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Joliet, QUEBEC CITY, and TROIS-RIVIERES Release Their Own Plans for 2020

Joliet has announced their plans for their own baseball league for the 2020 season.

In addition to Joliet, Quebec City and Trois-Rivieres are making plans to have a season featuring some of the best players in Canada.

Earlier today, the Frontier League officially suspended the championship season. The announcement stated that any team was now free to make their own plans for the season.

Indy Ball Island will post updates from other teams as they become available.

Joliet’s press release:

BASEBALL IS COMING BACK TO JOLIET

June 24, 2020

by Kaitlyn Altmann

While the Frontier League announced earlier today that the Championship season is suspended for the remainder of 2020 due to ongoing travel and operating restrictions that exist in many of the League’s markets, the Slammers are pleased to announce that they will participate in the inaugural City of Champions Cup at DuPage Medical Group Field beginning July 16.

Four teams will compete for the Cup, all playing a 27 game schedule each at DuPage Medical Group Field from July 16 through September 6. The teams will be made up of players drafted from the ranks of Frontier League players unable to play for their current teams and free agents from MiLB affiliated teams.  “We are expecting a very high level of talent to be on the field for the Slammers and the other three teams,” said Nick Semaca, Slammers majority owner.

The names and more details on the three new teams, all of which will also be based in Joliet, will be released shortly.  Each team will play 3-4 home games per week in a schedule that generally will include night games on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with additional ticketed day games on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  

Under the recently released guidelines from the State of Illinois regarding spectator sports, fans will be allowed to attend the games. The Slammers will be the first baseball team in the entire state to host professional baseball games with fans in the stands this year. A number of operating changes and new protocols will be implemented to minimize any potential risks from the spread of COVID-19. 

Under State guidelines, games are limited to crowds at a 20% capacity so tickets will be extremely limited. 27 game “Cup Pass” tickets are available now by calling 815-722-2287 and individual game tickets will be available for sale to the general public at a later date, if any remain, after the Cup Pass sales window has ended.

“We are proud and excited to be able to bring the baseball fans of the entire Chicagoland area an opportunity to see the sport we all dearly love, to enjoy a hot dog and cold beer on a summer night. We can’t wait to see our fans back in the stadium” said Semaca.

For up to the minute news, follow the Slammers on Twitter @jolietslammers and use #jailbreak2020.

About the Joliet Slammers:  

The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois.  They will play their 10th season in 2020.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the office at 815-722-2287 for more information.  Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers and Instagram at @jolietslammersofficial 

Quebec City, Trois-Rivieres announcement:

QUEBEC CITY, TROIS-RIVIERES ORGANIZING QUEBEC PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

*UPDATE* The Capitales de Québec organization today (July 3rd) comes to the conclusion that the presentation of a baseball championship will not be possible in the summer of 2020. The Capitales de Québec and the Trois-Rivières Eagles would like to thank everyone stakeholders who have lent them a hand in the past few weeks in this ultimate attempt to present supporters with a high-level baseball project in a safe environment.

Due to the extended closure of the Canadian-American border, the Quebec Capitales and Trois-Rivieres Aigles will not be able to participate in the 2020 Frontier League championship season.  The Frontier League’s Board of Directors held an emergency meeting Wednesday morning following the announcement of the extension of the border closure on Tuesday afternoon.

Despite numerous efforts by the Frontier League’s Board of Directors and Commissioner’s office, any hopes to see the newly expanded 14-team league to play a full 2020 schedule came to an end today.  All teams are excited and optimistic to play a full 2021 season together.

However, the Quebec Capitales and Trois-Rivières Aigles are by no means giving up on baseball activities for 2020.  In fact, both organizations are proactively engaged in organizing a professional baseball championship during the summer in the province of Quebec.  This event would feature the best Canadian ball players.  Hopefully, the patience of the communities and the fans will be rewarded.

“With all of the excitement created by adding Quebec and Trois-Rivieres to the Frontier League last fall, we are disappointed that the extension of travel restrictions will prevent them from playing against the other Frontier League teams in 2020,” said Bill Lee, Commissioner of the Frontier League.  “Still, we are proud to have these two organizations as members of the Frontier League.  We fully encourage and support their efforts to provide quality baseball to fans at Stade CANAC and Stade Quillorama this summer.”

Further details on the Quebec Professional Baseball Championship will be available soon at capitalesdequebec.com and lesaiglestr.com.

2015 Season Wrap-Up

With the Atlantic League finishing their championship series earlier this week, the 2015 season for independent baseball has officially ended. Here’s a look at the champions for each league:

Atlantic League

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(Photo: Somerset Patriots Official Website)

The Somerset Patriots defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in four games to claim their sixth Atlantic League title.

This was manager Brett Jodie’s first championship of his managerial career. He previously won the championship as a player (2003) and pitching coach (2008 & 2009) with the Patriots.

The Patriots dominated the Atlantic League this season, topping the standings in the Liberty Division for both the first and second half as well as finishing the regular season with an overall record of 89-50.

American Association 

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(Photo: Laredo Lemurs Facebook Page)

The Laredo Lemurs defeated the Sioux City Explorers after winning games 2, 3, and 4 of the best-of-five games series, marking the first time that the Explorers lost three consecutive games all season.

The Sioux City Explorers (75-25) and the St. Paul Saints (74-26) were battling each other at the top for the entire season, even finishing the regular season with the second and third best records in modern independent league history.

However, it was the Lemurs who were quietly putting together a championship winning team. During the last month of the season, various trades and signings completely overhauled the team preparing them to take their place as the Wild Card team for the playoffs.

Can-Am League

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(Photo: Trois-Rivieres Aigles Instagram)

The Trois-Rivieres Aigles defeated the New Jersey Jackals in Game 5 of the five game championship series to win their first Can-Am League championship in their three year existence.

The Aigles were never dominate individually.  In fact, no players from the team are represented on the postseason all-star team. But after a disastrous start to August, the team rallied to take the last playoff spot and then turned it on in the playoffs to win the title.

Frontier League

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(Photo: Traverse City Beach Bums Facebook Page)

The Traverse City Beach Bums swept the River City Rascals in the best-of-five series to win the Frontier League championship.

This championship was the first for the Beach Bums who are in their 10th season in the Frontier League. The championship match-up was a rematch of the 2010 Frontier League championship which saw the Rascals top the Beach Bums in four games.

After winning their last three regular season games, the Beach Bums finished 2nd in the East Division and ultimately went undefeated in the post season – beating the Rockford Aviators (Wild Card game), Normal Cornbelters, and River City Rascals in their 6 playoff games.

Pacific Association

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(Photo: San Rafael Pacifics Facebook Page)

The San Rafael Pacifics defeated the Sonoma Stompers to win the Pacific Association Championship for the second consecutive year.

The Pacifics had the best record in the second half and finished the regular season with the best overall record at 48-30. They have been in the championship series all three years of the league’s existence, winning the last two.

Pecos League 

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(Photo: Roswell Invaders Facebook Page)

The Roswell Invaders dominated the Sante Fe Fuego to win the Pecos League championship.

The Invaders won both games one and two of the three game series by scoring 17 runs against the Fuego in each game, winning Game One 17-6 and Game Two 17-5.

Baseball America

In addition, Baseball America has released their Independent League Player of the Year as well as their Top 10 Independent League Prospects.

Independent League Player of the Year

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Joe Maloney, C/OF from the Rockland Boulders in the American Association.

Maloney was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round of the 2011 draft. He reached as high as High A Myrtle Beach in 2013 before being released after the season.  He was signed by the Colorado Rockies organization in February 2014 but was then released after spring training.

That lead him to Rockland and the American Association.  He had a decent 2014, but he knew something needed to be done for him to play at his full potential.  He had off season surgery on his left shoulder, an injury that had been nagging him for awhile.  Maloney came back healthier and better prepared than ever before.  He batted .337 and set a Can-Am league record with 93 runs.

After his impressive 2015 season, he was given another shot at affiliated ball.  The Minnesota Twins organization has now signed Maloney to a minor league contract.  He went to the team’s instructional league this offseason and is preparing for spring training and another chance at playing affiliated baseball.

Baseball America’s Top 10 Independent League Prospects
  1. Austin Wright, LHP, Frontier League (Windy City)
  2. John Brebbia, RHP, American Association (Laredo)
  3. Joe Maloney, C/OF, Can-Am (Rockland)
  4. Noah Perio, SS, American Association (Sioux City)
  5. Patrick Johnson, RHP, American Association (Sioux City)
  6. Taylor Ard, 3B, Frontier League (River CIty)
  7. Logan Vick, OF, American Association (Amarillo)
  8. Connor Little, RHP, Frontier League (Evansville)
  9. Kevin Cravey, RHP, American Association (St. Paul)
  10. Daniel Bick, SS, Can-Am (Ottawa)

Honorable Mentions

Atlantic League

  • RHP Matt Gorgen, Camden
  • RHP Marcus Walden, Lancaster
  • LHP Buddy Boshers, Somerset
  • 2B/SS Mikey Reynolds, York
  • OF Delta Cleary, Long Island
  • OF Zach Collier, Lancaster

American Association

  • RHP Mike Zouzalik, St. Paul
  • RHP Matt Nevarez, Wichita
  • RHP Rob Wort, Sioux City
  • SS Anthony Phillips, St. Paul
  • 3B Christian Ibarra, Amarillo
  • RHP Matt Larkins, Amarillo
  • OF Michael Lang, Sioux City
  • OF Dexter Kjerstad, Amarillo
  • RHP Victor Cappelen, Joplin
  • C John Nester, Wichita

Frontier League

  • LHP Lucas Laster, River City
  • OF Brian Hansen, River City
  • RHP Jordan Krause, Frontier Greys

Can-Am

  • RHP Tony Amenzcua, Sussex County

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