An independent baseball league in Laurel may have to stop operations. WJTV’s Lanaya Lewis talked with players to find out more.
Play time for the National Urban Professional Baseball League in Laurel might be cut short.
Marcus Chandler – Lester Barclay Head Coach
“Right now we just not getting the support of the city, we kind of lacking on some of the sponsorships.”
Devontae Wilson – Lester Barclay Baseball Player
“Most people that we talk to is like ‘we haven’t heard about it’ or ‘we haven’t seen it,’ but we’re here.”
The league is designed to condition athletes before entering major league baseball. The stands are empty and the team is having a hard time finding folks to back their dreams. But their coach says, just come and anyone can see why this is important.
“It’s a different brand of baseball that you see out here. It’s a lot of guys that’s hungry that want to show fans how baseball is really suppose to be played, and that’s just the difference with us out here. It’s just a whole different brand of baseball.”
June 30 is rapidly approaching, the Urban Professional League hopes to make a stand. They hope the public will stand with them.
“It will be hard for us to sustain ourselves past then. So it’ll be a hard pill to swallow because this something that is starting up and we don’t want it to fold.”
In Laurel, Lanaya Lewis WJTV 12
For a list of Urban League teams in the Southeast, visit their website.