We have the three teams playing out of Utica’s Jimmy John’s Field during the inaugural United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) season in 2016: the Utica Unicorns, Eastside Diamond Hoppers and Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers.
The team names were chosen after a fan vote. The Utica Unicorns led the pack in terms of total votes, by the way. Here’s a league’s description for each:
One of the league’s two home teams to play at Jimmy John’s Field, the Utica Unicorns were developed to be lovable yet fierce.
Eastside Diamond Hoppers
Named to represent a “fly” ball catching frog one might see capturing fish flies along Lake St. Clair, the league’s other home team playing at Jimmy John’s Field features the first-ever use of an orange and green color scheme in professional sports.
Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers
The Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers were conceived to be the cross-town rival to the league’s two home teams, also to play at Jimmy John’s Field.
“This league and these teams will bring a professional baseball experience like no other to this region,” said Andy Appleby, league founder, president and chief executive officer of Rochester, Michigan-based General Sports and Entertainment. “The USPBL will be competitive, affordable, community-focused and tremendous fun for fans of every age.”
The United Shore Professional Baseball League is launching with a unique business model: a three-team independent league will be playing out of a single facility, Jimmy John’s Field, for a 50-game season. The player base will be recent graduates who went undrafted and are looking to showcase their talents.
Some specs on the ballpark: it will seat approximately 4,000 people and include a grandstand, five dugout suites, five penthouse suites, 12 private patio suites, a grass berm and four picnic areas.