Onondaga Flames join PGCBL

By PGCBL

Onondaga-Flames Tee-shirt logo_border-PNG-250x199The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is proud to announce the newest addition to its roster, the Onondaga Flames.

The Flames will join 13 other upstate New York franchises in one of the fastest growing summer collegiate leagues in the country. Just having completed its sixth year, the PGCBL has grown from 8 to 14 teams and had more than 250 alumni play professional baseball.

The Flames will be operated by Wayne and Alyce Walker.

“I spent all summer watching PGCBL games and talking to the owners of several franchises. The players were high quality and the management top notch. We are delighted to join them,” said Walker, the team president.

The team will play its home games at the Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex, which is adjacent to the Onondaga Nation, an original member of the Iroquois Confederacy.

“The Onondaga Nation continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all the Six Nations in Grand Council. They are keepers of the Central Fire and we have chosen to honor their role by naming our team the Flames,” explained Walker.

“The Onondaga CC Baseball complex is the best campus baseball facility in upstate New York. The Flames are going to attract some superb talent based on their facility alone. We expect them to compete for a PGCBL title in year one,” said PGCBL President Jeff Kunion.

The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent scouting service. Its alumni include more than 1,500 PGCBL/PG participants who were either drafted by MLB or played professional baseball.

For more information about the PGCBL, visit www.pgcbl.com and follow the league on Twitter, @PGCBLbaseball.

Onondaga Flames Name Ryan Stevens Director of Baseball

Syracuse, NY August 24, 2016: Onondaga Flames Inc today announced the appointment of Ryan Stevens as Director of Baseball for the new collegiate summer league baseball team. Stevens will also serve as Head Coach for the 2017 summer season. The Flames are the newest franchise in the prestigious Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (www.pgcbl.com), a top-ranked summer wooden bat development league for Major League Baseball. The team will play its home games at Onondaga Community College Stadium on Onondaga Hill during June and July.

Will Lead New Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Summer Team

Syracuse, NY August 24, 2016:  Onondaga Flames Inc today announced the appointment of Ryan Stevens as Director of Baseball for the new collegiate summer league baseball team. Stevens will also serve as Head Coach for the 2017 summer season. The Flames are the newest franchise in the prestigious Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (www.pgcbl.com), a top-ranked summer wooden bat development league for Major League Baseball. The team will play its home games at Onondaga Community College Stadium on Onondaga Hill during June and July.

 “We are very fortunate to have a real professional with Ryan’s experience to lead the franchise into its inaugural season in such a competitive league. Ryan has succeeded at all levels of play as both a head coach and general manager. He was our first and only choice.” Explained Wayne Walker, Flames president.

Stevens, a Dryden native and current Head Baseball Coach at Tompkins Cortland Community College, returned to his hometown in 2013 after a highly successful professional managerial career that included league titles and coach of the year honors while coaching in the Pecos League. Stevens, who also worked as an associate scout in the West Texas region for the Washington Nationals, served as an assistant coach at Ithaca College during the 2013-14 school year. He graduated from Dryden High before going on to a distinguished collegiate career at SUNY Cobleskill and Frostburg State University (Maryland).

The PGCBL, in only its six season, has grown rapidly from its original eight teams (spun off from the New York CBL) and is swiftly rising in the ranks of collegiate baseball summer leagues. The league, which is sponsored by Perfect Game USA (the nation’s largest scouting organization), has been ranked as high as ninth among all collegiate summer leagues by baseball media. Over 200,000 fans attended this season’s games. A record thirty-seven PGCBL (37) players were drafted in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft with ten (10) going in the first round, including the third overall pick. Over 1,500 PGCBL alumni have been drafted of played in professional baseball.

Onondaga Flames Newest PGCBL Franchise

Flames to begin play in 2017 season at Onondaga County Community College Stadium

Syracuse, NY August 24, 2016:  Onondaga Flames Inc today announced that it will join the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) as the league’s fourteenth franchise starting with the 2017 season. The new franchise approved the name of Onondaga Flames in tribute to its neighbors, the Onondaga Nation. The Flames will play a 50 game schedule in June and July with 25 home games played at Onondaga Community College Stadium.

“Our stadium is located adjacent to the Onondaga Nation, an original member of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest forms of democracy in the history of the world. As the Fire Keepers, the Onondagas continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all of the Six Nations in Grand Council.  They open and close the councils and sanction the decisions arrived by the Council of chiefs. They are keepers of the Central Fire, hence our name, Flames.” explained Wayne Walker, president.

The Flames will offer affordable, safe, family-friendly baseball entertainment. A fan of the Flames will be able to drive a short distance with little traffic on the roads near the ballpark, find a free parking lot adjacent to the field and watch a high quality baseball game that will normally be completed in two hours and thirty minutes. Additionally, when they enter the gates to the ballpark they will be welcomed into a friendly atmosphere where kids and adults can enjoy themselves beyond just watching the baseball. The games will feature on-the-field entertainment between innings, bat boys and bat girls, speed pitch competition, picnic tables to sit at and relax, affordable concessions and Flames logo merchandise.

CNY Baseball Inc., a 501 (C)(3) charitable corporation, will provide several scholarships for players who could not otherwise afford to play summer league baseball.

The PGCBL, in only its six season, has grown rapidly from its original eight teams (spun off from the New York CBL) and is swiftly rising in the ranks of collegiate baseball summer leagues. The league, which is sponsored by Perfect Game USA (the nation’s largest scouting organization), has been ranked as high as ninth among all collegiate summer leagues by baseball media. Over 200,000 fans attended this season’s games. A record thirty-seven PGCBL (37) players were drafted in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft with ten (10) going in the first round, including the third overall pick.

Collegiate Summer League Baseball Fast Facts

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