Looking at the Summer College Baseball Leagues in New England

It's almost the summer time. That's a good thing and a bad thing.

Some people love the cold weather and you have to respect that. It's uniquely a northern quality. And then there are people who love hot weather. And then there are the sane people who prefer neither. They like the high 50's, 60's and low 70's at most.

Even if you don't like the hot weather, you gotta admit, the amount of baseball viewing options you have this summer is something to be excited about. Sure, there's the big leagues, minor leagues, legion ball and all that, but did you know that there's actually good college baseball in New England? That's right: but the best college baseball in New England occurs when school is OUT of session. With that in mind, let's take a look at the summer collegiate baseball leagues our great region has to offer this summer:

Cape Cod League -- This league is the cream of the crop. Outside of Team USA, these are some of the top amatuer baseball leagues in the country. The overwhelming majority of these players get drafted by MLB teams and the games are free to attend (you can donate money if you want though). For those who like Cape Cod, this is worth a look. The only downside is it's an alcohol-free environment.

New England Collegiate Baseball League -- It's not the same tier as the Cape, but it still has many players drafted every year and it's worth noting Stephen Strasburg pitched here. There are 13 teams pretty well spread out throughout the region. Tickets are dirt cheap and there's good baseball to enjoy.

Futures Collegiate Baseball League -- This is the newest one of the bunch and is concentrated in Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and central CT. Some teams play in real baseball stadiums (and serve alcohol) while a couple don't. It gives fans a chance to see some of the better local players from Divisions 1, 2 and 3. What's cool here is that a lot of high school legends end up playing in the league.