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Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League

Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League
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Sport Baseball
Founded 2014
Commissioner Mike Greene
No. of teams 6
Country 23x15px United States
Official website www.MRPBL.com

The Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League is an independent, professional baseball league located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Operating in cities not served by Major League Baseball or their minor-league affiliates, the MRPBL has six franchise teams spread throughout the states of Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

Founded in 2014, the league is divided into an Eastern and Western Division, with each team playing a 68 game regular-season schedule lasting from May through August.

Play ceased early on in the 2015 season because the league was experiencing substantial financial difficult. Owner and commissioner Mike Greene admitted that he was unprepared for the challenges of running the league. According to a press release, the league required an average of 300 fans per game in order to remain solvent. The league had trouble finding host families for players. Some teams' uniforms were not ready by the start of the season and they resorted to wearing their opponents' uniforms. Greene offered to grant free franchise rights to any potential owners and estimated that it would require an investment of approximately $70,000 in order to get a new team off the ground.[1]

On June 1, 2015, the league issued a press release announcing that it would contract from six to four teams. Players from the remaining teams would be granted release from their contracts upon request and players on eliminated teams would be reassigned to the remaining teams, which would potentially require expanding the roster sizes. However, in the same press release, the league announced that the remaining teams' rosters would feature 24 players as opposed to the 25-man rosters the league had previously employed.[2]

Current franchises

MRPBL
Division Team City Stadium
East Ellensburg Bulls Ellensburg, Washington Rotary Park
Glacier Outlaws Whitefish, Montana Memorial Park
Moses Lake Rattlesnakes Moses Lake, Washington Larson Field
Division Team City Stadium
West Skagit Valley Lumberjacks Mount Vernon, Washington Dream Field
Oregon City Mud Turtles Oregon City, Oregon Clackamas Park
Grays Harbor Gulls Hoquiam, Washington Olympic Stadium

References

  1. ^ Neyer, Rob (May 2015). "THE LITTLE LEAGUE THAT COULDN'T". Fox Sports. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Greene, Mike (June 1, 2015). "URGENT PRESS RELEASE FROM THE COMMISSIONER - State of MRPBL". Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 

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