As the summer weather and competition at Major League Baseball ballparks around the nation heats up, there’s another group of college greats in Central Florida vying to become the MLB’s next “boys of summer.” In Central Florida, the Florida Collegiate Summer League is in action with teams based in Orlando, DeLand, Leesburg, College Park, Sanford, and Winter Park. Many of the college players came from area high schools, and have excelled in college play enough to be chosen for the Florida Collegiate Summer League, which means they are MLB prospects. Participating in the Florida Collegiate Summer League is not just an honor as a college player, it can be a pathway to the big leagues.
The Florida Collegiate Summer League is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that operates the six teams locally. Founded in November, 2003, the Florida League provides a place in the Sunshine State for top college players to play pure wood bat baseball against top-level competition in a festive community atmosphere. The Florida League is one of ten leagues supported and partially funded by Major League Baseball, and is one of ten leagues affiliated with the NACSB – an alliance of college summer wooden bat leagues that follow the NCAA rules.
The Florida League has been named one of the top leagues in the country by Baseball America.
The top 44 players (18 pitchers, 26 position players) of the Florida League gathered at 7 p.m., July 9th, 2013, at Sanford Memorial Stadium in for an exhibition game designed to showcase the talents of the players who have highlighted the league so far this season. Bright House Networks is the presenting sponsor of the Florida League All Star game again this year. Bright House Networks’ support also includes coverage of the league on Bright House Sports Network (BHSN), which airs a weekly highlight show on the league.
The All Star Game festivities kicked off with a Home Run Derby.. To add to the excitement, Bright House Networks made a cash donation for every home run hit during the derby to support the Orlando Monarchs’ inner city youth baseball camp for some 200 local youths at historic Tinker Field in downtown Orlando.
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