Frontier League Adjusts Schedule Due To Continued Border Restrictions

Last night (4/17) the Frontier League officially announced changes to their schedule after rumors were flying around about the uncertainty of the 2021 season for their Canadian-based teams.

This adjustment takes the Frontier League from 16 teams to 14 teams for the 2021 season. The Can-Am Conference goes from 8 teams to 6 while the Midwestern Conference stays the same.

However, the schedule does have significant changes across both conferences as many teams gain homestands and opponents for dates have changed.

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Due to the uncertainty regarding the reopening of the United States-Canada border, the Frontier League regretfully announces that the Ottawa Titans and Trois-Rivieres Aigles will not field teams for the 2021 season.  To complete the 2021 schedule, a team from the Province of Quebec will be formed by the Aigles and Capitales and managed by Pat Scalabrini, manager of the Quebec Capitales.

“With the continued closure of the U.S/Canada border and the uncertainty of when it will reopen, the Ottawa Titans in conjunction with the Frontier League have agreed to make 2022 our inaugural season,” said Titans’ vice-president Regan Katz. “This was not an easy decision, but we believe it is the right decision. We thank our staff, players, coaches, and manager for their commitment to the Ottawa Titans and look forward to seeing them on our field next May. Special thanks to our fans, ticket holders and our corporate sponsors for their tremendous support. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022. We wish the Province of Quebec team good luck in 2021 and wish them the best in dealing with the challenges of being a road team. The Ottawa Titans will immediately shift focus to getting through this pandemic and preparing for the 2022 season.”

“After having to suspend our 2020 season, we were excited to play 2021 with our full 16 teams and to bring the tremendous market of Ottawa into the Frontier League,” said deputy commissioner Steve Tahsler.  “Unfortunately, the continued and understandable impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are causing us to change our plans.  Our three Canadian members have proven to be tremendous additions and great partners.  We look forward to resuming a full league schedule in 2022.”

This team will be composed of the Canadian players from the Titans’, Aigles’, and Capitales’ current rosters along with the remaining players under contract to Quebec.  Non-Canadian players on the Ottawa and Trois-Rivieres rosters will be subject to a dispersal draft among the 13 United States-based teams on Thursday afternoon.

The new team will spend the first half of the 2021 season on the road and visit each of the 13 other stadiums, beginning at Gateway on May 27.  Should the border open, they will play what would have been their home games at Stade Canac in Quebec City and Stade Quillorama in Trois-Rivieres.  Up to 27 home games are possible.  If the border has not reopened by July 23, these games will be played at the opponent’s stadium.

“It is a situation completely out of our control”, said Trois-Rivieres president Rene Martin.  “We cannot wait to play in the Frontier League in 2022.  One of our main goals was to present professional baseball in Trois-Rivieres and Quebec this summer, and should the border reopen that option remains.  There is no perfect solution, but the possibility of maybe presenting some professional baseball while preparing for 2022 is the best scenario for us.”

“We are trying to make the best of the situation,” commented Quebec president Michel Laplante.  “We feel the full scenario that we will present over the next few days will fill up the maximum potential of the circumstances.  Our fellow teams have been great partners and we have had tremendous support from our government and city.  We will have something interesting to announce soon.”

Founded for the 1993 season, the Frontier League is the largest and longest running independent professional baseball league.  An official Partner League of Major League Baseball, the Frontier League features 16 clubs stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway.  The Frontier League annually moves the most players into Major League Baseball organizations of any of the MLB Partner Leagues.

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Atlantic League Adds West Virginia, Releases Schedule

The Atlantic League officially welcomed the West Virginia Power, bringing the league to eight teams.

The complete 2021 schedule has also been released.

ATLANTIC LEAGUE WELCOMES WEST VIRGINIA POWER


MLB’s First Professional Partner League at Eight Communities with Addition of Charleston, WV

(February 24, 2021, New York) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced today it has welcomed the West Virginia Power to the Atlantic League. The addition of the Charleston, West Virginia, club brings the league’s membership to eight teams for the 2021 Championship Season.

The West Virginia Power began in 1987 as the Charleston Wheelers and served as an affiliate of seven MLB teams while in the South Atlantic League. They played under the monikers of the Wheelers and AlleyCats before adopting the name West Virginia Power in 2005 with the opening of Appalachian Power Park, located in the east end of Charleston. The team is managed by an ownership group led by Managing Partner and CEO Andy Shea.

“We are very excited about joining the Atlantic League and bringing a significantly higher level of talent to the field,” Shea said. “Off the field, we are delighted to expand on the affordable family fun at Appalachian Power Park. The Atlantic League is the premier MLB Partner League, and we are sincerely grateful for the City of Charleston, State of West Virginia, and Major League Baseball for helping make this happen. This is a truly great day for professional baseball in Charleston.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the Power to the Atlantic League and to play a part in the baseball heritage of a community that has passionately supported baseball,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “We are privileged to play in West Virginia’s capital city and congratulate the Power organization and all their fans. We look forward to the competitive play the Power will bring to the Atlantic League.”

“We congratulate the Power and the City of Charleston on this exciting announcement that will keep professional baseball in West Virginia,” said Morgan Sword, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Atlantic League to grow the sport.”

With the addition of the Power and the Lexington Legends, who joined the league last week, the Atlantic League divisions will be reconfigured into a new North and South alignment. The league’s North Division will feature the Lancaster Barnstormers, Long Island Ducks, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and York Revolution. The South Division will include the Power, Legends, and the league’s two North Carolina teams, the High Point Rockers and the Gastonia Honey Hunters, who are also playing their inaugural slate in 2021. 

“We are happy to have quickly restored our eight-team format and to have done so by attracting such successful organizations,” White added.

ATLANTIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON SCHEDULE

MLB’s First Professional Partner League Launches 120-Game Season May 27 in Circuit’s Newest Ballpark

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball released their 2021 season schedule. The ALPB’s 23rd season of baseball will be the first of its kind, following a 2020 baseball hiatus due to COVID-19.  

The 2021 season will feature a 120-game regular season schedule, with each team hosting 60 matchups. The league’s traditional 140-game season was trimmed due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gastonia will be spotlighted in the first game of the 2021 season when the Honey Hunters open their series against the visiting Lancaster Barnstormers on Thursday, May 27, in the North Carolina community’s new FUSE ballpark. The remainder of the league’s clubs will be in action Friday, May 28, with Lexington visiting the Long Island Ducks, the High Point Rockers traveling to the York Revolution, and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs going to West Virginia, where the Power will host their first ALPB game.

  The coming season will also mark the debut of the Atlantic League’s reconfigured divisions, which now reflect a North-South alignment.

The league’s North Division features the Lancaster (PA) Barnstormers, Long Island (NY) Ducks, Southern Maryland (Waldorf) Blue Crabs, and York (PA) Revolution.

The South Division includes the West Virginia (Charleston) Power, Lexington (KY) Legends, High Point (NC) Rockers, and Gastonia (NC) Honey Hunters. 

“Any new season is an exciting time for our league,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “But coming back after an 18-month hiatus and doing so with three great new communities may be the most exciting start of an Atlantic League Championship Season since our very first. We are thrilled to welcome the cities of Gastonia, Lexington, and Charleston.”

 For the complete 2021 Atlantic League Championship Season, go to www.AtlanticLeague.com/schedule

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