PLATTSBURGH, NY – After spending two seasons with the Empire League proving to everyone that he belongs at this level, Tarik El-Abour has been signed by the Kansas City Royals.

In his first season with the Empire League, Tarik El-Abour was named rookie of the year. He posted a .323 batting average in 19 games as a rookie with the 2016 Empire League Champions Sullivan Explorers.

That wasn’t enough for Tarik as he also won the 2017 Empire League Championship with the Plattsburgh RedBirds posting a .240 batting average in 38 games played and a total of 122 plate appearances. He drove in 11 runs and was second in the league with 18 hit by pitches.

“He has been a champion every year he has stepped foot on an Empire League field. His mindset is set on one goal and that’s Major League Baseball. We believed in Tarik like many doubters did not. I am so beyond excited and happy for this kid i can’t explain it. This is a great day for Tarik’s career and we are beyond happy that we were able to help him along his path.”- VP Jerry Gonzalez

Tarik will report on April 1st to Arizona where he will begin the extended spring training program with the Rookie team of the Kansas City Royals.

The two year EPBL Champion expressed his gratitude for the EPBL as he believes he couldn’t have done it without the Empire League’s help in the fact that he was able to put up numbers playing in the Empire Professional Baseball League was a huge reason for the Kansas City Royals to sign him.

The Empire League executives expressed their excitement with President of the EPBL Eddie Gonzalez commenting,

“Opportunity is earned first before its given… and this young man has rightfully earned an opportunity.  A devoted, dedicated, hard working ball player who has overcome so much adversity, and been told NO a thousand times, all he needed was one yes.  I am honored to have been blessed with an chance to sign a player of his caliber.  I didn’t do it because i wanted to prove people wrong, I signed him because I saw what he could do and he wanted to prove everyone wrong.  Well he has done just that in the Empire League.  Two seasons, Two Championships, a lot of maturing and learning. That’s what a independent minor league of this level should be about. I am very Happy for Tarik, and I cant wait to follow his journey.  He is a prime example to the many ball players that reach out to us needing just one yes. Good Luck Tarik, and welcome to the fraternity of man that played affiliated baseball. The Kansas City Royals are class organization for providing this opportunity earned by Tarik.” – CEO Eddie Gonzalez

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – The RedBirds 2017 top hitter Raul Shah is on his way to another level as he has officially signed with the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League.

Shah, who finished the season hitting for an average of .314 with 56 games played, 212 plate appearances, 54 hits, 3 triples, 32 walks and 31 runs batted in, will join another Empire League player Jake Simpson of the Old Orchard Beach Surge.

“Rauls work ethic is special. From his meals, to his workouts, to his daily routine. He’s got the perfect baseball mentality and that’s going to take him a long ways. The Empire League was a start and we certainly hope he keeps it going in the Frontier.” VP – Jerry Gonzalez

Shah’s 56 games played, 54 hits, 3 triples, and .314 average was a teams best!

The Traverse City Beach Bums came in last place in their division and 11th out of 12 teams in the league. They will look to bounce back this season with the help of a couple of Empire League guys like Shah.

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TAMPA, FL – The Empire League spring training where all team rosters are filled are making its last call for  Early Registration.  To be accepted Click Here or visit the 2018 Tryouts Link and fill out player acceptance form located at empireproleague.com
We are officially in the final stretch of the sponsored early registration period. This is the chance players have had to attend the week long camp at a discounted rate thanks to our sponsors.
On January 15th this period will come to an end. We encourage all players accepted to reserve their camp entry with their Registration or housing deposit. After January 15th the camp entry cost will go back up to its original prices and this is the only way to save several hundred dollars for this great event. Fill out the Players Acceptance form and you will be contacted by VP of Baseball and League Director Jerry Gonzalez to finalize the process. This is a first come first gets opportunity until event is filled. With the high demand from players wanting to get in registration will remain open, but discounted price ends January 15th.
Fill out Player acceptance form, and if accepted a simple 50% deposit will get you in.
For more, email us at baseball@empireproleague.com
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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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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Old Orchard Beach Surge defeated the Plattsburgh RedBirds in Game 3 of the finals by the score of 6 to 4.

The game started off strong for the Surge as they got 2 quick runs on several hits off Redbirds starter Matti Doexter. Doexter would then be taken out of the game in the second inning as manager Joe Winkelsas chose to use up pitchers for only a couple of innings or specific pitch count to be able to use them multiple times throughout the series.

The Surge would score up to 6 runs but as the RedBirds have proven to be a comeback team, down 6-1 in the 7th once again the RedBirds rallied to put the score 6-4. The RedBirds had an opportunity to tie the game as they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs but clutch pitching by Surge starter Mark Hendricks kept the RedBirds from catching up. James Mulry would come in and would get the save for the Surge.

Game 4 of the finals will be played tonight at 6:30pm at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets are available at the gate. RedBirds lead the series (2-1) and are one win away from winning the Empire League Championship. Surge will have to win tonight to extend this series to the 5th and final game.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh RedBirds have their opponent for this years Championship Series and will face the Old Orchard Beach Surge who have clinched the second half as well as home field advantage.

The RedBirds will play on August 22nd and 23rd at Chip Cummings stadium and will finish the series in Old Orchard Beach on the 23rd, 24th and 25th if necessary as this series is the Best of 5 games. That means the first team to win 3 games will be crowned champions of the Empire League.

Tickets will be available at the gate at either park throughout the playoffs. For Scheduling and more  visit our schedule link!

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – On the last game of the inaugural season of the Plattsburgh RedBirds. The Empire League will honor veterans as the final night will be dedicated to the New North Country Honor Flight night at Chip Cummings field.

This Sunday will now be a double header finale against the Puerto Rico Islanders in games that could decide payoffs for the Islanders. Game times are now 12:00pm and 3:30pm at Chip Cummings field right next to the Plattsburgh State fieldhouse. We suggest getting there at 11:30 for the pre-game festivities.

An Honor Flight Veteran will be throwing out the first pitch. After players that participated in the NCHF Street Drive raising $3000 will receive their Flight Crew Caps. Gather your family, friends, and neighbors for a great game, and to honor our Veterans for their service to our country.

Tickets are on sale at the Gate on date of the event! Parking available for next to field. See you at the Ballpark!

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Old Orchard Beach Surge defeated the Plattsburgh Redbirds in double header action today to remain 1 game ahead of the Islanders who are creeping up in the standings.

In Game one, James Simpson led the way offensively with a 4 for 4 performance. Kevin Putkonen added 2 hits with one being a double and driving in 2 RBI’s. Eric Mozeika was the starter and tossed 6 innings allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 6 batters.

The RedBirds had 7 hits and scored 3 runs which wasn’t enough to defeat the red hot Surge.  Scott Hall  was not himself as he allowed 9 runs on 10 hits.

In Game 2, the Surge defeated the Redbirds 3-2 on what was a great come from behind victory against a very good RedBirds starter, Wendell Floranus. Both teams had a total of 4 hits.  A game tying RBI triple by Edgar Lebron was the difference in the game as that led to a go ahead ground out to score Lebron and to take the lead for the Surge.

Floranus pitched a complete game giving up just 4 hits while striking out 7 batters and only walking 1. A performance that would normally end in a victory for the RedBirds ended in a loss in which Jalen Miller earned after tossing 6 innings allowing just 1 earned run and striking out 5 batters for the Surge.

Redbirds now have 5 players injured in which could be big for opponents heading into the playoffs.

The Surge are now in first place overall by 1 game which means if the Surge win the second half, the Surge will have home field advantage in the playoffs.


PLATTSBURGH, NY –  Left handed pitcher Dimitri Nunez who is the ace of the Plattsburgh RedBirds has been promoted to the Normal Kornbelters of the Frontier League.

Dimitri, who has been phenomenal all season long, departs immediately and will become teammates with OOB Surge LHP Matt Picucci who has also been sent to the Normal Kornbelters of the frontier league.

Both lefties will continue their careers in baseball at a very high level of baseball and the Empire League congratulates them on their success.

“Dimitri was one of my pitchers last year, the guy throws 7 different pitches from 3 different angles and changes his timing. I had him train with Matt Joyce of the big leagues. This guy is good and very deserving. I am so happy to see him get this opportunity” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Plattsburgh is eligible to sign a new player as this move falls into the category of players eligible to sign.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Islanders have made a very interesting move sending cleanup hitter and All Star Game MVP Andres Arroyo and LHP Hunter Kyzar to the Plattsburgh RedBirds for OF Kenneth Collins.

The players will report to their teams tomorrow and will be eligible to play with new  team immediately.

The Islanders have also placed UT Michael Heller on the Disabled list. Islanders are also in talks with Old Orchard Beach Surge for possible trade in the near future prior to the Empire League Deadline.