The Syracuse Spartans will be composing a team each summer that brings collegiate baseball players together from all across the US and Canada. Players will be living and making connections in the community and will stay with host families in the Syracuse area. They will be coached by college and professional coaches from around the country with the goal in mind to learn and grow as young men and baseball players. It is our duty to not only teach the game of baseball, but to help educate our players on the values of contributing to the local community. We plan on doing this by providing players with coaching opportunities as well as other volunteer experiences. Again, we hope this helps these players grow as young men by developing leadership qualities that they can use while playing for their colleges as well as whatever career field their future brings them to.
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Syracuse Spartans to join NYCBL as 11th member franchise
SYRACUSE, NY — The Syracuse Spartans, a baseball organization known for promoting skill and sportsmanship in its student-athletes will join the 40th season of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
The Syracuse Spartans will play its inaugural season in 2017 with home games at Dick Rockwell Field at LeMoyne College. The team will play a 46-game regular season schedule in June and July.
“The NYCBL is very happy to welcome the Syracuse Spartans as our newest franchise. There have been two teams in our league from Syracuse for many years, and it’s great that tradition will be continuing, said league president Steve Pindar.”
The team’s general manager and owner is JJ Potrikus. JJ graduated and played baseball at Cicero-North Syracuse High School and SUNY Cortland. Potrikus went on to play professional baseball for the Gary Indiana Railcats and White Sands Pupfish, respectively. He also served as head baseball coach at Fayetteville-Manlius High School and pitching coach at Onondaga Community College.
“I’ve played in leagues like this all over the country,” said Potrikus. “I had a great experience and felt connected with the communities where I played.
“The Spartans want to offer that to players from the across the country, right here in Syracuse,” he continued. “We want coaches to know that they are sending their players to a great community where they will be taken care of.”
The Spartans will join the Cortland Crush, Rome Generals, Sherrill Silversmiths and Syracuse Salt Cats in the NYCBL's Eastern Division. The league’s Western Division includes the Rochester Ridgemen, Olean Oilers, Hornell Dodgers, Genesee Rapids and Wellsville Nitros.
For more details on the Spartans, visit the team website at www.syracusespartans.com;
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If you are interested in a becoming a host family, sponsoring, internship or volunteer opportunities, please email the Spartans at Syracusespartans@gmail.com.
Contact: For questions, JJ Potrikus can be reached at 315-720- 4251.