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Frontier League’s Road Team Will Be Owned And Operated By The Empire League

When the Southern Illinois Miners ceased operations after last season, the Frontier League was looking at an uneven number of teams to compete for the 2022 season.

As in years past, the solution was to add an additional team that would play every game on the road.

This season, the Frontier League announced that they will partner with the Empire League to provide that final team.

FRONTIER LEAGUE WELCOMES EMPIRE STATE GREYS FOR 2022 SEASON

(Official press release)

The Frontier League of Professional Baseball announced a partnership with the Empire League which will own and operate the Empire State Greys as a participant in the Frontier League during the 2022 season. The Greys, based out of Tupper Lake, New York, will be playing all of their games on the road, but will field a team by adhering to the same roster and salary rules as all Frontier League clubs.

The Empire League began play in 2016 and features four teams in upstate New York and northern New Hampshire. The Empire League is owned by brothers Eddie and Jerry Gonzalez along with MLB outfielder Matt Joyce. Eddie Gonzalez played in the Frontier League from 2006-08, including participating in the 2006 Championship Series. Jerry Gonzalez played as an infielder in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization in 2007 and 2008. Matt Joyce has appeared in 1,400 MLB games over a 14-year career, and saw postseason action for Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and Miami.

The Empire League moved 34 players to MLB Partner Leagues during the 2021 season, including 10 to the Frontier League. Current Frontier League coaches Joe Gannon (Tri-City) and Jared Lemieux (New Jersey) plus former Frontier League and current Atlantic League managers Jamie Keefe and Mark Mason have worked with the Empire League.

“We are very interested in seeing where this partnership goes. The Empire League’s historical ties to the Frontier League plus their New York base made them an ideal partner,” stated deputy commissioner Steve Tahsler. “Eddie Gonzalez has impressive baseball experiences and we like what he brings in terms of his player development skills, network, and desire to compete.”

The Empire State Greys will hold spring training at their home base in Tupper Lake, New York, before starting regular season play at the Gateway Grizzlies on May 13. Empire State will play in the league’s Eastern Division. They will play one 3-game series against the eight Western Division clubs, three series against the three Canadian teams in the Eastern Division, and four series against the four United States teams in the Eastern Division. Their full schedule is available at www.empirestategreys.com.

“It is a great honor to be able to join forces with the Frontier League,” stated Empire League CEO Eddie Gonzalez. “For us at the Empire League, we take pride in providing our best available scouting and recruitment baseball service to help players advance their careers. Having a team in the Frontier League through this great partnership, will create huge opportunities for not only Empire League players, but also open more doors for the up and coming players pursuing a pro career. We look forward to filling a very competitive Greys roster this year in pursuit of a historic Frontier League championship” 

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. The 2022 Frontier League season opens on Thursday, May 12. Please visit www.frontierleague.com.

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.