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Croton-on-Hudson, New York

 
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About Us: WRWBL History
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Founded in 1995, the Westchester/Rockland Wood Bat League (WRWBL)  celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2005.  In 2000, the WRWBL was the first Metropolitan area amatuer league to adopt an all-wood bat format.  In the five years since, the league has grown to 16 teams from across the Tri-State region.  Approximately, 90 percent of the WRWBL's players are currently active or competed in an NCAA Division I, II or III program.  In addition, the league has a growing population of former minor league players including those who competed on Major League Baseball affiliated farm teams, as well as various independent league teams. Currently, the league is ranked as one of the top-10 leagues in the country by the National Semi-Pro Baseball Association.

The WRWBL was founded as an age 18 and up aluminum bat summer recreational league by Ms. Elizabeth Vinberg. She guided the league from 1995-2000 establishing its first affiliation with the Men's Adult Baseball League (MABL). The WRWBL has had several names since and was initially known as the Westchester/Putnam Men's Adult Baseball League (WPMABL). The WPMABL began with just four teams playing a 16-game schedule. That year the Somers Storm, Somers Orioles, Yonkers Black Sox and Westchester Wildcats served as pioneers for all playing now.  In the coming years, the league would also be known as the Hudson Valley Men's Adult Baseball League (HVMABL) and the Westchester/Rockland National Adult Baseball League (WRNABA). 

In 2003 the league decided a complete re-branding was in order and began steps to incorporate as the WRWBL receiving its status as a Federal tax-exempt organization early in 2005. The league dropped its national affiliate partners from the everyday name.  Still affiliated with the National Adult Baseball Association ,the league wanted an identity that better reflected our area and the ballplayers we represent.  The re-branding included the new logos incorporating the Tappan Zee Bridge which connects the two counties where most of our teams make their homes. 


Teams within our league have traditionally made strong showings traveling to regional and national tournaments; a core part of the WRWBL's competitive culture. In 2004, the WRWBL's all-star select team the New York Iron Horse became the first New York based team to reach the semifinals of the NABA World Championships held in Phoenix, Arizona. The Iron Horse won four game before being eliminated by the eventual national champions the Los Angeles, California Venados.  In May of 2005, the New City Outlaws defended their Atlantic City Tournament title winning five straight games to earn a bid to the NABA World Series in Phoenix, Arizona in October.  In June 2005, the Danbury Barons, Outlaws and North Castle Lookouts were invited to the National Semi-Pro Baseball Association's Northeast Invitational held in Hackensack, New Jersey with the Barons placing second overall. Additionally, the Lookouts were invited to the Minnesota SpamTown Challenge in Austin, Minnesota home of Hormel Foods the makers of Spam. While there the Lookouts placed second.
In 2002, the Danbury Barons took home the Cooperstown Hall of Fame Tournament Championship and in 2004 the New City Outlaws won the Atlantic City Tournament sweeping to a 5-0 record.  Other teams including the Bronx Astros, Pleasantville Red Sox, New York Monarchs, New York Thunderdogs, Peekskill Tides, and Yonkers Indians have attended tournaments in Upstate New York, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Preparations for each WRWBL season take place throughout the year but are most busy during the winter months.  Teams interested in petitioning the league's governance committee for entry are encouraged to do so by early fall (October/November) before each season.  Potential managers should contact league commissioner Paul Marino at 
pmarino@pmarinolaw.com for more information. If you're an individual player interested in joining a team we encourage you to fill out the league's new player inquiry form.  Once completed your info will be circulated electronically to all 14 managers in order to schedule a tryout. 


The response to the league’s approach in the Metro New York area has been unprecedented.  The WRWBL is regularly covered by the region's media including the New York Times, Journal News, North County News, Patent Trader and News 12 television.   


Welcome to WRWBL.com!  Our site is regularly updated.  Feel free to surf our team pages and stats pages as well!    



   
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