Profastpitch in the Spotlight at MLB’s All-Star Week

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Article by Mike McCormick | MLB.com SAN DIEGO -- In the spirit of baseball barnstorming tours 100 years ago, some talented women blazed through San Diego during MLB's All-Star Week. Two teams from the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league -- the USSSA Pride, of Orlando, and the Dallas Charge -- played games that counted toward their regular-season records at a neutral site at the University of San Diego. "I think being here during the All-Star Game was huge," said Cat Osterman, who helped pitch Team USA to a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics and a silver in 2008. "It allowed baseball fans to … [Read more...]

National Pro Fastpitch Names New Supervisor of Officials

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Nashville, TN – October 13, 2015 - National Pro Fastpitch announced the appointment of Mike Raynor as the League’s next Supervisor of Officials. Raynor replaces Ed Whipple, who recently retired from the position following a 3-year stint. As Supervisor, Raynor is slated to oversee the NPF staff of umpires, a position which includes the identification and hiring of the game’s top umpires, regular season and Championship Series assignments and umpire evaluations. In addition, Raynor will communicate with the League Commissioner and team owners regarding current and future rule changes and … [Read more...]

USSSA Pride Add Power in 2014 NPF College Draft

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 31, 2014 NPF College Draft USSSA Florida Pride Kissimmee, FL-March 31, 2014- In a night when more than half of the draft picks went to pitchers in the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft, the reigning NPF Champions, the USSSA Florida Pride used their three picks to fulfill needs outside of the circle with their already talented roster. The Pride’s first selection went to Tennessee Lady Vols SS Madison Shipman as the second overall pick. The Pride then chose two Oregon Ducks with the sixth and 11th overall picks, INF Courtney Ceo and Outfielder Alexa … [Read more...]

Michael Pine of Talon Partnerships & Events To Lead Sales, Sponsorship and Licensing Opportunities for NPF

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Nashville, TN – February 25, 2014 - National Pro Fastpitch announced today the signing of Michael Pine and his new agency Talon Partnerships & Events to lead Sales, Sponsorship and Licensing opportunities for the league. Pine is now the lead executive in charge for NPF's newly created Sales and Sponsorship division. “As we look down the road at increasing television opportunities along with the magnitude of potential exposure the league offers sponsors on a variety of levels, it is important that we have someone in place with the proven expertise to build partnerships”, commented NPF … [Read more...]

Cat Osterman Changes Mind, Will Return

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Fans who missed out on Cat Osterman's farewell tour this summer are in luck. Softball's biggest star just added a lot of additional dates next summer. And maybe summers beyond that. An Olympic gold medalist, two-time world champion and one of the most dominant strikeout pitchers in college and pro softball history, Osterman announced in April that she planned to retire at the end of the National Pro Fastpitch season. With that final curtain just three weeks from coming down, she isn't ready to exit the stage. Osterman confirmed to espnW that she will return for at least one more season with … [Read more...]