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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JACOB CORDERO TO QUEBEC CAPITALES OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Jacob Cordero, shortstop of the Puerto Rico Islanders, will get an opportunity to move on with the Quebec Capitales of the CanAm League.

Cordero will head to New Jersey immediately to join the team tonight versus the New Jersey Jackals. He will join former Empire League Miles Moeller and Edgar Lebron in the squad!

Cordero was a former 11th round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks and is on pace to earn the Defensive MVP award in the Empire League.

He has played the last few seasons in the Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Winter League where many major league stars play during the winter.

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EDGAR LEBRON PROMOTED TO QUEBEC CAPITALES OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – Things could not get better for Edgar Lebron as he has learned today he will be continuing on to play this season at a higher level after clinching the overall in standings with the Surge. Lebron has been promoted to the Quebec Capitales of the CanAm League.

Most people that know Lebron would say he is one of the top players this season. What most do not know is that Edgar Lebron has a hearing condition which forces him to work extra hard. Lebron, who batted .314avg this season and has stolen 31 bases, has earned his way to the next level and will continue playing this season in the CanAm League.

Lebron is set to join the Capitales in New Jersey for the series against the Jackals.

The Surge are eligible to select another player as the team has earned a spot in the Championship series after clinching overall best record yesterday.

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