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Frontier League Teams Up In The Air For Next Season

The end of the regular season for the Frontier League is just the beginning of some difficult decisions for various teams and cities.

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News has gotten out that The Traverse City Beach Bums are looking to sell and possibly become a team in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league, next year.

The Traverse Ticker reported that an official announcement may be coming this month once the season ends, but everyone with the team is being quiet for now.

“At this time we’re not ready to make an announcement about anything in reference to that,” says Joe Chamberlin, who is slated to become CEO of the Grand Rapids area-based team at the end of the 2018 season. “We’ve known [Beach Bums owners] John and Leslye Wuerfel for many years.”

Beach Bums Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Leslye Wuerfel did not respond to requests for comment on a possible sale.

Read the full article here: Beach Bums Sale Could Be Coming Soon. 

Another team that may be heading in the same direction is the Normal CornBelters.

Last year, the CornBelters discussed moving to the Northwoods League or the Prospects League, but ultimately returned for another season in the Frontier.

Now, they’re still open about leaving the Frontier League and are looking at all their options.

The Pantagraph reported:

As the CornBelters closed their ninth Frontier League season Sunday, team president Steve Malliet sees his franchise in much the same position it was a year ago.In other words, the Belters may have played their final Frontier League game.

“Just like last year, we always take a look at our options at the end of the year to see what we think is best for the organization moving forward,” Malliet said.

Read the full article here: Belters’ Chirino says farewell to Frontier League career

And finally, baseball in Joliet may be coming to an end.

In July, The Herald News reported that the city of Joliet was looking to expand the use of the stadium beyond baseball and it seems as if they were keeping their options open.

The Slammers, who are in a one-year lease with the city that ends this month, said that they need an agreement soon to stay in the Frontier League.

The Slammers’ attorney, Michael Hansen, spoke this week with both the full City Council and the council’s Stadium Committee, noting the team needs to assure the Frontier League that it has a place to play next year.

“We have obligations in the league to let them know that we will field a team by mid-September,” Hansen said. “Time is of the essence.”

As of July when the issue was first brought to attention, it sounded as if the Slammers would be coming back.

Council member Michael Turk, a member of the Stadium Committee who has been asking the staff for status updates on lease negotiations, said he believes the plan is to renew with the Slammers.

“I haven’t heard that we are looking at anybody but the Slammers,” Turk said.

But the city and Slammers so far have not begun negotiations, he said.

“Once we see what they’re looking at, and they see what we’re looking at, I expect it will go pretty quickly,” he said.

Read the full article here: Joliet Slammers prod city on lease negotiations 

Even with the Slammers in the playoffs for the third consecutive season, it appears as though no agreement has been reached (at least not one that has been officially released to the press).

With three teams (so far) that may not be returning for the 2019 season, the Frontier League could possibly be in for changes that affect play for next summer and beyond.

If an odd number of teams leave, will the Road Warriors/Frontier Greys team be back in action?

Will there be any new teams planning to join the league in the upcoming seasons?

Once the playoffs come to an end, I’m sure answers – and probably more questions – will arise.

 

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JaXon Argos Takes On The WildThings

Earlier this month, Indy Ball Island covered the relationship between indy baseball and indy wrestling.  The article mentioned that indy wrestler, JaXon Argos, was set to throw out the first pitch at the Washington WildThings game ahead of the Big Time Wrestling event coming to the ball park.

Argos thought he was prepared for his first pitch, but after the ball went *just a bit outside… he unexpectedly ended up in a confrontation on the mound instead.

*waaaaayyyy outside

WildThings newcomer, Levi MaVorhis, was tasked with catching the first pitch. MaVorhis, a pitcher who was recently released after being in the St. Louis Cardinals organization since signing as a free agent from Kansas State in 2016, officially joined the WildThings that morning and delivered a Stone Cold Stunner before ever throwing a pitch with the team. Welcome to indy ball, Levi!

After being a starter primarily throughout college, MaVorhis spent the majority of his time in the Cardinals organization as a relief pitcher.  Washington hopes to convert him back into a starting role, as he will get his first chance to start with the team on Saturday.  I’m not sure what will be more memorable, his first day on the job or his first day on the mound.

He may be a baseball player, but it seems as if he wouldn’t mind a career in pro wrestling either.

“That was a really fun experience,” said MaVorhis. “JaXon was a good sport about everything, and I had a great time.  If he ever wants a rematch, he knows where to find me!”

He may not have to wait long for the rematch.

After his less than stellar first pitch, JaXon was invited to race the WildThing in between innings. That didn’t go as planned either as the WildThing pushed JaXon right from the start and ended up overcoming a few punches to take home the win.

During the 7th inning stretch, JaXon tried to redeem himself for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” but was thrown a curveball when he was made to dance and do the “Cotton Eye Joe” as well!

“I came here to throw a baseball and enjoy my time! Then some punk decides to hit me with a Stone Cold Stunner? A mascot shoves me and embarrassed me?” Argos stated.

“I will get revenge… I don’t know how and I don’t know when… but the Washington Wild Things are DEFINITELY going to feel the wrath of Argos one day!”

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Wrestling Night may not have been successful for JaXon Argos, but it was for the Washington Wild Things. The team’s attendance was fairly decent for a weekday – it was their best Thursday crowd besides the night Pat McAfee played. In addition, I saw a lot of fans out at the park who don’t normally come to games. Hopefully, they enjoyed themselves and plan on returning in the future!