As noted on the league’s website, the ICL Board of Directors, along with each team seems eager to return to the diamond after their previous season was interrupted for the first time since 1950.
The ICL, which currently features nine teams, including the Lexington Blue Sox, who have captured the league crown 15 times, will play a 24-game regular season. Following the conclusion of the regular season, the ICL will conduct a postseason.
Branden Anderson was always interested in competing in the Intercity Baseball League (ICL).
The Lowell, Massachusetts native, who played high school baseball at Greater Lowell Technical High School, says it was the league’s “fields and cities” that made him eager to join a league that has been fielding teams throughout the Greater Boston area for nearly seven decades.
“Entering a team in the ICL was always something I was interested in (doing),” said Anderson, who was previously a player, coach, and recruiter for the East Boston Knights of the Yawkey Baseball League (YBL).
“The excitement (for) our team is through the roof,” Anderson said, when asked about joining the ICL. “Our guys are generally excited about baseball (in general), but now having a fresh new challenge in front of us has brought back some extra fire in our bellys.”
Anderson’s excitement for leading the Expos onto the diamond was echoed by the club’s co-founder John Moore, who played in the ICL for eight seasons.
“I am an Intercity alum,” said Moore, who competed for the Augustin A’s and Elm Supply from 1986 to 1993. “I had every intention of retiring from coaching and managing until I spoke with Branden after the (previous) Yawkey season was over.”
The Expos, who will be playing home games in both Cambridge and Revere, will feature a roster of players that suited up for both the Knights and McKay Club Beacons of the YBL last summer. The team, according to Anderson, should be ready to compete against some impressive competition, including the Alibrandis, who are entering their third season with the ICL.
“Getting another chance to play against the great Alibrandis again doesn’t hurt us,” said Anderson with a big smile.
Anderson considers the ICL one of the best summer baseball leagues in the region. The league features a slew of players that have competed in multiple levels, including the majors like Manny Delcarmen, a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox that competed in six postseason games last sumer for the Lexington Blue Sox.
“Everywhere you go in Boston or just outside (the city), all you hear about is how the ICL is the best summer baseball around that isn’t strictly collegiate based,” said Anderson.
According to the league’s website, baseball games would be permitted during the state’s third phase of its reopening – as of now, the third phase would begin Monday, June 29 – with “Opening Day” tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 6.
“I am definitely confident we will have an abbreviated season starting sometime in early July,” said Anderson. “The league is working extremely hard to make this happen and I know the players are ready to get back out there.”
Added Moore, “I think an abbreviated season would be great and I think it will happen. There will be constraints and guidelines, (of course), but I know the ICL will do everything they can to abide by every communities’ guidelines.”