Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League
The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL) is a collegiate summer baseball league located in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland metropolitan areas. The CRCBL is a member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB).
|No. of teams||10|
|Baltimore Redbirds, Bethesda Big Train (co-champions)|
|Official website||CRCBL Official Web Site|
The CRCBL was founded in 2005. The league was named in honor of Cal Ripken, Sr. in recognition of his lifelong dedication "to helping young baseball players develop and reach their potential." Although the league is named in his honor, it is not associated with the Cal Ripken, Sr. foundation. In 2009 the league removed the "Sr." in the name to accommodate both Cal Ripken, Sr. and Cal Ripken, Jr..
The league's founding teams were the Bethesda Big Train, College Park Bombers, Maryland Redbirds, Rockville Express, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, and Youse's Maryland Orioles. The Herndon Braves joined in 2007 and the Alexandria Aces joined in 2008, expanding the league into Northern Virginia. In 2009, the Southern Maryland Nationals, formerly the Southern Maryland Cardinals, joined the league for the 2010 season when it was announced that the College Park Bombers would not be competing in 2010 due to financial struggles. Another name change occurred as the Maryland Redbirds changed their name to the Baltimore Redbirds. In 2011, the Vienna River Dogs became the ninth team in the league and the third in Northern Virginia. The league expanded into Washington, D.C. when the D.C. Grays joined for the 2012 season. In 2013 two new teams, the Baltimore Presstman Cardinals and the Gaithersburg Giants, joined the League. In 2014 the Cardinals were replaced by the Baltimore Dodgers and the Southern Maryland Nationals ceased operations. After the completion of the 2014 season, Youse's Maryland Orioles announced that they would no longer be competing in the League. In 2015 the League changed to a two division format with a playoff.
On July 15, 2009, the CRCBL took on the Valley Baseball League, another collegiate wooden bat league based in Virginia, in the Mid-Atlantic Classic in Waldorf, Maryland. Each side gathered a roster of All-Stars for the match. In the game, the Ripken League defeated the Valley League 2-1. On July 11, 2011 the two leagues held the second Mid-Atlantic Classic (the scheduled 2010 re-match was rained out) at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Ripken League won again, this time by a score of 6-3.
Southern Collegiate ShowcaseEdit
The CRCBL sent an all-star team to North Carolina in 2017 and 2018 to participate in the Southern Collegiate Prospect Showcase against the Florida Collegiate Summer League, the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, the Sunbelt League and the Valley League. In 2017, the CRCBL lost both games, but won both in 2018.
|Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League|
|Alexandria Aces||Alexandria, VA||Frank Mann Field|
|Bethesda Big Train||Bethesda, MD||Shirley Povich Field|
|Gaithersburg Giants||Gaithersburg, MD||Criswell Automotive Field at Kelley Park|
|D.C. Grays||Washington, D.C.||Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy|
|FCA Braves||Lorton, VA||South County High School|
|Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts||Silver Spring, MD||Montgomery Blair Stadium|
|Season||League Champion||Regular Season Champion|
|2005||Bethesda Big Train, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (co-champions)||Bethesda Big Train|
|2006||Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts||Bethesda Big Train|
|2007||Rockville Express||Rockville Express, Youse's Maryland Orioles (Tie)|
|2008||Youse's Maryland Orioles||Youse's Maryland Orioles|
|2009||Bethesda Big Train||Bethesda Big Train|
|2010||Bethesda Big Train||Youse's Maryland Orioles|
|2011||Bethesda Big Train||Bethesda Big Train|
|2012||Baltimore Redbirds||Rockville Express|
|2013||Baltimore Redbirds||Bethesda Big Train|
|2014||Baltimore Redbirds||Bethesda Big Train|
|2015||Baltimore Redbirds||Bethesda Big Train|
|2016||Bethesda Big Train||Baltimore Redbirds|
|2017||Bethesda Big Train||Bethesda Big Train|
|2018||Baltimore Redbirds, Bethesda Big Train (co-champions)||Bethesda Big Train|
In May 2009, Brett Cecil, who pitched for the Thunderbolts in 2005, was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays, where he pitched for eight seasons. In 2013, he became the first Ripken League alum to play in an MLB All-Star game. In November, 2016 he signed a 4-year, $30.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 2008 MLB Draft saw 40 former or current players chosen. Some players drafted included former Big Train player Carlos Gutierrez, at 27th overall by the Minnesota Twins. Three other players got drafted in the first three rounds: former Big Train player Evan Frederickson, at 35th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers, and two former players from the Youse's Orioles, Derrik Gibson in the 2nd round by the Boston Red Sox, and L. J. Hoes in the 3rd round by the Baltimore Orioles.
- Brett Cecil, 2005 Thunderbolts
- Carlos Gutierrez, 2005 Big Train
- Joe Smith, 2005 Express
- Zach Clark, 2005 Thunderbolts
- Brian Dozier, 2006 Big Train
- Cody Allen, 2008, 2010 Big Train
- Ryan Garton, 2010 Big Train
- Joe Mantiply, 2010 Big Train
- Hunter Renfroe, 2011-12 Big Train
- Brandon Lowe, 2014 Big Train
- Eric Brodkowitz, 2014-15 Giants
- "CRSCBL Mission Statement". Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. Archived from the original on April 5, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
- "CRSCBL 2005 Annual Report" (PDF). Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 21, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
- Hudson, Joshua (January 28, 2010). "College Park college baseball team ceases operations". The Gazette. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "Cal Ripken League welcomes new franchise for 2010". Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. Archived from the original on May 4, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "Ripken League tops Valley League!". Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. July 10, 2011.
- "Ballpark Map | Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League". www.calripkenleague.org. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
- "Previous Champions". www.calripkenleague.org. Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
- Lichtman, Harry (July 31, 2018). "Big Train and Redbirds named 2018 Ripken League co-champions - Montgomery County Sentinel". The Sentinel. Archived from the original on March 15, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
It’s the first time since the league’s inaugural season in 2005 where two teams have been named co-champions, the same two teams who have met in the Championship Series 10 years in a row.
- Swartz, Harrison (July 29, 2017). "RECAP OF GAMES ONE AND TWO… PREVIEW OF GAME THREE LCS CHAMPIONSHIP". www.calripkenleague.org (Press release). Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
the Redbirds and Big Train are playing in the championship game/round for ninth straight summer.
- "CRSCBL Alumni". Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- "Thunderbolts official web site". Retrieved 2017-01-03.
- "Baseball-Reference web site". Retrieved 2017-01-03.
- "2010 Draft Results". Archived from the original on 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
- "2011 Draft Results". Retrieved 2014-10-08.
- "2012 Draft Results". Retrieved 2014-10-08.
- "2013 Draft Results". Retrieved 2014-10-08.
- "2014 Draft Results". Retrieved 2014-10-08.
- "2015 Draft | Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League". www.calripkenleague.org. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
- "2017 Draft | Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League". www.calripkenleague.org. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
- "2018 Draft | Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League". www.calripkenleague.org. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
- "2007 New York Penn League Allstar Roster". Retrieved 2008-03-26.
- "New York Mets Roster". Retrieved 2008-03-25.
- "MLB Stats for Joe Smith". Retrieved 2008-03-26.