Arturo Nieto Comes Back To Miners

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have re-signed catcher Arturo Nieto for the upcoming 2020 season.

Returning as a professional player in 2019 after a season in the major leagues as a bullpen catcher with the San Diego Padres, Nieto established himself as a veteran presence behind the plate for the Miners this past year. He finished with a .256 average in 56 games for Southern Illinois, adding nine doubles, three homers and 21 RBIs. He finished the year strong at the plate, batting .400 in his last 12 games (six of which were multi-hit contests) while adding five doubles.

Nieto was also outstanding in the field, as he committed just five errors, and posted a .988 fielding percentage at the catcher position. He has an identical fielding percentage for his career as well over 328 games, while Nieto has nabbed opposing baserunners at a 42% clip.

Like fellow Miner Gianfranco Wawoe, the Maracay, Venezuela native spent seven years in the Seattle Mariners organization from 2011-17, signing with them at the age of 18. He will enter his ninth year of professional baseball this summer with nearly 300 career hits in 377 games.

“Arturo did an outstanding job for us last year,” said Miners manager Mike Pinto. “He was a leader on the field and in the clubhouse with great experience in the game. He will be an impact guy again this year in helping our pitching staff to perform at their best this season. I am very excited to have him back with us.”

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

SEVERAL CHANGES IN THE WORKFORCE

The Capitals have been on the job this holiday season as several changes have been made to the squad for the upcoming season. Seven players, including Arik Sikula, were released and three launchers signed to join the team. Receivers Corey Bass and Chris Shaw, infielder Nick DeTringo and Stayler Hernandez and pitchers Austin Chrismon and Seth Davis are players who, like Arik Sikula, have been released in recent weeks. The organization would like to thank Arik for his contribution for the past three seasons which he has played in front of Quebec fans.

Three young pitchers join the team: Right-hand gunners Marshall Shill, Joe Rivera and Brock Knoten have ratified agreements between them and the Capitals for the next season. All three having played in the Pacific Association of Independent Baseball in the summer of 2019, they will have to earn their place during training camp to start the 2020 campaign in the relievers’ enclosure. Acquired in exchange sending Jack Charleston to the American Association, outfielder and first baseman Riley Pittman also officially signed with the team

Boomers Re-Sign Three From 2019 Roster

SCHAUMBURG, IL – The Schaumburg Boomers presented by Wintrust Community Banks, have re-signed three members of the 2019 season.

Reliever Dylan Stutsman returns for his third season with the Boomers. He appeared in 44 games in 2019. Stutsman posted a 6-3 record with a 2.40 ERA and struck out 67 batters in 48.2 innings of work. On July 23 he tossed 1.2 innings of relief with a season high four strikeouts to help preserve a 1-0 win against Southern Illinois.

Gian Martellini will return for his second season with the Boomers. Martellini signed on August 6, 2019 after playing four seasons at Boston College. He played in just nine games for the Boomers last season and had six hits in 32 at bats. Martellini hit his first career triple in a 10-4 victory at Windy City on August 13.

Relief pitcher Thomas Nicoll returns for his second season with the Boomers. Nicoll was received via trade on August 12 from the Gateway Grizzlies. He pitched in a total of 26 games during the 2019 Frontier League season, six of them with the Boomers. Nicoll’s 2019 season saw him throw 68.1 innings with 86 strikeouts and a 3.56 ERA combined in Gateway and Schaumburg.

The Boomers 2020 season, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, begins May 14. The Home Opener is Friday, May 22 vs. Trois-Rivieres Aigles.

Season ticket packages and group and hospitality offerings for the 2020 season can be reserved by calling (847)-461-3695 or emailing info@boomerbaseball.com.

PITCHER JONATHAN NUNNALLY JR. SIGNED

Joliet, IL — Jonathan joins us a RHP from the Napa Silverados. Prior to the Silverados Jonthan played for the Chicago Dogs. He attended college at Arizona Christian University and Scottsdale Community College. At ACU, Jonahtan set the home run record twice.  In 2015 he helped SCC reach the NJCAA Division II and earned All-Conference and All-Region Honors. Jonathan comes from a baseball family with his father playing in the Majors and continuing on as a hitting coach.

 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.

NEW JERSEY JACKALS SIGN SANTIAGO CHIRINO TO CONTRACT EXTENSION

Little Falls, NJ – The Hit King has returned. The 2019 Can-Am League Champion New Jersey Jackals announce signing infielder Santiago Chirinoto a contract extension. Along with being a key contributor to the Jackals’ 2019 championship run, the Can-Am League’s merging with the Frontier League brings Chirino back to the circuit where he owns the all-time hits record with 726. This signing also marks the seventh year that the 28-year old Punto Fijo, Venezuela native has played for New Jersey Jackals manager Brooks Carey. Six of those years came when he played for Carey when he managed the Normal CornBelters from 2013-2017.

“This is the seventh year I’ve had the opportunity to sign Chi-Chi and every year I’m more excited than the year before,” Carey said. “He’s a great example of how a professional should act and go about the business of being ready to play every day. He’s a leader on and off the field and I’m sure the Frontier League will be thrilled to have their Hit King back.”

A solid defender and contact hitter, last year Chirino was one of the Jackals’ steadiest players. Along with posting a robust slash line of .308/.355/.366, the right-handed hitting infielder logged a 13-game hitting streak that tied for fourth in the Can-Am League. During this sizzling stretch spanning from July 1-17, Chirino hit .345 (19-55) with two doubles, nine runs and seven RBIs. In the field, he led shortstops in games played (66), total chances (252) and putouts (101). Chirino’s consistent play was on display during the Can-Am League Playoffs when he hit an overall .289 (11-38) with one double and four runs scored and RBIs apiece against the Rockland Boulders and defending 2018 Champion Sussex County Miners.

Chirino has authored a legendary career in the Frontier League. Along with being the circuit’s all-time hits leader, he ranks second in at-bats (2219), third in games played (560) and fifth in runs (331). Plus Chirino is a four-time All-Star (2015-2018) and owns back-to-back batting titles. In 2017 he swatted 141 hits which ranks second in league history while batting .357 (141-395) with 26 doubles, four triples, three homers and 60 runs scored and 60 RBIs. Chirino topped his performance by hitting .367 in 2018 (137-373) with 68 runs scored, 25 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 59 RBIs. In addition to capturing his second straight batting title, he broke the league’s all-time hits record on June 24 against the Gateway Grizzlies with his wife and host family in attendance. In his first at-bat, he lined a single to left-center to tie former Washington Wild Thing Chris Sidick. After walking in his next two at-bats, Chirino laced a single to right field in the sixth inning to earn the record which was 635 hits at the time.

The Texas Rangers signed Chirino as an international free agent on July 2, 2008 and spent five years in the organization’s farm system. His best season came in 2011 with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the Single-A Carolina League where he slashed .263/.339/304 while setting single-season highs in games played (115), runs scored (54), hits (111), total bases (143), doubles (18), home runs (4) and RBIs (41). He was released by the Rangers on March 24, 2013 and was signed in April by the CornBelters.

About The New Jersey Jackals
2019 Can-Am League New Jersey Jackals professional baseball team plays at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ on Montclair State University’s campus. The Jackals play a 96-game schedule in the newly formed Frontier League from May through September. Yogi Berra Stadium is centrally located near the intersection of Route 3 and Route 46 and is easily accessible by car or via local commuter trains, which offer stops on the university’s campus. The Jackals have a wealth of fan-friendly amenities to enhance everybody’s experience when visiting “The House That Yogi Built”. Everyone can enjoy watching exciting highlights and engaging videos on Yogi Berra Stadium’s first-ever HD video scoreboard. Fans can kick back enjoy tasty food and drinks in the Fork in the Road craft beer pub and children can enjoy the fun-filled kid zone. Open since 1998, Yogi Berra Stadium’s seating capacity exceeds 5,000, including fixed seats, lawn seating, an open-air picnic area for birthday parties and special events, and, a general admission lawn seating section. For group and season tickets, call 973-746-7434 or email contact@jackals.com.

NEW JERSEY JACKALS SIGN LEFT-HANDED PITCHER JAYSON AQUINO

The 2019 Can-Am League Champion New Jersey Jackals announce the signing of left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino. A 27-year old native from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Aquino brings nine years of professional baseball experience to the Jackals including two brief stints with the Baltimore Orioles in 2016 and 2017. Known for his durability and control (averaging 2.6 walks per nine innings), he also pitched in the Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations.

“Jayson has thrown almost 1000 innings and brings a lot of experience to us. We think he has a lot left in the tank and can be one of our top starters,” Jackals manager Brooks Carey said. “He’s young and motivated to get back to the Major Leagues. He pitches both sides of the plate with a good breaking ball and changeup and a fastball that runs up to 96 [miles per hour].”

Signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2009, Aquino quickly became a perennial prospect Top 30 prospect (ranked by Baseball America, peaking at #9 in 2013) in the Rockies farm system. From 2010-2012 he dominated the Dominican Summer League by going a combined 18-5 with a stingy 1.29 ERA while hurling 216.1 innings with only 41 walks and 210 strikeouts. His most dominant season during this stretch was in 2010 when not only was Aquino named to the DSL All-Star Team; he threw a nine-inning perfect game against the DSL San Diego Padres on July 5.

He spent two additional seasons in the Rockies system making it as high as Double-A Tulsa in 2014. The following season he was designated for assignment and traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on February 4, 2015. The Blue Jays optioned Aquino to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on March 8, 2015. On May 10, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who traded him to the Cleveland Indians on July 29, 2015.

Aquino was claimed off waivers from the Indians by the St. Louis Cardinals on December 9, 2015. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on April 7, 2016, where pitched for the Bowie Baysox (Double-A, Eastern League) and was named to the circuit’s All-Star Team before he was promoted to the Major Leagues on July 4, 2016. Making his debut that day against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he pitched two-thirds of an inning and retired both batters he faced: Chase Utley and Corey Seager.

In 2017, Aquino earned his first Major League win against the Boston Red Sox on April 22 after hurling six innings and only yielding two runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. On the season, he would make an additional start and two relief appearances for the Orioles and went 1-2 with a 7.43 ERA in 13.1 innings with six walks and 13 strikeouts. He also spent a portion of the season with the Norfolk Tides (Triple-A, International League) and went 3-10 with a 4.24 ERA and logged 114.2 innings with 41 walks and 89 strikeouts. After spending 2018 in the Orioles system with stops in Norfolk and Bowie — going 4-6 overall with a 5.15 ERA over 57.2 innings with 26 walks and 40 strikeouts, he was released on June 19. He briefly pitched with the Kansas City T-Bones in the American Association and with Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League.

About The New Jersey Jackals
2019 Can-Am League New Jersey Jackals professional baseball team plays at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ on Montclair State University’s campus. The Jackals play a 96-game schedule in the newly formed Frontier League from May through September. Yogi Berra Stadium is centrally located near the intersection of Route 3 and Route 46 and is easily accessible by car or via local commuter trains, which offer stops on the university’s campus. The Jackals have a wealth of fan-friendly amenities to enhance everybody’s experience when visiting “The House That Yogi Built”. Everyone can enjoy watching exciting highlights and engaging videos on Yogi Berra Stadium’s first-ever HD video scoreboard. Fans can kick back enjoy tasty food and drinks in the Fork in the Road craft beer pub and children can enjoy the fun-filled kid zone. Open since 1998, Yogi Berra Stadium’s seating capacity exceeds 5,000, including fixed seats, lawn seating, an open-air picnic area for birthday parties and special events, and, a general admission lawn seating section. For group and season tickets, call 973-746-7434 or email contact@jackals.com.

SUSSEX COUNTY COMPLETES FIVE-PLAYER TRADE

The 2019 Can-Am League Regular Season Champion Sussex County Miners announce the acquisition of right-handed pitchers Tyler Fallwell and Juan Aguilera and infielder Adam Sasser from the Sioux City Explorers (American Association) in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ryan Newell and infielder John Brontsema.

“We got a good return of talent in this trade, and as always in baseball, in order to get good players, you have to give good players. We got a couple of strikeout pitchers who don’t walk a lot of batters, and that’s what you want. Fallwell is more of a power guy and Aguilera has good swing and miss stuff and he pitched at the University of Arizona which is a good school,” Sussex County manager Bobby Jones said. “Sasser is young and has a lot of power. When you hit 10 homers and hit for average at an SEC school (University of Georgia), chances are you’re a good player.”

Fallwell is a four-year professional baseball veteran who spent two seasons with the Sioux City Explorers (American Association) where he was a vital contributor to the team’s formidable bullpen. The 24-year old Tucson, Arizona native authored a dominant 2019 season that propelled his being named to the American Association All-Star Team. Along with ranking ninth in the league in strikeouts (104), he ranked among the club leaders in wins (8, tied for 1st), ERA (3.13, 3rd), appearances (36, tied for 3rd) and opposition batting average (.208, 4th). In 2018 he was third on the Explorers in appearances (23) and posted a 2-1 record and two saves along with logging a minuscule 0.64 ERA which ranked second on the team. Fallwell’s contract was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies organization on July 16 and he went onto play for the Single-A Lakewood BlueClaws where he posted a 6.75 ERA over 12 appearances and he logged 21.1 innings with 21 strikeouts while walking just six batters. Fallwell was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft from Cochise Community College (Douglas, AZ). He spent two years in the Royals farm system.

A fellow Tucson, Arizona native, Aguilera was signed by the Explorers after being released by the Detroit Tigers organization). He served in the bullpen and logged a 5.40 ERA over 16 appearances while 23.1 innings and walking 15 and striking out 23. Aguilera was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an undrafted free agent after pitching two seasons at the University of Arizona where he went 6-1 with a 3.93 ERA and appeared in 29 games and threw 64.2 innings along with amassing 23 walks and 52 strikeouts. He split his first professional season between the Tigers East (Gulf Coast League, Rookie Level) and the Connecticut Tigers (New York-Penn League, Short Season Single-A) and went 4-1 with a stingy 0.73 ERA while walking 19 and striking out 39 over 37 innings.

A left-handed-hitting infielder, Sasser is the second University of Georgia Bulldog on the Sussex County roster. Fellow catcher Austin Biggar came over in a trade with the Kansas City T-Bones (American Association) on December 4. Loaded with power potential, the Evans, Georgia native made his professional debut with the Explorers last season and hit .223 (60-269) with four homers and 31 RBIs. Along with spending three seasons at The University of Georgia, he played his senior year at North Greenville University. Sasser hit his stride in his final two collegiate seasons. As a junior, he hit .317 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs overall while leading his team in Southeastern Conference action with a .346 batting average, six homers and 26 RBIs. He was a Second Team All-EC selection at first base while the Bulldogs went 39-21 and advanced to the NCAA Athens Regional Final. His explosive power potential became more realized in his senior year where he hit .327 (67-205) with a team-leading 21 homers and 63 RBIs which placed second on the North Greenville University Crusaders.

“Newell was great for us and I am very grateful to have had him. I admire how he always did the work and was one of the first guys at the ballpark and he was a leader in a lot of ways. And I was looking forward to having a classy guy like Brontsema in the locker room,” Jones explained. “But when you run a good program with lots of good players, people [opposing teams] are going to want them.”

A cornerstone of the Sussex County bullpen, Newell was named to the 2019 Can-Am League All-Star Team and ranked second in the circuit with 19 saves. Overall, the Fairfax, Virginia native went 0-3 with a stingy 1.75 ERA with 60 strikeouts and only yielding 13 walks over 36 innings. An eight-year veteran, Newell was drafted by the Marlins in the 7th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Shorter University. He spent seven years in the Marlins system and another in the Diamondbacks organization and reached as high as Double-A for both farm systems. His best year in affiliated baseball was with the Marlins Single-A affiliate, the Greensboro Grasshoppers (South Atlantic League). As a member of the starting rotation, he tied for first on the club in shutouts and complete games (1) and ranked third on the team in wins (8), innings pitched (109.2) and strikeouts (94).

Owner of a .301 career batting average, Brontsema is having a busy off-season. Sussex County acquired the 24-year old Santa Barbara, CA native from the Kansas City T-Bones on December 4. Ironically, two weeks before that, the T-Bones acquired Brontsema from the New York Boulders where he had an excellent 2019 campaign. The Can-Am League All-Star led the club with 18-doubles while ranking second in hits (83) and stolen bases (14) and placing third in on-base percentage (.370) and slugging percentage (.436). Along with going 1-4 at the 2019 All-Star Game between the Can-Am League and the Frontier League, Brontsema logged a 15-game hitting streak that ranked second in the league. During this torrid stretch (May 19-June 7), he hit a sizzling .379 (22-58) with eight runs, four doubles, one triple, two homers, 13 RBIs and two stolen bases. Plus Brontsema bashed a league-high three doubles against the Quebec Capitales on June 1st.

About the Sussex County Miners
The 2019 Can-Am League Regular Season Champion Sussex County Miners are New Jersey’s newest professional baseball team. The Miners play a 96-game season in the newly expanded Frontier League from May through September. Their home games are played at Skylands Stadium, one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in North Jersey. Conveniently located in the heart of Sussex County, the Skylands Stadium Sports Complex includes a 4,200-seat stadium, the all-new 17,000-square foot indoor climate-controlled Champions Way Sports Academy, a 3-acre play and party area, an 80-seat full-service restaurant – the only of its kind in all minor league baseball — and a spacious parking lot. Along with baseball, Skylands Stadium hosts numerous events including food truck festivals, beer festivals, comedy nights, concerts, stunt spectaculars, boat shows, light shows, and holiday extravaganzas, as well as private and corporate functions. For more information or tickets, please click here or call 973.383.7644.

SLAMMERS ADD TWO OUTFIELDERS

The Joliet Slammers began building their 2020 roster with the addition of two outfielders last week.

Patrick Adams joins the Slammers as a left-handed hitting outfielder from the Eastside Diamond Hoppers of the United Shore League. During his time with the Hoppers Patrick was named 2019 USPBL Batting Champion batting .317 with a league-leading .474 on-base percentage over 49 games and 2019 USPBL All-Star game MVP. Patrick was a member of the 2019 All-USPBL team and holds the USPBL single season base/balls record. “Pat had a great season playing in the USPBL. He emerged as one of the leagues top hitters. He’s a left handed hitter that has the ability to hit for high average,” Salmmers manager Jeff Isom said.  Adams was named Most Improved Player his senior season at Wayne State University and selected second team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Slammers also added right-handed outfielder Caeden Harris. Caeden joins us as an outfielder from St. Cloud State University. During his time at SCSU he played left field. In 2018 he led the Huskies in batting average (.387), slugging percentage (.571), on-base percentage (.464) and stole the second most bases with eight. He recorded 63 hits including eight doubles, five triples and four home runs. “Caeden has a lot of athletic ability. We signed him out of a tryout camp in Phoenix where he ran well and hit very well. We see him competing for a job in our outfield,” Isom analyzed.

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.

BOOMERS ADD FORMER METS PROSPECT MORA

The Schaumburg Boomers presented by Wintrust Community Banks, have signed John Mora and re-signed Aaron Rozek and Chase Dawson.

Outfielder John Mora, a native of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic, is entering his 8th season of professional baseball, first with the Boomers. Mora had spent the previous 7 seasons in the New York Mets minor league system after signing as an International free agent in November of 2011. His last stop being with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA) in 2018. Along the way, he had stops at the Dominican Mets (Rookie) in 2012 and 2013 and Gulf Coast Mets (Rookie) and Brooklyn Cyclones (Low A) in 2014. In 2014 with the Gulf Coast Mets, John hit .311 and had an OBP of .433 and 14 steals. In 2015, he made the jump to the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) where he hit .278, an OBP of .368 with 60 RBI’s. The next two seasons he spent time with the St. Lucie Mets (High A) while also playing for the Las Vegas 51’s (AAA), for 9 games.  While with the Rumble Ponies, John hit .234 with 5 homeruns and 30 RBI’s. Throughout his career, John has shown that he is a versatile outfielder, playing all three positions for every team that he played for.

“John Mora brings a wealth of experience to the club. It’s always nice to have a guy that polished that can bring energy to the ball club from the offensive and defensive side every night,” said Manager Jamie Bennett.

Starting pitcher Aaron Rozek will be back for his second season with the Boomers. The lefty finished 2019 with a 7-5 record, in 20 starts. Rozek pitched 120 innings striking out 99 batters. He had a season high 10 strikeouts in a 6-5 win at Windy City on August 27. Additionally, he won Frontier League Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending May 26. He twirled the first complete game shutout of the season allowing only four hits in a 3-0 victory over Joliet.

“Aaron was the model of consistency for us last season. He has worked very hard to get where he is, and I think he and Tony (Smith) have made great strides to improve his game. We look for Aaron to be a solid guy for us in the rotation again,” said Manager Jamie Bennett.

Infielder Chase Dawson will be back for his second season with the Boomers. Dawson was acquired from the Gary Railcats of the American Association on June 30. The first-year professional saw action in 41 games with the Boomers, primarily at second base. He had 27 hits in 146 at bats to go with 9 RBI’s and 15 walks.

“I absolutely love the way Chase Dawson plays the game every day. He’s still very young and learning some things but he is a very talented player that will bring some versatility and energy to the ball club,” said Manager Jamie Bennett.

The Boomers 2020 season, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, begins May 14. The Home Opener is Friday, May 22 vs. Trois-Rivieres Aigles.

Season ticket packages and group and hospitality offerings for the 2020 season can be reserved by calling (847)-461-3695 or emailing info@boomerbaseball.com.

TROIS-RIVIERES CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL OFF-SEASON

Last October, the management of the Trois-Rivieres Aigles set very ambitious goals to ensure the team’s sustainability: the sale of the stadium name, the involvement of the local business community, increased financial support from the city of Trois-Rivières and community engagement. As of today, the organization is proud to say that many of them have been affected.

The Trifluvian company Quillorama has entered into a three-year agreement with Les Aigles to put its name on the stadium. “Quillorama is one of the most important entertainment centres in Trois-Rivières. With over 2,000 people playing in either of our leagues and thousands of casual bowlers, we consider that we have a lot in common with the Aigles. – says Alexandre Thibeault, general manager at Quillorama Trois-Rivières. “It goes without saying that as a proud Trifluvian, we had to do our part to keep an asset as important as the Aigles here in Trois-Rivières,” he continues. For the president of the Aigles, Paul Poisson, “finding a sponsor for the name of the stadium was a priority for the organization to ensure its sustainability. We are very pleased to associate the Great Aigles family with a local company that shares the same organizational values as ours.”

Aigles management was also proud to announce that several Mauricie companies have agreed to invest in the organization as benefactors. Over the next three years, a dozen companies and individuals will contribute more than $100,000. At the same time, the Aigles’ corporate sales are on the uphold with 80% of the 2019 agreements renewed. Finally, the Aigles have agreed to new corporate agreements with several suppliers that provide significant savings. As part of this, Labatt Brewery has extended its partnership agreement.

Aigles management also welcomed the announcement of additional funding for minor baseball and stadium maintenance.

“Our elected officials recognized the importance of maintaining the quality of our infrastructure and the outstanding performance of the elite baseball network in our region. This investment will ensure the health of our sport,” added Poisson

To this big news is added an increase in the pre-sale of season tickets and Flexi-Choice booklets. “We are very optimistic and delighted with the community’s commitment to show us that the Aigles must stay for a long time,” commented Aigles General Manager René Martin.

Fans will still have the opportunity to show their love for their team in the coming weeks. From December 12 to 23, 2019, the Aigles will hold a kiosk at Les Rivieres shopping mall where Flexi booklets, season tickets and store merchandise will be on sale. They will be located near the information booth alongside the UQTR Patriots, with the two organizations agreeing on a multi-level collaboration. Citizens will also be able to continue their contribution to the campaign The Hive at www.bit.ly/aigleslaruche until January. Good news that hints at a more than optimistic future for our Birds. It’s time, and it’s for a long time!

AIGLES OPEN SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION

The registration period for the Camp Baseball + des Aigles which will take place from June 29 to July 31, 2020 has started! Why not give it as a gift! In addition, get a FLEX-FAMILY booklet with the purchase of two weeks or more.

ABOUT
The Aigles Baseball + Camp’s primary goal is to promote baseball in the region. We want to allow young people who have never played a positive experience and young people registered in an organization to have an extraordinary experience.

Camp Baseball + allows young people from 6 to 12 years old to perfect and discover baseball.    Throughout the camp, the young people evolve in a professional environment by frequenting different high-level players and various certified speakers.

To allow young people to develop their sports skills, the afternoons are focused on the practice of various sports activities. We focus our interventions on the development of multiple sports skills, but also on intellectual ones. We value mutual aid, surpassing oneself and sports ethics.

In addition, young people experience English immersion by participating in clinics with Frontier players.

TYPICAL SCHEDULE

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m .:  Free daycare service
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m .:  Baseball
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m . :  Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 4:00  p.m . : Multisports and activities
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m .:  Free daycare service

** The camp takes place at the Quillorama Stadium

INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION FEE
Activities, outings to the pool and various activities, relocation in case of rain, gift with the likeness of the Eagles of Trois-Rivières, camp sweater, and more!

Visit our kiosk at Les Rivières shopping center for more information.

TWO CANADIANS JOINING CAPITALES

The Quebec Capitales have announced the signing of two additional Canadian players.  Both British Columbia natives, pitcher Jake Polancic and outfielder Tristan Graham will be in their first experience in independent baseball after stints in affiliated baseball.

Right-handed pitcher Jake Polancic was selected in the 11th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Yale Secondary School in Abbotsford, BC. At 21, he already has four seasons of professional baseball, compiling 99 innings of work over 59 games during his time in the minors, during which he mostly worked as a reliever.

In 2019, he gave up only two runs in 19.2 innings at low A-level, striking out 16 batters for the Hillsboro Hops of the Northwest League.  Polancic will battle for a spot in Quebec’s starting rotation in 2020.

Outfielder Tristan Graham will compete for a regular position in manager Patrick Scalabrini’s roster as an outfielder. At 6 feet 4 inches and more than 215 pounds, the imposing 24-year-old will be looking for more opportunities than he has had in the past. Injured for the entire 2018 season, Graham only played 22 games in 2019.

He has played 120 games between rookie and low A levels since Baltimore drafted him in the 22nd round in 2015 out of Northeast Texas Community College.

You can view the full profiles of Jake Polancic  and Tristan Graham on the Capitales’ website.

ALL-STAR NIEPORTE RETURNING TO SCHAUMBURG

The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, have re-signed Frontier League Post-Season All-Star first baseman Quincy Nieporte.

The primary first baseman will be back for his second season with the Boomers. Nieporte led the Frontier League in batting average, hitting .315 over the course of 84 games played. His 71 RBIs led the Boomers and was second on the team with 13 home runs. On August 21, Nieporte set a Frontier League record by becoming the first player in league history to notch double-digit RBIs. He hit a three-run home run, three run double, and a grand slam for a total of 10 RBIs.

“We are very excited to have Quincy back with us. He was one of the more productive offensive players in the league last year and we look for him to anchor the middle of our lineup again,” said Boomers Manager Jamie Bennett.

The Florida State University alum was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 26th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Nieporte held a career .272 at the Class A and Class A-Advanced level.

The Boomers 2020 season, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, begins May 14. The Home Opener is Friday, May 22 vs. Trois-Rivieres Aigles.

Season ticket packages and group and hospitality offerings for the 2020 season can be reserved by calling (847) 461-3695 or emailing info@boomersbaseball.com.

2020 HOF INDUCTEE TED SIMMONS TO HIGHLIGHT GATEWAY’S OPENING NIGHT

Opening night for the Gateway Grizzlies just became even more exciting.  It was announced Sunday night that former St. Louis Cardinal catcher Ted Simmons has finally earned his rightful place among the game’s greats in Cooperstown.  After coming up short by one vote in 2017, Simmons earned 81% of the vote this time around.

In an era of baseball where analytics are king, Simmons’ numbers stack up with the best of all-time.  While Simmons traditional numbers like AVG., HRs, and RBIs may not jump off the page, his advanced numbers are undeniable.  Simmons’ 50.3 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) puts him ninth all-time among catchers.  He shares this elite distinction with catchers like Ivan Rodriguez, Johnny Bench, and Yogi Berra.

Simmons only lasted one year on the original BBWAA ballot after receiving 3.7% of the vote in 1994.

The BBWAA’s 2020 class will be unveiled Tuesday, January 21st.

Simmons will be at Gateway Grizzlies opening day on May 14th.  The Grizzlies are offering a limited time holiday package that includes a ticket to the game, a meet and greet with Simmons and a bobblehead sponsored by GCS Credit Union that bares his likeness.  This is the perfect holiday gift for any baseball fan.

LINK TO PURCHASE:

https://gatewaygrizzlies.selz.com/item/ted-simmons-meet-and-greet-and-bobblehead

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.

MONTREAL NATIVE, FORMER ASTRO JONATHAN LACROIX JOINS CAPITALES

The Quebec Capitales continuing building their roster with the signing of Montreal native Jonathan Lacroix. Lacroix played the past two seasons in the Houston Astros’ organization.

Drafted in the 12th round in 2017, Lacroix spent the past two seasons with Houston’s Midwest League affiliate, the Quad Cities River Bandits, posting a .240 batting average in 141 games with nine home runs and 57 RBI.

After being released by the Astros last July, Lacroix participated in the end of the season for the Junior Elite League Baseball Quebec and the playoffs with the Orioles in Montreal. It was a homecoming for the native of Montreal. Lacroix played in the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Orioles before playing for the Seminole State College in 2017. He posted gleaming statistics with both organizations.

In 124 games (all season and playoffs combined) with the Orioles Montreal, Lacroix posted a .401 batting average, During the playoffs, which ended with a victory in the final of the Quebec Diamonds for the Orioles, he recorded 27 hits, including 14 driving in a run, good for a .500 average in 18 matches.At Seminole State College in Oklahoma, Lacroix completed the 2017 season with 17 homers, 68 RBIs and a team-leading .447 batting average.

“We are very pleased to acquire it, that’s another Quebec native which may be in the lineup every day. Lacroix is a complete player who is able to do many things on the field. He has not had the opportunity to play every day in the minors. With consistent playing time, we look forward to seeing Jonathan’s full potential, said Capitales’ manager Patrick Scalabrini.

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