A new independent baseball team has formed in Athens known as the Athens Red Birds.
Manager Mike Samuels along with assistant manager Thurston Rockmore has 17 players signed for it’s fall ball team this season.
“This is a club team that we will be prepping the kids to get better at their game,” Samuels said. “We want them to go to two-year, four year or pro baseball.”
Rockmore said this is a chance for players ages 18-25 to play against collegiate teams.
“We want these young men to have a chance to be looked at for their skills,” Rockmore said. “We want help them and put them out there against college teams so they can get looked at and signed to a contract for baseball.”
They will be playing as a part of the Men’s Senior Baseball League, which is a wooden bat league.
The team is scheduled to play games at Cain Park, but is currently looking at O.D. Baggett Park for games.
“We will be practicing at Cain Park,” Samuels said. “We can get it ready for games after Oct. 3 because of little leagues playing out there right now.”
The Red Birds are set to play the 2013 Open American Champion Sky Sox next Saturday with site and time to be determined.
They also plan to play a college schedule against Jarvis College, Paris Junior College, Tyler Junior College and Texas College.
“In January when we start the spring season, we will have 45-to-50 games which will be mostly colleges,” Samuels said. “Our team shuts down in the summer because we don’t know how many kids will come back.”
Samuels said fans will be able to purchase t-shirts, memorabilia, programs, pennants and baseball cards of the players throughout the season.
Note: A Meet the Red Birds night has been scheduled for for Saturday, Sept. 21 to meet the coaches and players.
Below is the roster for the Athens Red Birds fall team.
Tyler Cobb P/1B
Hunter Newborn C
V.J. Preston P/1B
Terrell Williams OF
Garrett Holcomb 1B/3B
Tyler Griffin UTIL
Trent Nelson SS/2B
Devin Ogletree CF
Khiry Jones OF
Brandon Pryor SS
Joshua Williams SS/OF
Ar’Zavier Criner OF
Cody McCoy 3B/P
Conner Westbrook OF
Jameson Brown C
Drew Haggerd 2B
Marcel Ross OF