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Stories from The Vanderbilt

Stories from The Vanderbilt

Play Where to Meet Major League Baseball’s Next Big Star


Every summer for the last 18 years, I meet my friends and family at Cardines Field at 20 America’s Cup Avenue to hear the first crack of the bat during the opening game of the Newport Gulls, a summer collegiate baseball team based in our hometown of Newport, Rhode Island. Founded in Cranston in 1998, we take pride in saying we’re one of the NECBL’s most successful teams, winning six Fay Vincent, Sr. Cups to date.

During our eight-week season from June to July, there’s a game nearly every night, where the best college players in the world hope to perform at the top of their game to garner the attention of professional baseball scouts with one goal in mind: making it to the major leagues. Though the thrill of the game is entertainment enough, you never know who you’ll be sitting next to—from the world’s top scouts and coaches to Newport Gulls alumni like shortstop Chris Taylor for the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Pat Light formerly for the Boston Red Sox.Stories from The Vanderbilt