ELKVILLE, Ill. – The Prospect League today announces the awarding and selection of Alton, Illinois as its newest member to begin play for the 2021 season. Alton becomes the 13th Prospect League team. Beautiful Lloyd Hopkins Field in Gordon Moore Park will be the home of the to-be-named Prospect League team.
“The City of Alton is extremely pleased to welcome the Prospect League to Gordon Moore Park and the greater Alton community,” lauded Greg Caffey, City of Alton Director of Planning and Economic Development. “The expansion of both active and passive recreational opportunities is a central component of our tourism and economic development strategies. We invite baseball fans throughout the region to view the future stars of tomorrow displaying their talents at Hopkins Field.”
“After several visits and meetings, we knew that Alton was an ideal fit for our league. We applaud the efforts of Mayor Brant Walker and Parks and Recreation Director Michael Haynes in their understanding and potential that the Prospect League brings to this remarkable city,” Prospect League Commissioner Dennis Bastien announced.” We are proud of the relationship that has already been established and look forward to many upcoming summers of the highest level of summer collegiate baseball that the Prospect League has to offer. Look forward to Opening Day 2021, in late May, when the Alton franchise takes the field. With our newest team for 2020 in O’Fallon, Mo., Alton will have a great rival across the river.”
The Prospect League also introduced Mr. Steve Marso as the owner/operator of its newest franchise. Mr. Marso is an experienced operator of summer collegiate teams and experienced minor league baseball staffer. Most recently, Mr. Marso owned and operated the Waterloo (Iowa) Bucks of the Northwoods League. “I have gotten to know Steve very well the past several months and we have been impressed with his knowledge, experience and dedication to summer collegiate baseball,” noted Bastien. “We are proud that Steve jumped at the opportunity to make Alton a vital member of our league.”
“How exciting it is to have such a big asset coming to our community,” Alton Mayer Brant Walker added. “It’ll be a new outlet for family-friendly fun in Alton and should provide not just a boost in our quality of life, but economic impact as well. We’re excited to have Steve Marso oversee the operations and appreciate his investment in marketing the team and our town.”
“My family and I are grateful and blessed to be given the opportunity to make Alton a standout member of such a prestigious organization as the Prospect League,” Marso stated. “We have long hoped that the opportunity might come along to fulfill that dream and get back in the saddle operating a club and team in such a receptive and amazing area as Alton.”
Several additions and renovations are being discussed for Lloyd Hopkins Field prior to the opening of the 2021 PL season. “I personally was blown away upon my first visit to Gordon Moore with the amazing new additions and facilities that have been added there, as well as the remarkable upkeep the Park staff there maintains,” added Bastien. “What a magnificent jewell that park is for everyone in that region.”
“Lloyd Hopkins Field is an incredible asset for our community,” added Michael Haynes, City of Alton Director of Parks and Recreation. “The city has put a lot of time and resources into bringing it back to life over the last few years. We’re so excited to see that work paying off with the increased activity in the park and now the addition of an expansion team in the Prospect League. We look forward to the continued upgrades at the park in partnership with our new Prospect League organization!”
ABOUT THE PROSPECT LEAGUE
The Prospect League, an elite, collegiate wood-bat summer baseball league, provides college players with the opportunity to compete at a high level of competition in a minor-league setting. The League’s members provide their communities with quality baseball and affordable, family-friendly entertainment. The Prospect League was founded in 2009 after merging with the Central Illinois Collegiate League. The circuit currently has 12 teams competing in a five-state region: Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia. For more information, please visit www.prospectleague.com.