City officials are keeping Joplin (MO) ready for a pitch from professional baseball even though the Joplin Blasters (Independent Professional, American Association) struck out. Mayor Mike Seibert this week mentioned the Frontier League (Independent Professional) in a City Council discussion about whether to install artificial turf on the infield of Joe Becker Stadium. Read more here.
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There is not much new here for those who follow the baseball industry closely, but writer Andrew Beaton via The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the business of independent professional baseball. Read more here.
For those who didn’t hear this earlier, MKE Sports & Entertainment was forced to terminate its managed service contract with the Rockford Aviators (Indy Pro, Frontier League), after Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee ruled that the contract violated the league bylaws because the owner of MKE, Michael Zimmerman, owns two teams in the summer collegiate Prospect League. Read more here.
After a turbulent off season for the independent professional ranks, Frontier League commissioner Bill Lee has proclaimed his league is on solid ground. He also believes more changes are in store for the indy pro circuits during the next off season. Launched in 1993, the Frontier League is America’s longest living modern day independent professional baseball league. Read more here.
The future of the Frontier League’s Kalamazoo (MI) Kings is still up in the air. When asked about playing next season by MLive.com’s David Drew on Thursday, owner Bill Wright stated “I don’t know,” and that a decision about the team must be made by January 8. Read more here. Interestingly, this is a mere five days before the Northern League’s/North American Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League announced on Wednesday that the club’s ninth annual Hot Stove Banquet, presented by Webster Bank, will held on Friday, January 21, 2011, at the Shaw’s Center. The evening will feature former major-league hurler Bill “Spaceman” Lee making his return to Brockton, this time as a panelist. Continue reading
As reported yesterday, the City of Joliet (IL) gave the Heisman pose to the Golden Baseball League. The city plans to lobby the Frontier League for membership at a meeting next Monday. If new ownership can be secured for the JackHammers, and all the clutter and debt mess wiped away, we think it is highly unlikely that Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee would take a pass on snagging Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Brockton Rox announced on Thursday that the hat worn by former major leaguer Bill Lee during his 2010 Can-Am League start for the Rox has been requested by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League announced on Monday that former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos lefthanded hurler Bill Lee (pictured) will join the club as the team’s starting pitcher for the game on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 1:05 p.m. against the Worcester Tornadoes. Continue reading