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ACBL Comes to Peeksville

December 18, 2007 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Former Royal ace Dennis Leonard got his start in the ACBL.
After pitching in the ACBL, Dennis Leonard went on to earn quite a collection of baseball cards with his likeness on them.

If you’re in a fantasy baseball league as deep as mine, you need to scour the college ranks to find the next big thing before the other owners in your league clue in.

That’s where summer collegiate leagues like the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League come in.

The 41-year-old ACBL will have a new look next June, as its Stamford, Conn., franchise has relocated to Peeksville, N.Y.

The league is split into two divisions, each of which has four teams that play a 40-game regular season schedule in June and July, with playoffs running into early August.

Players are hand picked from the collegiate ranks to come and showcase their skills, making leagues like this a hotbed for MLB scouts.

The list of ACBL Alumni is impressive, including: Dennis Leonard, Rick Cerone, Frank Viola, Terry Mulholland, Jamie Moyer (a 2006 ACBL Hall of Fame inductee), Walt Weiss, Pete Harnisch, Doug Davis, Craig Biggio (also a 2006 HoFer), Pat Kelly, Eric Young, John Valentin, John Flaherty (another member of the 2006 HoF class), Allen Watson, Jim Mecir, Pete Walker, Matt Morris, Frank Menechino, Vinnie Chulk, Kevin Cash, Craig Hansen, Jason Bergmann, Kevin Barry, John Lannan.

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