REDBIRDS WIN A WILD GAME IN PUERTO RICO

AGUADA, PR – The Plattsburgh RedBirds defeated the Aguada Explorers today in what would be  a historic game in the Empire Professional Baseball League.

The RedBirds scored 11 runs in the top of the 3rd inning   and batted around started by Nazario Cruz reaching on base by an error. A triple by  Armando Valentin, single by Anthony Wiggins, double by Michael Deeb, single by Raul Shah, single by Dale Urquhart, and  6 runs later, the RedBirds were back up to the top of the lineup. This is where history in the league was made. Armando Valentin came up to bat and hit another triple in the same inning being the only player in history to do so.  They would end up scoring 11 runs in the inning taking an 11-0 lead.

The long wait for RedBirds Ace may have gotten to him as he went from cruising through the first two innings to giving up 5 runs in the bottom half of the 3rd to a fighting Explorers team. Parker Franklin led things off with a double to left center and would score on a single by Bronson Pulgados. Tyler post would double later on in the inning and an error by the RedBirds shortstop kept the inning alive to allow the 5 runs to score.

This wouldn’t be it for the Explorers as they would tack on 4 more runs the following inning making the game 11-9 and right back in it. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the team rallied for 2 runs to tie it on a single by Marc Culmer who would drive in Ryan Rivera and Samuel Carter.

The Explorers would then take the lead in the 6th inning scoring 1 run on yet another double by Tyler Post making history in the league once again by having the biggest comeback for any team in league history.

However, the RedBirds would not go out quietly. The team fought back to take the lead that they had lost with doubles by Armando Valentin and Michael Deeb. Valentins  double made him just a home run shy of making history with the league as the only player to hit for the cycle. But a ground out in the 8th inning eliminated the chances for that to happen.

Paulino Harrington added to the RedBirds scoring late with  a monster blast to deep left center field for his first professional home run.

This game was one to remember as one of the wildest games played in the Empire League and a fantastic job by both teams to show character and fight until the end. The RedBirds  reliever Cody Pamperin earned the win while Robert Brown was credited with the loss and Damian Boyum earned the save.

Both teams will battle it out again tomorrow for the last game of the series at 930am in Rincon, PR

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REDBIRDS FALL BEHIND IN SERIES IN PUERTO RICO

AGUADA, PR – The Plattsburgh Redbirds flew into Puerto Rico and made a statement by defeating the  Explorers on game one but fell short in game two. The  Explorers have  taken the third game of the series and look to capitalize on their series lead.

Adam Falcon got the start today versus Explorers Ace Mike Melendez. Falcon went 5 Innings pitched allowing 5 earned runs while striking  out 5 batters earning the loss. Melendez went the distance going all 9 Innings pitched allowing just 2 earned runs striking out 8 batters. This is the Explorers 3rd Complete game of the season for starting pitchers and they are climbing up the standings.

Terrell Thompson, James Dockery and Cory Slater led the way offensively for the Explorers as they all had multiple hits in this one including a big 2 out double by Cory Slater in the 5th inning to give the Explorers a  gap in their lead and would finish with a total of 6 runs scored.

Although not much offense from the RedBirds, Christian Nazario Cruz and Michael Deeb led the way offensively for the Redbirds as Cruz finished with 2 hits including a double and Deeb added an RBI double himself and a run scored to get the scoring started for the RedBirds.

Adam Falcon is credited with the loss while Mike Melendez earns himself another win tossing a complete game.

The Redbirds drop to  (7-13) while the Explorers improve to (7-11). Both teams will meet again tomorrow at 9:30am for their 4th game of the series in Puerto Rico.

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REDBIRDS AND EPBL TOGETHER BUILDING AN EMPIRE IN THE COMMUNITY

PLATTSBURGH, NY –    The Empire League system is not all about just playing baseball. Its about building professional athletes to become the best they can be on and off the field while providing a fun, family oriented , positive   entertainment for our families in our locations.

These first couple of weeks have been outstanding in our communities as each team has visited either youth camps, hospitals, or ran clinics to inspire young children to stay in school, get involved in sports and provide a positive dream for their futures.

The Puerto Rico Islanders Manager Tony Rodriguez with players Will Ramos, Luis Contreras and Willie Concepcion, got together with the Aguada Explorers manager Joey Molina and players Kyle Robinson, James Dockery, Terrell Thompson, Samuel Carter and Ryan Rivera, to provide a clinic for youth summer camps all around the Island. So far they have successfully provided knowledge, inspiration and created dreams for one of the 8 programs set up to visit.

The Plattsburgh RedBirds  have  also had camps and clinics for kids in the Plattsburgh community and have done a fantastic job involving themselves with the youth in all aspects of life led by RedBirds leader Sandra Perry and 13 of the 20 rostered players who had a blast in the past weeks camp.

In Old Orchard Beach, our Mascot Surgio and front office staff have toured the entire city  sharing memories, taking pictures and putting smiles on children and adults faces as they have been non stop providing their own donated time to entertain and expose the leadership roles these ball players take on every single day.

These pictures show the character, love, passion for the game and involvement in the community that it takes to be a professional athlete. Here at the Empire Professional Baseball League, its not just about building a better baseball player, its about building an Empire! Building athletes into better people, involving the communities around us to create a fun, healthy, positive environment anywhere the league is around.

On behalf of the Empire League executives we thank those players, coaches, staff and communities for your hard work and support in continuing to make our homes an enjoyable and positive place for our future generation.

“This program that we have here is special. It’s not about the owners, its not about the coaches, our time has past. It’s about building an empire for these young ball players in becoming positive role models anywhere they go and inspiring the next generation to be better then us. Coming to a ball game and paying $5 at the gate doesn’t make this league rich. It helps with the expense of keeping this going. Every dollar we make goes right back to these men for everything they’re doing. With the help and support of our great communities, we can work together to make our towns better day by day. ” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Below are some pictures of our recent interaction with our Empire League Communities. We would love to support as much as possible. Any members of the community that would like to work together with us, email us at Baseball@empireproleague.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROGER DIAZ MOVE TO THE YORK REVOLUTION OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Roger Diaz ranked as the top Empire League Catcher with a 1.79 pop time to second has been selected to move up to the Atlantic League. .

With the many injuries taking place in such a high level pro league windows of opportunity have opened and spots need to be filled. It’s a great chance for our players to really see the level of play and we are thankful that our league is heavily chosen to select players from.
“Roger is an amazing person and a great player, I  coudn’t be happier for him and i hope he makes the best of this opportunity” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez
Diaz, who was with the Plattsburgh RedBirds will now be in a York Revolution of the Atlantic League uniform.
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REDBIRDS BREAK CAMP STRONG AND READY FOR SEASON

GEORGETOWN, DE – Spring Training Camp is officially over and the Plattsburgh RedBirds have made their decisions and finalized the opening day roster.

The RedBirds roster as a couple of familiar faces in last years rookie of the year Christian Nazario Cruz, All Star starter Dimitri Nunez and recently promoted Raul Shah.

The RedBirds also signed former linebacker for the Notre Dame Irish Michael Deeb to his first professional contract.

“We have great chemistry and that’s key to winning championships. I like this team and im exited to start the season.” – Manager Selwyn Young

The Redbirds open up the season in Old Orchard Beach in a rematch of last years finals series before coming home for opening night in Plattsburgh.

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FORMER NOTRE DAME LINEBACKER COULD LAND HIMSELF IN A REDBIRD UNIFORM

GEORGETOWN, DE – The Plattsburgh RedBirds selected Michael Deeb former linebacker for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2018 EPBL Draft and he is just 2 days away from finding out if he will sign a pro baseball contract with the Plattsburgh RedBirds.

Deeb, from Plantation, Florida, was a First-team linebacker on Fort Lauderdale Sun- Sentinel Class 5A-4A 3A-2A squad for 2012, first-team linebacker on Miami Herald All- Broward County 5A-Indiana all-star squad, standout at linebacker for American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, ranked 34th player nationally on Rivals.com list of inside linebackers, ranked 25th among middle linebackers on Scout 300 by Scout.com, made 95 tackles, four sacks and an interception as senior in 2012, ranked fifth among all Broward County prospects coming into 2012 by Miami Herald, made 90 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and forced five fumbles as a junior in 2011.

He played in two games for the Irish (at USC on Nov. 29 and vs. No. 22 LSU on Dec. 30) in which the Irish won both games. The 6’2″ 255lbs Outfielder Prospect is looking for an opportunity to play professional baseball for the first time in his young career.

“I had the opportunity to speak with him today and he’s just a very educated, strong, energetic and talented individual. He’s got an incredible attitude, mindset and work ethic. We will see what coach Young decides to do on Friday.” VP Jerry Gonzalez

The Empire League rosters will be released on Friday and prospects all around the league like Deeb are all hoping for an opportunity in the Empire League.

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FAMILIAR FACES SELECTED IN 2018 EPBL DRAFT

GEORGETOWN, DE – Manager Selwyn Young feels really good about the Redbirds chances after his selections during this years draft.

The RedBirds have a few familiar faces that are looking to make a team out of camp this season in 2017 Rookie of the year Christian Nazario Cruz, Raul Shah, and Ace Dimitri Nunez.

Young, RedBirds new manager, along side GM Josh Velasquez, made every selection they wanted and feel really good about their chances to get back to the finals this season.

The RedBirds will travel to Old Orchard Beach out of camp to face the team they beat last season in the final game. It will be interesting to see how the new RedBirds will look in 2018 as the rosters will be filled at the end of camp on Friday.

“I am very pleased with my guys. We have truly become a team very quickly. Just watching them play together and work together and become a team so fast is one of the things that I’m most excited about.” -Manager Selwyn Young

The RedBirds will open their home stand following the 19th of June against the Old Orchard Beach Surge at Chip Cummings Field.

The Redbirds roster will be finalized on the 8th.

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YOUNG TO MANAGE THE PLATTSBURGH REDBIRDS

TAMPA, FL – The Empire League has announced that Selwyn Young will be the new manager for the 2017 Empire League Champions, The Plattsburgh RedBirds.

Young hails from Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of Belmont High School, where he was a three-sport varsity letterman. He was named “All City” shortstop his senior season as well as being an All-League defensive back in football. School honors included being named Belmont’s “Athlete of the Year” in 1976. After high school, Young played for the 1977 Los Angeles City College Cubs at shortstop. A 30-game hitting streak that year helped him earn a full scholarship to Pepperdine University in Malibu. In 1980, he set the single season record for stolen base percentage at .952 with 20 out of 21 stolen bases. That team was inducted into Pepperdine’s prestigious Hall of Fame in 1999. The 1979 Waves were the first Pepperdine team to win a berth in the NCAA College World Series.

Young played professional baseball 10 years beginning with the Oakland A’s organization in 1981, where he was a part of three consecutive Minor League Championships. He also played with the Baltimore Orioles, the Mexican Major Leagues, and several independent leagues before hanging up his glove in 1995 while under a MLB contract with the Seattle Mariners. He was also a part-time scout for the Cincinnati Reds, and the Seattle Mariners.

Young coached professionally, managing the Yuma Desert Dawgs in the Golden State Professional Baseball League. He served as the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners Area Code team for three seasons, and managed the Mariner Scout team for five seasons. He also coached the local RBI Scout Team for two seasons. For six years he served as the hitting and base running coach for the Santa Barbara Foresters’ summer team. Under Young’s guidance, the Foresters set the National stolen base record with 257 steals in 2001. In 2003, the Foresters won the National Baseball Congress, American National Championship, held in Wichita, Kansas.

Young has over 15 years of collegiate coaching prior to Benedict College at Compton College, Antelope Valley College, Santa Barbara City College, Oxnard College, Ventura College, and Los Angeles City College.

Baseball is a family affair for Young. His father, Fate Young, was a professional baseball scout for over 35 years. His younger brother, Delwyn, was selected in the second round by the Cincinnati Reds and played for 13 seasons. His nephew, Delwyn Jr., has been in professional baseball eight years and is currently with the Philadelphia Phillies organization. His son, Selwyn Brandon Young, just completed his college career playing for his father for two seasons at Benedict College. Just recently, Selwyn Jr., signed a professional baseball contract with the Newark Bears in the Canam Baseball League keeping the Young family tradition going in professional baseball.

Young has 10 former players playing at the Major League level today. Including pitcher Matt Garza (Cubs), Dana Eveland (Dodgers), Coco Crisp (A’s), Jason Kubel (Twins), Kevin Frandsen (Phillies), Kevin Millar, Brett Hayes (Marlins), Delwyn Young (Phillies),Chris Petite (Angels) and former Red Sox James Lofton and former MLB World Series champ with the Red Sox and current host of MLB’s Intentional Talk.

Young also represented former A’s first round pick Richie Robnett in the 2005 MLB Annual June Draft and negotiated a multi-million dollar contract for Robnett under Young’s former Sports Agency, Sly Sports Management.

“Just look at the guys resume, it speaks for itself. He can develop players and fulfill the duties of an Empire League Manager with no problem” VP Jerry Gonzalez

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REDBIRDS CLAIM 2-WAY OF/P ANTHONY WIGGINS IN CALIFORNIA

COMMERCE, CA – The RedBirds claimed one of the best overall players in the California camp. A speedy, strong, fast, hard throwing left handed rookie Anthony Wiggins for the 2018 season.

The RedBirds will look to repeat in 2018 as they have made a strong movie claiming Anthony Wiggins who ran a 6.8 60-yard dash.

“I was impressed from the moment I saw him run. But then to see him hit a triple off a good pitcher, throw a guy out at third from the fence and then come in and throw in the low 90’s is an independent teams gold.” – VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

The Southern Nazarene University product will be on the opening day roster for the RedBirds.

The Empire League will have spring training in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018 to finalize the final 120 roster spots/contracts available. Like no other camp in the world, the EPBL is the only league that offers 120 or more contracts at their tryout camps. For those players interested in pursuing your dreams and would like a shot at professional baseball, remember, the EPBL only signs players that attend EPBL camps. This will be the last tryout camp in professional baseball this season. To be accepted, visit empireproleague.com, click the tryouts link and apply for acceptance to our spring Training Tryout camp before camp spots are filled. There are limited participants accepted into the EPBL ST Tryout camp. So players are recommended to not wait as once camp is filled, no one else will be allowed to tryout.

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RHP ADAM KOUTZ ASSIGNED TO REDBIRDS IN CALI TRYOUT CAMP

PASADENA, CA – Another move by the EPBL has been made. This time sending young rookie Adam Koutz to the 2017 Empire League Champions, Plattsburgh RedBirds.

Koutz, a 22 year old rookie from Las Vegas, Nevada, was consistently in the top 90’s. He was the third and final pitcher signed to the Empire League during this weekends Empire League Tryout Camp in California.

“He’s a young player with a good mindset. He fits our league perfectly and I think this would be exactly what the league is about in helping a young man start his professional career.” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

The Plattsburgh RedBirds won the EPBL Championship last season and will look to repeat in 2018 with Koutz on the mound.

The Empire League will have spring training in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018 to finalize the final 120 roster spots/contracts available. For those players interested in pursuing your dreams and would like a shot at professional baseball, remember, the EPBL only signs players that attend spring training. Visit empireproleague.com and register for our spring Training Tryout camp before camp spots are filled. There are limited participants accepted into the EPBL ST Tryout camp.

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