BROCKTON--Baseball is soon to be back in the City of Champions.
The Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League will kick off the 2012 campaign in just four days, as their season opens on Friday, June 8 at 7:05 p.m. against the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks at Campanelli Stadium.
As part of Opening Night, the Brockton Rox will hold their first-ever Hall of Fame induction ceremony prior to first pitch. The Rox will honor three of Brockton’s most legendary and influential personalities: Ed Nottle, Van Schley, and Jack Yunits.
Nottle spent nearly 7 full seasons with the Rox as manager and coach, while also leading Brockton to the Northeast League Championship in 2003.
Schley was the franchise’s first principal owner and has been a key asset to the organization through the last decade. Yunits, the Mayor of Brockton from 1996-2006, was instrumental in the construction of Campanelli Stadium and the founding of the Brockton Rox.
Brockton and Martha’s Vineyard will take the field on Friday night for the first of 9 meetings between the two clubs.
After the Rox and Sharks square off in the season opener, fans will be treated to a fireworks display as part of the Rox's popular Friday Night Fireworks promotion.
The Futures Collegiate Baseball League is a new home for the Brockton Rox this summer, as they set to face off against 8 different opponents from five different states.
The Rox will welcome new foes to Campanelli Stadium, such as the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, North Shore Navigators, Pittsfield Suns, and the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs--all from Massachusetts.
Other teams include the Torrington Titans of Connecticut, Nashua Silver Knights and the Seacoast Mavericks of New Hampshire, and the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide of Maine.
The move to the new league will bring many new changes, but the league puts a much added focus on New England collegiate baseball players.
The FCBL provides student-athletes from New England and New England colleges the opportunity to compete and play with elite players from across the country and promote them to Major League Baseball organizations.
Half of the players from each roster must reside in New England or attend a New England university or college.
In addition, the FCBL will provide a family friendly, affordable, and fun experience for the communities they play in--all in a minor league style setting.