Y’ALLS ANIMAL FARM

FLORENCE, Ky. – The Florence Y’alls are excited to announce one of the first outdoor entertainment events to return to the Greater Cincinnati area since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Y’alls Animal Farm, presented by Mobilcomm, will be a drive thru animal farm put on by Honey Hill Farm, and amazing circus routines performed by the Cincinnati Circus Company.

Y’alls Animal Farm will be a contactless drive thru experience and take attendees around the circle drive at UC Health Stadium, and then to the backside of the property for circus performances.

The experience begins with the viewing of animals ranging from kangaroos, camels, emus, llamas, yaks, sheep, goats and more. A limited quantity of animal feed can be purchased at the venue so patrons can feed the animals from a distance.

At the midpoint of the drive thru, attendees will be taken on a brief detour to the southern most part of the Y’alls property, where they will be greeted by entertainers from the Cincinnati Circus Company. Jugglers, stilt walkers, aerial artists and even the big STUNT SHOW featuring the Wheel of Death will wow and amaze families.

Y’alls Animal Farm is set for a soft opening (limited availability) on Friday, May 22 at 6pm. The event will then open up for larger crowds on Saturday, May 23 at 11am and run to 6pm (or later based on demand).

Purchasing Tickets: All admission tickets must be purchased online. Please select the “digital ticket” option when purchasing tickets and be ready to present your phone/tablet for scanning upon entrance.

Cost: All cars that attend will receive two (2) undated ticket vouchers for a 2020 or 2021 Y’alls game ($20 value). Admission is $30 per carload if purchased in advance of the day you attend, $35 per carload on the day of the event. 15 passenger vans and larger will be charged an additional $20 on the day of the event.

Feeding the Animals: Cups of animal feed will be available for purchase at the event in limited quantity. In order to ensure a safe and healthy experience for the animals, no outside food will be permitted and a limited quantity will be available for purchase.

Safety Measures Taken: This drive thru is designed to be contactless to those that attend, and the staff that performs the event. We ask all attendees to stay in their cars until they are completely through the drive thru experience. All Y’alls staff that will be directing traffic and scanning online tickets will be wearing masks.

Refund/Weather Policy: All sales are final. In the event weather causes your date to be canceled, that ticket will be good towards any future date. Y’alls Animal Farm will continue in light rain, but for the safety of the animals and performers, will close in the event of heavy rainfall.

Otters’ staff continue active presence in the community

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – With the start of the baseball season at Bosse Field delayed for now due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Evansville Otters organization is filling the time by giving back with community service.

Community outreach has always been highly valued by the Otters organization, and the staff have been especially active in the last few weeks when needed the most.

“Our family may own the team, but the Otters belong to the community,” Otters owner Bill Bussing said. “Just look at the team’s name, and for 25 years, our fans have filled Bosse Field, win or lose.”

“In times like these, we think it’s important to reciprocate that support. A community is only as strong as its members, and we’re proud to help as best we can.”

Four organizations have especially benefitted from the assistance of the Otters, including the Dream Center, the EVSC, the Tri-State Food Bank, and Meals on Wheels of Evansville.

“The Otters staff and management take great joy in seeing so many of our fans attend games during the season every year, and we miss that right now,” Otters president John Stanley said. “However, we also know many people in our community are in need of services at this time.”

Stanley stated the Otters staff got together and made the decision to spend the time helping others, a decision which was supported with a lot of enthusiasm by the staff.

“It’s been eye-opening to see how the coronavirus has impacted families in our community, but it feels very rewarding to be able to help out,” Otters assistant general manager Elspeth Urbina said.

With stay-at-home orders in place and emphasized restrictions on at-risk groups, many people are in a difficult situation to go out and retrieve the necessities and food they need.

Josh Wilson, assistant general manager with the Otters, says that the elderly and disabled are in the high-risk population for the virus, so being able to provide them with essentials every week so they do not have to expose themselves to the larger population is very important.

The Otters’ staff have helped deliver groceries prepared by the Dream Center to families in the immediate Jacobsville area near Bosse Field. The Otters have also helped hand out lunches to students and families with the EVSC, prepare meal packages with the Tri-State Food Bank, and also collect and deliver warm, nutritious meals to the elderly and to handicapped individuals who are homebound through Meals on Wheels of Evansville.

“Many people are restricted to staying home, and with food supply limited because of the high demand in places, we’re more than willing to help them get the essentials they need at this time and hopefully make life feel as close to normal as possible,” Otters director of communications Preston Leinenbach said.

“Plus, there are kids who are out of school and reside in low-income areas, so packing lunches and groceries are important because many students rely on school lunches throughout the year,” Wilson said. “We are able to provide that while school is out, and they may not have other means.”

Otters account executive Keith Millikan has also helped with food preparation and delivery at the CK Newsome Community Center and at the Glenwood Leadership Academy.

“Volunteering has given me time to appreciate the important aspects of life, and I’m out to help more than I have before,” Millikan said.

“We know the community supports us and this is our chance to support the community in return and we are glad to do it!” Stanley said.

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.

ARROJO TABBED ALL-DECADE SHORTSTOP AS 2B VOTING OPENS

Rockland County, NY (May 15, 2020) – In the fifth week of voting to fill out the New York Boulders’ All- Decade team, fans selected Junior Arrojo as the franchise’s top shortstop, landing him a spot on the on the roster.

As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans have been voting to fill one position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.

Voting for the All-Decade shortstop, which concluded on Thursday, May 14 was sponsored by Beckerle Lumber of Orangburg and offered fans the opportunity to select one nominee from a list of five shortstops who excelled for the Boulders.

Arrojo (2014-2016) was a member of the 2014 Can-Am League championship team and, over three seasons, hit .313 while playing a steady shortstop. In 2015 and 2016, the 36 times he was hit by a pitch in each season set Can-Am League marks. He also swiped 43 bases in 2015 and 47 bases in 2016. Following the 2016 campaign, he signed a contract with the Miami Marlins’ organization.

Arrojo won the spot with an overwhelming 88% of the vote.

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“This means a lot,” Arrojo said. “You look at some of the names on the list – Niddy (Marcus Nidiffer), Bo (Bo Budkevics), Sally (Richard Salazar) and Jerod Edmondson, those are the guys that paved the way for me.”

He added, “It is an honor to be named to the All-Decade team with those other guys.”

Other candidates for the shortstop position on the All-Decade team included Ray Stokes (2011), Cole Kraft (2011-2012), Steve Nyisztor (2014-2015) and J.C. Rodrigues (2018).

Arrojo joins catcher Marcus Nidiffer, starting pitchers Richard Salazar and Bo Budkevics, closer Adrian Martin and first baseman Jerod Edmondson as fan selections over the first five weeks of voting.

Voting for the All-Decade team is continuing this week as fans have the opportunity to select a second baseman from a group of five nominees who excelled for the Boulders. The voting to select a second baseman is sponsored by Humdinger’s of Paramus, NJ with fans able to cast their ballot through Thursday, May 21, by sliding to www.NYBoulders.com.

The second baseman receiving the most votes will land a spot on the All-Decade team.

Here is a breakdown of the candidates for the second base spot on this week’s ballot:

Matt Nandin (2012-2014): After spending time in 2012 and 2013 with the Boulders, Nandin took over the second base job for the 2014 season and hit a robust .296 with 69 runs scored and 40 RBI. Additionally, he played a solid defensive second base, committing just five errors in 404 chances for a .988 fielding percentage for the 2014 Can-Am League champions. In his three years with Rockland, he batted .286 with six HRs, 89 RBI and 120 runs scored.

Danny Bomback (2013): In his one season with the Boulders, the switch-hitter finished with a .283 batting average to go along with five round-trippers, 47 RBI and 53 runs scored. He also smacked a league-high 34 doubles that season.

Giuseppe Papaccio (2014-2015): After a brief appearance late in the championship campaign of 2014, Papaccio became a regular the next season and hit .243 with a pair of home runs, 34 RBI and 38 runs scored.

Dylan Tice (2017): The switch-hitting Tice made the most of his single season in Rockland, batting .327 with five home runs, 49 RBI and 72 runs scored. He also posted am .846 Ops. In the field at second base, he mishandled only six chances in 367 opportunities for a .984 fielding percentage.

Ryne Birk (2019): A late season injury sidelined Birk in 2019, however, prior to that, he put up some impressive offensive numbers that included a .317 batting average, five home runs,, 39 RBI and 42 runs scored, as well as an .891 OPS.

The final results of the second baseman balloting will be announced during a Podcast on the Boulders’ Facebook page on Friday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m., hosted by Seth Cantor, the voice of the Boulders and the Vice-President of Business Development.

Altice cable television in Rockland County will also rebroadcast each week’s All-Decade team announcement every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. on channel 76, except for channel 77 in Ramapo and channel 15 in North Rockland.

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.

About the New York Boulders:
The New York Boulders are entering their 10th season of Professional Baseball as part of the newly-formed Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the seventh straight year. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011 and playing their homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County, NY, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier League vs. Can-Am All-Star Game in 2019. 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 Rockland County, NY.

Evansville and Joliet Postpone Joint Tryouts Indefinitely

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters and Joliet Slammers have announced that the Frontier League preseason tryouts scheduled for May 15 in Allentown, Pa. and June 14 in Evansville, Ind. will be postponed indefinitely due to the uncertainty and concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Both franchises and the Frontier League have full intention to conduct the tryouts to give each player a chance to showcase their talent in front of Frontier League managers and coaches, but only when it is safe to do so according to local, state and federal government guidelines.

Registered participants will receive updated information and new tryout dates for both locations when they become available. Previous registration will be valid when the tryouts are rescheduled.

Further registration is closed for the tryouts, and attendance will be limited to registered players and essential staff only in accordance with CDC guidelines.

When the tryouts are rescheduled, times will remain the same starting at 9 a.m. Position players can check in from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and pitchers can check in from 11:30 a.m. to noon (all times local).

The Joliet Slammers and Evansville Otters will be represented at both tryout dates.

If any players registered for the Allentown or Evansville tryout have any questions, contact Andy McCauley via email at andymac22@aol.com.

The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization located in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. It operates mostly in cities that are not served by Major or Minor League Baseball teams and is not affiliated with either. The league formed in 1993 and is the oldest active independent league.

To be eligible to play in the Frontier League, you must be at least 18 years old.

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.

FLORENCE Y’ALLS DEVELOP HOT DOGS FOR HEROES PROGRAM

FLORENCE, KY – The Florence Y’alls, presented by Towne Properties, are proud to announce a new program called Hot Dogs for Heroes, which will provide a taste of America’s pastime to our front line service men and women while we wait for baseball.

The Y’alls want to give back to ALL essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the ones that have been overlooked during this time.

To kickstart the program, the Y’alls and their food partners at Glier’s Goetta, Reinhart Food Service, Substation II in Florence, and Bean Haus Bakery & Cafe will be donating 100 lunches to the front-line responders at Boonesprings Nursing Home.

With each lunch, the Y’alls will be donating two undated Y’alls ticket vouchers to a 2020 / 2021 game. The Y’alls want to give them something to look forward to at the end of the pandemic and as a thank you for all their hard work.

Beginning Tuesday, May 5 individuals will have the ability to order a special baseball themed bagged lunch for essential employees in our community as a way to show their thanks.

The Hot Dogs for Heroes program includes:

  • One Glier’s hot dog
  • One bag of chips
  • A bottle of water
  • Cookie/dessert from Bean Haus Bakery & Cafe
  • Two (2) undated anytime Y’alls ticket vouchers for the 2020 / 2021 season

Want to pitch in? Here’s how:

This $30 value can be purchased for just $7.50 by individuals looking to donate their own slice of America’s past time to essential employees serving on the front lines at this time. All costs include delivery. Individuals can also order these meals for their families and arrange pick-up at the ballpark.

Those looking to get involved should follow these steps:Florence Y'Alls

1. Email Amanda Sipple within the Y’alls front office by clicking here to start the process. She will then contact you about setting up the order.

2. For each order over 25, the individual placing the ordering will receive four (4) complimentary Y’alls anytime ticket vouchers good for a game in 2020 or 2021.

3. For a limited time, any individuals placing an order can add-on undated anytime Y’alls vouchers for the 2020/2021 season for just $6 with a portion of the proceeds going to support our front line service men & women.

The Y’alls are members of the professional independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium in Florence, KY.

SALAZAR, BUDKEVICS LAND ALL-DECADDE TEAM STARTING PITCHER SLOTS

Rockland County, NY – In the second week of voting to fill out the New York Boulders’ All-Decade team, Richard Salazar and Bo Budkevics finished atop the balloting for starting pitchers and earned spots on the roster.

As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans have been voting to fill one position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.

Voting for starting pitchers, which concluded on Thursday, April 23, was sponsored by Clarkstown Collision of Nanuet and offered fans the opportunity to select one nominee from a group of nine hurlers that toed the rubber in Rockland County and excelled for the Boulders. The top two finishers landed on the All- Decade team.

Salazar, a lefthander, came to the Boulders in 2014 after seven seasons in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization. In four years (2014-2017) with the Boulders where he also saw time as the pitching coach, Salazar went 36-18 with a 3.40 ERA, notching double digit wins in three years, including a high of 11 in 2015 (11-4). A member of the 2014 Can-Am League championship team, he split two decisions in the championship series – losing game one and winning game five.

“(The spot on the All-Decade team) means a lot to me,” Salazar said. “Rockland County was a great place for me to go to – from the guys to the staff, everything was great.”

Meanwhile, the righthander Budkevics toiled for the Boulders from 2013-2018 and is best remembered for his three-hit, nine strikeout, eight scoreless inning performance against the New Jersey Jackals that earned him the win in the sixth game of the 2014 Can-Am League Championship Series that clinched the pennant for the Boulders and earned him the nickname “Big Game Bo.” In portions of six seasons with the Boulders, Budkevics went 22-19 with a 4.86 ERA.

“Rockland has a special place in my heart,” Budkevics said. “To be able to play there for six years and to build the relationships with these guys – it was something. Being named (to this team) is something special.”

Other starting pitcher candidates included Sean Bierman (2014), Bobby Blevins (2011-2013), David Fischer (2016-2017), Pat Moran (2012-2013), Markus Solbach (2016-2017), Justin Topa (2017-2018) and Jon Velasquez (2011-2012, 2017).

Voting for the All-Decade team is continuing this week as fans have the opportunity to select a closer from a group of five shutdown relievers who excelled for the Boulders. The voting to select a closer is sponsored by Clarkstown Coin and Jewelry of Nanuet.

Fans can cast their vote for their top pitcher through Thursday, April 30, by sliding to www.NYBoulders.com. The closer receiving the most votes will land a spot on the All-Decade team.

Altice cable television in Rockland County will also rebroadcast each week’s All-Decade team announcement every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. on channel 76, except for channel 77 in Ramapo and channel 15 in North Rockland.

Over the first two weeks of voting fans have selected Marcus Nidiffer as the catcher, along with starting pitchers Richard Salazar and Bo Budkevics to the All-Decade team.

Here is a breakdown of the closers on this week’s ballot:page2image20184832

Adrian Martin (2011-12): Perhaps the top reliever in the Can-Am League for his two seasons in Rockland, Martin recorded 22 saves in 2011 and 19 the following year. Over the two-year span, Martin won 11 of 16 decisions and surrendered only two home runs in 85 appearances that covered 93 1/3 innings of work.

Kevin Fuqua (2013): In his lone season in Rockland, Fuqua saved 21 games, finishing with a 3-2 record and a 1.71 ERA. In 42 innings over 42 appearances that year, he allowed only 31 hits, walked 17 and struck out 36 while posting a 1.14 WHIP.

Chad Robinson (2014-15): The closer on the 2014 Can-Am League pennant winners, in the championship series that year versus New Jersey, Robinson won game four with two scoreless innings of relief in an 8-7 10-inning win, then struck out the side in the ninth inning of game six to wrap up a 4-0 victory that gave Rockland the crown. In 31 appearances in 2014, he went 2-1 with 14 saves with a sparkling 1.04 ERA, not allowing a home run in 34 2/3 innings of work and striking out 45. Robinson followed up with a 6-1 season in 2015 with a 3.09 ERA and a pair of saves in 44 games and 43 2/3 innings of work.

Luis Sanz (2014-16): After being the set-up man for Robinson in 2014, Sanz took over the closer’s role in 2015 and chalked up 18 saves in 35 appearances, winning two of three decisions and pitching to a 1.26 ERA. In 2014, Sanz finished 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA and a pair of saves. In 2016, Sanz dropped both of his decisions.

Hector Nelo (2016): The hard throwing righty registered 17 saves and a 4-2 mark with a 2.45 ERA in 37 appearances in 2016 for the Boulders. In 40 1/3 innings, Nelo set down 44 batters on strikes.

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The final results will be announced during a Podcast on the Boulders’ Facebook page on Friday, May 1, at 9:30 a.m., hosted by Seth Cantor, the voice of the Boulders and the Vice-President of Business Development.

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.

About the New York Boulders:
The New York Boulders are entering their 10th season of Professional Baseball as part of the newly-formed Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the seventh straight year. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011 and playing their homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County, NY, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier League vs. Can- Am All-Star Game in 2019. 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 Rockland County, NY.

SLAMMERS FANS TO CREATE ALL DECADE DREAM TEAM

Joliet, IL —The Joliet Slammers have kicked off their first ever all decade team ballot! In honor of our 10th anniversary we are asking our fans to help us put together the all decade dream team. Voting kicked off April 18th with candidates for catcher and will continue weekly with a new position. During the season the dream team will be announced and we will be holding a special event at the stadium to introduce and celebrate. Each Saturday at noon a new position and players will be announced and throughout that week we will provide details on individual players. Full information can be found on our social media channels as well as on our website at jolietslammers.com/alldecadeteam.

The voting schedule is as follows:

April 18th- Voting for catcher begins.- Complete

April 25th- 12 PM voting ends for catcher.

            1st base players revealed, voting begins.

May 2nd- 12 PM voting ends for 1st base.

            2nd base players revealed, voting begins.

May 9th- 12 pm voting ends for 2nd base.

             SS & DH players revealed, voting begins.

May 16th- 12 pm voting ends for SS & DH

            3rd Base players revealed, voting begins.

May 23rd- 12 pm voting ends for 3rd base.

            Outfield players revealed, voting begins.

May 30th- 12 PM voting ends for outfielders

           Relief & starting pitchers revealed, voting begins.

June 6th- 12 PM voting ends for pitchers

        Utility players announced & voting begins.

June 13th- 12 PM voting for utility players ends.

TBD: FULL ALL DECADE TEAM ANNOUNCED

 About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 28th season of play in 2020.  It is the largest independent professional league with 14 teams spanning from the Mississippi River to the East Coast.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!

Otters trade infielder Long to Lincoln

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters have finalized a deal to send third baseman Ryan Long to the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association, ending a three-year stay in Evansville.

The deal completes an earlier trade with Lincoln that brought outfielder Nick Schulz to Evansville early in the offseason.

“We’d of course like to have Ryan back for another championship run, but Ryan and we agree that this opportunity will give him added exposure at an increased level of play,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said.

“Moving Ryan on reinforces our commitment to our players, and from ownership on down, we will always do what we can to move players on in furthering their careers.”

Long, a Crandall, Texas native, joined the Otters in 2017 and capped off his stint with the Otters by earning the Frontier League’s Morgan Burkhart Most Valuable Player award in 2019.

In 2019, Long batted .285 with 54 runs, 78 RBIs, 51 walks and led the team with 14 home runs.

“We used him as a leadoff hitter in his first year with the Otters, showing great discipline at the plate and getting on base,” McCauley said. “As the needs arose in power positions in our lineup, he stepped up to that challenge as well and became one of the top home run and RBI guys in the league.”

Long’s 26 doubles in his 2019 MVP season tied for fourth in the franchise’s single-season record marks, and his 78 RBIs last year is second only to Jeff Gardner’s 86 RBIs in 2017. Long also hit seven triples in 2018, which is good for third among the Otters’ single-season ranks.

He finished in the top-10 in Otters’ career record books in multiple statistical categories; including games played (233), home runs (28), RBIs (144), at-bats (875), hits (253), runs (148), doubles (47), and walks (140). He is also third all-time in Otters’ history with 12 triples.

“Ryan just got better every year, and he also gave us great versatility in the field playing multiple positions for us,” McCauley said.

Long was a member of three postseason appearances by the Otters and was a two-time Frontier League All-Star selection.

The infielder came to Evansville following his senior season at Texas Tech in 2017, and he was a member of the 2016 Big 12 Championship team at Texas Tech.

“Ryan is a quality person of character and toughness, and he played hard every night for the Otters organization,” McCauley said. “A leader by example on and off the field, Ryan took his commitment to baseball and the Otters seriously.”

“We wish him the best of luck with Lincoln.”

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.

Gateway Partners With Cardinal Glennon for a COVID-19 Relief Fund

SAUGET, IL – The Gateway Grizzlies have partnered with Cardinal Glennon for a COVID-19 relief fund. The Grizzlies are selling team merchandise with proceeds going to the relief fund. You can find the merchandise selection by clicking here.

 

About the Frontier League: 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 can be found at www.frontierleague.com or by contacting office@frontierleague.com.

NIDIFFER TABBED AS ALL-DECADE TEAM CATCHER, PITCHER VOTING NOW OPEN

Rockland County, NY (April 17, 2020) – The first position on the New York Boulders’ All-Decade team has been decided with Marcus Nidiffer securing the spot behind the plate as the catcher.

As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans have been voting to fill one position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.

Up first was the catching position with the ballot sponsored by Nelson Metals of West Haverstraw. Voting concluded on Thursday, April 16.

Nidiffer played for the Boulders for five seasons from 2014 through 2018. Over that time, he hit 89 home runs and had three years with 20 or more dingers. In 2015, he had career highs in homers with 22 and RBIs with 93, while hitting .256. A member of the 2014 Can-Am League championship team, Nidiffer saved his best season for his final go-round with the Boulders when he hit a career-best .287 while hitting 21 home runs and driving in 60 runs.

Nidiffer retired after the 2018 season.

In a field that included Billy Alvino (2012-13), Adam Ehrlich (2019), Scott Knazek (2013) and Landis Wilson (2012), Nidiffer grabbed 85% of the votes.

“If you play long enough, you win something,” Nidiffer joked. “I do love Rockland and I miss it every day.” He added, “I am happy to be a part of the All-Decade team.”


DEEP GROUP TO CHOOSE FROM TO SELECT THE BOULDERS ALL-DECADE STARTING PITCHERS

As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans will be voting to fill a position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.

This week’s voting, sponsored by Clarkstown Collision of Nanuet, offers fans the opportunity to select one starting pitcher from a group of nine hurlers that toed the rubber in Rockland County and excelled for the Boulders.

Fans can cast their vote for their top pitcher through Thursday, April 23, by sliding to www.NYBoulders.com. The top two vote finishers will earn spots on the All-Decade team.

The final results will be announced during a Podcast on the Boulders’ Facebook page on Friday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m., hosted by Seth Cantor, the voice of the Boulders and the Vice-President of Business Development.

Altice cable television in Rockland County will also rebroadcast each week’s All-Decade team announcement every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. on channel 76, except for channel 77 in Ramapo and channel 15 in North Rockland. The initial Altice broadcast will be on April 23 with the results of the All- Decade team catcher voting that concluded on April 16.

HERE IS THE BREAKDOWN OF THE PITCHERS: 

Sean Bierman (2014): In less than a full season with the Boulders, the lefthander went 8-6 with an ERA of 2.44 before signing with the Atlanta Braves in mid-August and assigned to Rome of the South Atlantic League.

Bobby Blevins (2011-2013): In three seasons, this local product from Briarcliff High School in Westchester finished 23-27 with a 3.96. A work horse, Blevins did not throw fewer than 131 innings in any of his three seasons in Rockland.

Bo Budkevics (2013-2018): “Big Game Bo” is best remembered for his three-hit, nine strikeout, eight scoreless inning performance against the New Jersey Jackals that earned him the win in the sixth game of the Can-Am League championship series and the crown for the Boulders in 2014. In portions of six seasons with the Boulders, Bo went 22-19 with a 4.86 ERA.

David Fischer (2016-2017): In 2016, the righthander was brilliant, pitching to a 2.91 ERA, allowing only 80 hits in 108 1/3 innings and going 9-3. That helped him earn a contract from the Minnesota Twins. He returned late in the 2017 season, winning three of four decisions with a 3.00 ERA.

Pat Moran (2012-2013): Talk about consistency, Moran was 6-7 in each of his two seasons in Rockland with ERAs of 4.99 (2012) and 4.83 (2013) and allowing 59 earned runs his first year and 60 his second. He tossed 139 innings in 2012 and 139 2/3 frames in 2013.

Richard Salazar (2014-2017): This lefty was with the Baltimore Orioles’ organization from 2001-2007, signing on as a pitcher/pitching coach with the Boulders on 2014. In four seasons with Rockland, he went 36-18 with a 3.40 ERA, notching double digit wins in three years, including a high of 11 in 2015 (11-4). A member of the 2014 Can-Am League championship team, Salazar split two decisions in the championship series – losing game one and winning game five.

Markus Solbach (2016-2017): After going 6-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 2016, Solbach won 11 of 15 decisions the next season, finishing with a 3.60 ERA. In 196 2/3 career innings with the Boulders, he struck out 147 batters and finished with a 3.15 ERA. He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2019 season.

Justin Topa (2017-2018): The righthander burst onto the scene with a 14-3 record to go along with a 3.50 ERA in 2017, setting down 80 batters on strikes in 110 2/3 innings. After splitting his first decisions in 2018, he signed with the Texas Rangers.

Jon Velasquez (2011-2012, 2017): A hard throwing righthander, Velasquez was 17-16 lifetime with the Boulders, including an 8-6 year in 2011. In 282 1/3 innings in Rockland, he fanned 215 batters. In his career, Velasquez was property of the Philadelphia Phillies’ and New York Mets’ organizations.

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.

About the New York Boulders:
The New York Boulders are entering their 10th season of Professional Baseball as part of the newly-formed Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the seventh straight year. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011 and playing their homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County, NY, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier League vs. Can- Am All-Star Game in 2019. 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 Rockland County, NY.

Otters extend infielder Cronin; acquire Held

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters have signed infielder David Cronin to a contract extension and added pitcher Sam Held to the 2020 roster after a trade with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association.

Cronin is coming off his second season with the Otters in 2019, batting .285 with 65 runs, 34 RBIs, 50 walks and 23 extra-base hits. He also started all 92 games he appeared in.

“A goal of mine this season is to start every game,” Cronin said. “Off days are definitely needed from time to time but playing a full season without a scheduled off day would be a pretty cool accomplishment.”

“It’s nice to have David at the leadoff spot, as he is a proven table setter by getting on base and running the bases very well,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said. “He’s always a threat to swipe a bag and goes first to third very aggressively.”

“I’m excited to get to go out every day, knowing I get to play baseball,” Cronin said.

“It was a long winter of officiating high school basketball, so I am definitely looking forward to getting back to baseball.”

Cronin was drafted in the 20th round of the 2017 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox. In 2017, Cronin split time between the Arizona League White Sox and the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer league, both at the rookie level. In 39 games in the Chicago organization, Cronin hit .286 with 18 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.

“If David continues to do what he does best, taking his walks, bunting, and getting on base, he’ll be the top leadoff guy in the league,” McCauley said.

Cronin’s extension comes a few weeks before Spring Training was originally scheduled to start in the last week of April. However, Spring Training for the Frontier League will be delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and Cronin was asked how he’s preparing for the season during this unprecedented time.

“During this crisis, it can definitely be hard for anybody to stay motivated to do anything these days, but for us as baseball players who are constantly waiting to get another opportunity to play this summer, we have to stay motivated to stay in shape,” Cronin said. “We all just have to keep grinding.”

Cronin stated he’s been running, going on bike rides, working out in his basement, and hitting baseballs off a tee in his garage.

Cronin joined the Otters in 2018 and was a Frontier League All-Star that season.

Held was acquired in a trade with the Sioux City Explorers. In 2019 with the Explorers, Held was 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 11 appearances, while striking out 25 in 30.1 innings.

“Sam is a proven backend of the bullpen arm, coming in highly recommended by peers in Sioux City,” McCauley said. “He should figure into the competition for the closing job.”

Held has also shown the ability to throw for strikes and record strikeouts, combining for 123 strikeouts to only 39 walks in the last three years.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to still play and help the team win,” Held said.

“During this time, I’ve luckily been able to play catch every day and throw off the mound with a buddy of mine to stay ready for whenever the season starts.”

Held also has affiliated experience, spending three seasons in the Washington Nationals organization. The right-hander was drafted by the Nationals in the 29th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of Nevada.

“My pitching style is more of going after the hitters and attacking the strike zone,” Held said.

Held appeared for the Hagerstown Suns, Auburn Doubledays, Potomac Nationals, and the Gulf Coast Nationals. Overall, Held went 8-16 with a 3.89 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 70 appearances and 157.1 innings pitched in affiliated baseball.

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.

Evansville and Joliet preseason tryouts postponed until May

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters and Joliet Slammers have announced that the Frontier League preseason tryouts scheduled for Friday April 17 at ECTB Stadium and Sunday April 19 at Bosse Field have been postponed due to concerns with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The tryout at ECTB Stadium in Allentown, Pa. will be pushed back to Friday May 15, and the tryout at Bosse Field in Evansville, Ind. will be pushed back to Saturday May 16.

Registration for the previous dates at both locations will be valid for the new tryout dates.

Further registration is closed for the tryouts, and attendance will be limited to registered players and essential staff only in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Tryouts start at 9 a.m. Position players can check in from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and pitchers can check in from 11:30 a.m. to noon (all times local).

The event gives each player a chance to showcase their talent in front of Frontier League managers and coaches. The Joliet Slammers and Evansville Otters will be represented at both tryout dates.

If any players registered for the Allentown or Evansville tryout have any questions, contact Andy McCauley via email at andymac22@aol.com.

The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization located in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. It operates mostly in cities that are not served by Major or Minor League Baseball teams and is not affiliated with either. The league formed in 1993 and is the oldest active independent league.

To be eligible to play in the Frontier League, you must be at least 18 years old.

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.

BOULDERS ALL-DECADE TEAM VOTING KICKS OFF WITH THE CATCHER

Rockland County, NY (April 6, 2020) – We need your help in selecting our All-Decade team!

As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans will be voting to fill one position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.

Up first is the catching position with the ballot sponsored by Nelson Metals of West Haverstraw. You have until Thursday, April 9, to cast your vote at https://forms.gle/coddra1yU5Tao69u7.

The final results will be announced during the summer.

Here is a breakdown of the five candidates:

Marcus Nidiffer (2014-18): In five seasons with the Boulders, Nidiffer hit 89 home runs and had three years with 20 or more dingers. In 2015, he had career highs in homers with 22 and RBIs with 93, while hitting .256. A member of the 2014 Can-Am League championship team, Nidiffer saved his best season for his final go-round with the Boulders when he hit a career-best .287 while hitting 21 home runs and driving in 60 runs.

Billy Alvino (2012-13): Acquired from the Newark Bears midway through the 2012 season, Alvino came into his own the next season, posting a .300 batting average to go along with a pair of home runs and 30 RBIs. A solid defensive receiver, he committed only four errors behind the plate in 2013.

Adam Ehrlich (2019): After three years north of the border with the Quebec Capitales, the lefty swinging receiver came to Rockland County and hit a solid and productive .253 with two HRs and 40 RBIs. Ehrlich also played a big role in shutting down opposing team’s running games by gunning down 25% of base stealers.

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Scott Knazek (2013): In one full season with the Boulders, Knazek hit .181 with four home runs while knocking in 19 runs.

Landis Wilson (2012): Appearing in 36 games in his lone season with the Boulders, Wilson hit .270 with four HRs and 13 RBIs. However, he may be remembered more for his defense as he committed only one error, posting a .992 fielding percentage and throwing out 22% would-be base stealers.

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.

TEAM ISRAEL POSTPONES GAMES AT PALISADES CREDIT UNION PARK

Rockland County, NY (April 3, 2020) – The New York Boulders announced today that the Team Israel Olympic Baseball Team has postponed their two scheduled exhibition games at Palisades Credit Union Park until the summer of 2021.

The games were to be part of a seven-game pre-Olympic tour in the Northeast by Team Israel. However, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Tokyo Summer Olympics has been postponed until July, 2021.

Team Israel was originally set to face off against the Boulders at 7 p.m. on July 13, then meet the NYPD’s Finest Baseball Team the following morning at 11 a.m.

“Team Israel is very disappointed that we are not going to the Olympics this year and will not get the chance to practice and play in Rockland County this summer in our quest for an Olympic medal,” Israeli Association of Baseball President and General Manager Peter Kurz said. “Whenever the games are rescheduled, Palisades Credit Union Park will remain in our plans for practice and exhibition games, and we look forward to being there and playing in front of the fans.” Kurz added, “In the meantime, we all need to focus on fighting the spread of Covid-19 and urge all our fans to stay at home and practice social distancing. Stay safe!”

The date and times for the games in 2021 will be announced early next year.

About the New York Boulders
The New York Boulders are entering their 10th season of Professional Baseball as part of the newly-formed Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the seventh straight year. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011 and playing their homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County, NY, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier League vs. Can- Am All-Star Game in 2019. 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 Rockland County, NY.

FRONTIER LEAGUE 2020 SEASON UPDATE

June 24, 2020 – The Frontier League has announced that the 2020 championship season has been suspended due to the ongoing gathering and travel restrictions in many of our locations. The League’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to suspend the entire 2020 championship season.

“We all want to play Frontier League baseball in 2020,” stated Rich Sauget, Sr., President of the Frontier League. “However, with the continuing limitations on social gatherings in our markets plus travel restrictions impacting our Canadian teams we had to make the tough decision that without availability to play in many of our 14 ballparks that a 2020 championship season was no longer realistic.”

The suspension of the championship season allows individual teams to pursue baseball and other activities in their facilities as state and local restrictions allow. Teams have been working with their local health departments and submitting reopening plans. As restrictions are eased and health and safety plans approved the individual clubs will be announcing what activities they will be allowed to host.

“We fully understand and respect the seriousness of the COVID-19 epidemic,” said commissioner Bill Lee. “With all of the excitement surrounding the addition of five former Can-Am League teams for 2020 everybody was primed for our best season ever. That being said our league-wide focus now shifts to carrying this momentum into 2021.”

“We appreciate the passion, support, and understanding of our fans. Activities such as the virtual Opening Day game simulations by Schaumburg and Southern Illinois, the virtual championship ring ceremony by New Jersey, and the virtual 105thanniversary celebration of Evansville’s Bosse Field demonstrate the creativity of our staffs and our desire to remain connected with our fan bases even if we cannot do so in person.”


May 29, 2020 –
The Frontier League’s Board of Directors and General Managers have all been meeting weekly since mid-March. All clubs have also been in contact with their state/provincial governments, local health departments and medical professionals. The League’s goal is to play as much of a 2020 season as possible. However, at this date there is too much uncertainty to set an opening date.

Frontier League Commissioner, Bill Lee says, “We want to keep everyone involved in the Frontier League up to date. While we would love to be playing baseball, there are many factors involved in the decision as to when or if we will be able to open.”

The League will continue to follow the trends in each market and will provide updates as soon as there is more clarity.

April 1, 2020 –  The Frontier League announced today they are officially delaying the scheduled May 14th start of the 2020 Frontier League season, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The League, which is the largest independent baseball league in North America, will continue to monitor the situation, and announce a start date for the 2020 season at the appropriate time.

“The safety of our Fans, Players and Team employees is our highest priority at this time” stated League Commissioner Bill Lee. “We are committed to doing everything in our power to play baseball in 2020 and will continue to track the pandemic as well as Federal, State and local social distancing requirements in all of our markets.”

The Frontier League has also announced the delay of the League’s annual Tryout Camp and Draft scheduled for April 27th and 28th in Avon, Ohio. “It is our goal to hold our tryout camp, spring training and start our season as soon as possible”, added Commissioner Lee. “Our Board of Directors is meeting weekly to monitor and discuss the situation, and we will provide updates as the pandemic progresses. We ask all of our Fans, Players and Staff members to follow the recommendations of Federal, State and their local health officials, in hopes of slowing the spread of this virus.”

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 can be found at www.frontierleague.com or by contacting office@frontierleague.com.