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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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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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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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.
- Offensive MVP: PLA Michael Deeb
- Defensive MVP: PLA Anthony Wiggins
- Pitcher of the Year: PUR Matt Quintana
- Reliever of the Year: NHW Justin Lemanski
- Rookie of the Year: OOB John Tierney Jr
- Slugger of the Year: PLA Raul Shah
- Impact Player of the Year: PUR Shota Sugawara
- Manager of the Year: NYB Ernesto Punales
- General Manager of the Year: PUR Carlos Nunez
- Batting Champion: PLA Raul Shah
- All Star Game HR Champ: PUR Jacob Bissell
- 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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