SYRACUSE — The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced Wednesday that it has completed its corporate transition to a limited liability company to provide the league with strong organizational governance for the future.
All the existing PGCBL teams have become members of the corporation and the league’s newest franchise in Watertown, which is set to debut in the upcoming 2018 season, was admitted as the 14th team.
In addition to the corporate re-structuring, the PGCBL unanimously decided to divide the league’s 14 teams in a new three-division structure. In addition to the traditional East and West Divisions, a Central Division will be added to the mix in 2018.
The Amsterdam Mohawks will be joined by the Albany Dutchmen, Glens Falls Golden Eagles, Oneonta Outlaws and the Saugerties Stallions. The Central Division will consist of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, Adirondack Trail Blazers, Utica Blue Sox, Onondaga Flames and the new Watertown franchise. Onondaga has elected to take a voluntary suspension for the 2018 season. Finally, the West Division will include the Elmira Pioneers, Geneva Red Wings, Jamestown Jammers and Newark Pilots.
Each division nominated a member to sit on the newly-organized Executive Committee. Robbie Nichols (Elmira) will represent the West, Travis Heiser (Mohawk Valley) will represent the Central and Jason Brinkman (Albany) will represent the East. Alyce Lee (Onondaga) was elected treasurer.
In addition to its ongoing duties, the Executive Committee has been given the additional responsibility of managing the company until a new independent Operating Manager is hired. A national search is being conducted to find a strong leader with experience in collegiate and/or minor league baseball to fill the newly recreated office.
Brinkman, vice president and general manager of the Albany Dutchmen, said, “With the corporate transition and the addition of Watertown’s experienced ownership group, we have strengthened the foundation of the league. It will be an exciting challenge to identify an Operating Manager that will help guide us towards continued future success.”
The PGCBL also elected a scheduling committee in the same divisional representational manner, with the task of preparing the 2018 schedule.
Nichols, owner of the Elmira Pioneers, commented, “In the six seasons since owning the Elmira Pioneers, this was by far the best and most productive meeting yet. We are united and adding a strong Watertown franchise with a quality ownership group makes our league even better.”
Bob Ohmann, who owns the Newark Pilots and Geneva Red Wings together with his wife, Leslie, added, “Saturday’s meeting was a wonderful coming together to take the PGCBL to a new level. The continuous unanimous votes on all pertinent issues showed that we were all on the same page. We came away from the meeting completely satisfied with our direction for the future.”
Echoing those sentiments was Heiser, owner of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, who said, “It was very evident that we are all deeply committed to being the very best summer collegiate baseball league in the country.”