Laing said the deal took months to complete because various things “kept popping up,” although he would not specify the obstacles. He added the sale became final Thursday, when his corporation was approved as a non-profit by New York state. Laing said his attorney, Michael Getman of Oneonta, filed the appropriate papers requesting non-profit status, which is required for all NYCBL franchises.
Laing’s franchise likely will play in the Eastern Division of the NYCBL, which features the Geneva Red Wings, Sherrill and two Syracuse teams. The Geneva Twins, Hornell, Niagara and Olean competed in the Western Division last season.
In addition to the suspended franchise owned by Rogers and Scaring, the PGCBL’s affiliates are Adirondack, Albany, Amsterdam, Elmira, Glens Falls, Mohawk Valley, Newark, Utica, Watertown and the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. The PGCBL announced earlier this month that Adirondack and Utica, which both played in the NYCBL last summer, will join its league this season.
The NYCBL and the PGCBL are wood-bat leagues featuring some of the country’s top college baseball prospects.
Outlaws President of Operations Steve Pindar said Sunday that Laing’s franchise already has reached out to Hawkeyes owner Tom Hickey in an attempt to maintain the Mayor’s Cup series that started last season, when both area teams played in the PGCBL. The Outlaws won the inaugural 11-game series in 2012. Should the series continue, Pindar said, the teams will play fewer games and they will be exhibitions.
Laing also announced Sunday the first two signings by the Outlaws for the 2013 season. Oneonta High athletic director Joe Hughes will manage the Outlaws, whose roster will feature Getman’s son, 2012 OHS graduate Sean Getman.
“I’ll be responsible or partly responsible for getting players, which is all new to me,” said former minor-league baseball player Hughes, an Outlaws assistant the last two seasons who coached OHS to the Class B state championship this past spring. “I don’t have to do that in high school. Whoever shows up in town is who you get.