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Pages: 28. Chapters: Arizona Winter League teams, Golden Baseball
League teams, Na Koa Ikaika Maui players, Fehlandt Lentini, Tucson
Toros, Calgary Vipers, Chico Outlaws, Yuma Scorpions, Orange County
Flyers, Reno Silver Sox, Long Beach Armada, Edmonton Capitals,
Victoria Seals, San Diego Surf Dawgs, Saskatchewan Silver Sox, St.
George RoadRunners, Tijuana Cimarrones, Palm Springs Chill, Western
Canada Miners, Sonora Pilots, Blythe Heat, Arizona RoadRunners, San
Luis Atleticos, Team Mexico, Team Canada. Excerpt: The Golden
Baseball League, based in San Ramon, California, was an independent
baseball league. It later merged with the Northern League and the
United Baseball League to form the North American League in the
western United States, western Canada and Mexico. The GBL was not
affiliated with Major League Baseball or the organized Minor League
Baseball system, but has featured players with MLB experience
(Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Alex Arias, Bud Smith, Desi
Wilson, Jose Lima, Hideki Irabu, Junior Spivey, Mark Prior). It was
formed in 2004 and began play on May 26, 2005. The GBL had a
drug-testing policy that has the same standards as the Olympics,
becoming the first baseball league to do so in North America.
Officials in the baseball industry have stated the GBL level of
play to be at the Double-A level. Over 100 players had been sold to
MLB organizations since it began play, with six players already
making it to a major league uniform - Adam Pettyjohn, Scott
Richmond, Chris Jakubauskas, Sergio Romo, Bobby Cramer, and Daniel
Nava. The GBL's presenting partner was Safeway Inc. Other investors
in the GBL included Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, former
National Football League players Mike Sherrard and Christian Okoye,
and executives from Cisco Systems, Taleo and Draper Fisher
Jurvetson. The Golden Baseball League combined wit...
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