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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 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.