The Diablos won’t be El Paso’s only pro baseball team for the 2010 season.
The Continental Baseball League recently announced that a New York State League team will become the Desert Valley Lions and will play in El Paso this season. The league also announced that the Coastal Kingfish will be the league’s travel team and will be based out of El Paso.
?The (New York State League) is a premier pro baseball development organization that has sent more than 100 players to all levels of independent league baseball over the last four seasons, including the Atlantic League, CanAm League, the American Association and others,” CBL commissioner Ron Baron said in a news release. “We?ve had a good track record in the past three seasons in getting players in our league opportunities with affiliated teams, as 19 of our players have been signed by MLB organizations during that period. And a couple of those youngsters have a real shot to make a big league team in the very near future. So it?s a very exciting time for us.?
The Coastal Kingfish will have tryouts at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24 at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces. Cost is $50 and pre-registration is below and must preregister at www.coastalkingfish.com. The Desert Valley Lions will have tryouts from 9 a.m. To 11 am May 1 at EPSA 4585 Ripley, Bldg 4 El Paso, TX 79922 Cost is $50 per player to register.
The CBL also has a baseball team in Las Cruces. The league’s season begins May 6.
The Diablos play in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball and will kickoff the 2010 season with an exhibition game on May 8 at Cohen Stadium. The CBL and the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball are not associated with Major League Baseball.