LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – The Siena College Baseball Field will serve as the new home for the Albany Dutchmen for the summer collegiate baseball team’s 2017 season. The Dutchmen are scheduled to make their Siena Field home debut on June 3rd vs. the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs.
"We are excited to welcome the Albany Dutchmen to Siena Field," said Siena College Vice President and Director of Athletics John D'Argenio. "We feel that the recent upgrades made have transformed our field into an outstanding Northeast college facility, and one in which the players will enjoy. We look forward to hosting the future baseball stars of tomorrow as they showcase their talents in a fun, family friendly atmosphere at the center of the Siena College campus."
The Dutchmen are members of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, a 13-team summer collegiate baseball league located in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL – which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs – has quickly evolved into the premier wood bat league in the state of New York, while also becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there were more than 1,500 players in professional baseball who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event.
"The baseball facility and campus are a tremendous setting for summer collegiate baseball," explained Dutchmen Vice President and General Manager Jason Brinkman. "We would like to thank Siena College, and specifically athletic director John D’Argenio, head baseball coach Tony Rossi, associate athletic director Dennis Bates and assistant athletic director Ken Grant for working with us to provide this great opportunity. We look forward to showcasing the ballpark to fans throughout the Capital District and players from across the country.”
The majestic centerpiece of the scenic Siena College campus, Siena Field is situated between the J. Spencer & Patricia Standish Library and the Marcelle Athletic Complex, and has served as the home for the College’s baseball team since the program’s inception in the 1950’s. Siena Field has enjoyed several key enhancements in recent years, highlighted by $500,000 worth of major upgrades in the summer of 2015 featuring a new seating system with chair back and bleacher style seating, press box, backstop (netting system), decorative entryway, outfield irrigation system, dugout repairs, safety netting and enhanced storage space.
The Dutchmen, who spent their previous five seasons playing at the College of Saint Rose’s Bob Bellizzi Field at the Christian Plumeri Sports Complex, are scheduled to play 25 of their 50 regular season games this summer at Siena Field. The PGCBL schedule encompasses the months of June and July, followed by the playoffs which begin on August 1st.
Siena and the Dutchmen have a history of joint success, most notably in the achievements of Saints players who have donned the Dutchmen uniform in summers past.
"This partnership will only add to that bond,” said Dutchmen President and Partner Paul Samulski. "Not only is this a top-notch Division I baseball facility, but the entire campus setting is spectacular. Dutchmen players, as well as visiting teams from around the league, will soon recognize this as one of the best facilities in the PGCBL."
Samulski also noted that the move slightly north will further incorporate communities like Loudonville, Latham, and Colonie, among others, into the Dutchmen family.
"We truly hope that local residents, as well as our existing fan base, will come check us out this upcoming season in our new home stadium,” added Samulski. “I think they'll be pleased with what they see on the field, as well as experiencing the overall game day atmosphere we create off the field."
The Dutchmen will soon begin announcing player signings for the 2017 season. For all things Dutchmen baseball and to purchase tickets, visit www.DutchmenBaseball.com.