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 was an independent baseball league based in Arizona that played in 2012 & 2013. 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]

Former teams[edit]

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[edit]

  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.