The Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) has announced the addition of the Vermont Lake Monsters as an expansion team for the 2021 season. The Lake Monsters, the latest former MiLB club to join the ranks of collegiate summer baseball after having been disenfranchisd by MLB’s new Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), which governs minor league operations, reduced the number of minor league affiliated teams by some 40 clubs.
The Vermont Expos, Inc., have agreed in principle to sell the Lake Monsters to an investment group, Nos Amours Baseball Club. led by Chris English, a longtime owner and operator of independent and collegiate summer baseball clubs, including the Brockton (Mass.) Rox, another member of the Futures League.
In a press release by the league FCBL Commissioner Joe Paolucci said, “We are excited to have the Vermont Lake Monsters as part of our league. Chris English is second to none when it comes to owning a sports franchise. There is no doubt that the Lake Monsters brand will continue to thrive under his leadership. Centennial Field is one of the top baseball facilities in all of New England, and the Burlington community will love what we have to offer in the Futures League.”
Vermont becomes the third new Futures League franchise in as many years after the Westfield Starfires and New Britain Bees began summer collegiate play in 2019 and 2020, respectively. In addition, the Lake Monsters represent the league’s first-ever expansion into the Green Mountain State.
Read full press release here.