TAMPA, FL – The  Empire League has announced the  players who will be participating in this years All Star Game in Old Orchard Beach Maine on July 16th.

The selection has been made by the Empire League based on statistics up until today.   The All Star Game festivities are set to begin at 3pm Eastern Time with the Home Run derby followed immediately by the All Star Game.

The Home Run Derby will feature the most powerful hitters in the league  that will have 10 outs to advance until the 2nd round of 4 players. The 2nd round will determine who will advance to the final 2 spots in RD 3 of also 10 outs.

The All Star Game will feature the best in the league in terms of statistics .The Top team in each division will determine the manager of the teams.

The West side will feature the Plattsburgh RedBirds, New Hampshire Wild and New York Bucks. The East side will be the Puerto Rico Islanders, Aguada Explorers and the hometown Old Orchard Beach Surge.

Tickets for the game will be available at the gate box office.

For a complete list of the All Star Game participants, click here



RINCON, PR –  The Islanders have taken the series after yet another entertaining game between the Bucks and Islanders. Theres talk that these may be the series we see later this season.

Shota Sugawara of the Puerto Rico Islanders has done it again offensively and has hit a monster Home Run over the right center wall to give the Islanders the lead in the middle part of the game  off Bucks starter Nelson Garcia. A shot that traveled close to 410 feet. Sugawara finished 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs’s .

Abel Medina answered Shotas homer with one of his own to the exact same spot in the right center wall.  Medina finished 3 for 4 for the night with an RBI.

Bucks starter Nelson Garcia did not fare  as  well as he wanted to taking the loss after pitching   3.1 innings allowing 6 earned runs. Brendan Henriquez tossed a fantastic game with  a lot of help from his offense going 7 innings  allowing 4 runs.

The Bucks would come all the way back to take the lead  in the top of the 9th inning  with the Islanders needing just one out to win the game , closer Patrick Donohoe allowed 4 runs including 2 runs on a clutch single by Matt Martinez to center field.

Michael Heller who came in the 8th inning to shut the Islanders down but JJ Bissell had a different plan. Bissell, who was due for a long ball, hit a ball over the center field wall with bases loaded to walk it off for the Islanders in the ninth.

The Islanders improve to (3-2) in the season while the Bucks drop to (2-3). Both teams will have a day off tomorrow before starting the second series of the season on tuesday.


RINCON, PR – The New York Bucks and Puerto Rico series has been one to remember as both teams keep competing until the end.

It was a back and forth game with some additional close calls added to towards the end has been the talk of the series. For the 4th straight game the Puerto Rico Islanders and the New York Bucks have gone to the last inning either tied or either team having the lead by only 1 run.

In the bottom of the 8th inning Puerto Rico had bases loaded with less than two outs and what it looked to be  the opportunity for the Islanders to win but Bucks reliever Kyle Richards struck out Victor Claudio and got  catcher Michael Gonzalez to pop up to get out of the Jam.

In the top of the 9th, Bucks outfielder Franklin Jennings singled through the left side of the infield to drive in Dalton Hughes to take a  6-5 lead. But the Bucks would not stop there as Abel Medina would single to the left side to score both Jennings and Collins to take a 8-5 lead and the win for the New York Bucks.

For the Bucks, Kenneth Collins got himself going with two hits joining teammate Simon Palenchar who earlier in the game ripped an RBI double.

Shota Sugawara has stayed hot for the Islanders as he provided 3 of the 5 total hits fro the Islanders including 2 RBI’s a stolen base and a run scored.

The series is even at 2 a piece and will face off once again for the final game  to decide the series tomorrow night at 6:15pm in Rincon, PR.


RINCON, PR –  The Puerto Rico Islanders have defeated the New York Bucks by a score of 6 to 4 on Friday night in what was a great pitching matchup.

Matt Quintana earned his first win of the season for the Islanders pitching 5 solid innings allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits  and striking out a team high 10 Bucks. Reliever Luis Contreras came in to pitch and picked up right where Quintana left it striking out 7 batters in just 3 innings of play without a single earned run.

Bucks starter Phill Reese went  6 innings of work allowing 4 earned runs but striking out 11 Islanders and allowing just one walk. An outstanding outing for the starters first game but it wasnt enough as a couple of defensive mistakes was the difference in this one.

Abel Medina led the way offensively for the Bucks going 2 for 5 with a run and RBI while Franklin Jennings had 4 stolen bases for the Bucks.

It was the top half of the Islanders night as Angel Perez, Shota Sugawara and Jacob Bissell all had a hit and a double  with Jacob Bissell picking up 2 RBI’s and once again leading the league in RBI’s with 5.

The Islanders improve to (2-1) while the Bucks drop to (1-2) in the standings heading into the 4th game of the series tomorrow at 6:15pm in Rincon, PR. You can watch the games live on our website. For tickets, visit the stadium location for more.


AGUADA, PR –  The Puerto Rico Islanders have defeated the New York Bucks in walk-off fashion as Islanders Shota Sugawara and Bucks Simon Palenchar have big offensive game.

It was a hard fought game once again between the Islanders and Bucks but this time, the Islanders came away with the victory. Shota Sugawara went 5 for 6 with  a double a run scored an 2 RBI’s.

The Islanders come back was sparked by a monster 3-Run Home Run by Juan Avila that cleared the second wall of the Islanders stadium over 415 feet.

“It’s just one game. We beat them last night in a hard fought game and they beat us today the same way. That’s Baseball” Manager Ernesto Rodriguez

Simon Palenchar put up some really good numbers today  going 4 for  5 also blasting his first home run of the season,  solo shot off starter Ryo Sanogawa. Palenchar ended with 2 RBIs.

Also with big days for the Bucks were Matt Martinez 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Franklin Jennings 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs and for the Islanders Will Ramos knocked a couple of singles.

It was an interesting game as Islanders Japanese starter Ryo Sanogawa faced  Bucks Japanese starter Chikara Igami. This was Igami’s first professional start. Catching Igami for the Bucks was Japanese catcher Takeru Sorita. At one point the three Japanese players were  pitching, catching and hitting.

It was definitely a hitters day as the final score was 12-11.   Winning Pitcher was Jordan Matos and losing pitcher was Kyle Richards.


RINCON, PR –  The New York Bucks defeated the Puerto Rico Islanders by the score of 5 to 4 with just one out remaining in the top of the ninth inning.

With runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the 9th ininng down 4-3, Bucks third baseman Peyton Deiter crushed a 2-run double in what was a very entertaining and well fought opening day. Michael Heller earned the victory and Patrick Donohoe was handed his first loss of the season.

Bucks starter Aljordan Johnson topped out at 95mph against Puerto Rico Islanders starter Wendell Floranus who topped out at 94mph.   Aljordan threw 5 innings of work while Floranus went for 4 complete and both had no decisions.

“My heart is still pumping, what a game that was, starters threw well and my guys fought till the end. I’m really proud of my guy for battling back and earning that win” Manager Ernesto Punales

During the 7th inning, the Bucks sent Kenneth Collins to the plate and after walking and a argument from Islanders Manager Tony Rodriguez, an out was given and it would be a game changing moment in the game as  the Islanders were able to get out of the inning and take the lead in the bottom half of the inning  with some patient hitting and great baserunning.

It wouldn’t be enough for Puerto Rico however as the Islanders loss the lead with needing just one more out. That’s when Deiters hit a monster shot that hit the top of the fence in left field to take the lead and the Bucks went on to win by the score of 5-4.


GEORGETOWN, DE – The New York Bucks have surprised in spring training after they received first round picks for both position players and pitchers.

First year manager Ernesto Puñales has shown a lot of energy during the first days of camp and has quickly given his team a special fire to make things happen.

Puñales had a lot of fun in the draft and selected the players he feels it would take to take his team to the top.

“After the draft, i felt the Bucks would be strong with having first picks, but seeing the talent we have in this camp and all teams being strong, you can only imagine how strong the Bucks are right now. Ernesto did a great job drafting.” VP Jerry Gonzalez

The Bucks will begin their season against the Puerto Rico Islanders on June 13th in Puerto Rico. The Bucks played the Islanders in Spring Training game 1 and defeated the Islanders 2-1. Although it is spring training, its something that can be said that the Bucks are in it to win it.

“I’m ready to roll, the Bucks are ready to roll, this team is a good team. So good that i have really tough decisions to make.” Manager Ernesto Puñales

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TAMPA, FL – The Empire League has announced the manager of the Delaware Bucks will be former Empire League reliever Ernesto Punales.

Punales, will enter the 2018 season as a first year manager for the new 2nd franchise season of Bucks Baseball. Punales was a relief pitcher and closer for the Puerto Rico Islanders where he also served as the pitching captain. His experience and knowledge in the industry of baseball is superior and the Empire League feels that Punales will be a great asset to not only the league but to the Pitchers he will get to work with.

” He’s one of our youngest managers but he has a mindset of an experienced one. I think he will be a phenomenal manager and has goals to achieve that we in the Empire League look for in a manager.” VP Jerry Gonzalez

Punales will face the team he played for in 2017 in the Puerto Rico Islanders during the first series of 2018. So it will be very interesting to see how he will play out to start of the season.

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COMMERCE, CA – Outfielder Zachery Ashford has been signed to the 2018 EPBL season at the conclusion of todays Empire League Tryout Camp in California and has been assigned to the Bucks.

Ashford, a big tall 6 foot 4 inches, 210 pound right handed batter, had a good showing at the tryout where he showed a very strong arm from right field as well as some hitting power to both sides of the field.

“Zach is going to get his opportunity to show what he’s got this season with the Bucks. Big Tall strong arm in right field will be fun to watch. I’m excited to see what he’s capable of doing” – Vp of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

The tall Ashford out of California will be the first to sign for the Bucks this season.

The Empire League will have spring training in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018 to finalize the final 120 roster spots/contracts available. Like no other camp in the world, the EPBL is the only league that offers 120 or more contracts at their tryout camps. For those players interested in pursuing your dreams and would like a shot at professional baseball, remember, the EPBL only signs players that attend EPBL camps. This will be the last tryout camp in professional baseball this season. To be accepted, visit, click the tryouts link and apply for acceptance to our spring Training Tryout camp before camp spots are filled. There are limited participants accepted into the EPBL ST Tryout camp. So players are recommended to not wait as once camp is filled, no one else will be allowed to tryout.


TAMPA, FL – Today the EPBL has announced that Bucks Baseball is the newest franchise in the EPBL. The team has yet announced its location however it has been determined that they will be in the northeast region of the United States.

Welcome to Bucks Pro Baseball. We will be having a Booster Program as well as host families and internships volunteer programs to help the team with all its needs!