The United Shore Professional Baseball League was founded by Rochester-based General Sports and Entertainment, and is the culmination of a 10-year effort by General Sports to bring professional baseball to the Detroit area.
The USPBL was designed as an innovative developmental finishing school for players seeking to make it to the Majors. The teams are comprised of top level college baseball players from around the country. The finishing school consists of state of the art coaching, the very best in musculoskeletal training and strength and conditioning programs, the latest advances in sabermetrics and video analysis, as well as a focus on personal development off the field.
The quality of the players and the baseball is very high, and USPBL players are scouted regularly by major league teams. The 2016 season was an unqualified success, as 9 USPBL players were picked up by Major League organizations during the league's first year of operation.
The USPBL launched May 2016 with an initial slate of three teams playing a full 75-game schedule at Jimmy John's Field in downtown Utica. The USPBL is the first league in history to feature best practices such as having all of its games played on prime dates, Thursday to Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day - the very finest months of weather in Michigan.
Interview recorded on June 29th. Hosted by Laurel Hess.