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Sunbelt Baseball League

The Sunbelt Baseball League (SBL) is a non-profit collegiate summer baseball league with teams located in North Georgia and East Alabama in the United States of America. The SBL is a member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, which is partially funded by Major League Baseball.[3] Games are played with wooden bats. The season starts in early June and runs through the end of July/early August, with playoffs determining the league champion. The mission of the Sunbelt Baseball League is to provide a first-class collegiate summer program dedicated to helping young college athletes achieve their dreams of playing at the professional level. Based out of the metro Atlanta area, this wood bat league showcases some of the top talent in the nation while providing exciting family entertainment to the community.

Sunbelt Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Founded 2009[1]
Commissioner Bobby Bennett
Motto Georgia's Premier Collegiate Summer Baseball League
No. of teams 8[2]
Country United States
Headquarters Lawrenceville, Georgia
Most recent
champion(s)
Sunbelt Patriots (2017)
Most titles Atlanta Crackers (4)
Sponsor(s) Major League Baseball, Rawlings, Peach State Roofing, Kapp Koncepts, Force3 Pro Gear
Official website SunbeltLeague.com

Contents

Current League Teams[4]Edit

Division Team Head Coach Location Home Field Established
West Carrollton Clippers Beau Welborn Carrollton, GA Central Carroll High School 2009
Norcross Astros Marty Kelly Norcross, GA Norcross High School 2016
Phenix City Crawdads Mike Getkin Phenix City, AL Glenwood School 2014
Sunbelt Patriots Gil Navarro Waleska, GA Reinhardt University 2014
East Alpharetta Braves Brandon Boggs Alpharetta, GA Veterans Field (American Legion Post 201) 2010
Atlanta Crackers Kevin Meistickle Suwanee, GA Peachtree Ridge High School 2009
Brookhaven Bucks Corey Patterson Brookhaven, GA Oglethorpe University 2011
Gwinnett Tides Jeff Moyer Lawrenceville, GA Georgia Gwinnett College 2009

Past Champions & Runners-UpEdit

Year Champion Runner-Up
2017 Sunbelt Patriots Atlanta Crackers
2016 Atlanta Crackers Carrollton Clippers
2015[5] Atlanta Crackers Phenix City Crawdads
2014[6] Atlanta Crackers Phenix City Crawdads
2013[7] Atlanta Crackers 6-4-3 DP Cougars
2012[8] Douglasville Bulls Windward Braves
2011[9] Berkeley Lake Tides Douglasville Bulls
2010[10] Berkeley Lake Tides Douglasville Bulls
2009 Rockdale A's Atlanta Crackers

Former League TeamsEdit

  • Marietta Patriots (2016) became Sunbelt Patriots
  • Douglasville Bulls (2009-2015) became Carrollton Clippers
  • East Cobb Patriots (2014-2015) became Marietta Patriots
  • Home Plate Chukars (2010-2014) became Peachtree City Chukars (2015)
  • Windward Braves (2010-2014) became Alpharetta Braves
  • Berkley Lake Tides (2009-2013) became Gwinnett Tides
  • 6-4-3 DP Cougars (2011-2013)
  • OTC Bearcats (2012-2013)
  • Rockdale Roadrunners (2011)
  • South Atlanta Bearcats (2011)
  • Rockdale A's (2009-2010)
  • Signature Park Grizzlies (2010)
  • South Atlanta Phillies (2010)
  • Atlanta Astros (2009-2010)
  • Fulton Grizzlies (2009)
  • Alpharetta Phillies (2009)
  • Johns Creek Wood Ducks (2009)

Sunbelt Baseball League Alumni in Major League BaseballEdit

Player MLB Team MLB Debut SBL Team (Year)
Alan Busenitz Minnesota Twins June 17, 2017 Berkeley Lake Tides (2011)
Buck Farmer Detroit Tigers August 13, 2014 Rockdale A's (2009)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sunbelt wooden-bat league grows in metro area". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sunbelt Baseball League Teams". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "National Alliance of College Summer Baseball". Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sunbelt Baseball League Teams". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Crawdads swept by Crackers in Sunbelt Championship series". Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Crackers win second consecutive Sunbelt title". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Atlanta Crackers win the Sunbelt League Championship". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Coach Todd Pratt". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bulls Fall Short in Championship". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Marshall helps Berkeley Lake to title". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 

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