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Keep Your Eye on the Dream



Shoot for the sky… Mainer players sharpen their skills in hopes of playing professional baseball.

Many view the New England Collegiate Baseball League as a breeding ground for future professional ballplayers, coaches and staff. When asked to describe the league's mission and focus, Commissioner Mario Tiani once referred to the song "Keep Your Eye on the Dream," for this aspiration often provides the foundation and springboard for players, coaches, interns to set and meet their goals and dreams to advance to the next level.

Each summer, the talent-rich NECBL showcases first-rate collegiate prospects from throughout America in conditions that best simulate what many will face in minor league baseball – wooden bats, accelerated schedules and traveling, and stiff competition.

Players in the twelve-team league flaunt their skills for fans and Major League Baseball scouts. Teams generally play a 42-game regular season schedule in June and July, travelling to a dozen venues located in all six New England states, including at the historic Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine.

 

For Many, the Dream Comes True

In 2011, eight former Sanford Mainers were selected in the Major League Baseball draft, matching the amount drafted the previous year. Since 2003, fifty-six Mainers were drafted or played professional baseball, including four in the Major Leagues!

 

Kevin Slowey

Pitcher, Miami Marlins
Slowey has produced a 39-29 record for three Major League Teams. He played for the Sanford Mainers in 2004.

Andy Sonnanstine

Free Agent, Formerly Chicago Cubs
A 13-game winner for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, Andy took the mound for the Mainers in the summers of 2002 and 2003.

Jason Motte

Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
A 2002 Mainer, the converted catcher is a stronghold in the Cards bullpen, appearing in a total of 125 games in 2009 and 2010. Motte also won his first World Series with the Cardinals in 2011.

Michael Roth

Pitcher, Arkansas Travelers (AA)
Roth played for the Mainers in 2009 and 2010. Won two College World Series titles with the University of South Carolina. He made his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim on April 13, 2013.

To track the activities of Minor League players, click the following: Minor League Player Search

 

Mainer Players Drafted by Year Mainer Players Drafted by Year Mainer Players Drafted by Year
Pat Cantwell Orioles 2011 Brian Kemp Astros 2009 Ryan Reid Rays 2006
Will Clinard Twins 2011 Kevin Landry Orioles 2009 Jake Smith Athletics 2006
Shane Davis Blue Jays 2011 Pat Lehman Nationals 2009 Ryan Crew Brewers 2005
Doug Elliot Brewers 2011 Phil Negus White Sox 2009 Andre Enriquez Nationals 2005
Adam Matthews Orioles 2011 Jeremy Beckham Rays 2008 Tip Fairchild Astros 2005
Tyler Mizenko Giants 2011 Chad Durakis Orioles 2008 Eric Fowler Blue Jays 2005
Matt Murray Royals 2011 Shawn Haviland Athletics 2008 Mark Minicozzi Giants 2005
Michael Roth Indians 2011 Dan Richardson Cardinals 2008 John Slone Padres 2005
Steven Brooks Cubs 2010 Tyler Stovall Reds 2008 Kevin Slowey Twins 2005
Ryan Cole Astros 2010 Mike Vass Brewers 2008 Kyle Brown Mets 2004
Adam Duvall Giants 2010 Mike Zaccardo Phillies 2008 Patrick Green Royals 2004
Justin Hilt Diamondbacks 2010 Chris Fournier Mets 2007 Matt Scherer Cardinals 2004
Neil Holland Nationals 2010 Will Kline Rays 2007 John Sloane Pirates 2004
Greg Hopkins Brewers 2010 Dale Mollenhauer White Sox 2007 Andy Sonnanstine Rays 2004
Bob Stumpo Phillies 2010 Greg Paiml White Sox 2007 Simon Williams Cardinals 2004
Ethan Wilson White Sox 2010 Ricky Caputo Nationals 2006 Kevin Culpepper Twins 2003
A.J. Casario White Sox 2009 Greg Dowling Athletics 2006 Jason Motte Cardinals 2003
Luke Demko Giants 2009 Matt Long White Sox 2006 Dusty Young Marlins 2003
Devin Harris Orioles 2009 Matt Matulia Cubs 2006

 

Intern Professional Work
Josh Koebert Broadcast and Media intern for Tampa Bay Rays
Dan Acheson Broadcast and Media department of Philadelphia Phillies Class A affiliate Lakewood Blueclaws
Brian Bedo CEO/Founder of miCubs.com and radio host for University of Illinois at Chicago Men's Basketball team
Tim Calderwood Sports Information Director of Benedictine University. Radio broadcaster for Schaumburg Boomers Independent League baseball team.

 

Man's Best Friend
Greg "Dirt Dog "Hopkins with his host-family friends, Josh and Jake Ouellette. Hopkins currently plays third base for the Milwaukee Brewers Single A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

The 2008 NECBL Champs produced seven players drafted by MLB teams.

Northern Invasion
Mainers' Chairman Steve Cabana visiting Greg Paiml in Winston Salem, NC. Paiml was promoted and now plays Double A ball for the Birmingham, AL. Barons.

 

2010 Mainers hoping their dreams come true.

Future Major League Baseball Stars? 2010 Mainers were special Red Sox guests during a Future Stars contest at Fenway Park. (l-r) Coach Aaron Izaryk, Matt Marra, Anthony Gomez, Greg Miller, Regan Flaherty, and General Manager, John Webb.

 

 

 

 

 
Sanford Mainers

Sanford Mainers
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Laconia Muskrats

@Goodall Park, Sanford Maine
Thu Jul 24 @ 6:30PM
Thu Jul 24 @ 6:30PM -
Sanford home vs Laconia
Fri Jul 25 @ 6:30PM -
Sanford home vs North Adams