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2019 opening day two weeks away

Season Opener May 31 in Hoptown

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.

Thanks Lonnie for making our team look great!

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Franklin duelers join league

The Miners welcome the Franklin (KY) Duelers into the Ohio Valley League for the 2019 season!

The Duelers will play their home games at Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, Kentucky, and will be slotted in the East Division of the OVL.

Tucker Hughes, an assistant coach at Waldorf University (Forest City, IA), will be the Head Coach of the Duelers in their inaugural season.

Welcome to the OVL, Duelers!

Miners Name Joe Martinez Head Coach For 2019 Season

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.

Welcome to the Miners family, Joe!

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OVL 2018 Postseason Update

John Bruce Elected OVL Commissioner

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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Cubb Stokes Retires As OVL Commissioner

The following is a statement from OVL Commissioner Cubb Stokes concerning the 2018 season and his plans for the future:

August 6, 2018

From the President’s Desk

We have just completed another successful season in the OVL!  In our second year of divisional play, our playoff pairings were not set until the final day of the season.  Both of our divisional champions, Owensboro and Hopkinsville, made it through the first two rounds of the playoffs and went the full three games in round three with Owensboro winning the playoff championship 2 games to 1.  Owensboro was under new ownership this year and had a new name, RiverDawgs.  What a way to start a new brand in Owensboro with a division and playoff championship!

We had our annual All-Star game in Hopkinsville on July 1st with the West defeating the East.  All the players and coaches had a great time and enjoyed playing with players that they had competed against all season.  I want to thank the Hoppers’ owners and volunteers for putting on a great venue for all to enjoy.  A special thanks goes out to Jones Trucking Company along with BSN Sports of Martin, TN, The Game Cap Co., Diamond Baseball Co. and Old Hickory Bat Co. for sponsoring the game!

After the championship was completed, the OVL had two teams participate in the inaugural “Bluegrass World Series” in Louisville, KY.  Hopkinsville and Dubois County played against four other wooden bat teams from across the country.  There was also a team of former major league players including recently elected Hall of Famer, Chipper Jones.  The team was managed by Johnny Bench, also a Hall of Famer.  The Hoppers went 0-3, but the players enjoyed themselves and created lifetime memories, especially the game they played against the Louisville Stars.  They played a great game, but came up short 4-0.  The Bombers qualified to play the Stars in the Championship game with a record of 2-1 in pool play.  The Bombers defeated the Stars in the Championship game 6-4 to become the Champions of the inaugural Bluegrass World Series!  Nolan Ramsey of the Bombers was named MVP of the series.  I would say that the OVL was represented very well and received a great deal of exposure.  Many thanks to the Hoppers and Bombers organizations for participating and representing the OVL.

My thanks also goes out to all of the workers behind the scene; the scorekeepers, PA announcers, scoreboard operators, radio announcers, concession stand workers, merchandise table workers, grounds crew, ticket takers, ushers, video personnel, bat boys/girls, statisticians, host families and all others that make it possible to provide quality baseball to our local region and to the nation via the internet and Game Changer.  I cannot leave out our Webmaster, Zach Bulliet, who stayed up late every night to post all of the games and box scores and maintained the leagues stats.

Thanks to all of the coaches and their staffs who spent their summer helping to develop the players skills and understanding the importance of why they were playing summer ball.

Also, thanks to the umpires.  Without them, the league would not survive.  They, like the players, spend their summers honing their skills as umpires and to make sure the game is played in the correct manner.  I cannot express my gratitude enough to them for the job they do and the dedication that they have towards making the OVL one of the premier leagues in the country.

A BIG thanks goes out to the dedicated fans, sponsors, owners and advertisers.  Without each of you, we would not be able to have an Ohio Valley League!  Whether your team was winning or losing, you were always there giving your full support.

Before I close, I have to thank all of the coaches across the nation that sent their players to our league for us to help develop them into better players and young men.  Also, thank you to Mom, Dad and family members!  For some, it was the first time that your son/relative has been away from home for the summer and they are sending them hundreds of miles away to an unfamiliar town to play baseball.  It also gave them an opportunity and place to spend their vacation and experience our fine Southern Hospitality!  I must not leave out a first that occurred this year in our league.  We had a marriage ceremony take place at home plate in Hopkinsville before the beginning of the second round of the playoffs between the Chiefs and the Hoppers!  How committed to the league was that couple!

In closing, I want to leave you with one last comment.  Please remember that baseball is just a game and we owe it to all of you and the players to provide the best possible environment to participate in and to build lasting memories for a lifetime.

Respectfully yours for better collegiate baseball,

Cubb R. Stokes, President

Ohio Valley Summer Wooden Bat League

NOTE: The Madisonville Miners thank Commissioner Stokes for his leadership of the Ohio Valley League during his tenure. He has done an outstanding job. Cubb is welcome at Elmer Kelley Stadium any time. Enjoy whatever comes next, Cubb – you’ve earned it!
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