West Coast League and MLB Strike Partnership

Image courtesy of WCL press release

The West Coast League (WCL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) struck a partnership to pursue initiatives that both find beneficial. This includes player and coach development, community engagement and technology innovation related to the fan experience and scouting. West Coast League commissioner Rob Neyer said in the WCL’s press release that they continue to be impressed by MLB’s enthusiastic support of amateur baseball.

“We take pride in the West Coast League’s status as the premier collegiate summer league in the western half of North America, so we imagine many potential fruits of this relationship and we’re eager to get started,” Neyer said.

Senior Vice President of Amateur Baseball Operations, John D’Angelo spoke on what the partnership means for both parties.

“Major League Baseball is excited to enhance our relationship with the West Coast League,” D’Angelo said. “The West Coast League is an important partner in the development cycle for amateur players and in representing our game in West Coast League communities. This agreement builds on an already solid foundation, and provides a framework for our work together.”

It was also noted in the WCL’s press release by Tony Bonacci, WCL President, that this partnership came after discussions over an extended period of time.

“It is exciting for our fans and our communities, and recognizes the roles that our teams play in providing paths for development and advancement, both on and off the field,” Bonacci said.

It was said in the WCL’s press release that there’ll be more news released on the partnership with MLB in the upcoming months.

The WCL’s ties to MLB run deep with the many players selected out of college that played in the WCL at some point. Just last year, over 300 WCL alumni were active in professional affiliated baseball and 60 were playing at the MLB level, which is a new league record.