Press Release Northwoods League/Collegiate Baseball League Europe
Rochester, MN – The Northwoods League announced a unique partnership with the Collegiate Baseball League Europe. The main piece of this partnership will see six of the top European players that play in the CBLE during the 2014 season given the chance to play in the Northwoods League during the 2015 season.
“We are looking forward to embarking on another unprecedented venture in Summer Collegiate baseball by virtue of this international alliance with the CBLE,” said Northwoods League President Dick Radatz, Jr.
The teams in the CBLE consist of the La Rochelle Admirals (France), Sant Boi Falcons (Barcelona, Spain), London Cavaliers (United Kingdom) and the Oosterhout Bombers (Netherlands).
“Collegiate Baseball League Europe is very excited about the partnership agreement with the Northwoods League. We’re very proud that the NWL recognizes the potential of our young league and we’re looking forward to a long lasting relationship between both organizations,” said CBLE Founder Jan Maarten Kops.
This partnership will also create other opportunities between the two leagues. The Northwoods League will place a link on www.northwoodsleague.com allowing interested American college players the chance to apply to play in not only the Northwoods League but also to apply to play in the CBLE. The two leagues will also collaborate to offer fans of both the NWL and CBLE the opportunity to purchase league and team branded merchandise via links on each league’s online store.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 20-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com.
Collegiate Baseball League Europe (CBLE) is the first and only wood bat summer league in the “Old World”. Founded in 2012, the league currently consists of 4 teams; La Rochelle Admirals, Oosterhout Bombers, London Cavaliers and Sant Boi Falcons of Barcelona. The inaugural tournament was held in July 2012 and all games were played at Sportpark De Slotbosse Toren in CBLE’s hometown Oosterhout (NLD). Starting in 2014 the teams will play their games in London (GBR), Sant Boi Barcelona (ESP), La Rochelle (FRA) and Oosterhout (NLD) over a 3 week period. CBLE offers talented young players an exciting baseball experience while traveling to some of the most beautiful places in Europe and therewith establishing itself as the premier development league in Europe. For more information, visit www.cble.org.