Saratoga Brigade

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Saratoga Brigade
Saratoga Brigade Logo.jpg
Team Logo
League NECBL (West Division (2013-present))
Location Saratoga Springs, NY
Ballpark East Side Recreation Field
Year founded 2004
League championships 1 (2006 NYCBL)
Former name(s) Saratoga Brigade (2013-present)
Oneonta Outlaws (2010-2012)
Saratoga Phillies (2004-2009)
Former league(s) NYCBL (2004-2012)
Colors Dark blue, Buff
         
Management Dan Scaring (GM)
Website saratogabrigade.com

The Saratoga Brigade are a collegiate summer baseball team located in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. They compete in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

The franchise initially played in the New York Collegiate Baseball League as the Saratoga Phillies, which is partially sponsored by the NCAA and Major League Baseball, and has been in existence since 1978. It was announced that the Phillies would relocate to Oneonta, New York starting in the 2010 season.

In 2013, the team moved back to Saratoga to coincide with a move to the NECBL as the Saratoga Brigade.

History and Background[edit]

The Saratoga Phillies were started in 2004 by co-owners Keith Rogers and Dan Scaring. A not-for-profit organization, the Phillies were a registered New York State Charity Organization. Phillies’ players were provided housing, employment and transportation during the 42-game season. The Phillies were financed through corporate sponsorships and private donations, and were the only team in the NYCBL that did not charge admission to their home games.

NYCBL Champions[edit]

The Phillies won their only league championship in 2006. The team posted a 32-14 record and swept their way through the playoffs, defeating the Amsterdam Mohawks and the Little Falls Diamond Miners to clinch the East Division. They then went on to defeat the Allegany County Nitros from the West division to gain the title.

Move to Oneonta[edit]

Back to Saratoga[edit]

Following three seasons in Oneonta, the Phillies opted to return to their first home for the 2013 season. Along with moving back to Saratoga, the franchise also elected to move to a different league, being voted into the New England Collegiate Baseball League, becoming the league's first team outside of the New England region.[1] The move to Saratoga also comes with a new identity, with the franchise renaming itself the Saratoga Brigade.[2]

Venue[edit]

The Brigade play at East Side Recreation Field. The field also accommodates other local teams as well as the American Legion team, the Saratoga Stampede.

Drafted Phillies[edit]

Year Name College Drafted by Round
2004 Dan Griffin Niagara San Francisco Giants 5th
2004 Casper Wells Towson Detroit Tigers 14th
2004 Jed Stephen Ohio State Baltimore Orioles 8th
2004 Jeff Stallings NC State San Francisco Giants 18th
2004 Cody Merrell Texas St.–San Marcos Cleveland Indians  
2004 Caleb Mangum NC State Philadelphia Phillies 24th
2006 Darin Mastroianni Southern Indiana Toronto Blue Jays 16th
2009 JD Martinez Nova Southeastern University Houston Astros 20th
2009 Mike Fiers Nova Southeastern University Milwaukee Brewers 22nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillies' collegiate baseball franchise relocating to Saratoga Springs at saratogian.com, URL accessed Dec 30, 2012
  2. ^ 13 for '13 at necbl.com, URL accessed Jan 1, 2013

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