New England Collegiate Baseball League
|Current season, competition or edition:
2016 NECBL season
|Motto||Keep your eye
on the dream
|No. of teams||13|
|Vermont Mountaineers (3)|
|Most titles||Newport Gulls (6)|
The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) is a 13-team collegiate summer baseball league founded in 1993 and sanctioned by the NCAA and Major League Baseball. Each NECBL team plays an eight-week, 44-game schedule during June and July, with a playoff in early August. Like the Cape Cod Baseball League and other amateur leagues, the NECBL is a showcase for top college-level players, giving professional baseball scouts a chance to see prospective pros playing against each other. Along with the Cape Cod Baseball League, Northwoods League, and Coastal Plain League, it is considered one of the top summer leagues in the country and is a part of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball.
Founded in 1993, the NECBL began its direction under George Foster, former Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets All-Star and Major League Baseball home run leader, and Emmy Award-winning television producer/director Joseph Consentino. Play started in 1994 and today the NECBL has become a strong twelve-team league that plays in all six New England states. It recruits players attending U.S. colleges from New England, the other 44 states, and foreign countries, provided that they come from NCAA-sanctioned colleges or universities, are in good academic standing, have completed at least one year of athletic eligibility, and have at least one year of eligibility remaining. The NECBL became a 13-team league in 2013 with the addition of teams in Rhode Island (Ocean State Waves), Massachusetts (Plymouth Pilgrims) and New York (Saratoga Brigade) (the league's first team to operate outside New England), but reverted to 12 teams after the Brigade folded. On October 30, 2015, the league announced the formation of an expansion franchise based in Hartford, Vermont that would begin play in 2016, bringing the league size back up to 13 teams.
(see individual team websites below)
- An asterisk (*) denotes a charter franchise of the league
Relocated or renamed teams
|Fairfield Stallions||Fairfield, Connecticut||Alumni Baseball Diamond||1,000||1994|
|Bristol Nighthawks||Bristol, Connecticut||Muzzy Field||4,900||1994–1995|
|Waterbury Barons||Waterbury, Connecticut||Municipal Stadium||6,000||1994–1996|
|Central Mass Collegians||Leominster, Massachusetts||Doyle Field||6,200||1995–1999|
|Riverpoint Royals||West Warwick, Rhode Island||McCarthy Field||2,500||1996–2004|
|North Shore Navigators||Lynn, Massachusetts||Fraser Field||3,804||1994–2011|
|Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide||Old Orchard Beach, Maine||The Ball Park||6,000||2000–2011|
|Saratoga Brigade||Saratoga Springs, New York||East Side Recreation||2013|
For the current season, the league is divided into two six-team divisions, the North Division and the South Division. During the regular season, teams play in-division opponents a total of six times, three games at home and three away. Teams play out-of-division opponents twice, one game at home and one away. These games make up the 42 game regular season schedule. When doubleheaders are scheduled due to inclement weather, NECBL rules dictate that they are two seven-inning games. NECBL regular season games have 2 umpires, while All-Star and playoff games have 3 or 4 umpires. The top four teams from each division qualify for the playoffs. In the division semifinal round the first seeds play the fourth seeds and the second seeds play the third seeds, respectively, in best-of-three series. The winners of the division semifinals advance to the division finals, where they play a best-of-three series against their fellow division finalist. The division champions advance to the NECBL championship series, where they face each other in a best-of-three series to decide the NECBL champion.
|Keene Swamp Bats||4||2013||6|
|North Shore Navigators||4||2010||4|
|Central Mass Collegians||2||1996||2|
|New Bedford Bay Sox||0||4|
|Valley Blue Sox||0||0|
|North Adams SteepleCats||0||0|
|Ocean State Waves||0||0|
|Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide||0||0|
In the NECBL's history, the most successful team is the Newport Gulls, with six league championships and eleven championship series appearances (including one championship appearance as the Cranston, Rhode Island-based Rhode Island Gulls). The defunct North Shore Navigators franchise had four league titles. The Keene Swamp Bats have four league titles. The Vermont Mountaineers have three league titles. A pair of franchises have won two championships, the Sanford Mainers and the defunct Central Mass Collegians. The Mystic Schooners won a single championship, when the team was known as the Eastern Tides in the league's inaugural 1994 season.
The following former NECBL players have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. Former NECBL players have reached the major league rosters of 29 of 30 MLB teams, with the Philadelphia Phillies being the only team for which a league alumnus has yet to appear.
Major League Baseball alumni of the New England Collegiate Baseball League
|(past and present)|
|Name||Position||NECBL Team||MLB Debut Team||MLB Debut Year|
|Joe Nathan||P||Fairfield Stallions||San Francisco Giants||1999|
|Chad Paronto||P||Middletown Giants||Cleveland Indians||2000|
|Scott Chiasson||P||Eastern Tides||Chicago Cubs||2000|
|Alfredo Amézaga||SS||Keene Swamp Bats||Pittsburgh Pirates||2002|
|Earl Snyder||1B/OF||Danbury Westerners/Middletown Giants||Cleveland Indians||2002|
|Mike Smith||P||Middletown Giants||Toronto Blue Jays||2002|
|Mark Malaska||P/OF||Danbury Westerners||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||2003|
|Matt White||P||Danbury Westerners||Boston Red Sox||2003|
|Pete Zoccolillo||OF||Danbury Westerners||Milwaukee Brewers||2003|
|Jason Szuminski||P||Newport Gulls||San Diego Padres||2004|
|Jeff Keppinger||2B||Keene Swamp Bats||New York Mets||2004|
|Val Majewski||OF||Eastern Tides||Baltimore Orioles||2004|
|Craig Breslow||P||Middletown Giants||San Diego Padres||2005|
|Keith Reed||OF||Rhode Island Reds||Baltimore Orioles||2005|
|Tim Stauffer||P||Keene Swamp Bats||San Diego Padres||2005|
|Jason Bergmann||P||Danbury Westerners||Washington Nationals||2005|
|Chris Denorfia||OF||Manchester Silkworms||Cincinnati Reds||2005|
|Charlton Jimerson||CF||Torrington Twisters||Houston Astros||2005|
|Doug Clark||LF||Middletown Giants||San Francisco Giants||2005|
|Andre Ethier||OF||Keene Swamp Bats||Los Angeles Dodgers||2006|
|Kurt Birkins||P||Torrington Twisters||Baltimore Orioles||2006|
|Sean Green||P||Torrington Twisters||Seattle Mariners||2006|
|Zach Jackson||P||Manchester Silkworms||Milwaukee Brewers||2006|
|Jeff Fulchino||P||Keene Swamp Bats||Florida Marlins||2006|
|Chris Iannetta||C||Newport Gulls||Colorado Rockies||2006|
|Brian Wilson||P||Keene Swamp Bats||San Francisco Giants||2006|
|Jonah Bayliss||P||Manchester Silkworms||Pittsburgh Pirates||2006|
|Brian Slocum||P||Danbury Westerners||Cleveland Indians||2006|
|Rajai Davis||CF||Middletown Giants||Pittsburgh Pirates||2006|
|Mike Rabelo||C||Torrington Twisters||Detroit Tigers||2006|
|Joe Smith||P||North Adams SteepleCats||New York Mets||2007|
|Andy LaRoche||IF||Keene Swamp Bats||Los Angeles Dodgers||2007|
|Matt DeSalvo||P||Danbury Westerners||New York Yankees||2007|
|Kevin Slowey||P||Sanford Mainers||Minnesota Twins||2007|
|Andy Sonnanstine||P||Sanford Mainers||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||2007|
|Matt Tupman||C||Concord Quarry Dogs/Mill City All-Americans||Kansas City Royals||2008|
|Matt Joyce||OF||Danbury Westerners||Detroit Tigers||2008|
|Bobby Wilson||C||North Adams SteepleCats||Los Angeles Angels||2008|
|Chris Lambert||P||Concord Quarry Dogs||Detroit Tigers||2008|
|Mike Ekstrom||P||North Adams SteepleCats||San Diego Padres||2008|
|Luke Carlin||C||Keene Swamp Bats||Arizona Diamondbacks||2008|
|Jesse Carlson||P||Middletown Giants||Toronto Blue Jays||2008|
|Bryan LaHair||1B||Keene Swamp Bats||Seattle Mariners||2008|
|Jason Motte||P||Sanford Mainers||St. Louis Cardinals||2008|
|Mike Parisi||P||Middletown Giants/ Torrington Twisters||St. Louis Cardinals||2008|
|Mitchell Boggs||P||Newport Gulls||St. Louis Cardinals||2008|
|Jeff Baisley||3B||Danbury Westerners||Oakland Athletics||2008|
|Bobby Korecky||P||Torrington Twisters||Minnesota Twins||2008|
|Ryan Hanigan||C||Lowell All-Americans||Cincinnati Reds||2008|
|Joe Martinez||P||Danbury Westerners||San Francisco Giants||2009|
|Andrew Bailey||P||Lowell All-Americans||Oakland Athletics||2009|
|Jack Egbert||P||Danbury Westerners||Chicago White Sox||2009|
|Jarrett Hoffpauir||2B||Danbury Westerners||St. Louis Cardinals||2009|
|Reid Gorecki||RF||Manchester Silkworms||Atlanta Braves||2009|
|Jason Berken||P||Keene Swamp Bats||Baltimore Orioles||2009|
|Dusty Hughes||P||Danbury Westerners||Kansas City Royals||2009|
|Brian Bogusevic||P||Danbury Westerners||Houston Astros||2010|
|Rob Delaney||P||Pittsfield / Vermont Mountaineers||Minnesota Twins||2010|
|Jeff Frazier||OF||Danbury Westerners||Tampa Bay Rays||2010|
|Cole Gillespie||OF||North Adams SteepleCats||Arizona Diamondbacks||2010|
|Frank Herrmann||P||Berkshire Dukes||Cleveland Indians||2010|
|Adam Ottavino||P||Danbury Westerners||St. Louis Cardinals||2010|
|Stephen Strasburg||P||Torrington Twisters||Washington Nationals||2010|
|David Carpenter||P||Vermont Mountaineers||Houston Astros||2011|
|Blake Davis||SS||North Adams SteepleCats||Baltimore Orioles||2011|
|Graham Godfrey||P||Manchester Silkworms||Oakland Athletics||2011|
|Ryan Lavarnway||C||Manchester Silkworms||Boston Red Sox||2011|
|Stephen Lombardozzi||2B||Holyoke Blue Sox||Washington Nationals||2011|
|Darin Mastroianni||CF||Vermont Mountaineers||Toronto Blue Jays||2011|
|Andy Parrino||2B||Manchester Silkworms||San Diego Padres||2011|
|Evan Scribner||P||North Adams SteepleCats||San Diego Padres||2011|
|Adam Wilk||P||Newport Gulls||Detroit Tigers||2011|
|Matt Adams||1B||Pittsfield Dukes||St. Louis Cardinals||2012|
|Scott Barnes||P||Holyoke Giants||Cleveland Indians||2012|
|Jeff Beliveau||P||Newport Gulls||Chicago Cubs||2012|
|Christian Friedrich||P||Vermont Mountaineers||Colorado Rockies||2012|
|Blake Lalli||C||Vermont Mountaineers||Chicago Cubs||2012|
|Matt McBride||LF||Holyoke Giants||Colorado Rockies||2012|
|Mike Olt||3B||Danbury Westerners||Texas Rangers||2012|
|Dan Otero||P||Newport Gulls||San Francisco Giants||2012|
|A. J. Pollock||CF||Vermont Mountaineers||Arizona Diamondbacks||2012|
All NECBL games are broadcast online through the NECBL Broadcast Network, with Pointstreak providing both audio and video for all games.
On May 14, 2010, the league signed an agreement with Pointstreak. Pointstreak provides "real-time scoring, official statistics, and administration services" to the NECBL. A highlight of Pointstreak's services is Game Live, a real-time statistics feature providing play-by-play for every NECBL game.
- List of New England Collegiate Baseball League ballparks
- List of NECBL seasons
- List of Collegiate Summer Baseball Leagues
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- Nation, Boyd (September 21, 2010). "Talent Levels for the 2010 College Summer Leagues". Boyd's World. Archived from the original on February 21, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
Overall, other than the clearcut win for the Cape, this leaves me a little fuzzy as to who's second, or to even who the second tier is. Overall, the NECBL, Jayhawk, and Northwoods leagues look good, but if you pay less attention to the D1% column (which may be reasonable, given the strength of the California JC ranks, for example), the California and West Coast leagues may join them.
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