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3/19/2012 9:31:00 PM
Semi-pro baseball team coming to Prescott
Montezuma Federals will occupy Roughrider Park starting May 19
The Montezuma Federals, a start-up team in the Freedom Pro Baseball League, is set to start its season as early as May 19. The semi-pro baseball team will play its games at Roughrider Park on the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott.
The Montezuma Federals, a start-up team in the Freedom Pro Baseball League, is set to start its season as early as May 19. The semi-pro baseball team will play its games at Roughrider Park on the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier

Peter Marx
The Daily Courier


For those of you who crave summer baseball but never want to make the drive down to the unbearably-hot Valley, there could be an alternative entertainment solution coming to the area this spring.

A semi-pro baseball team is scheduled to move to Prescott and start its season May 19, according to a press release obtained from The Freedom Pro Baseball league, a start-up organization entering its first season.

The league says it will have four teams this season with two more being added in 2013.

Prescott's team name will be The Montezuma Federals. The Federals have agreed with Yavapai College to play their home games at Roughrider Park, according to YC assistaint athletic director Brad Clifford.

No modifications will be made to the stadium, except for additional fencing and possibly some lighting, Clifford added.

The Roughrider baseball team plays its final home game May 12, so the two teams' schedules would not conflict.

The other three teams that will play in the league this season are the Arizona Centennials (Scottsdale), Copper State Prospectors (East Valley) and the Sonoran Explorers (West Valley). The Western Wranglers and Grand Canyon Pioneers will start next year.

The season is scheduled to run through Sept. 21.

A league general manager has been selected and will be announced later this month, the press release stated. The League is also currently interviewing for team managers, coaches, as well as other positions.

Player tryouts will be held April 9-10 and 21-22 at Scottsdale Stadium.

League officials have not returned the Courier's phone calls for comment.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Article comment by: Joyce Kelso

Well I think it's great we have a change to let the sports promoter know we do want Pro baseball team here. This part of the State is so beautiful who would not want to spend the day out doors.. So lets get behind this new team who wants our name know in Baseball.


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Baseball Mama Hawaii

Prescott community ... Plz support the boys that come n play in your home town ... It takes more than parents to raise kids ... It takes a community to groom and build up the best of America's men ... Every person makes a diff in a persons life. .. If your son came to my hometown, I will definitely support them to build them to the best they could be .. May God Bless your life and your community ...

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: D Pierson

The Freedom Pro Baseball League will hold Day tryouts on April 9th & 10th (Mon-Tues) and April 21st & 22nd (Sat-Sun) at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Az. The tryouts will take place between 9am-3pm each day. Players with accomplished college and professional playing experience are invited to tryout. The Freedom Pro Baseball League player development staff is looking forward to working out prospective Players.


Player Contracts $1000.00 per/Month to $1500.00 per/ Month - Starting
Depending On Experience & Abilities



Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012
Article comment by: Wah Wah wah :(

Y'all complainers are idiots. You are the reason this town is the way it is. Semi pro means no pay. Pretty much teams pay for their own expenses. So do us all a favor and just sit in your house don't come support the town you live in. No one is forcing you to be here. I'm all for it.

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Article comment by: Jack May

Here is great Idea. I have always wanted a semi pro checkers team, and a semi pro street sweeper team. Who knows, we might even have some of our players make the "All Pro" team. We could honor our home town all pros by erecting a statue in the Court House square. There is always a chance that a player's career may be cut short due to injury so we will have to make sure that the league provides for a lavish pension plan.

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Article comment by: I Don't Wanna Do Nuthin' but Complain

Sounds like many of you just want to sit around in your trailers and do absolutely nothing in this town. Probably explains why there are so many dopers around here. What a sad life.

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Article comment by: Si Nical

My previous post was executed with cynicism. Hence the moniker, Si Nical (cynical). The post was a cheap shot at the individuals who are constantly complaining about how their tax dollars are mis-spent. I am an advocate that the city should provide recreational and entertainment benefits to the citizenry, as well as employment opportunities. I also hold the tenet that the individual(s) utilizing the city provided services should compensate the city albeit the library, city parks, Antelope Hills, etc. I pay whenever I use Watson Lake, the Peavine Trail, Antelope Hills, all should.

Regarding the Semi-Pro team, bring it on. Two of the best summers of my life were playing semi-pro ball, one in Alaska and one in Hawaii. The exposure enabled me to obtain a partial scholarship to college, thereby providing a career. Now retirement in Prescott.

In a previous post, I had supported Antelope Hills. A respondent chastized me that if I had the belief that the city should provide recreation to the citizenry, then he expected the city to pay for his ski vacations and deep sea fishing expeditions. He demonstrated the lack of knowledge regarding those sports when I go skiing I always travel via roads supported by tax payer money. The few times I have been deep sea fishing, Hawaii, Texas, and Florida, the services providing the boats and crew were moored in harbors built and maintained by the local taxpayers. Yes, I do reside in Prescott I own my house outright, two rental houses and a duplex. I do pay my taxes


Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Article comment by: Quite Possibly

The worst named team ever in existence on this planet in this solar system.....

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Hate It Here!

I can not wait until I can leave this area. Who said anything about your tax dollars? Whine, bellyache, and moan, is that all you people do? They could pass out $100 bills to every resident, and you would find something to complain about. I have lived in a few places, and this is the most negative, disgruntled place I have experienced. None of you want anything anywhere near you, complain incessently about the paltry taxes you pay, yet you want top notch services catering to your every whim. I've seen negative comments about everything imaginable here. Children, animals, charities, businesses, the hospital, police, fire department, the newspaper schools, individual people, and now a baseball team, It never ends! Yet every time there is a story about a criminal, somebody defends them. Wow, you've got your priorities a little mixed up Prescott.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Not when I'm Pitching

Ah, did someone say beer? I thought St Patrick's day had the whole town in a uproar over the majority having fun. So much so they must be responsible for the power failure.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Taxpaying Fan

Many cities of Prescott's size have semi-pro baseball. It is a good summer activity.

However, the article does not make clear how costs will be borne. Who will pay for fencing and lighting? City taxpayers? Taxes on game tickets? The semi-pro teams themselves?

Semi-pro teams are not amateur teams. If well run, they are profitable. City officials need to make sure that taxpayers do not subsidize one more local business venture. Baseball, yes
tax giveaway, no.


Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Unk Unk

I'm with you mikey - I'll give it a chance. A semi-pro league needs to make it fun for family and especially kids to attend. If there is no fun games between innings, mascots throwing t shirts into the audience, music, etc.... it will fail. People really dont care to see semi pro teams play baseball, they come for the atmosphere and to sit and have a beer and maybe see a good game. If they do it right and make the field and stands look decent, make it fun, etc.. it could be a success. I agree the name stinks, maybe change up the name.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Mikey likes it!

There's virtually no downside to this: the field is already here, they obviously aren't in need of many fans (there's not room for many there). The situation with the Sundogs and the other teams in that venue is different: Rent, overhead, debt. None of that is part of this team. Plus it's actually in Prescott. I've gone t a few Roughrider games, I'll try this deal out too. They gonna sell beer?

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Good grief

OOOH! good! please tax us more. Can we pay for the fencing? and the lighting? and anything else thats needed? please, we're not taxed enough . Let us pay more.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Count Mall Patrons

on a Thursday and you have the attendance at one of these games - dismal. People don't go to YC Baseball games why would they go to semi-pro games? One more activity to move to the general fund with the golf course.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Support YC's program then!

We already have the YC baseball and softball programs here playing baseball! No one goes to their games. Prescott is not a big sports town, so not sure why yet another semi pro team is coming to this lousy town. Watching college players is a lot more exciting than watching what this is going to be. To sports fan, what are you even talking about. Show me evidence that prescott is huge on softball and baseball. That's totally not true. They claim to be but it's all a myth.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Richard Long

We can't wait. What better way to spend a summer afternoon/evening.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Sports Fan

Why are you all whining? Prescott is huge on baseball and softball and this would put a team on a field that exists already. I am sure they have a plan that will make it work for us all, even those of you that just despise sports in general. Go cry about something else.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Si Nical

Just what Prescott needs, another burden to the taxpayer, just to satisfy the recreational exploits of the wealthy few. I am not sure how much the bill to maintain the field is going to cost nor how much the added electric bill will be, but we taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for the chosen few who will attend the games. I think we need to package RoughRider Park, Pioneer Park, and Antelope Hills to a developer. Save the taxpayer money.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Really Great

I'm really excited about the possibility to go see a baseball game in Prescott, nothing like a great afternoon in a ball park with friends. BUT who came up with the lousy team name!!!

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Are you kidding? Now baseball

We already have semi-pro hockey and football teams. A semi-pro basketball team tried and failed. The current teams are not being well-supported by local fans. So let's add another semi-pro team and let it fail, too.



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