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The Black Sox Road Warriors Are Back At It Again

The Black Sox are looking to “change the culture” in indy ball.

The team is mostly made up of players with pro experience who are still looking for a place to play for the summer as well as guys who are signed to leagues that start later (such as the Pacific Association or the Pecos League).

The “Road Warriors” travel around the country playing various independent teams in many different leagues during their respective spring trainings… think barnstorming teams of the past.

The players are hoping that just one of the teams take notice and sign them to play for them instead of against them.

It’s definitely a grind. Indy ball isn’t easy, and this is even harder. Guys travel with each other from city to city, paying for their own transportation while trying to find their own place to stay for the night. Some teams provide hotels, but most won’t pay for a team that isn’t officially part of any league.

It isn’t for everyone, but it could be worth it for the guys who grind it out. Owner/manager Joe Torre has a track record of getting guys signed to indy leagues. He uses his extensive connections and some tough love to get guys where they want to be.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be working with a school that went to a school day spring training game featuring the Black Sox. The guys were amazing to my students and made it an enjoyable experience for all. You can check out that story here: Education Day with the Black Sox.

Indy Ball Island also invited two members of the Black Sox to write about their experience. You can check that out here: Guest Bloggers – The Black Sox. 

The team will be all over the country starting today… if they’re in a town near you, make sure you go out and support the guys if you can!

Road Warrior Black Sox Tour Schedule 2018 

Florence Kentucky will be home base for our 2018 Pro Spring Training Trip

4/20-4/21 vs Lancaster Barnstormers- Atlantic League (2gms)

4/21 vs Road Warrior Team (Atlantic League ) @ New Britain stadium (Back field)- driving back to Florence for Draft after CT game (possible PM CT tryout)

4/21 River City Rascals Tryout- Frontier League

4/21 Pacific Association Draft Tryout @ Albert Park San Rafael- Pacific Association

4/23-4/24 Frontier Draft in Florence Kentucky- Frontier League

4/24-4/27 @ USPBL Draft in Michigan 3 day event, players pay USPBL for tryout. Discount for players who attend Frontier Draft

4/26 vs Windy City Thunderbolts Double Header- Frontier League (2gms)- driving to Southern Illinois

4/26-4/27 vs Southern Illinois Miners -Frontier League (2gms)- driving back to Florence to recoup before the next trip

5/1  Road Warriors vs Florence Freedom 11am -Frontier League- driving to Washington on the 2nd

*5/3-5/4 vs Washington Wild Things  10am (School day games)- Frontier League (2gms)-driving to Florence/Normal, splitting the squads

5/5-5//6-5/7-5/8 vs Florence Freedom 3 games 2pm start 5/6 and 5/7. 12 pm start 5/5 -Frontier League (3 games)

⅚ vs Normal Cornbelters 10am- Frontier League

5/7vs Normal Cornbelters 9am- Frontier League

⅝ vs Normal Cornbelters (School day game) 10am- Frontier League- driving to Texas for American Association Series

5/9 vs Sussex County Miners (after the tryout)

5/10-5/11-5/12 vs Cleburn Railroaders/Grand Prairie Airhogs- American Association (6gms in 3 days)- driving ti Fargo after game on 12

5/14 vs Fargo Moore-Head Redhawks -American Association (1 gm)-driving to Sioux Falls after the game

5/15 vs Sioux Falls Canaries – American Association (1gm)-driving to California to get ready for May 20 first PAC workout

5/13–5/17- Pecos League Spring Training Starts

5/20-6/1 – Pacific Association Spring Training Games vs 6 teams games to be scheduled (Vallejo/Pittsburg/Martinez/Napa)

June 4-7 @ Empire League Spring Training

 

* Look for a special story about the Black Sox while they are in Washington, PA next month!

For more information on the Black Sox, please check out their official website HERE.

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Frontier League Announces Their 2018 Tryout Camp and Draft

2018 FRONTIER LEAGUE TRYOUT CAMP & DRAFT APRIL 23-24

The 26th annual Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft will be held on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 at UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky, home of the Florence Freedom.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2018 FRONTIER LEAGUE TRYOUT CAMP AND DRAFT

All 12 Frontier League teams will be represented at the workouts, and scouts from multiple Major League Baseball teams also attend.  Representatives from other independent league participate as well.  Advance registration is available at www.frontierleague.com/tryouts  while walk-up registration will begin at 8:00 AM on Monday, April 23.

The workouts officially begin at 9:00 AM on April 23 and will feature a 60-yard dash, fielding and throwing drills for infielders, outfielders, and catchers, and batting practice for position players while pitchers will throw 15-20 pitch bullpens.  Following the first day, the field managers will post a list of players invited back for inter-squad games on April 24.  At the conclusion of the games, action will break for 30 minutes as clubs and prepare for the draft.

An average of 35 players each season have been drafted and signed to spring training contracts over the past eight years.  Each year, at least one tryout camp participant has appeared in the Frontier League’s All-Star Game. Several draftees have gone on to be signed by Major League Baseball organizations, with three draftees having ascended to the Major Leagues (Chris Jakubauskas, Seattle/Pittsburgh/Baltimore; Josh Smoker, New York Mets; and Chris Smith, Toronto).

Eleven tryout attendees have been signed by MLB clubs during the season over the past six years.

“Florence is a great location for our Tryout Camp and Draft, and we had strong results the two previous times that the Freedom have hosted,” commented Deputy Commissioner Steve Tahsler.  “Home to the 2017 West Division champions, UC Health Stadium is a top-notch facility and easily accessible from I-71/75 along with being just 15 minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport”.

The Frontier League is entering its 26th season in 2018 and features 12 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to northern Michigan.  The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues. Over 100 players have signed with MLB clubs since the start of the 2015 season, and 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

UC Health Stadium is located at exit 180 off I-71/75 in Kentucky, about 12 miles south of downtown Cincinnati.  For more information, please visit www.frontierleague.com or contact the Frontier League offices at 618.215.4134 or office@frontierleague.com.

IMPORTANT: As per the manufacturer’s warranty for the artificial playing surface at UC Health Stadium, all players trying out must wear turf shoes or molded cleats. No metal cleats will be allowed. This policy is the same that is in effect for all events at UC Health Stadium. Players attempting to enter UC Health Stadium with metal cleats will be immediately disqualified from the workouts.  In addition, there is a strict NO SEED policy at the stadium, and all tryout hopefuls, and fans watching, are not permitted to bring seeds into the facility.

So… what are your chances as a player?

Last year, I followed the players drafted after the tryout camp.

26 players were drafted, 16 were on an Opening Day roster. But by All-Star break, only 7 players remained.

Check out the links below to see what happened to all the players in the 2017 Frontier League Draft.

2017 Frontier League Draft Results

2017 Frontier League Draft Class – Who Are They?

2017 Frontier League Draft Class – Opening Day 

2017 Frontier League Draft Class – One Month Later

2017 Frontier League Draft Class – Mid-Season Update