OTTERS SET 2020 GAME TIMES

The Evansville Otters announced game times for the 2020 regular season schedule and home schedule at Bosse Field.  The Otters will play 48 regular season games at Bosse Field, starting with Opening Weekend May 15-17 against the Gateway Grizzlies.

Game times for the regular season are as follows:

Tuesday through Saturday are at 6:35 p.m.

Sunday games in May and August (5/17, 5/24, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23) are at 12:35 p.m.

Sunday games in June and July (6/14, 6/28, 7/12) are at 5:05 p.m.

The Otters will host four exhibitions leading up to Opening Weekend. Exhibition games on May 6 and May 13 will be Education Day games against the Black Sox professional traveling team each day. Both games will start at 10 a.m. The Otters will also have home exhibitions May 2 against Florence and May 8 against Southern Illinois at 6:35 p.m.

Evansville will have a midweek day game June 24 against the Windy City Thunderbolts with first pitch at 11 a.m.

The full promotional schedule will be released at a later date.

Tickets will go on-sale at a later date.

For more information, or to purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.

FAN FAVORITE RASHAD BROWN BACK IN WASHINGTON

The Washington Wild Things bring back one of their own today as they see the return of outfielder Rashad Brown.

After playing 5 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Brown joined the Wild Things in 2017 and quickly made his impact. The speedster manned 93 games in centerfield and stole 29 bases in Washington’s return to the playoffs.

The Atlanta native was a staple at the top of the lineup in 2017; hitting .275 with 15 doubles, 6 triples and driving a career high 33 runs. Brown earned some hardware along the way, being selected as a starting outfielder in the Frontier League All-Star Game in Joliet, IL and winning the Fran Riordan Award for citizenship.

“We view Rashad as the best defensive outfielder in franchise history,” said General Manager Tony Buccilli. “What he is able to do with his speed, saving runs and pressuring defenses, is something special. He has taken the past few years off to pursue other endeavors but has remained around the game and is highly motivated. We are excited to see what 2020 has in store for the fan favorite,” Buccilli stated.

The Wild Things take to the field as they open the season Friday, May 15 at Rockland, with the home opener slated for Tuesday, May 19 to take on the Quebec Capitales at Wild Things Park.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won 6 Division Titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

KEVIN BAEZ TO RETURN FOR SECOND YEAR AS BOULDERS’ MANAGER

The Rockland Boulders announced today that manager Kevin Baez will return for the 2020 season.

In his first season as Boulders manager, Baez led the team to their sixth consecutive playoff appearance in the Can-Am League with a 43-50 record.  Next summer, the Boulders and four other Can-Am League teams, head into the new and expanded 14-team, Frontier League where Baez will attempt to keep the playoff streak alive.

“I’m excited to come back to Rockland – great fans, great organization. Looking forward to a great 2020 season,” Baez said.

Baez managed 1,087 games with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League over eight seasons (2011-2018), posting a 571-516 record with two league titles (2012 and 2013) and six trips to the championship series, including each of his last three seasons.

He attended nearby Dominican College and was a seventh-round pick in the 1988 Major League Baseball Entry Draft by the New York Mets. Baez appeared in 63 games over the course of three major league seasons (1990, 1992-1993) for the Mets. He continued his playing career primarily at the AAA level over the next decade before joining Long Island in 2002, where he helped the Ducks capture the Atlantic League Championship in 2004.

“When we hired Kevin, we knew 2019 would be a rebuilding year, but yet he still managed to lead us to the playoffs,” Boulders’ President Shawn Reilly said. “Because of the player moves Kevin made last season, I believe we are very well positioned to be successful this season in the Frontier League.”

The Boulders’ manager resides on Long Island with his wife, Marianne, and children, Kevin and Vincent. He was born and raised in Brooklyn and made his Major League debut for the Mets at Shea Stadium on Sept. 3, 1990.

Baez, 51, is the third manager in the Boulders history, following Dave LaPoint (2011-12) and Jamie Keefe (2013-18). Keefe spent six seasons at the helm in Rockland with a 344-260 record in Rockland, highlighted by the team’s lone Can-Am League championship in 2014.

The Boulders will celebrate their 10th year of play this summer with a number of special events planned throughout the season.  For a complete schedule and/or ticket information, slide to www.RocklandBoulders.com or call 845-364-0009.

About Rockland Boulders and Bottom 9 Baseball LLC

The Rockland Boulders are entering their 10th season of professional baseball in pursuit of the post-season for the seventh straight year. In 2016, Rockland’s first former player reached Major League Baseball when outfielder Stephen Cardullo made his debut with the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 26. In 2014, the Boulders won the Can-Am League championship and, in 2019, hosted the Frontier vs. Can-Am League All-Star Game. Proud to be part of the rich history of professional baseball in the New York City region, during the 2017 season, the team welcomed its 1,000,000th fan to Palisades Credit Union Park located in Pomona in Rockland County, New York. In 2012 and 2014 the Boulders were named the Can-Am League’s Organization of the Year. The Boulders are owned and operated by Bottom 9 Baseball LLC (B9B), a sports and entertainment company comprised of former executives from all levels of major and minor league sports. B9B is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the Lower Hudson Valley and northeast New Jersey. Slide to www.RocklandBoulders.com for more information.

PICK YOUR SEAT & PICK YOUR PUPPY IN ROCKLAND ON SATURDAY

Fall is in the air at Palisades Credit Union Park!

With the excitement of our 10th anniversary season and the historic merger into the Frontier League, we’re inviting all of our local fans to the ballpark!

Join us on Saturday November 9th from 10am until 3pm as we host a Fall Festival! Come on out and pick your season ticket seat, adopt a pup from Hi-Tor, get some lunch from the Westchester Burger Company food truck, meet Rockland Boulders players and Pepper Jack the Bat Dog, and more!

Click here for more information!

POSEY WATCH CATCHER SIGNS WITH WASHINGTON

The Washington Wild Things continue with their roster building as they today signed C David Martinez.

After one season at Broward College, Martinez transferred to Austin Peay State University in the Ohio Valley Conference. As a Governor he made strides annually, becoming the Opening Day starter in 2018 during his junior season. As a senior he was noted as one of the nation’s best catchers, being named to the Buster Posey Award Watch List.

Martinez was a force in the OVC in 2019 where he posted a .345 batting average, driving in 44 runs and smashing 8 homeruns. Defensively he only committed 4 errors, allowing 4 passed balls, while throwing out nearly 20% of runners.

“We followed David through the summer and held him in regard as we were dealing with some injuries from the position last year,” said General Manager Tony Buccilli. “He has supreme confidence in his ability behind the plate and leading the pitching staff. We discussed his development offensively and believe his maturation will allow him to settle in professionally,” Buccilli stated.

The Wild Things take to the field as they open the season Friday, May 15 at Rockland, with the home opener slated for Tuesday, May 19 to take on the Quebec Capitales at Wild Things Park.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won 6 Division Titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and  website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

TWO-TIME ALL-AMERICAN JOINS WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things announced today their first signing of the 2020 season, RHP Jake Dexter.

The 6’2 200 pound athlete shined on the diamond as a two-way player for the University of Southern Maine. Though Dexter proved to be a meaningful contributor in the Huskies’ infield, he flashed game-changing ability out of the bullpen. As a four year Husky he posted a 2.08 ERA with 148 strikeouts in 147 innings, earning 34 saves.

Dexter signed a professional contract with the Los Angeles Angels this past June, making 7 appearances with the Arizona League affiliate. As a reliever he showed continued success in 10 innings of work, finishing 6 games, while sporting a 3.60 ERA.

“Jake was the most impressive arm during our Post-Draft Workout in June and the Angels signed him that day,” said General Manager Tony Buccilli. “He was borderline unhittable versus his college counterparts. We saw an intense demeanor reflecting in his work on the mound. There is a natural chip on his shoulder as a player who wasn’t heavily recruited but his rooted commitment to the game is unquestionable,” Buccilli stated.

The Wild Things take to the field as they open the season Friday, May 15 at Rockland, with the home opener slated for Tuesday, May 19 to take on the Quebec Capitales at Wild Things Park.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS
The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won 6 Division Titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

T.J. STANTON RETURNING TO TROIS-RIVIERES

The General Manager of the Aigles de Trois-Rivières, René Martin, has renewed his confidence in the Aigles’ manager by offering him a new agreement for the coming year. “TJ Stanton has always been our only option. He is a recruiter and a leader of men out of the ordinary. Obviously, we had our hands tied at the end of the season considering the uncertainty around the team. We could not sign an agreement in this context,” declared Martin.

Moreover, the day after the rescue of the team, the management reiterated to the manager their deep desire to see him continue his career in Trois-Rivières. Unfortunately, the Aigles were no longer alone in the race considering the market value of the manager of the year in the Can-Am League. “It was normal for TJ to explore the various options open to him,” said Jean Tremblay, president of the Vertdure Group (shareholder of the team), who personally participated in the discussions with the former Capital Gunner. “TJ Stanton is tattooed Eagles. Indeed, even without a contract, he took it upon himself to participate in the special draft and started recruiting. He is a team player who puts the cause ahead of his personal needs. He is a little bit like the DNA of this team “added Mr. Tremblay.

The return of TJ Stanton to the helm of Aigles means that Kole Zimmerman will also be returning as hitting coach. As we know, the two instructors are literally inseparable and complement each other perfectly. The first season as part of of the Frontier League will begin May 15 in Joliet leading up to the home opener at Stade Stereo+ on May 26. The pre-sale of season tickets has reached a record level and the management of the team and its ambassadors are sparing no effort to talk more the Aigles as they begin an exciting new chapter in the Frontier League.

STRIDE PRO WRESTLING RETURNING TO RENT ONE PARK

The Southern Illinois Miners have once again partnered with Stride Pro Wrestling to bring in “Bash at the Ballpark”.  Expanding in the 2020 season, Stride Pro Wrestling will be performing matches pre and post-game, live in the Hot Corner on Saturday, May 30th and Thursday, August 27th.  Fan favorites will be taking part in title matches, table- ladder and chair bouts, tag-team matches and plenty of other exciting entertainment!  This is an event you won’t want to miss!  All-Inclusive beverage tickets are available for purchase in the Budweiser Party Decks and secure your location closest to the action.  For more information please call the Rent One Park Box Office at (618) 998-8499 or email info@southernillinoisminers.com

ROCKLAND BOULDERS TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON IN 2020

A celebration 10 years in the making, the Rockland Boulders will commemorate the team’s 10th Anniversary Season in 2020, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital. In addition to a 10th Anniversary commemorative logo, a host of promotions are scheduled to celebrate their tenure at Palisades Credit Union Park.

This season, the Boulders will unveil special commemorative alternate jerseys and fans will have their say in selecting highlights from “A Bould Decade,” including Top 10 Moments in Boulders History, an All-Time 10th Anniversary Team, and much more.

After playing their first 16 games on the road while the finishing touches were put on the state-of-the-art Palisades Credit Union Park, the Boulders played their first home game on June 16, 2011, defeating the Brockton Rox by a 3-1 count in front of a Standing Room Only crowd of 6,317 fans. Since then, over one million fans have come through the gates, with that milestone being reached in 2017.

Highlights from the first nine seasons include winning the Can-Am Championship in 2014, former New York Met Howard Johnson’s stint with the team playing alongside his son Glen at the end of the inaugural season, Nik Wallenda’s death-defying tightrope walk between stadium light towers, charitable donations approaching the $1 million dollar mark through the Boulders Community Fund, and hosting the 2019 Frontier vs. Can-Am League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.

Big events are in store for the upcoming year, and will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Coming off the success of the All-Star season, we’ve been working toward making this yet another memorable season for both our long-term fans and new ones alike,” noted Team President Shawn Reilly. “There has been no ‘off’ in this off-season and we expect a lot of excitement as we position ourselves for the next 10 years and beyond of providing family-friendly, affordable fun.”

GRIZZLIES ACQUIRE ALL-STAR AARON HILL

The Gateway Grizzlies have acquired the rights of Lake Erie Crushers star infielder Aaron Hill.  Hill was acquired as a result of a trade in which the Grizzlies sent Luis Roman and Thomas Nicoll to the Schaumburg Boomers in exchange for Hill’s contractual rights.

Hill has spent his only two years of professional baseball with the Lake Erie Crushers.  During that time Hill has posted strong numbers (.280 AVG/18 HR/62 RBI).  In 2018, Hill was named a Frontier League All-Star as a rookie.

“We are thrilled to add Aaron to our team.”  Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said.  “Aaron’s speed makes him extremely dynamic.  We are thrilled to plug him into the top of our lineup and see what he can do.  Anytime you can add an all-star player to your team, it’s very exciting.”

Prior to his professional career Hill played his collegiate baseball at the University of Connecticut.  Hill was a strong contributor for the Huskies for four years.  The Connecticut native graduated from UCONN in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. 

ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000. 

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 14 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year.

2020 SCHEDULE UNVEILED!

The Frontier League has released its schedule for its 28th season, which will feature fourteen clubs playing a 96-game, full-season format.  Opening day for the 2020 season will be on Thursday, May 14, with the regular season concluding on Sunday, September 6.

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE 2020 SCHEDULE

Four games open play on May 14, with Sussex County hosting Rockland, Florence hosting New Jersey, Gateway hosting Evansville, and Windy City hosting Schaumburg.  Friday, May 15 features the home openers for Rockland (against Washington), Lake Erie (against Quebec), Joliet (against Trois-Rivieres), Southern Illinois (against New Jersey), and Evansville (against Gateway).

The Washington Wild Things have their home opener on Tuesday, May 19 while the New Jersey Jackals and Schaumburg Boomers both begin their home schedules on Friday, May 22.

Frontier League play returns to Canada on Tuesday, May 26 with both Quebec and Trois-Rivieres playing at home.  The Quebec series features the Evansville Otters and manager Andy McCauley, who managed Quebec during the 2002 season.

“Releasing the schedule is always an exciting time, as even though our most recent season just ended we know that baseball is not that far off,” commented Commissioner Bill Lee.  “The addition of five new clubs adds new and exciting rivals plus the international flair of Quebec and Trois-Rivieres for our fans to experience.”

The 2020 divisional alignment features Lake Erie, New Jersey, Quebec, Rockland, Sussex County, Trois-Rivieres, and Washington in the Can-Am Division with Evansville, Florence, Gateway, Joliet, Schaumburg, Southern Illinois, and Windy City in the Midwestern Division.  Clubs play 12 games against five geographic rivals, six games against an additional four teams, and three games against the remaining four teams.  Every team will play all teams, visiting 11 ballparks while hosting 11 different clubs.

The 2020 playoffs will begin on Tuesday, September 8 with a potential game 5 of the Championship Series scheduled for Monday, September 21.

Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest and longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway.  More information and the complete 2020 schedule can be found at www.frontierleague.com.

A Vision of Growth Prevalent in Can-Am, Frontier League Merge

By: Mike Rankin

After two years’ worth of negotiations, it was announced Wednesday, October 16 that the independent Frontier League of Professional Baseball will absorb five organizations from the Canadian American Association (Can-Am), which will result in 14 teams operating under the Frontier League title.

“It’s a pleasure and an honor that the Frontier League and Can-Am League are merging to join forces and play in 2020 in the Frontier League,” commissioner Bill Lee stated in a press conference Wednesday. “Bringing the 14 teams from basically the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, we want to make sure this thing can grow and watch our industry grow with it. It is a move for growth and its strength for all of us.”

From 2012 to 2015, the Frontier League operated with 14 teams. In what will be its 28th season, the oldest independent professional baseball league in the country will also be recognized as the largest in independent baseball, as they implement 14 teams for the fifth time in league history.

The New Jersey Jackals, Quebec Capitales, Rockland Boulders, Sussex County Miners and Trois-Rivieres Aigles will transition from the Can-Am to Frontier League and will be a part of the Can-Am division. Joining the group will be the Lake Erie Crushers and Washington Wild Things. The remaining Evansville Otters, Florence Freedom, Gateway Grizzlies, Joliet Slammers, Schaumburg Boomers, Southern Illinois Miners and Windy City ThunderBolts will compose the Midwestern Division.

A full 2020 schedule is set to be released Monday, October 21 with the continued tradition of a 96-game season that will run from May through September. Discussions are ongoing as it pertains to playoff formats and roster construction, as the Can-Am and Frontier Leagues operated under contrary requirements and restrictions prior to the merge.

“We’re working on some of that right now,” Lee said regarding regulation adjustments. “It’s all coming under the Frontier League banner. We will be working on some of these things and compiling these rules – age limits, those kinds of things – to blend everything they did and some of the things we did. That will be coming out shortly.”

Regarding the league schedule, Lee stated: “Games are scheduled to maximize geographic rivals while still allowing each team to play each other club.”

The League’s geographic restructure will represent the most influential change. Located in Avon, OH and Washington, PA, the Lake Erie Crushers and Washington Wild Things were forced to do the majority of their road trips to the Midwest, which ultimately accumulated to the lengthiest distances traveled among the former 10 Frontier League teams by season’s end. Now, the Frontier League will employ two concentrated divisions which will offer travel conveniences related to intra division play for both the Can-Am Division located on the east coast, and Midwest Division.

Following 17 seasons of independent operation, the Can-Am will serve under the Frontier League umbrella. The two parties see this newly formed relationship as an opportunity to progress independent baseball and maintain an ambition to grow.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Frontier League and I speak for all the members of the Can-Am League,” Al Dorso, Can-Am League Chairman of the Board said Wednesday. “It’s been a vision of the Can-Am League to be a part of something bigger and to expand in the Northeast. We’re 14 teams strong. We’re the biggest, the best and the brightest independent league in the country right now. In two years, we’ll be a 20-team league. That’s our vision.”

“It has been my honor to be a part of this groundbreaking deal and I can’t thank all parties involved enough for getting us to this historic moment,” Kevin Winn, Executive Director of the Can-Am League said. “I look forward to seeing where our newly formed alliance heads next and all the Independent Professional Baseball history that is yet to be written.”

The merge acts as a bit of a homecoming for some, as New Jersey Jackals manager Brooks Carey and Evansville Otters manager Andy McCauley each have experience in both the Can-Am and Frontier Leagues. Carey managed the Frontier League’s Normal ConrnBelters from 2013 to 2017, while McCauley took the Quebec Capitales to the postseason in 2002.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Quebec City; I still have very fond memories of my time there,” McCauley said. “Patrick Scalabrini played for me there and Michel Laplante was my pitching coach.”

McCauley went on to say, “Initially I thought it would be great to merge with the Can-Am League. There are some really great markets and I have close ties to some of the managers and owners of the Can-Am league. Of course, it will require quite a bit of travel, but to have 14 strong teams the competition will be exciting.”

“I think the merger is going to be a positive move for both leagues,” Carey said. “It is going to put us all on firmer ground than what we already are. Many times, change is good. It should create more excitement for the fans as well as the players. There will be an adjustment period for managers [in the Can-Am] as far as roster rules, age limits, salary caps and other issues. It will definitely be different. But in the end baseball will still be baseball.”

As baseball remains the same, the professional independent landscape continues to adapt in order not only just to grow, but to survive on its own. Market opportunity for all involved propelled the merger to legitimacy. In the deal, major markets such as New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, and St. Louis will be represented.

Florence Freedom manager Dennis Pelfrey called it, “a positive impact in independent baseball across the country.” Pelfrey went on to say, “I’m excited about this merger as I think it takes a huge step in a great direction of independent baseball. This is not only going to be good for the Frontier League and Can-Am League, but the respective fan base as well.”

The press conference Wednesday hinted at continued development. Can-Am Chairman Al Dorso offered his ambition of growth within the league across two years, as Pelfrey echoes Dorso’s sentiments by offering his own form of optimism as the new 14-team organization embarks on its initial trial run.

“In the next few years, as long as this shows success, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a couple other leagues that merge with us,” Pelfrey said. “To make a united front to maximize opportunities for players, coaches, front office staff, and most of all fans in professional baseball.”

The next step for the league will be to undergo its necessary procedures to prepare for Opening Day on May 14, 2020. The regular season will conclude on Sunday, September 6th. The full 2020 Schedule will be released on Monday, October 21st.

FRONTIER LEAGUE, CAN-AM LEAGUE TO JOIN FORCES

Two of Independent Professional Baseball’s oldest and most established Leagues are pleased to announce that they will join forces. Beginning with the 2020 season, five former members of the Can-Am League will merge into the Frontier League.

Members of the Frontier League and the new teams from the Can-Am League will make up the 14-team circuit. The New Jersey Jackals, Quebec Capitales, Rockland Boulders, Sussex County Miners and Trois-Rivieres Aigles will play in the Can-Am Division. The Washington Wild Things and Lake Erie Crushers will join the Division as well. The seven remaining teams, the Evansville Otters, Florence Freedom, Gateway Grizzlies, Joliet Slammers, Schaumburg Boomers, Southern Illinois Miners and the Windy City ThunderBolts, will compete in the Midwestern Division.

The League will be the largest in all of Independent Professional Baseball. It brings together strong ownership groups, teams and facilities from each League. It also has some of the longest running teams in the industry. The Evansville Otters began play in 1995 and the New Jersey Jackals started in 1998. Major markets such as New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Quebec City and St. Louis will be well represented.

The Frontier League is the oldest independent professional baseball league in the country. It began play in 1993. The League just completed its 27th consecutive season. In those 27 seasons, over 1000 players have been signed by MLB teams. 38 of those players have advanced to play in Major League Baseball.

The Can-Am League’s predecessor was the Northeast League that began play in 1995. Prior to the 2005 season, the Can-Am League name was officially adopted. During those years, more than 135 players have signed contracts with MLB clubs and 16 have advanced to play in Major League Baseball.

Frontier League Commissioner, Bill Lee, who has held that position since 1994, will continue in that role. He states, “I am extremely excited and privileged to be able to make this announcement. These discussions have been ongoing for almost 2 years. The 2019 Frontier League/Can-Am League All-Star Game was the first major step in the Leagues working together. We believe this merger strengthens Independent Professional Baseball as a whole. I want to thank everyone from both Leagues that have worked so hard to make this happen.”

Kevin Winn, Executive Director of the Can-Am League says, “It has been my honor to be a part of this groundbreaking deal and I can’t thank all parties involved enough for getting us to this historic moment. I look forward to seeing where our newly formed alliance heads next and all the Independent Professional Baseball history that is yet to be written.”

All members of the League will be working together to help strengthen all aspects of the Frontier League. Expansion is at the top of the list. The League will be looking at all potential expansion opportunities from the east coast to the Mississippi River in the United States and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Marketing, sponsorship and promotional efforts will also be areas of focus.

2020 will be 28th season for the Frontier League. All teams will play a 96-game schedule. Opening Day will be Thursday, May 14th. The regular season will conclude on Sunday, September 6th. The full 2020 Schedule will be released on Monday, October 21st.

FLORENCE ANNOUNCES RENAME THE TEAM CONTEST

Freedom Baseball Club, LLC is giving you the opportunity few fans ever get – the opportunity to help us name your professional baseball team! Submit your team name using the form here, and you just might secure your place in baseball history. If your name is chosen, we’ll set you up with Two (2) Lifetime Season Tickets.

See Official Rules for details.

The team name must have FLORENCE in it.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Contest runs from October 2nd, 2019 at 11:00 am Eastern Time (ET) and ends October 16th, 2019 at 11:00 am ET. Open to residents of Kentucky, Ohio & Indiana who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Odds of winning depends on the number of eligible entries received for the applicable drawing. See Official Rules for details.

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