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For most big league ball players their path begins in premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues across the nation. With 50 different summer collegiate leagues all around the US and Canada it’s a big business and a major driver towards the scouting and development of future MLB stars. Of the 50 plus leagues, only a select few drive the bulk of the collegiate prospects. Towards the top of that list is the Prospect League, the league now coming to the Village of Lisle. The Prospect League has a rich history of producing top MLB talent including over 175 big leaguers since its inception. The list includes such names as players of decades ago such as Mike Schmidt and today’s stars such as Jonathan Papelbon.
Lisle Baseball Partners, LLC announced today that Prospect League baseball is coming to Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex in 2016. Under the deal, Lisle Baseball Partners, LLC will bring and operate a team playing in the Prospect League beginning in the summer of 2016.
“The Prospect League is fortunate to have baseball in Lisle once again,” said Prospect League Commissioner Bryan Wickline. “When we gain another quality facility like Benedictine University’s BenU Baseball Field, it only adds to the first-class stadiums we have in our League. Our players have told us our stadiums set us apart. Adding BenU and their fabulous facilities department personnel will strengthen the satisfaction of not only our players, but our coaching staffs as well. Josh Schaub and his staff will ensure that the Lisle area will have a first-class fan experience and add to the quality of life to its residents and surrounding region.”
Village of Lisle Mayor Joe Broda stated, “The Village of Lisle is excited to welcome Prospect League Baseball to the B.U. Sports Complex! The Prospect League often catches the eye of MLB scouts, who offer a chance for these players to be developed into future stars. We anticipate this team will also attract fans and other visitors to the community, providing a positive economic benefit and a quality of life to the entire Village. As “The Arboretum Village, Lisle is the perfect, natural environment for these talented players to refine their skills and thrive in a state-of-the-art sports complex. In 2016, the Village of Lisle will celebrate its 60 Anniversary. I know of no better way to celebrate this milestone than to enjoy a baseball game, which is rich in American tradition, with a superior baseball league at bat, the Prospect League. Welcome to Lisle!”
Owner of Lisle Baseball Partners, LLC, Josh Schaub stated, “We are extremely excited to be bringing Prospect League baseball to the Lisle market. Not only does the Prospect League boast some of the elite college talent in the country, but it brings a sound business model that employs family friendly entertainment at its core. We are looking forward to bringing championships and a higher quality of life to Lisle for years to come. Fans can look forward to cutting edge promotions and the traditional baseball entertainment fans across all the Prospect League markets have come to enjoy.”
Lisle Baseball Partners, LLC has also launched a ‘Name the Team’ contest to seek community input for the team nickname. Fans can visit www.LisleBaseball.com to submit their team name for a chance to win a $500 cash prize, season tickets and more!
The team name, colors and logo will be unveiled at a special event; exact date and location will be announced. Season tickets can be reserved on a first come, first serve basis by submitting a $50 deposit with the team after the unveiling.
Anyone looking to get involved in any capacity from front office, ticket / sponsorship sales, game operations, social media, marketing, public relations, announcers, entertainers, musicians, etc. please email: email@example.com.
Lisle Baseball Partners, LLC:
Founded by Josh Schaub, Lisle Baseball Partners, LLC, is a sports and entertainment company that brings an affordable, memorable experience to fans on and off the field along with results and visibility for partners and the community. Schaub is not only an attorney specializing in areas of business, bankruptcy, and sports law but has also been involved in professional baseball and sports in a variety of capacities for a decade including as an Associate Scout (MLB – Milwaukee Brewers), Adjunct Law School Professor (Hamline University School of Law), and former owner and CEO (Joliet Slammers).
The Prospect League was founded in 1963 – known as The Central Illinois Collegiate League until merging in 2009 – and is one of the longest continuously operating, independent, summer collegiate baseball leagues in the country. The Prospect League will have 12 teams competing in a six state region: Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Visit ProspectLeague.com for more information.
Village of Lisle, Illinois:
The Village of Lisle is a refreshingly different place to live, work or visit! From its humble beginnings as a rural midwestern town, Lisle has evolved into a welcoming, business friendly community of 22,390 people, rich with resources. In 2007, Lisle was named one of Money Magazine’s Top 20 “Best Places to Live” In America. This recognition was based on the economic opportunity and quality of life that the Village offers to all. Take a closer look at Lisle – a “Refreshingly Different” community. For more visit: http://www.villageoflisle.org/