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2021 Season Wrap-Up and a Look Ahead

Baseball season is over. The Atlanta Braves are the 2021 MLB World Series champions. 2022 schedules are starting to be released. And it’s time to officially wrap up the 2021 Independent baseball season.

2021 Season Champions:

MLB Partner Leagues

Atlantic League – Lexington Legends (Win in their first year in the league)
Atlantic League Official Press Release

American Association – Kansas City Monarchs (2nd championship in 4 years)
American Association Official Press Release 

Frontier League – Schaumburg Boomers (4th championship – the most in league history)
Frontier League Official Press Release

Pioneer League – Missoula Puddleheads (Win the first championship as a Partner league)
Pioneer League Official Press Release 

Other Independent Leagues

United Shore Pro Baseball League – Utica Unicorns (Win third straight championship)
USPBL Official Press Release 

Pecos League – Tucson Saguaros (Win back-to-back championships)
Tucson News Press Release 

Empire League – Saranac Lake Surge (First championship in franchise history)
Empire League Official Press Release 

Yinzer League – Killer B’s (win back-to-back championships – the only winners in the league’s two year existence in Washington, PA)

Southern Shores Pro League – S. Carolina Yankees (Inaugural season for the league)

2022 News

Atlantic League Adds a 10th Team

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) announced it has added a 10th team for 2022. Referred to as the Kentucky team (KY), the club will be listed on the league’s official 24th Championship Series Season schedule.  

The club is owned by Lexington-based Stands LLC, which plans to announce a team name shortly. The club will play a full Atlantic League schedule while co-occupying the home of the defending ALPB Champion Lexington Legends. The two clubs will also play each other in select matchups. 

The Kentucky team will provide a 10th team and balanced schedule in the year in which a Staten Island club will join the eight existing Atlantic League clubs. A 10th city will join the league in 2023 when Hagerstown, Maryland, fields an Atlantic League club.

CLICK HERE to read more.

American Association Releases 2022 Schedule

The American Association of Professional Baseball has released the 2022 league schedule which includes the debut of a new member, division realignment, and a new playoff format. The American Association will play a 100-game season in 116 days. Opening Day is Friday, May 13 and the regular season will conclude on Monday, September 5 (Labor Day).

DOWNLOAD THE 2022 SCHEDULE HERE

The 2022 season will kick off with a full six-game slate on Friday, May 13 and will feature the first-ever game of the Lake Country DockHounds, who will face their cross-town rival Milwaukee Milkmen at the Milkmen’s home stadium in Franklin, Wisc. The DockHounds, based in Oconomowoc, Wisc., will open the newly-constructed Wisconsin Brewing Company Field on Friday, May 20 and host the Winnipeg Goldeyes.

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Pioneer League Releases 2022 Schedule, Add Two Teams

The Pioneer Baseball League (“PBL”) today announced its schedule for the 2022 Championship Season. The PBL expands to 10 teams in 2022 with the return of the Northern Colorado Owlz (formerly Orem Owlz) and the addition of a new team in Flathead Valley, MT.

“We’re very excited to begin the 2022 season after the historic year we just completed,” said Pioneer League Commissioner Jim McCurdy. “By adding two new teams in two new ballparks, the league is poised to build on its promise to sensibly expand throughout the Mountain States region.

CLICK HERE to read more and view entire schedule.

Yinzer League off-season

The Black Sox/Yinzer League are continuing their usual off season training including tryouts and scout days in Florida. The Black Sox Pro Baseball League will once again be having a barnstorming tour playing spring training games in various indy leagues around the country before the 2022 Yinzer League starts.

CLICK HERE for more info on the Black Sox.

Pioneer League Prospect Combine In Partnership with the CWL


PIONEER BASEBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES PROSPECT COMBINE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CALIFORNIA WINTER LEAGUE

November 6 Scouting Event at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia

Spokane, WA – October 19, 2021
The Pioneer Baseball League today announced that it will hold a Prospect Combine in partnership with the California Winter League (CWL) on Saturday November 6th at Mercer University’s Claude Smith Field in Macon, Georgia.

Prospective players can register at the below link:
http://www.probaseballcombine.com

“The Pioneer League is very excited to be partnering with the California Winter League for this combine camp,” said Pioneer League Vice President Henry Hunter. “We are looking forward to working with the CWL on a number of player development opportunities going forward, so this is a great first step for our relationship.”

The Atlantic League’s Stan Cliburn, Manager of the Maryland Blue Crabs, will run the combine. The coaching staff will include Pioneer League Managers Tommy Thompson of the Great Falls Voyagers and
Michael Schlact of the 2021 PBL Champion Missoula PaddleHeads.

“The CWL’s goal has always been to put players in front of decision makers. Working with the Pioneer League and managers like Stan Cliburn at this combine event creates another great opportunity for free agents to get on a professional team’s radar,” said Andrew Starke, CWL President.

The combine will start at 9:30 AM on November 6th. It will feature workouts and skills evaluations for players, followed by a simulated game for selected players. For more details on the tryout go to:
https://www.milb.com/pioneer/players/faq

Claude Smith Field at Mercer University is located at 1501 Mercer University Dr, Macon, GA 31207. The nearest airports are the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon.

The preferred hotel for the Prospect Combine is La Quinta on 3944 River Place Dr, Macon, GA 31210. In order to get the reduced rate of $69 per night, use registration code: “LBMU Mercer Rate”.
Their phone number is 478-475-0206.

About the Pioneer Baseball League:
Since 1939, the Pioneer League has operated in the Mountain West
region. Beginning in 2021, the PBL became a Major League Baseball Professional Partner League with teams in Montana (Billings, Missoula and Great Falls), Idaho (Boise and Idaho Falls), Utah (Ogden) and Colorado (Grand Junction and Colorado Springs). The Northern Colorado Owlz, formerly the Orem Owlz, and an expansion team in Flathead County, MT will join the League for the 2022 season.
For more information go to www.pioneerleague.com.

About the California Winter League:
For the last 12 years, the California Winter League has been the premier competitive development league for free agent players. The CWL’s goal is to help recently graduated college players and professional free agents sign a pro contract before spring training begins. Now headed into its 13th season in 2022, the CWL has seen over 750 former players sign professional contracts at all levels. The 2022 season will take place January 19th through February 16th in Palm Springs, CA and will feature MLB scouts and managers from the four MLB Partner Leagues (Pioneer League, Frontier League, Atlantic League, American Association) in attendance every day looking to sign players. Players with college or professional experience can register now at californiawinterleague.com to secure their roster spot.