NYU RHP Golob to Join Flames Staff for Summer Season

April 27, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of freshman Gabe Golob of New York University for the 2018 summer collegiate baseball season. A closer for the Violets, Gabe struck out 18 versus 5 walks in 12.1 innings, en route to a 2.92 ERA. Golob is slated to be a part of the starting rotation for the Flames.

The 6′ 4″ 205 pound Encino CA native right-hander pitches from a high three quarters arm slot with a short arm action, low effort repeatable delivery. He commands three pitches including fastball, 11-5 curve and a change with cutting action.

A versatile athlete, Golob has played both ends of the battery with an impressive 1.98 pop time.

“A lot of the high academics schools have great athletes flying under the radar. NYU is one of those schools and Gabe is a one of those athletes. He has huge potential and we are excited to have a front row seat watching his development this summer.” commented Wayne Walker, Flames president.

New York University
NYU fielded a Division III varsity baseball team for the first time in 2014-15. Head Coach Douglas Kimbler is in his fourth season at the helm of the baseball team. In only three startup seasons, NYU has already posted a winning record and has blossomed into a force in the University Athletic Association. Enjoying a 26-9 season, the Violets are on a roll.

NYCBL
The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.

Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.

The New York Collegiate baseball League is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.

Onondaga Flames
The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.

The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nationan 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. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear their flame logo..

 

Flames Open Against Salt Cats June 1st

Onondaga, NY April 14, 2018: The Onondaga Flames will open the 2018 season against the Syracuse Salt Cats at Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex on June 1st at 7:00 PM. The New York Collegiate Baseball League contest pits friendly rivals that share the same home field. The defending Eastern Division Champion Salt Cats are the home team for this game. The Flames and Salt Cats are both in the Eastern Division along with the Syracuse Spartans, Rome Generals, Cortland Crush and the Sherrill Silversmiths.

This is the first game of the 40th season for the venerable NYCBL, a wood bat development league sponsored in part by Major League Baseball.  “Central New York is a great place to play collegiate summer league baseball. Our national roster this year is a tribute to the reputation of the league, which is truly on the rise again under the leadership of Commissioner Joe Brown, Head Coach of Cortland State and a New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee.” commented Wayne Walker, Flames president.

Flames New Head Coach

The Flames will be led by Head Coach Mike Cordero, Chaffey College @chaffeypanthers (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in his first year coaching in the NYCBL. Cordero has over 13 years of coaching experience ranging from NCAA Division 1 to high school levels.  Most recently he was the Recruiting Coordinator at Santa Barbara City College, where he helped the Vaqueros win the 2017 Western State North Championship.

A highly successful high school coach at Loyola High School (Los Angeles) and Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, CA) Mike brings a championship caliber attitude to the field and the classroom. While Head Coach at Loyola, his teams won a Mission League title and were ranked as high as No. 9 nationally. Additionally, Cordero’s program produced a Perfect Game and First Team All-American, Team USA Participant, MLB Draft pick and more than 25 college players. In 2016 his team was recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for Academic Excellence by maintaining a team 3.64 GPA.

Through Cordero, the Flames West Coast connection has generated a great deal of interest in the NYCBL. Almost one-third of the Flames 2018 roster hails from the Golden State representing schools including UC Santa Barbara, AZUSA Pacific University and Occidental College. California’s huge community college system is also well-represented with players from Orange Coast College, Chapman College, Chaffey College, Cypress College and Santa Ana College. Rounding out the West Coast is the University of Portland. “Mike has done a great job putting together this year’s roster. He made every effort to recruit players from coast-to-coast to combine with top players from New York, especially the Syracuse area. ” noted Walker,.

Mike Martinez To Lead Salt Cats Again This Season

The always competitive Salt Cats will be led again this season by Mike Martinez @Mmarti6044 a veteran of summer league baseball. A NYSPHSAA certified coach, Mike is also currently the Solvay High School Head Baseball Coach..The Salt Cats boast one of the most experienced staffs in the league. Mike’s brother, Manny, returns to the Salt Cats for his 7th year as Associate Head Coach and General Manager and Assistant Coach Rob Call, with over 15 years coaching experience, returns for his third season with the Cats  First Base Coach Time Hunter enters his second season as an Assistant Coach on the Salt Cats coaching staff.

Stiff Competition Expected

The NYCBL will be have twelve teams playing this year, up from ten in 2017. The return of the Onondaga Flames and the Niagara Power to league play has set the stage for heightened competition in both divisions.

Flames Announce Veterans Night Sunday, July 1st

April 12, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) announced today that Veterans’ Night will be held on Sunday, July 1st with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 PM. The Flames will play league rival Rome Generals at Onondaga Community College baseball complex at Onondaga Road and Collegiate Drive in Onondaga Hill. Veterans will be admitted free. The festivities will include games, drawings, giveaways and on-field entertainment as well as honoring our Vets with a brief pregame ceremony.

Tickets may be purchased on line at https://www.ticketor.com/onondagaflames or at the gate.

Don’t forget to register for the Flames Pick 4 $10,000 grand prize contest. One lucky fan will be selected at random from those registering at the game to select 4 sealed envelopes out of ten. If the four selected each contains a Flames logo the fan will win the $10,000 grand prize.

NYCBL
The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.

Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.

The New York Collegiate baseball League is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.

Onondaga Flames
The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.

The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nationan 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. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear their flame logo..

Fames Sign Chaffey College Starter and Closer

April 10, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of right-hand pitchers Keon Taylor and Nathan Gessler of the Chaffey College Panthers for the 2018 summer collegiate baseball season. Both sophomores hail from Fontana, CA where they played for Kaiser High School.

Keon Taylor
A  rapidly developing sophomore, the 6’4″ 175 pound right-hander has become the workhorse closer for the Chaffey Panthers.  Taylor has logged 35 strike outs in 29.2 IP, giving up 15 walks and allowing opponents a meager .209 batting average. Taylor gave a hint of his promise in his senior year at Kaiser High School (Fontana, CA) where he struck out 33 while giving up only 4 walks in 21.1 innings pitched. Chaffery Head Coach Mike Cordero (also Flames HC), noted, ” We converted Keon to a submarine delivery last fall and he is just now becoming comfortable with it. His slider is now working and he is doing a great job for us.”

Nathan Gessler
Gessler is a hard-throwing right-hander with a big fastball and plus slider. Pitching in front of a young Panther defense (23 of 29 freshmen), Nathan has started 10 games and has logged 52 IP. He has struck out 42 and walked 21 for a 2.0 K/BB ratio allowing only a .230 BA for opponents.”Nathan is drawing a lot of interest from D-I and D-II programs. He has a bright future.” commented Head Coach Cordero.

Chaffey College
A member of the competitive South Coast Conference of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), many consider Chaffey to be a sleeping giant. Twenty-five panthers have been drafted by MLB since 2007. Chaffey has won 5 South Coast titles in the past 14 years, however, only one in the last nine. Located in a talent rich region in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, the Panthers recently hired Head Coach Mike Cordero to take the helm last fall, replacing the retiring Jeff Harlow. Cordero has won at every stop in his career, and has had nationally ranked high school teams as well.

Chaffey’s 18,500 students.attend classes at the school’s 200-acre campus in Rancho Cucamonga.

NYCBL
The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.

Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.

The New York Collegiate baseball League is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.

Onondaga Flames

The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.

The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nationan 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. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear their flame logo..

Flames Sign a Pair of UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

April 6, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of shortstop McClain O’Connor and outfielder Cole Mueller from national collegiate baseball powerhouse University of California Santa Barbara (@UCSB_Baseballfor the 2018 summer collegiate baseball season.

Cole Mueller
After redshirting during the 2017 season, Cole had a solid summer batting .285 over 34 games with the Kelowna Falcons in the competitive West Coast League,  After a slow start, going 3-20 (.150) over his first eight games, Cole went on to bat .309 (34-110) the rest of the way. A versatile athlete, he played all infield positions, including catcher, for the Cathedral Catholic High School Dons. As a senior, Mueller slashed .352/.412/.472 with 14 RBIs and 11 extra-base hits in 34 games and was named All-League, team Offensive Player of the Year, and First Team All-CIF. A multi-sport competitor, Cole also played football. This scholar athlete was named a member of the All-CIF Academic Team.

Mueller is the son of  Dana and Bob in La Jolla,CA. Has one sister, Samantha; Cole aspires to pursue a career in professional baseball, business, or analytics.

McClain O’Conner
A transfer from Lassen Community College (Susanville, CA), O’Connor played middle infield for the Cougars in 2017 and slashed .318/.447/.439 in 36 games with 11 extra-base hits, 20 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts.  McClain was a three sport athlete earning 10 varsity letters at Lincoln County High School. In football he played quarterback and free safety while also being on the kick and punt return team as a kicker. In basketball he was a point guard. His senior year he was the MVP of the league in football and the offensive MVP of the state in his division. His senior year of baseball he earned Player of the Year honors in his division.

The son of  Kodee and Dell O’Connor of St. George, Utah, he has two siblings: McKinley and Mitchell. His last summer job was a a California firefighter.

University of California at Santa Barbara
Since hiring head coach Andrew Checketts, UCSB has become a national collegiate powerhouse compiling a 204-139-3 over the past six seasons and going deep into post season play.  In 2015.the squad set a then-school record for wins against Division I opponents with a 40-17-1 record, and they were selected as a No. 1 seed and a host for the 2015 NCAA Regionals. Sporting one of the best pitching staffs in the country, UCSB went on to record new program marks in team ERA (2.45) and strikeouts (475) in the 2015 season. The team was also ranked as high as No. 6 in the country while they were slotted as high as No. 2 in the RPI over the course of the campaign.

The Gauchos reached new heights in 2016, winning the Nashville Regional at Vanderbilt before sweeping Louisville in the Super Regionals to reach UCSB’s first ever College World Series. In Omaha, the Gauchos eliminated No. 3 national seed Miami before ultimately falling to Arizona, which reached the CWS Final.

During Checketts tenure, UCSB has had 35 Major League Baseball draftees, four All-America selections (Brett Vertigan in 2012, Joey Epperson in 2014, Dillon Tate in 2015, Shane Bieber in 2016), six Freshman All-America picks, the 2015 Big West Co-Field Player of the Year (Cameron Newell), and 40 All-Big West honorees.

The Gauchos’ 35 draft picks since 2012 are the most by any team in the Big West over that span. Under Checketts’ tutelage, All-American right-handed pitcher Dillon Tate became one of the top players in collegiate baseball, eventually going to the Texas Rangers with the fourth overall selection in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Tate was the first pitcher chosen in the 2015 draft.

During his tenure, UCSB has had 35 Major League Baseball draftees, four All-America selections (Brett Vertigan in 2012, Joey Epperson in 2014, Dillon Tate in 2015, Shane Bieber in 2016), six Freshman All-America picks, the 2015 Big West Co-Field Player of the Year (Cameron Newell), and 40 All-Big West honorees.

The Gauchos play in the highly competitive Big West Conference.

NYCBL
The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.

Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.

The New York Collegiate baseball League is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.

Onondaga Flames
The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.

The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nationan 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. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear their flame logo..

Flames Name Robert Anders Pitching Coach for 2018 Season

April 6, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Robert Anders, Howard Payne University Assistant Coach, has been named the Pitching Coach for the upcoming summer season.  No stranger to the NYCBL having played for the Alfred Oilers (forerunner to today’s Wellsville Nitros) in 2009 and 2010, Robert returns to the league for the first time as a coach.

A native of Midlothian, Texas, Anders is an HPU graduate and former Yellow Jacket player. Following his college playing career at Howard Payne, Robert transitioned to the HPU coaching staff in the Fall of 2011.  His duties in the program include working with the outfielders and pitching staff as well as assisting in the programs recruiting efforts. He also leads the Yellow Jacket player development programs.

Originally from Midlothian, Texas, Robert played at Hill Junior College and Cedar Valley Community College prior to attending Howard Payne. Robert transferred to HPU in the Fall of 2009 and completed for the Yellow Jackets during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.Robert graduated with a B.A. in Social Science, B.A. in Spanish, minor in Criminal Justice, Government, History and Political Science in December of 2012.

Coach Anders did several tours in the off-season with Athletes in Action to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and New York.

About Howard Payne University

Howard Payne University is a four-to-five-year (depending on degree plan), private university located in Brownwood, Texas. The university is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Currently the university has almost 1,200 full-time students. Howard Payne is known for its Christian Studies program, the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, and its Music department.

The Yellow Jackets “the Buzzsaw” is a member of the NCAA Division III and plays in the American Southwest Conference.

 

NYCBL
The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.

Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.

The New York Collegiate baseball League is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.

Onondaga Flames
The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.

The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nationan 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. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear their flame logo..

 

Annual Cooperstown Trip Set Wednesday June 27th

Onondaga, NY April 4, 2017: The Onondaga Flames announced today that their annual Cooperstown trip featuring a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and a game at historic Doubleday Field is set for Wednesday, June 27th. The Flames will play the Rome Generals in a NYCBL contest.  The game will start at 5:00 PM, the last available time slot as Doubleday Field has no lights.

Team bus will depart from Bryant & Stratton College at 953 James St, Syracuse at 8″45 AM sharp. The team is expected to arrive at Cooperstown at 10:00 AM and will be met by HOF staff at the main entrance. The Hall Historian will give a brief talk about the history of the HOF as well as debunking some baseball lore. Players will have all day to tour the hall and downtown Cooperstown, which sits at the foot of beautiful Otsego Lake.