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The Frontier League is “Charting a New Frontier” This Season

Big changes are coming to the Frontier League this season.

New teams are finally getting a chance to debut in the Frontier League this year. Back in 2020 (before COVID canceled the season), the Frontier League merged with the CAN-AM League and announced that three new Canadian teams would be joining the Frontier. Then last year, travel restrictions forced the three teams to merge into one, Equipe Quebec, for the 2021 season.

With restrictions lifted, all three teams – Québec Capitales, the Trois-Rivières Aigles, and the Ottawa Titans – will be playing in the league this season.

Then in an unexpected turn of events, The Southern Illinois Miners owners ceased operations after 14 years. This forced the league to add a travel team, the Empire State Greys, that will be owned and operated by the Empire League.

Games will be broadcasted on a new platform this year. The league announced that they are making a switch over to FloSports for all Frontier League teams and games this season. Read the official press release HERE for more information on the new streaming deal.

The All-Star game will also return this year. The game will be held in Washington, PA with multi-day celebration that includes: a celebrity softball game (Saturday July 16th), IWC Pro Wrestling event (Sunday July 17th), the Eli Young Band in concert (Tuesday July 19th) and finally concluding with the All-Star game on Wednesday. For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the press release HERE.

In addition, BaseballCloud and Yakkertech will be providing player analytics. “[They] will work with the Frontier League to bring live data to fans, starting with metrics on scoreboards and TV broadcasts and growing into in-stadium mobile apps and games. Future projects include broadcasting and instant replay enhancements, umpiring solutions, player biomechanics capture, and virtual reality experiences.” For more information about the partnership, check out the official press release HERE.

Finally, all of these changes deserve a new look for the league and its branding. The Frontier League announced a new website including a new statistical platform and as well as new logos.

The new website and statistics will be provided by PrestoSports.

The league also unveiled a new logo that includes both the Canadian and American markets. “The new Frontier League logo, created by Brian Gundell Design, features patriotic symbolism representing both the Canadian (red) and United States (blue) markets.  The compass logo displays the navigation of new, unchartered territories, while the upward direction is indicative of the League’s always forward-looking approach.”

The Frontier League will officially begin its 29th season tonight, May 12th, with three games on the schedule: Tri-City Valley Cats vs Florence Y’alls, Sussex County Miners vs New York Boulders, and Joliet Slammers vs Windy City Thunderbolts.

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.