I am still on my quest to visit the three area teams of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. I have already visited the Baltimore Redbirds who play at Carlo Crispino Stadium at Calvert Hall College High School. I plan on visiting the Youse’s Orioles who play at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie before the regular season ends on Saturday. And although they are not a Baltimore area team, I also attended a Bethesda Big Train game recently.
Yesterday I was able to stop by the newest league member, the Baltimore Dodgers. This team replaced the Baltimore Presstman Cardinals in both the league and at Anne Arundel’s Joe Cannon Stadium. That stadium, which is also the home field for Coppin State University baseball, holds 1500 people in a large covered grandstand. It is located near Arundel Mills Mall. It is unclear what exactly happened to the Cardinals as the Dodgers have some of the same personnel involved.
I visited at the start of a doubleheader versus the FCA Herndon Braves. The Braves are part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization. There were almost no fans in attendance, with only a couple fan members and other organization personnel in a near empty grandstand. Hopefully this is just because of the early time and the newness of the team. No admission is charged and there are no concessions available. It lacked the minor league atmosphere seen in Bethesda and the college level feel of the Baltimore Redbirds.
Both teams are stocked with players from colleges such as Johns Hopkins, Lackawanna College, Cornell, William & Mary and George Mason. The quality was very good. Let’s hope this team stays active.