Pat Salvi, owner of two independent-league teams, added the summer-collegiate North Shore Navigators to his portfolio and is switching from the NECBL to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
The Navigators play out of historic Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass., a WPA ballpark formerly housing Eastern League and independent baseball. The team will be owned by Salvi-owned Salvi Sports New England LLC. Salvi already owns the Gary SouthShore RailCats (independent; American Association) and the Schaumburg Boomers (independent; Frontier League). He took over the Fraser Field lease from former Navigators owner Tim Haley, in a move approved unanimously by the Lynn Stadium Commission.
“What Tim Haley (the previous Navigators owner) has done for the North Shore community has been great,” said Salvi said. “Salvi Sports New England LLC will not only continue this, but take it to a whole new level and the fans will like what they see.”
The new GM of the Navigators: industry veteran Bill Terlecky.
“Frasier Field (home of the Navigators) as well as the North Shore community has a vast history of baseball excellence,” said Chris Hall, commissioner of the FCBL. “As a league we are excited to have such devoted owners as the Salvi’s heading up the franchise and we feel the North Shore Navigators will be an excellent addition to the Futures League.”
The FCBL has assembled a pretty strong list of owners; besides Salvi, the Goldklang Group owns the new Pittsfield team in the circuit while Drew Weber, who owns and operates the Lowell Spinners (short season A; NY-Penn League), also owns the Nashua Silver Knights.
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