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Independent Baseball League targets Bellefontaine

Professional baseball could be coming to Bellefontaine.


Eric Spitaleri, who resides in northeast Ohio, is in the process of organizing the Independent Baseball League. The league is slated to begin play in 2014 and currently has commitments for teams in Oakland County, Mich., the metro Detroit area and in Tiffin.

Spitaleri is also hoping to put a team in Bellefontaine.

“We are targeting smaller cities and I feel like Bellefontaine would be a good fit for our league,” said Spitaleri. “They have a nice facility there and I believe the city of Bellefontaine would provide good support of a baseball team there.”

In order to get a team in Bellefontaine, Spitaleri must find a person or group to fund the squad.

“I’ve talked to someone in Dayton who has some interest in helping put a team in Bellefontaine,” said Spitaleri. “I am hoping to have some others step forward.”

According the Spitaleri, players will be paid at least $20 per game. There will be a 36-game schedule that will begin in late May or early June of next year. Games will be played on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Possessing a background in business management, Spitaleri helped create an indoor professional football league in 2006.

“We had success in our arena league and I wanted to get involved in baseball as well,” he said.

If interested in getting involved with the ownership of a baseball team in Bellefontaine, Spitaleri can be reached at (330) 731-1824 or through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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