BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues wanted a change and that change led them to leave the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
“Part of the reason we left the Futures League was it was an odd amount of teams, there weren’t any days off and we couldn’t plan anything,” Blues co-owner Elliot Schneider said. “We hardly had any home games from May to July.”
Bristol played 17 of its first 25 games on the road last season and didn’t have its first homestand until July 3, when it played five straight games at Muzzy Field. That also happened to be the Blues’ longest stretch of games at home. They never played more than three in a row in Bristol last season and played 24 games at home overall.
The Blues are expected to join the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the upcoming summer, according to both Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and the team’s general manager, Brian Rooney. Schneider said the team will make an official announcement on its departure and what league it will be joining Monday.
Currently made up of 13 teams across the six New England states, including the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, who departed the Futures League at the end of the 2018 season and were replaced by the Westfield Starfires, the NECBL is considered to be more competitive than the Futures League.
“We needed to what was best for the organization going forward,” Schneider said.
The NECBL starts its summer season in early June and plays an eight-week regular season schedule of approximately 40 games. The league champion is determined by a playoff in early August comprised of the top teams from both divisions.
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