The 2019 edition of the Madisonville Miners will get their season underway on Friday night, May 31, in Hopkinsville against the Hoppers.
The game gets underway at 7:00 PM Central Time at Hopkinsville High School.
Admission will be FREE that night, so be sure to make the trip to Hopkinsville High School to help cheer the Miners on for Opening Night!
2019 OVL League and Rule Changes
With the addition of the Franklin Duelers this season, the OVL will have five teams in the East Division and four teams in the West Division.
The East Division will be comprised of the Dubois County (IN) Bombers, Franklin Duelers, Henderson Flash, Muhlenberg County Stallions, and Owensboro Oilers. The West Division will be comprised of the Fulton Railroaders, Hoptown Hoppers, Madisonville Miners, and Paducah Chiefs.
The OVL has voted to have a league-wide off-day on each Monday of the regular season. Also, with nine teams in the league, each team will get an additional night off during the week as the playing schedule rotates through. Each team will play a 40-game regular season schedule (weather permitting), and then head into the playoffs.
The OVL has also voted to implement the 10-Run Mercy Rule after seven innings this season. Additionally, all doubleheader games will be seven inning matchups.
2019 OVL “All League Team” Process
The OVL announced recently that Jones Brothers Towing & Trucking has agreed to sponsor the All League Team for the upcoming season.
Near the end of the regular season, the head coaches of the nine OVL teams will vote for the OVL’s best player at each defensive position, plus the best starting pitcher, relief pitcher, and designated hitter.
The top three vote recipients at each position will then be submitted to the fans to vote via the OVL’s Twitter account (@OVLBaseball).
Stay tuned for additional details as the season progresses.
New Secondary Teams Logos
The Miners are pleased to unveil our new secondary logos that will be appearing on team merchandise this season!
The secondary logos, as well as the Miners primary logos and uniforms, were designed by Lonnie Walker at Primographics in Prospect, Kentucky.
The Miners are excited to introduce Jose (Joe) Martinez as the Head Coach for the upcoming 2019 summer baseball season.
Joe comes to the Miners after a one-year stint as the head coach of the Utica (NY) Blue Sox of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
In 2018, Joe’s team finished with a 25-21 record. Under Joe’s leadership, the Blue Sox placed five players on the PGCBL All Star team and a host of players on the PGCBL All League list at the conclusion of the season. Joe’s team finished third in the PGCBL in team batting average and finished the year with the most single-season “walk off” wins in Blue Sox history.
Joe has served in numerous capacities with the Bullets Baseball organization since 2009, including Vice President of Player Development, Head Coach, and 16u and 18u Scout. Accomplishments include:
97% of players commit to college or university baseball programs
2015 IBC World Series Champions
Program consistently in state and national rankings
Joe has additionally served as the head instructor and assistant coach at the Frozen Ropes Baseball Academy, owner/operator of the Scorpion Baseball Academy, and assistant coach/hitting instructor in the Tidewater College Summer League.
As as professional player, Joe played in the AA Puerto Rico Winter League (1995-1996) and in the Detroit Tigers organization for two seasons.
Joe played college baseball at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, earning All Conference recognition both seasons and being voted Team Captain and MVP by his teammates. Joe hit a smooth .435 in his first season and .465 in his second season.
Joe currently resides in Tampa, Florida, with his family.
The OVL board of directors met in Madisonville on August 18, 2018, and faced a host of decisions in preparation for the 2019 season.
The major decision was the election of John Bruce as the new OVL Commissioner. Bruce, formerly the General Manager of the Hoptown Hoppers, succeeds Cubb Stokes, who notified league members shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 season that he would not be returning as commissioner for the 2019 season.
The complete slate of OVL officers for the 2019 season will be:
John Bruce, Commissioner/President
Vic Evans, Vice President
Tricia Noel, Secretary
Mike Smith, Treasurer
Other OVL Meeting News:
In addition to electing new officers for 2019, the teams voted to make the following changes for the 2019 season:
The teams voted to adopt the NCAA Ten-Run “Mercy Rule” to end blowout games early.
The teams voted to suspend the annual All-Star Game for the 2019 season due to scheduling concerns surrounding the possible addition of a new team for the 2019 season. (Stay tuned for more news concerning possible league expansion!)
The teams voted to move the center point of the league from Marion, Kentucky, to Madisonville, Kentucky, thereby shifting the geographic territory of the league slightly to the east. This change may open the door to a further expansion of teams on the eastern side of the OVL footprint.
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