ROCHESTER, Mich. – Fourth of July Weekend at Jimmy John’s Field was filled with large crowds, great weather, fireworks and the annual All-Star Game and Rawlings Home Run Derby to highlight This Week in the USPBL. Alec Craig became the fourth player this season to sign with a Major League Baseball organization, earning a contract with the Minnesota Twins organization.
The Utica Unicorns continue to lead the way with a half-game lead over the surging Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers. The Beavers have won four straight games and are 7-3 over their last 10 games, while the Westside Woolly Mammoths are 8-2 over the last 10 ballgames.
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The Woolly Mammoths’ Sonny Cortez took over the lead in the race for the USPBL batting title, sitting at .365, just ahead of All-Star MVP Pat Adams of the Eastside Diamond Hoppers. Utica Unicorns Jimmy Latona leads the USPBL with seven home runs this season, while the Beavers’ Adam Gauthier leads the league with 22 RBIs.
The Unicorns’ Spencer Stockton struck out the side in his All-Star Game start, and leads the league with 46 strikeouts this season. The Beavers’ Matt Dallas earned his league-best fourth save of the season last weekend and threw 97 miles per hour in his last outing during the All-Star Game.
The United Shore Professional Baseball League was founded by Rochester-based General Sports and Entertainment, and is the culmination of a 10-year effort by General Sports to bring professional baseball to the Detroit area. General Sports is led by President & CEO Andy Appleby, a former Senior Vice President of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. General Sports previously owned and operated the Fort Wayne Wizards, a Minor League Baseball team in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Derby County Football Club, an English football (soccer) club in the English Premier and Championship Football Leagues. The USPBL will give General Sports the opportunity to employ every best practice that its experienced team has learned over the past 30 years at the highest level of sports management and marketing.
The USPBL launched May 2016 with an initial slate of three teams playing a full 75-game schedule at Jimmy John’s Field in historic downtown Utica. The USPBL is the first league in history to feature best practices such as having all of its games played on prime dates, Thursday to Sunday from mid-May through early September – the very finest months of weather in Michigan.
For more information, visit the USPBL website.