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Independent Baseball Outlook

golden baseball leagueThere is no such thing as the Independent Baseball League. Instead, there are various independent baseball leagues, operating under this common title because none of them are affiliated with Major League Baseball or the MLB Minor League Affiliates. These independent leagues serve two main purposes: 1) To provide a place for those initially overlooked to show their skill in front of MLB scouts with the hope of being picked up into an affiliated organization, 2) To serve as a stop for MLB affiliated players who have been cut by their organizations and hope to return to affiliated ball. MLB seasons might be starting soon, so it might be worth looking into getting your MLB tickets from somewhere like https://www.ticketclub.com/compare/stubhub.

Dynasty has three clients who will be starting their 2009 campaigns in various independent leagues. Gerard Haran will start the season with the Atlantic League’s Newark Bears, Brendan Murphy will be with the Frontier League’s Kalamazoo Kings, and Paul Rutgers will be with the Golden Baseball League‘s Tucson Toros.

Independent Leagues are respected by MLB scouts. Many players have been able to come out of various indy leagues to have successful careers in Major League Baseball. One league that is getting some good press is where Rutgers will be starting the 2009 season: The Golden Baseball league.

The GBL is only going into its 5th season of existence, and is seeing nice revenue growth year-to-year. Interestingly, two Stanford students dreampt up the league and started it with $5 million from outside investors. While mainstream leagues are being stunned by the economic downturn, losing sponsor after sponsor, the GBL has mostly been unaffected. In fact, two years ago, the GBL fielded 6 teams; this year it will start with 10 teams.

Many of the independent leagues have not started their seasons or are just beginning this week. The GBL does not start until the middle of May.

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By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

2 replies on “Independent Baseball Outlook”

Yep, I played in that league…it was a very fun league to play in, very good players up there and I made some great friends along the way.

In addition to points 1 & 2, independent baseball leagues also give upcoming talent in the front offices an opportunity to do some unique marketing and learn how to run baseball operations. Some of the more innovative promotions and marketing techniques have come out of the independent leagues.

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