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Copper State Prospectors named championship team for 2012 season

September 05, 2012

PHOENIX-- The Copper State Prospectors win the league championship for the Freedom Pro Baseball League's inaugural season.  Led by manager Ryan Henderson, the Prospectors completed a solid season, winning 35 games of 60 games and averaging a .593 winning percentage.  The Prospectors led the League for most of the season, finishing with a 6 game lead over the second place Montezuma Federals.  Below, the 2012 Copper State Prospectors after their final game of the season.

Championship team of the Freedom Pro Baseball League's inaugural year, the Copper State Prospectors!

 


 

Deer Joins the Arizona Centennials as Bench Coach

August 28, 2012

PHOENIX – Former MLB right fielder Rob Deer joins the Arizona Centennials as bench coach, replacing Ben Johnson who takes over as manager.

Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1978, Deer played for five clubs during his 11-year big league career, including the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres.  He finished his career with a .220 batting average, 230 home runs and 600 RBI. Deer recently served as the roving hitting instructor for the San Diego Padres minor league system.

The Arizona Centennials will open a three-game homestand tonight versus the Copper State Prospectors at Scottsdale Stadium.  First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit FreedomProBaseballLeague.com.

 

About the Freedom Pro Baseball League

The Freedom Pro Baseball League is an independent baseball league in its inaugural season. The four-team league offers family-friendly, affordable entertainment for fans that love the game of baseball. For more information, visit FreedomProBaseballLeague.com. 

 


 

Wingnuts Add Former Second Round Pick

August 25, 2012

WICHITA, KS- The Wichita Wingnuts acquired outfielder Steve Stanley from the Freedom Pro Baseball League's Arizona Centennials in exchange for cash prior to the American Association's deadline for roster moves on Friday night.

Stanley hit .307 in 31 games for the Centennials with one home run and 16 RBI.  Stanley scored 25 runs and drew 20 walks against just seven strikeouts.  A left-handed hitter and fielder, Stanley spent five seasons in the Oakland Athletics' organization from 2002-2006, reaching Triple-A Sacramento in 2004.  The 32-year-old Stanley is a lifetime .292 hitter in the affiliated minor leagues with more base hits (482) than games played (432).  Stanley has a career .371 on-base percentage and has walked nearly as many times (211) as he has struck out (226).  Stanley was drafted by Oakland in the second round in 2002 out of the University of Notre Dame.  Stanley hit .384 during a four-year career with the Fighting Irish, including a .439 mark as a senior.  The Oxford, OH native is expected to be in uniform for Saturday night's game versus Gary SouthShore.

The Wingnuts removed left-handed pitcher Jeff Nadeau from the Inactive List and have placed him on their active roster.  Nadeau was 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA in 39.1 innings over four starts and 16 relief appearances.  Nadeau last worked on July 22nd versus Fargo-Moorhead and is expected to start for Wichita on Sunday afternoon.

The Wingnuts also placed center fielder Mike Conroy on the 7-Day Disabled List, retroactive to August 22nd.

The Wingnuts' active roster now stands at 23.  American Association clubs may carry up to 23 players during the final 10 days of the regular season.

The Wingnuts and RailCats continue their series tonight at 7:05 p.m.  Ryan Hinson faces right-hander Stephen Hiscock.  Individual tickets can be purchased by calling (316) 755-SEAT, or by visiting www.selectaseat.com

For season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Wingnuts' main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com

http://www.wichitawingnuts.com/

 


 


 

President of Phoenix Semenary, Dr. Darryl DelHousaye to throw out Ceremonial First Pitch on June 15, 2012

 

Dr. Darryl DelHousaye has been the President of Phoenix Seminary for the past 14 years. He previously served as senior pastor for Scottsdale Bible Church and is currently the teaching pastor for Grace Community Church in Tempe. Darryl’s background as a youth pastor and 31 years as a full–time senior pastor have given him broad experience within the Christian community. Combining biblical truth with an engaging sense of humor, he is able to communicate effectively with all generations. Holding degrees from Talbot Theological Seminary and Western

Seminary, Dr. DelHousaye comes well–prepared to share God’s truth in a practical and scholarly manner. He has authored four books and the study notes for the Book of Acts in the Nelson NKJV Study Bible. Darryl and his wife, Holly, have two married sons and five grandchildren.

The Freedom Pro Baseball League and the Arizona Centennials are excited to have Pastor D throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game on Friday June 15, 2012. Please join us as the Copper State Prospectors take on the Arizona Centennials for Game 1 of the 4 game weekend series. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Ticket windows will open at 5pm with gates to open at 6pm; First Pitch at Scottsdale Stadium is set for 7:05pm

 


 A's Pitching Coach, Gil Patterson to throw out Ceremonial First Pitch on Saturday June 9, 2012

Making his professional debut with Oneonta in 1975, he went 8-4 with a 1.95 ERA and six complete games in 14 appearances. Leading the NY Penn League (A) with 97 K’s and 106 innings of work in just his first season out of Miami Dade South College where he was selected team MVP. At the young age of 21 Patterson joined the Yankees big club where he appeared in 10 games, 6 of those being starts, and gaining with first win in the Major League’s on May 25, 1976. Later that season he would find himself a part of the World Series Champion New York Yankees.

After being hampered by injuries that would remove him from the ‘78-‘79 seasons, Patterson through hard work and determination taught himself to throw from his left arm.   Gil experimented pitching left handed in spring training of 1979, but was unable to make the team as a LHP and had to wait another year to recover from his shoulder surgery. Over the next four seasons Patterson spent time with the Yankees, Giants, and Braves before needing Tommy John surgery following the 1983 Spring Training that would inevitably end his playing career.

Gil would start his storied coaching career in 1984 with the Yankees Minor League system. Moving to the A’s Organization in 1991, Gil spent seven seasons moving up through the organizations ranks and eventually became the roving pitching instructor for the A’s organization before joining the D-backs in 1997. Between 1997-07 Gil spent time with the D-backs, Yankees and Blue Jays where he was pitching coach for Cy Young winning pitcher Roy Halladay in 2003; Gil has since been dubbed the "Cutter Guru" and deservedly so! Today Coach Patterson makes his home in Scottsdale, Arizona and has been back with the A’s organization as the clubs Pitching Coach & Coordinator since 2008.

The Freedom Pro Baseball League and the Arizona Centennials are excited to have Gil Patterson throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game on Saturday June 9, 2012. Please join us as the Sonoran Explorers take on the Arizona Centennials for Game 2 of the 4 game weekend series. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Ticket windows will open at 5pm with gates to open at 6pm; First Pitch at Scottsdale Stadium is set for 7:05pm

 

 

Congressman David Schweikert to throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch for Freedom Pro Baseball League's Inaugural Season!

Scottsdale, AZ – May 17, 2012

The Freedom Pro Baseball League and the Arizona Centennials are honored to have Congressman David Schweikert
 to throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch for the Inaugural Opening Day of the League on Saturday, May 19, 2012. 
David has been a lifelong advocate for Arizona, and was raised in Scottsdale; attending Arizona State University 
he earned a BA degree in finance and real estate as well as his MBA. Congressman Schweikert is serving his first term in the
United States House of Representatives representing Arizona’s 5th congressional district. "I am glad to welcome the 
Freedom Pro League to our Scottsdale home, one of America's great baseball communities. I am also honored 
to throw out the first pitch and I hope I don't flub it up. I know the Centennials will have a great season and I am proud 
to now call myself a fan!" said Rep. David Schweikert.

The League’s Vision is to bring High Quality, Low Cost, Family Friendly Fun Entertainment to Valley residents in between Spring Training, & the Fall League games. The League is also excited to offer an opportunity for Local and National Baseball talent to play and be seen by Major League Scouts.

The Man behind the Vision is former Pro Baseball Player, Owner of Joe Sperle’s Baseball School, & Scottsdale resident, Joe Sperle who will be catching the Ceremonial First Pitch. Joe along with Tim Gross, a Top Producing Farmer in North Dakota have worked together to make this dream a reality.

These Teams will respectfully represent different Regions of the Valley, along with one Team representing the Prescott Region. The Arizona Centennials will play their Home Games at Scottsdale Stadium and will be representing the Central Region. The Montezuma Federals will be playing their Home Games at Yavapai College’s Roughrider Park in Prescott and will be representing the Prescott Region. The Copper State Prospectors will be representing the East Valley and playing at Peoria Sports Complex, and The Sonoran Explorers representing the West Valley and playing their home games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Tickets start at just $5 at the Gate, over the phone at (480) 840-0457, or by logging onto the website!

 

Contact Info:

www.FreedomProBaseballLeague.com

Email: info@freedomprobaseballleague.com  

Front Office:  (480)255-5696

 


Arizona's Freedom Pro Baseball League Will Honor Arizona's Little Leagues

April 25th, 2012

SCOTTSDALE- In their Inaugural Season the Freedom Pro Baseball League will be Honoring many of Arizona's
foundational organizations. In the first Game Series at Scottsdale Stadium on May 19th-21st,
the League will be Honoring Arizona's Little Leagues!
 
Any Player wearing their "Little League" Uniform to any or all of the Games in the first Series on May 19th-21st will get in for FREE!
 
League President, Joe Sperle, has spent a decade of his career helping Arizona Little Leagues through his Baseball School in Scottsdale. This is his ways of continuing to support the Players and Families in Little League.
 
Be sure to go the League website at www.freedomprobaseballleague.com listen to our Radio Spots, Check out the Season Schedule and News Updates.
 
For Sponsorship & Joint Venture Opportunities with the Freedom Pro Baseball League & All
Freedom Pro Baseball League News updates & General information e-mail, Call, or go to the
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Arizona’s Freedom Pro Baseball League - Signs More
Players at Tryouts & The Diamondbacks Sign Freedom
Pro League Recruit
 
Scottsdale, AZ. April 23nd, 2012
 
The Freedom Pro Baseball League had another successful Tryout this weekend. More Player's
dreams came true as they were signed to the League and can continue their Baseball Careers.
 
Steve Stanly, left handed Outfielder, who signed on Saturday, was a 2nd pick #67 overall for the
A's and was listed in Billy Beane'sMoneyball list of 20 Players A's would draft in a perfect world.
 
Brad Wilson, a 24yr old right handed pitcher, who also signed on Saturday, will be pitching for
the Arizona Centennials. He was one of the last Minor League pitchers to be released this Spring
Training by the Diamondbacks. He was Drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009.
 
Mal Fichman, the Diamondbacks Independent Pro League Scout, contacted the Freedom Pro
Baseball League and asked if he could attend the Tryouts. He took notice of Catcher, Kevin
Dultz. Kevin was overlooked in the 2011 draft while playing for San Francisco State with
impressive stats as a catcher, hitter and even a pitcher. He had tears in his eyes when
Fichman offered him a contract with the Diamondbacks, he will report to extended Spring
Training at Salt River Fields on Tuesday. He came by Scottsdale Stadium,and thanked Joe Sperle
(League President) for the Tryout to fulfill his dream to put on a Professional Uniform. He
also asked Joe for advice on how to improve his career in the Minor Leagues.
 
These are perfect examples of the Mission and Vision of the Freedom Pro Baseball League , to
give talented minor league released players opportunities to improve and continue their Baseball Careers.
 
Spring Training for the Freedom Pro Baseball League will begin May 9th at Scottsdale Stadium.
 
All Freedom Pro Baseball League News updates & General information can be found on their
 
Contact Info:
Freedom Pro Baseball League: www.freedomprobaseballleague.com
Phone: 480-255-5696
 
 

 

 
Arizona’s Freedom Pro Baseball League – Announces
GM  &  Opens Tryout Registration
 
Scottsdale, AZ. March 22nd, 2012
 
Kirk Jewell formerly with Phoenix International Raceway, Arizona Diamondbacks, & the Pittsburg Pirates organization, has signed on as the General Manager of the Freedom Pro Baseball League. Kirk will be running the day-to-day operations of the League along with Staff.
 
The League will be signing, within the next few days, an agreed upon Lease Agreement with Yavapai College for the Montezuma Federals to play 45 Home games at Roughrider Park.
 
The Sonoran Explorers & Copper State Prospector are looking to play their Home games at Peoria  Sports Complex & Tempe Diablo Stadium respectfully this Season. 
 
The Season Opener will be on May 19th as the Arizona Centennials take on the Copper State Prospectors at Scottsdale Stadium. A full Season Schedule has been put together and will be available on the League Website by the beginning of April.
 
The Freedom Pro Baseball League has also opened their Tryouts for Registration. Players with accomplished college and professional playing experience are invited to tryout. The Freedom Pro Baseball League player development staff is looking forward to working out prospective Players.
 
The Tryouts will be held on April (9th & 10th) and April (21st & 22nd) at Scottsdale Stadium.
 
All Freedom Pro Baseball League News updates & General information can be found on their
 
Contact Info: 
Freedom Pro Baseball League:  www.freedomprobaseballleague.com                                            
Phone: 480-255-5696
 
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Freedom League Launches in Arizona:

March 5, 2012 · 12:04 pm

 
 

New Independent Pro-Baseball League In Arizona – Starts Inaugural Season In 2012

March 5, 2012 at 9:25pm
 
 
 

 New Independent Pro-Baseball League In Arizona – Starts Inaugural Season In 2012

Scottsdale, AZ. February 29th, 2012

The Freedom Pro Baseball League & the City of Scottsdale have agreed on the use of Scottsdale Stadium for the League’s 2012 Inaugural Season starting May 19 through September 21st. The Freedom Pro Baseball League will play approximately 45 games at Scottsdale Stadium.

The Freedom Pro Baseball League has six teams total with at least four playing this season and the others phased in next season. These Teams will respectfully represent different Regions of the Valley, along with one Team representing the Prescott Region. The Arizona Centennials will play their Home Games at Scottsdale Stadium and will be Representing the Central Region. The Montezuma Federals will be looking to play their Home Games at Yavapai College’s Roughrider Park in Prescott and will be Representing the Prescott Region. The Copper State Prospectors (representing the East Valley) & Sonoran Explorers (representing the West Valley); will be playing their Home Games at Stadiums in the Valley representing their regions. The Western Wranglers & Grand Canyon Pioneers will look to get their start in the second season.

The League’s Vision is to bring High Quality, Low Cost, Fun, Family Friendly Entertainment to Valley residents in between Spring Training, & theFall League games. The League is also excited to offer an opportunity for Local and National Baseball talent to play and be seen by Major League Scouts, with the possibility of being picked up by a Major League Team.

The Man behind the Vision is former Pro Baseball Player, Owner of Joe Sperle’s Baseball School, & Scottsdale resident, Joe Sperle. Joe along with Tim Gross, a Top Producing Farmer in North Dakota, have worked together to make the Dream a reality.

A General Manager has been selected and will be announced this coming month of March. The League is currently interviewing for Team Coaches, Managers, and other top positions. Game Tryouts to fill 4 out of 6 Team Rosters will be April 9,10th & 21st-22nd at Scottsdale Stadium.

Contact Info:

  Freedom Pro Baseball League:

www.freedomprobaseballleague.com 

 President – Joe Sperle – 480-255-5696 

 

  info@freedomprobaseballleague.com