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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Welcome to the Pecos League

Sean Kiley wasn’t ready to hang up his glove after college, so he set out to play in the Pecos League, the lowest level of professional baseball in the United States. This is his story.

I see the email from our GM at 6:22 p.m. Welcome to Trinidad! The email mentions details about the 10,000-person Colorado town, including player discounts, which help when you only make $50 a week. This includes 10 percent off everything at her cannabis dispensary.

Welcome to the Pecos League, the lowest level of professional baseball in the U.S.

As a right-handed pitcher throwing 79 mph, I had few offers to play college baseball. I chose Oberlin College in Ohio. I started for four years, and by the end I’d gotten my fastball to top out at 91 mph. This gave me hope I could get picked up by an affiliated minor league baseball club. But the draft came and went without me, and I settled for Plan B: studying to get into law school.

A personal account of life in the independent leagues- very much worth a read in those terms.


QLE Posted: August 21, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: independent leagues, pecos league

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 21, 2019 at 05:14 PM (#5873267)
Welcome to the Pecos League, the lowest level of professional baseball in the U.S.
Seems a bit short of “professional” baseball in many aspects, but mildly amusing.
   2. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: August 21, 2019 at 10:47 PM (#5873331)
I don’t know how this league stays alive year after year, but it does.

It’s REAL shoddy ball but occasionally these guys work their way to the bigs - one got called up to the Padres today, in fact: Eric Yardley.
   3. Bote Man Posted: August 22, 2019 at 12:14 AM (#5873354)
As a right-handed pitcher throwing 79 mph, I had few offers to play college baseball.

Yeah, nobody wants you if you can't throw 98mph heat somewhere in the general vicinity of home plate. If you kill somebody along the way, ehh, that's the price of fame and fortune. But you throw HEAT! That's all that matters in today's game!
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 22, 2019 at 01:22 AM (#5873364)
I love that this league exists- that there are guys who love baseball enough to make this happen. Part of me wishes I lived in a small town that had a team like this. I would have season tickets for sure.
   5. KJOK Posted: August 22, 2019 at 12:39 PM (#5873456)
I actually know one of the catchers in this league. For undrafted college players who don't yet want to quit playing, it's better than nothing.
   6. Brian C Posted: August 22, 2019 at 01:45 PM (#5873502)
I'm down with "Bakersfield Train Robbers" as a team name, complete with a logo that looks like a guy holding up a train with a baseball bat held by a floating arm.
   7. ajnrules Posted: August 22, 2019 at 04:01 PM (#5873554)
Man this article reads like a miniature Ball Four. I hope the author expands on it to a full book.

I checked out the Trinidad Triggers website and saw that the Pecos Leagues are holding a tryout. I have a friend interested in pursuing a baseball career, so I passed the information on to him.
   8. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: August 22, 2019 at 09:38 PM (#5873638)
the Pecos League, the lowest level of professional baseball in the United States

The Pacific and Empire Leagues say hi. (The Southwest League would say hi, too, but they folded before they could play a game.)

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