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A Love Letter to the Frontier League

Dear Frontier League,

For 20 seasons, you have filled my summer nights.

We have had a crazy relationship… a real roller coaster of emotions.

You are some of my fondest memories… And also some of my most heartbreaking ones.

I’ve cried over you and a trophy that seems to always allude the ones that I love.

I’ve celebrated triumphs.

Taken some pretty awesome road trips.

Made life long friends.

I’ve seen boys start their careers and men finish theirs.

And all the bullpen bags, and I really do mean ALLLLL the bags, that were carefully picked and packed. I wouldn’t trade those shopping trips or days of baking cookies for anything.

My loyalty to my home team will always be there, but if you taught me one thing, it’s that the name on the front of the jersey doesn’t matter in the end.

The relationships I’ve made because of you go much deeper than if someone is a WildThing, a Y’All, or even a Miner… hell they might end up being all three at some point in their careers.

You’ve taught me to always take care of the people who take care of you.

This website was built on that statement, and I will always stand by that.

To the people and ballparks that feel like home, thank you.

You’ve helped this once shy girl turn into the confident woman who created something pretty special with Indy Ball Island.

You’ve given me a love for baseball that I now pass on to the ones that I coach.

You’ve given me a place in this world.

The end of the regular season has arrived, and this post season will definitely be one that will toy with my emotions yet again.

20 years later… let’s see how this one plays out.

With love,

Ms. Indy Ball Island

P.S. To every player and coach that has ever put on a Frontier League jersey… I just want to say thank you.

P.P.S. To all the boys who have played their final game… congratulations.


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.