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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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, 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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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 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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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
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.
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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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