TUPPER LAKE, NY – The village asked for it, the community wanted it, the people named it, and The Empire League brought it! Welcome to the Empire League, Tupper Lake Riverpigs.

The Empire League, an Independent Professional Baseball Developmental League officially introduces it’s newest franchise coming to the Adirondacks, the Tupper Lake Riverpigs.

The League as an organization has operated over the last few years in parts of the north country and is growing as a huge positive influence in many communities. As the League has looked to improve its operations, it has also looked to improve geographically by settling in locations that desire this level of community fun. In 2019 the Surge Baseball team became the league’s organization of the year after moving into the Village of Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks region of New York. When the league was in search of a location to place a team, the Village of Saranac Lake answered the call and wanted a baseball team. They welcomed the Surge and Empire League with open arms and tremendous support.

After experiencing the great value that the league brought to Saranac Lake the Village of Tupper Lake wanted the same. Many of the Tupper Lake Village board members expressed huge desire to bring the Empire League experience to Tupper Lake NY.

Tupper Lake Village board member Haji Maroun was a regular game attendee in Saranac Lake, and was among the first members of the Village board to express a desire to get a team in Tupper Lake. “I loved seeing great baseball, while the players and league over all helped inspire kids in the community. My kid enjoyed engaging and learning from the players and was fortunate to be the team’s bat boy on many occasions. During the summer, kids were putting down the video games or negative activities and we’re getting out to the ball field to learn and enjoy Baseball. It was just wonderful to see, and we want that here in the Village of Tupper Lake” said Mr Maroun.

After several meetings with Mayor Dave Maroun and the village board members the long awaited baseball dream for many will come true.

“There was a little jump of the gun negative public reaction at the beginning stages of this whole idea, when a news article was released that made national headlines about the team’s initial brainstormed suggestion for a name. It was simply an initial suggestion” said Mr Gonzalez. One of several names were discussed between league ambassador and mentor Jed Carrier of NY and Mr. Gonzalez. It was then presented as a candidate in a meeting and to this day no one knows how it made national headlines since we are just now officially confirming the team entering the league and officially confirming the name Riverpigs” said Mr. Gonzalez.

Ultimately the organization established a great committee and worked hard over the last few months to make this possible. The committee allowed for all members in the community to come out and vote on the team name and voters got what they chose. The name Riverpigs was the most voted name and the team name is now in the history books. The team will call Municipal Park home and depending on national restrictions from the world pandemic of covid-19 there should be Baseball played this summer of 2020.

The Empire League is committed to providing a huge opportunity for young up and coming players but also to being great ambassadors and attraction to wonderful communities.

”We thank all supportive entities helping us make this happen, the Village of Tupper Lake, the local Businesses and most of all the fans in the community for wanting this” said Mr. Gonzalez.

The league looks forwards to gaining great partners and making a difference for time to come.

To be a strong supporter of this program, a sponsor, or to give a donation, contact us via email at Baseball@empireproleague.com or contact the Tupper Lake Riverpigs Committee anytime.

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SARANAC LAKE, NY –   2020 Top Empire League pitching prospect Juan Mateo will no longer be participating at this years Pro Baseball Showcase and League training camp. That’s because Juan has officially signed a Pro contract with the Cleveland Indians this week.

After attempting and failing to earn a Pro Baseball Contract for nearly a decade with other sources and coaches, Juan decided to trust in the work of Pro Baseball Instructor and Player Consultant Eddie Gonzalez. Eddie helped Juan improve velocity from the mid 90’s to comfortably and consistently reaching 100 miles per hour. During the process he work diligently at exposing Juan to MLB proper scouting with his highly respected scouting networks and connections.

Juan spent most winter months training and getting in the best physical shape of his life. Following a Professional Nutrition and Fitness plan with trainer Omar Cintron and the NutriSpot in Brandon Florida.

Juan’s Story is an inspiration to so many. “If you truly want to achieve something the secret is never giving up and surrounding yourself with the correct people. But put God first!” said Juan.

Coaches staff and the Empire Baseball Family is proud of Juan for his efforts and wish him the best of luck during his journey.

Empire League showcase directors and scouting personnel look forward to continuing helping guys like Juan achieve the next level.

To showcase your player skills in front of Mr. Gonzalez and the Entire Empire scouting system, players can enroll and register for this years Pro Baseball Independent showcase camp by clicking here.

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SARANAC LAKE, NY – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds championship game winning pitcher Chris Tessitore who was moved up after season to the New Jersey Jackals has re-signed with the team for the 2020 regular season.

Tessitore, a 23 year old right handed pitcher, started 3 games for the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds in which one of those victories earned the Thunderbirds its second Empire Baseball League Championship in its history.

When Tessitore signed with the Jackals in 2019, he also  won the 2019 CanAm League Championship. Yes, he won two championships in one season in a time which was very emotional for him and  his family.

The 6’4, 210 lb pitcher out of Baldwin, New York will continue his career with the Jackals .

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SARANAC LAKE, NY – Former two year power hitting outfielder Trey Hannam has officially transitioned his career from player to coach and he will be doing so in a New York Mets uniform.

Trey spent two seasons in the Empire League. His first stint was with the Puerto Rico Islanders  in 2017 where he hit 2 Home Runs in 55 at bats driving in 8 runs. He then was a part of the runner-up New York Bucks in 2018 where he had 185  plate appearances slamming 3 Home Runs and driving in 2 runners and led the team in doubles with 12.

Hannam,  only 24 years old, will be handling hitting duties in the minor league system.

The Empire Baseball League is extremely excited for Trey and  cannot wait to see his continued success as a coach in the game.

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SARANAC LAKE, NY – Former right handed starting pitcher for the Surge Baseball organization Johnnie LaRossa has climbed up the latter and earned his way to signing with the Milwaukee Brewers  organization.

The  North Massapequa, New York product  started 7 games in the Empire League  posting a (2-2) record. LaRossa had one complete game with one shutout. In 38 innings of work, LaRossa struck out 43 batters.

The EBL congratulates Johnnie and hopes to see him continue to build his empire.

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