The Pecos League flies under the radar, and is the last stop for those players aspiring for something more. They have been around since 2010 and caught my eye almost immediately. Their motto from day one says it all.
"The leagues high powered offenses are fueled by high altitudes and smaller ballparks"
Every athlete knows when his or her time is up. It's not about the money at that point; it's strictly for the love of the game, just hoping that one scout sees something that someone else didn't.
Players in the independent leagues don't get paid much. During my time in the Frontier League I was getting roughly, $600 USD in 2001 as a rookie. An article published by Las Cruces Sun-News in 2011 published the team salary of the Las Cruces Vaqueros along with an eye-popping statement.
"According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, last year Vaqueros had a team salary of roughly $20,000. Players were being paid a minimum of $200 a month with a cap of $400. Dunn was reportedly quoted as saying that in 2011 teams will entertain a $35,000 cap with players now making between $200 and $500 a month.
Here’s the kicker; ten of the 30 on a roster will not be paid."
That's right, 30 won't be paid. If that's not for the love of game, I don't what is?
In recent weeks, Indy ball has been getting the publicity they could've only dreamed of a few short years ago.
ESPN signed a contract with the Sugar Land Skeeters on April 24 that will showcase, live, all 72 Skeeters games on "WatchESPN.com and SugarLandSkeeters.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV."
The new agreement with FOX Sports 1 will give viewers a sobering look at minor league baseball and the lengths players will go to get selected. FOX Sports has an exclusive interview with two of the shows stars: John Sullivan and Sam DiMatteo of the Trinidad Triggers that can be seen here.
The odds on these guys making the "show" are slim to none, but based on ability and performance, an ascension to the upper echelon of the indy ranks is a possibility. So is the chance of signing a minor league contract. But, huge kudos to Pecos League president Andrew Dunn for getting this accomplished.
According to Rasha Drachkovitch, President of 44 Blue Production, and co-producers of the series, the show is somewhere in between "Field of Dreams" meets "Jackass". With a comparison like that how can you not tune in?