Riverfront Stadium (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Riverfront Stadium (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Newark Bears announced a partnership with the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League today, which will make Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium the official home of the new amateur league. It sounds like we’ll be seeing some Sunday doubleheaders combining Bears games and NJABL action.

The NJABL is playing its inaugural season in 2013, with both wood and metal bat “leagues.” After looking at its website, I’m not sure what kind of play level it offers – it sounds almost like a “serious” recreational league to me… I guess we’ll find out in a few months.

Here’s the Bears’ press release.

Newark Bears Announce Partnership with New Jersey Amateur Baseball League

The Newark Bears and New Jersey Amateur Baseball League (NJABL) have announced a partnership for the 2013 season.

As part of the agreement, Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium will become the official home of the NJABL, with the league scheduled to start play in April. Additionally, the Bears and the NJABL will host Amateur/Pro doubleheaders at the stadium.

The Bears will use the NJABL as a way to scout local talent and will also offer private tryouts to certain NJABL players.

The New Jersey Amateur Baseball League will host its Managers Meeting at the ballpark on January 27. Teams or players interested in participating in the 2013 season should RSVP through the league’s official website.

For more information on the league, visit www.NewJerseyABL.com.

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper in New Jersey. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

3 responses

  1. Freddy says:

    Maybe that explains the Sunday night games

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  2. Hello, my name is Mike Mazzolla and I am co-commissioner of the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League. I first wanted to thank you for picking up this story and taking the time to look over our website. This is obviously an exciting time for us and we didn’t think we would get this much exposure through this partnership. I believe “serious recreational league” is a fair assessment of what we are offering. There are a number of adult Sunday leagues in NJ, but we wanted to offer more to our teams. The stadium games, All Star experience, professional scouting and enhanced website capabilities are some of the things nobody else can offer. As of now, we are still building our league structures for our inaugural season. We hope to offer a high level amateur wood (players who may get scouted to play professional baseball), a middle tier wood and metal leagues. As a league, we hope to get more involved in the community with youth clinics and charity fundraisers, which we will partner with the Bears for.

    We are looking forward for what 2013 has in store, and with the attention we are starting to receive it helps us to be successful out of the gate.

    If you would like to follow us, what we are doing, we do have a facebook page up at http://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyABL

    Feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have some questions.

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