Wine Country Baseball Announces Key Hires and Expansion

May 26, 2011

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Wine Country Baseball Announces Key Hires and Expansion

Wine Country Baseball

Geyserville, CA (PRWEB) March 10, 2011

Wine Country Baseball,, today announced the hiring of legendary current head of baseball at Sonoma State University, John Goelz, as Consultant and Commissioner of the new Wine Country Baseball Premier Collegiate League. This league will commence summer of 2012, after Sonoma State University and other college seasons have fully ended. They will start early in June and play through August 15th in order to allow ample time for college athletes to get back to school for fall classes.

Wine Country Baseball will now be divided into two leagues. The first league will be summer collegiate league in the style and standards of the Cape Cod League, open for only college eligible players (begins 2012). The second league is the current Wine Country Old Fashioned Baseball League, an independent community league open to all, playing its 2nd full season of play this summer 2011.

Wine Country Baseball Premier Collegiate League to commence June 2012

Healdsburg Owls

Santa Rosa Gnats

Petaluma Piratas

Sonoma Grape Crushers

Vacaville Rattlers

Novato Knicks

Wine Country Old Fashioned Baseball League, independent community league, will play it’s 2nd full season schedule June 4th to August 15th of 2011


Cloverdale Bandits

Healdsburg Owls

Windsor Wonders

Santa Rosa Gnats


Sebastopol Apples

Rohnert Park Dragons

Petaluma Piratas

Sonoma Grape Crushers


St. Helena Frost Angels

Yountville Robins

Oakville Aces

Napa Knights

“This league, now with seasoned baseball experience leadership, really does have the chance to become the ‘Cape Cod League’ of the West, as envisioned originally by its founder Howard Leonhardt,” stated John Goelz. “I am really excited about the potential of this thing.”

“Bringing the legendary John Goelz aboard, who has sent over 75 players to the big leagues, is a huge step in the development of Wine Country Baseball. We are honored that he has accepted the position. John will have full hire and fire authority over all baseball operations, with our full support” Stated league Founder, Chairman, and CEO Howard J. Leonhardt.

Riley Sullivan, riley(at)winecountrybaseball(dot)com, was promoted to General Manager of Game Day Operations for Wine Country Baseball for the 2011 season. For information on try outs visit

The league also announced that it will begin adding games with other leagues this season, starting with the 4th of July extravaganza against the Humboldt Crabs, in their 6000 seat stadium.

John Goelz, with a career record of 824-537-5, is one of the top 10 active Division II coaches in the nation. Goelz has seen over 75 of his players sign professional contracts. Wine Country Baseball is super excited to have him on board.

About Wine Country Baseball:

Wine Country Baseball is an affiliate of Leonhardt Ventures, see all of our affiliated companies at ; these organizations include, a start up business incubator with a facility in Santa Rosa, and The California Stock Exchange,

Wine Country Baseball,, held its inaugural season in 2010, with 100 games in Sonoma and Napa Counties. Leonhardt Vineyards,, the lead sponsor, provided $ 350,000 of support in 2010 to this community league. This sponsorship subsidization helped make tickets highly affordable at $ 5 for adults and $ 2 for children. Player fees were $ 0 in 2010 and will be the lowest in the tri-county area in 2011. You may recognize the Leonhardt Vineyards lionhead logo from their two behind home plate advertisement boards last season, at AT&T Park, where we sponsored our beloved World Champions the San Francisco Giants. Leonhardt Vineyard’s gold medal winning wines are sold at all 120 Trader Joes stores in California Your greatly appreciated purchase of this wine indirectly serves to show your support for Wine Country Baseball and all we do in the community


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