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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.