The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is happy to announce that this year’s All Star Game will be held at Colburn Park in Newark on July 24.
“We are very excited to be hosting the 2013 All Star game here in Newark. This will be a great opportunity for the fans in Newark to really see the best players that the PGCBL has to offer,” said Newark GM Brian Connell. “It’s an honor to host this great event that gives these players a chance to showcase their talent.”
Along with the All Star Game itself, there will be Scout Day activities that will give the All Stars a chance to show off their skills in front of major league scouts. Also the players will be able to show off some of their power in the Home Run Derby before the game. All of this to go along with the on field promotions, great food and great atmosphere that you have come to know at Colburn Park, you won’t want to miss it!
“The Pilots are a great organization. They consistently treat their fans to a fantastic evening at the ballpark and have made so many improvements to Colburn Park,” stated PGCBL President Jeff Kunion. “They truly represent the ideals of the PGCBL and the Board of Directors recognized their efforts by awarding them the 2013 All Star Game.”
Tickets for the 2013 PGCBL All Star Game can be purchased from the Newark Pilots office. For more information on this years All Star Game visit www.pgcbl.com or www.newarkpilots.com.
The Pilots have stayed busy in the off-season this year. The organization constructed a 600-square-foot addition to the team’s clubhouse. This increases the locker room by 40 percent from the old layout. The Pilots invested $30,000 in this improvement. The addition will allow for the reconfiguration of locker space and a lounge area for the players to relax.
The Newark Pilots, at the completion of the season, painted and did the normal ballpark end-of-the-season maintenance, which also included sealing the asphalt and seeding the ballpark.
In the Spring, the Pilots are going to add some lighting fixtures to the current ballpark lighting to increase the candle power of the lights.
The roster for the Pilots this coming season is up to 30 players that come from all over the country, including some New York products. Many of the players are sophomores and juniors in college, adding some age and experience to the group over previous seasons.
Chris Ebright, who managed the team a year ago, accepted a managing job for the Roswell Invaders (Roswell, NM) of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs. Back in September, the Pilots named Mike Armstrong the team’s new manager.
Armstrong, a native of Rochester, was the hitting and catchers coach at Amherst College. Before that he served as an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Ithaca College from 2010 to 2012. He played a large role in helping the Ithaca Bombers varsity team improve their hitting ability in his two years with the program. Armstrong also helped build the junior varsity program, increasing their schedule from 8 games in 2011 to 22 games in his 2012.
Page 2 of 2 - “My philosophy is to hold every player accountable and teach responsibility on and off the field and in life,” Armstrong said in a press release. “I preach aggressiveness on defense and at the plate, while teaching the mental points of the game to make players independent thinkers. It is very important to me to further develop the talented young men on our roster, and prepare them for successful seasons when they return to their institutions for the regular season.”
Brian Connell, who is in his second season as the team’s general manager, believes Armstrong is a nice fit for the growing club.
“I am excited to have Mike as our new head coach,” Connell said. “He really knows his baseball and we think he will do a great job leading the Newark Pilots in the right direction.”