“The New York Collegiate Baseball League, with its proud history in collegiate baseball that dates back to 1978 is very happy to welcome the Rome Generals as the newest member of our league,” said NYCBL President Steve Pindar in a press statement. “We are excited and look forward to a long and successful relationship with them.”
The franchise will be operated by the Blazer Baseball Group Inc., a New York State nonprofit that also operates two other collegiate franchises in upstate New York.
“Rome has an incredible baseball foundation and tradition, the opportunity to bring the NYCBL and this level of baseball and sports entertainment to Rome and DeLutis Field is very exciting,” said Robert Miller of the Blazer Baseball Group. “The Rome Baseball Association does an incredible job on the fields and facilities here in Rome and the park is perfect for this level of play, we hope to introduce a new brand of baseball to DeLutis Field that is exciting both on and off the field, plus fan friendly for children and adults.
“The players that are going to be playing for the Rome Generals are future MLB Draft Picks and top prospects from across the entire country, these guys are going to be Major League Baseball’s stars of tomorrow playing right here in Rome,” said Rome Generals President John Spellman. “We hope to bring a new minor league type atmosphere to DeLutis Field as well, games will feature between inning games, kids chasing foul balls, free giveaways, promotional nights, food and more.”