This is from the old McKinney Blue Thunder website (Wayback Machine archive here):
Awards were presented to the following players on August 22 in Texas City prior to the start of the Championship series. Congratulations to:
CBL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Kyle Wells, Catcher, Bay Area Toros
CBL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Anthony Edwards, Outfielder, Texarkana Gunslingers
CBL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Kevin Cooper, Bay Area Toros
CBL RELIEVER OF THE YEAR: Jack Tilghman, Texarkana Gunslingers
CBL MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Jim Bolt, Bay Area Toros
In early April 2007 the CBL hosted an open tryout in Dallas for prospective players to make the 4 teams that season. We found a Wayback Machine (archive.org) snapshot of the Bay Area Toros website which lists the original press release issued by the league. The link to that snapshot is here: 2007 Continental Baseball League draft Dallas Texas
We attempted to make a PDF of this release, but the Archive.org snapshot header cuts off some of the list. You are still welcome to see that PDF here: 2007 CBL original tryout and draft PDF
We found a PDF of the 2008 CBL league schedule. Here is the link:
Here is a PDF of a snapshot from the old version of the CBL website. It lists all pitchers of the week and players of the week for the 2008 Continental Baseball League season.
You may download the PDF at this link:
2008 CBL pitchers and players of the week (PDF)
In February 2010 the CBL announced its intended 4-team schedule, which was to include two teams operated by the New York State League — a developmental, pay-to-play league which would promote its players from a developmental league to the CBL. That arrangement fell apart which led to the return of 2009’s Coastal Kingfish to replace the named “West Texas Roadhogs”. The Desert Valley Mountain Lions were kept in the schedule as a travel team, and operated by the league.
Both Ron Baron and Bob Ibach were quoted in the release, and the release mentions previous league championship teams such as the Tarrant County Blue Thunder, Bay Area Toros, and Alexandria Aces. Aspirations of expanding the CBL to Arizona and Colorado for what would have been a 2011 season also were mentioned.
Here is a link to that release:
In 2014, the Pecos League had a mini-series documentary on Fox Sports 1, so FoxSports.com did a recap of the Pecos League. In the article below you will see a mention of the CBL and the two teams which started the Pecos League (Big Bend Cowboys – now Alpine Cowboys, and the Las Cruces Vaqueros):
Clips of the 2014 Pecos League documentary are on YouTube when you search for the Pecos League.
We found the 2009 CBL team season and league-wide season stats on Baseball Reference. Here are some takeaways for the 2009 season:
- 174 games played
- League batting average of .267
- 233 home runs that year
- 1734 RBI that year
- League ERA of 4.92
- 2588 strikeouts
- Fielding percentage of .953
- 633 stolen bases
Here is the link to the full season (regular and post-season combined) stats, with sub-stats available on the appropriate links listed:
Here is a November 2007 article about Bob Ibach, the league’s director of operations:
It covers some of his background in pro baseball and the sports media.
Sports Business Journal in March 2007 mentioned the founding of the CBL including the league’s executives. It mentioned Ron and his background growing up in New York. Here is a link to the article:
We found an article mentioning a CBL tryout which was scheduled to be held in Birmingham, Alabama on October 25, 2008. Here is the link mentioning the tryout:
Current professional baseball league tryout opportunities can be found at this resource, run by a former CBL player and team official: