SARANAC LAKE, NY – The Empire League is set to officially welcome its first ever expansion organization. The League is currently finalizing the operating agreement that would allow for the newly formed and privately owned organization “The Georgia Rhinos” to participate in official league play beginning June of 2020 .
The Franchise headquarters are in Conyers, Georgia where the team looks to host its inaugural games at Henson Carr Legion Field. Team owners and co-founders CEO Dr. David L. Scott Jr and COO Rick Turpin Sr. believe the Empire League platform is absolutely perfect to meet the needs of players looking to take that first step into pursuing a Professional Baseball career and feel that its what independent baseball should truly be all about.
“Developing and giving guys repetitions as a true opportunity at learning how to become professionals is what is needed in many areas of this country. That education and knowledge is priceless” says Dr. Scott.
The Team front office is as qualified as any Professional Ball club in the country and its roster is as follows:
Dr. David L. Scott Jr.- Chairman/CEO
Rick Turpin Sr. – Vice Chairman/COO
Joseph Pelligrino – President
Miles Fore – General Manager
Keith Childs – Senior Vice-President
Linda Thompson- Executive Operations Manager
Kevin Early – Executive Advisor
Mike Fair- Marketing Director
Seth Coleman – VP Public Relations & Media
Dr. Tony Gayles- Team/League Physician
John Lewis- Speed & Conditioning
Rodriguez Davis – Strength and Conditioning
The Team has hired Tim Raines Jr. as field manager, son of former MLB star and Hall of Famer Tim Raines.
The Georgia Rhinos will host teams from Puerto Rico, New Hampshire and New York this coming summer as part of the regularly scheduled matches.
“The Empire League is still a league on its beginning stages, we are just now starting to touch the surface of growth and expansion as we look to continue improving these levels of Professional baseball development programs. We have a big vision where the league will grow in a way that can be truly defined as the biggest platform to help players achieve the high levels of professional Baseball.” said League Director Eddie Gonzalez
The Rhinos will host League Base tryouts starting in March, Players interested in showcasing their skills to the Independent Baseball industry or playing in the Empire League must attend a team or League Tryout camp to be selected