PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - The Plattsburgh RedBirds have landed in Upstate New York. This weekend and all summer long, Chip Cummings Field plays host to professional baseball.
The RedBirds are a member of the four-team Empire Pro League. An independent organization, not affiliated with major league baseball, but with a level of competition similar to that of the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Playing on the home field of the Plattsburgh Cardinals, The RedBirds' mascot is a natural fit. There's even a SUNY Plattsburgh grad on the team in Daniel Roeser. He's starting in right field.
The redbirds will play a 60-game season, 44 of which will be contested at home. Plattsburgh will also host the league's all-star game on July 30th as well as potential playoff games.
League President and CEO, Eddie Gonzalez says, this is chance to see greatness in the making.
"The focus of it is providing opportunities for these young men that may have been missed by MLB scouts during their college careers. Or guys that have already been signed to affiliated teams that were, you know, later rounds or they were only given a year opportunity and maybe they didn't get a chance to play a lot. So this is kind of like a plan-B. This is an opportunity for them to develop and become much bgetter as a professional baseball player."
The RedBirds lost their first ever game 1-0 on Saturday against the Sullivan Explorers, but battled back for 9-0 and 3-2 wins on Sunday.
The RedBirds are scheduled to play at home every day through July 8th, with the only exception being an off day on the 3rd.
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