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Freedom Pro Baseball League

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Freedom Professional Baseball League
Freedom Pro Baseball League.png
Sport Baseball
Founded 2012
No. of teams 4
Country United States
Most recent champion(s) Phoenix Prospectors
Official website freedomprobaseballleague.com

The Freedom Pro Baseball League is an independent professional baseball league based in Arizona that played in 2012 & 2013 with plans to return in 2016. The league started with four teams in 2012.[1] The Copper State Prospectors won the initial league title in 2012[2] and repeated as champions in 2013.[3]

Joe Sperle is the president and founder of the Freedom League. Sperle, the owner of Joe Sperle's Baseball School, has over 20 years playing and coaching experience.[4][5]

The league had some financial difficulties in its initial season.[6] They returned in 2013 with a new schedule that included interleague games against teams of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.[7] They signed former Major League Baseball player Joey Gathright to one of the clubs for 2013.[8]

The league did not play in 2014 because they were unable to work out a lease agreement with Kino Stadium.[9] They have been working on reorganizing with a plan to return to play in June 2016.[10]

Current teams

Team City State/Province Stadium
Goodyear Centennials Goodyear Arizona Goodyear Ballpark
Peoria Explorers Peoria Arizona Peoria Sports Complex
Phoenix Prospectors Phoenix Arizona Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Prescott Montezuma Federals Prescott Arizona Roughrider Park

References

  1. ^ "Freedom League Launches in Arizona". Ballparkbiz.com. March 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Copper State Prospectors named championship team for 2012 season". Freedom Pro Baseball League. September 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Phoenix Prospectors Win 2013 Freedom League Championship". independentbaseball.net. September 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Freedom League History". Freedomprobaseballleague.com. 
  5. ^ "Joe Sperle Baseball School". 
  6. ^ Richard, Kevin (August 16, 2012). "Freedom Baseball League: We’ll be back next season". ballparkdigest.com. 
  7. ^ "Pacifics in the news". San Rafael Pacifics. 
  8. ^ "Joey Gathright signs with Peoria Explorers of the Freedom Professional Baseball League". freedomproleague blog. May 17, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ Richard, Kevin (June 3, 2014). "Freedom Baseball League pitches Pima County on Kino Stadium lease". ballparkdigest.com. 
  10. ^ "Freedom Pro Baseball League".