2017 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Quick Facts
First Season: 2011
President: Jeff Kunion
Regular Season: June - July
Regular Season Games: 50
League Teams: East - Albany Dutchmen, Amsterdam Mohawks, Glens Falls Dragons, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, Oneonta Outlaws, Saugerties Stallions, Utica Blue Sox. West - Adirondack Trail Blazers, Elmira Pioneers, Geneva Red Wings, Jamestown Jammers, Newark Pilots, Onondaga Flames, Victor RailRiders, Cooperstown Hawkeyes*
*Franchise under voluntary suspension for the 2017 season.
Eligibility Requirements: Player must have remaining collegiate eligibility to participate. Graduated high school seniors that will attend a two-year or four-year college in the fall are eligibile subject to Perfect Game USA approval. There is a roster limit of two high school players per team.
Roster Limit: 35 players
President — Jeff Kunion
The PGCBL President has more than 25 years experience in baseball, working both on and off the field. He has been President of the PGCBL since 2011, adding seven new franchises to the circuit. He has been responsible for all business and baseball operational aspects of the organization.
He started his sports business career in 1980, working in the NY Mets business office as a member of the Doubleday & Company transition management team. He maintained responsibility for non-baseball Human Resources and Labor Relations with the Major League team through 1987.
After establishing a real estate appraisal and investment firm he returned to baseball in 1994, purchasing a share of the “AA” Eastern League’s New Haven Ravens.
When independent minor league baseball arrived on the scene in the mid 1990’s, Jeff became the owner of a franchise in the Northeast League. He owned and operated two teams in the league and was named as league President in 1996.
Yearning for a chance to work on the field with players, Kunion began a stint as the Player Personnel Director and Bench Coach for the then professional Elmira Pioneers (Can Am League). He spent seven seasons working in Elmira before spending four years with the North Shore Spirit (Can Am League) and two seasons with the Florence Freedom (Frontier League) in the same capacity.
Kunion left professional baseball behind when he purchased the now collegiate level Elmira Pioneers in 2009. He owned and operated the team two years before selling the club and being appointed the President of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
Jeff’s educational background encompasses both sports management and business. He holds a BBA in Marketing from Baruch College, an MA in Sport Management from New York University and an MBA in Business Management from Hofstra University.
Assistant to the President — Justin Mattingly
Justin Mattingly is the assistant to the president of the PGCBL and a senior at Syracuse University, where he studies newspaper and online journalism and political science.
Mattingly has served as assistant to the president of the PGCBL since March 2014, meaning 2016 is his third summer working in the league office. He oversees the PGCBL website, social media, statistics and writes The Daily Rundown during the PGCBL season. Before joining the league office, he worked for the Watertown Rams, a former member of the West Division, as the team’s sports information director and play-by-play broadcaster.
In May 2015 Mattingly was awarded the DeVesty-Williams Scholarship by the Syracuse Press Club, which is given out to top undergraduate student studying journalism in Central New York. Mattingly is the Editor in Chief of The Daily Orange, the independent student newspaper of Syracuse, New York.
His research in collaboration with an SU professor and another student on MLB pace of play and attendance demand has been published in the Academy of Economic and Finance Journal and presented at the Society of American Baseball Research Analytics Conference. Other research has been featured at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference.
Mattingly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.