide. The league has also been the most progressive independent league in the past five years by hosting international teams, most notably from Cuba and Japan.


Established in 1936 and running through 1951, the Can-Am League was re-formed in 2005 and is now the premier independent baseball league in the Northeastern United States and Canada. Fueled by strong cities, good stadiums and a great brand of baseball, the league has teams in Little Falls, N.J. (New Jersey Jackals), Augusta, N.J. (Sussex County Miners), Pomona, N.Y. (Rockland Boulders), Ottawa, Ontario (Ottawa Champions), Quebec City, Quebec (Quebec Capitales) and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Trois-Rivieres Aigles). More information on the Can-Am League can be found at


“We want to really thank the CanAm League for reaching out to us and making this possible. Every year that goes by we are excited about our guys and the opportunities provided by the Empire League for players from all over the world. This is another step in the right direction for the Empire League and its players and we couldn’t be more excited to play these games.”

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OTTAWA, CAN – The 2018 Empire Professional Baseball League batting champ, Raul Shah, will get an opportunity to make a roster spot with the Ottawa Champions of the CanAm League.

Shah, a 2 year EPBL infielder, hit  for a .358 (112-313) batting average during the two seasons in the Empire League.  He is 4th all time in games played in the EPBL , 5th in overall hits with 112, tied for leagues best in overall in triples (6) and 3rd in RBIs with 69.

He was  also an Empire League Champion in 2017 with the Plattsburgh RedBirds who are now the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds.

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TAMPA, FL –  The Independent professional baseball showcase will have its annual spring training tryout camp in Georgetown, Delaware.

The League is now near the end of the Free Agent  signing period. If you’re looking for a chance to play professional baseball in 2019, this is your opportunity to sign to the 4 federation leagues (Frontier, Atlantic, American Association and CanAm) right from camp or be selected to play in the Empire Professional Baseball League. Register and get accepted into the 2019 Spring Training Camp.   Click Here to select your camp, finalize registration and follow the itinerary posted under the Spring Tryouts Camp Link.

If you were cut or released by any other leagues that  wouldn’t give you the chance, Get accepted today and we will see you at camp!

Here is a little Independent Baseball Education:
There are 4 Elite level Indy Leagues that are part of a Pro Baseball Federation!  They play in multi million dollar Stadiums, and generate great revenue as they provide an opportunity for experienced released players to get back to MLB ball.

We support all players dreams and encourage them to always attend those league tryouts as it is a dream opportunity and a true desired path to get into Affiliated Baseball!  However, it is important for players to know.. That if you don’t come from high level college or Affiliated baseball it is extremely difficult for players to get in to those leagues without strong credited experience. That’s why the Empire League exists!!Players enroll in our showcase program and nearly 50% of our players are sent up to play in these leagues either directly from camp or throughout the summer season.

Even though one of those leagues doesn’t realize the fact that the Empire is simply a platform that provides players that experience and gets players ready for their needs, the Empire League is still one of the leading ways of getting into those top leagues. We Proudly Thank the Atlantic League, American Association, Frontier League and CanAm League organizations that every year sign players to fill their needs during the season with our prepared Empire League players!

Players, do your homework, always stay ready, and attend all tryouts that at least give you a probability of getting a shot.
We support and believe in programs that are about the players such as the Black Sox Baseball Organization and PRIBL programs doing great things for players.

Never Give up Guys! And your at Bat could be here!

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TAMPA, FL – The Empire Professional Baseball League has officially sent 2-time EPBL Champion and Puerto Rico National team catcher Yordani Salva to the Gary Southshore Railcats of the American Association.

Salva won a championship in the EPBL in 2017  with Plattsburgh  and in 2018 with the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Salva posted  a .222 batting average in only 30 plate appearances in 2018 while throwing out  a league high 85% of base runners.

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