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Frontier League Welcomes Tri-City ValleyCats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 7, 2020

FRONTIER LEAGUE WELCOMES TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS

The Frontier League has unanimously accepted the Tri-City ValleyCats as the league’s 16th member.  The ValleyCats had been members of the New York-Penn League and were an affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Tri-City began play at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in the 2002 season.  Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is located on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.  Over the past five seasons the ValleyCats have averaged over 4,100 fans per game.  They won the New York-Penn League championship in 2010, 2013, and 2018 and hosted the NYPL All-Star Game in both 2008 and 2017.  The Tri-City ValleyCats franchise has been recognized with a variety of awards throughout the baseball industry to go along with personal accolades for key officials, including Rick Murphy (President), Matt Callahan (General Manager), and Michelle Skinner (Assistant General Manager). In 2015, ValleyCats founder, Bill Gladstone, was named King of Baseball in recognition for his longtime dedication and service to baseball.

Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee says, “We are honored and excited to welcome the Tri-City ValleyCats to our League. They enjoy a tremendous reputation in professional baseball for their strong ownership and exemplary management. The ValleyCats also have a great fan base. We are anxious for their fans to see Frontier League baseball. 2021 could not start better for the Frontier League than to have the ValleyCats join our family.”

“We are excited to join the Frontier League and eager to start this new chapter in ValleyCats baseball. We feel that this opportunity is the best fit for our fans, franchise, and facility as we look forward,” said ValleyCats President, Rick Murphy.  “We would also like to thank Commissioner Bill Lee, the entire leadership of the Frontier League, and the fifteen other teams for welcoming us as new members.”

“The Boulders are thrilled with the addition of the ValleyCats to the Frontier League,” commented Shawn Reilly, President of the New York Boulders.  “The Gladstone family runs one of the best organizations in all of minor league baseball. To have them join our League is very exciting and reinforces our league as the premier Major League Baseball Partner League.  We look forward to many years of spirited competition to win the title as the best Frontier League team in New York State.”

Founded for the 1993 season, the Frontier League is the largest and longest running independent professional baseball league.  An official Partner League of Major League Baseball, the Frontier League features 16 clubs stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway.  The Frontier League annually moves the most players into Major League Baseball organizations of any of the independent leagues.

Statement/Update on New Indy Leagues

Indy Ball Island is fully aware that there are various independent leagues that are making social media posts and statements, creating websites and holding try outs in an attempt to start up for the 2021 season.

These potential start-up leagues include (but are probably not limited to):

  • Texas State Baseball League
  • Steer League
  • Constellation Energy League
  • Southern Shores Professional League
  • Western Association of Professional Baseball Clubs

Indy Ball Island will NOT be reporting on these leagues or their tryout information until more is known about the validity of these leagues.

Every season, multiple leagues attempt to come on to the indy scene and end up crashing and burning. While some may have good intentions, others are often just money-grabs and scams. Because it is too difficult to determine this based off of websites, social media posts and even interviews with league representatives, we feel it is irresponsible to push a new league on potential players.

Indy Ball Island will continue highlighting news and tryouts from the established independent baseball leagues such as:

  • Atlantic League (MLB Partner League)
  • American Association (MLB Partner League)
  • Frontier League (MLB Partner League)
    • Yinzer Baseball Confederacy – Created by Black Sox Pro Baseball. This league will play in a Frontier League stadium (Washington, PA)
  • Pioneer League (Newly established MLB Partner League)
  • United Shores Professional Baseball League
  • Pecos League
  • Empire Professional Baseball League
  • Pacific Association of Professional Baseball (2021 status unknown)
  • Puerto Rico Independent Baseball League (hoping to transfer from an instructional to an independent league)

We will also still provide information for ESTABLISHED winter/instructional leagues.

We always have the players’ best interests in mind when reporting on and encouraging players to explore options within independent baseball.