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Former Pecos League Manager Bill Moore Dies At The Age Of 76

Official PecosLeague.com press release:

12/28/2021- Legendary Pecos League Manager Bill Moore dies at the age of 76 in his hometown of Mesa, Arizona.

See Bill Moore’s Managing Record

Bill began his Pecos League Managing career in Santa Fe as the inaugural Santa Fe Fuego Manager. After going 23-47 in 2012, Moore turned the Fuego into contenders going 36-31 in his second year in 2013.

2014 proved to be the best year ever for the Santa Fe Fuego. The Fuego won their only Pecos League Championship going 48-24. This was Moore’s most successful season. In 2015 the Fuego made a return to trip to the finals were they lost to Roswell.

In 2016 Moore connected with the Garden City Wind were the Wind won the Northern Division Regular season title going 38-26. The Wind lost to Trinidad in the playoffs. In 2017 Bill moved to Bakersfield to be the inaugural manager of the Train Robbers. The team qualified for the playoffs where they lost to High Desert. In 2018 Moore returned home to manage Tucson where the Saguaros won the Pacific Division Regular season title before losing to Bakersfield in the playoffs.2019 Moore manager his last year in the Pecos League in Wasco. His team finished 19-43 and it was only one of three years that he didn’t qualify for the playoffs.

Over 251 players played for Moore in his eight seasons in the Pecos League. Moore also managed his Garden of Gears team in the Pecos Spring League from 2013-2018.

Personally, we didn’t always see eye-to-eye. Some of our conversations were pretty heated. I won’t deny that. But that’s because we both care so deeply for the guys who want to play professional baseball.
Bill Moore you gave so much to baseball, and so much more to the boys that you helped and coached along the way.
I’m thankful to have known you.
Rest in peace my friend.

Frontier League Announces 2022 Schedule

The Frontier League announced their 2022 schedule.

The season will look a lot different than in years past.

Before the COVID pandemic hit, the Frontier League merged with the Can-Am League; however, due to travel restrictions in 2021, the league ultimately merged all three Canadian teams into one last season.

This upcoming season, the three Canadian teams will be fielding their own teams.

Fans may also notice that a longtime staple of the Frontier League, the Southern Illinois Miners, are no longer in the league. In fact, the team folded in October after the owners retired.

In their place, there will be a travel team. The Frontier Greys were last used in 2015 to even out the schedule.

Official Press Release from the Frontier League

The Frontier League of Professional Baseball announced the release of their 2022 schedule, featuring the most regular season games in the league’s 29-year history. The 16 teams will play 768 regular season games will take place beginning on Thursday, May 12, and concluding on Sunday, September 4.

The 2022 schedule will be a full-season format with East and West divisions. Teams play either three or four series against their divisional rivals while facing the eight teams from the other division at least once each.

“While we all understood the need for regionalized play in 2021, fans, players, and team staff all looked forward to a return to full-league play in 2022,” said deputy commissioner Steve Tahsler. “With all teams playing each other for at least one series, we are excited about creating new rivalries while continuing games against familiar opponents.”

The 2022 regular season opens with the Florence Y’alls hosting the Tri-City ValleyCats, the New York Boulders hosting the Sussex County Miners and the Windy City ThunderBolts hosting the Joliet Slammers on Thursday, May 12. The Evansville Otters, Gateway Grizzlies, Joliet Slammers, Lake Erie Crushers, Sussex County Miners, and Washington Wild Things open at home on Friday, May 13. The Tri-City ValleyCats return home on Tuesday, May 17 while the Schaumburg Boomers raise their 2021 championship banner on Friday, May 20.

The Frontier League’s three Canadian members, the Ottawa Titans, Quebec Capitales, and Trois-Rivières Aigles, all open their home schedules on Tuesday, May 24. Ottawa’s home opener features the league’s newest club, the Titans, against the longest-playing team, the Evansville Otters.

Other highlights of the 2022 schedule include a championship series rematch on June 10-12 when Schaumburg visits Washington. Provincial rivals Quebec and Trois-Rivieres face each other at Stade Canac on Canada Day while Independence Day weekend features geographic rival series of New Jersey at Sussex County, Evansville at Gateway, Washington and Lake Erie, and Windy City at Joliet.

Playoffs begin on Tuesday, September 6 with the 2nd place team in each division hosting the 3rd place team. Winners of the wild-card game will face their division winner in a best-of-three series starting on Thursday, September 8. The Championship Series opens on Tuesday, September 13 with a potential game 5 on Sunday, September 18. 

The Frontier League of Professional Baseball is an official Partner League of Major League Baseball and the largest of its kind in professional baseball. The Frontier League has moved over 1,000 players to MLB Teams in its 29-year history. Please visit www.frontierleague.com.

CLICK HERE for a full, printable version of the 2022 Frontier League Schedule.