Merger of the leagues Can-Am and Frontier: increase to 20 clubs in the next two years

Fusion des ligues Can-Am et Frontier: augmenter à 20 clubs d’ici deux ans

The five teams from the League, Can-Am, whose Capitals, will form the division Can-Am with the two teams the most in the eastern League Frontier, the Crushers of Lake Erie and the Wild Things of Washington, Pa.

October 16, 2019 18: 00

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Merger of the leagues Can-Am and Frontier: increase to 20 clubs in the next two years

Fusion des ligues Can-Am et Frontier: augmenter à 20 clubs d’ici deux ans

Ian Bussières

The Sun

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After you have merged with five of the six teams in the League Can-Am independent baseball, including the Capitals of Quebec and the Eagles of Trois-Rivières, the new League Frontier now consists of 14 teams and hopes to increase its workforce to 20 within two years.

It is said Al Dorso, owner of the Miners of Sussex County and president of the board of directors of the defunct League Can-Am during a press conference held Wednesday in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, to seal the reunion of the League Can-Am with the oldest independent baseball league still existing in the United States. “We are very excited to be a part of the League of the Frontier and, in two years, we will have a league of 20 teams. It is our vision and it is the vision of the League’s Frontier,” said Dorso.

The five teams from the League Can-Am to form the division Can-Am with the two teams the most in the eastern League Frontier, the Crushers of Lake Erie and the Wild Things of Washington, Pa. The other seven teams in the League Frontier will form the division Midwestern. In a timeframe of 96 matches, each training will face five other teams five times, four other six times and four others three times and the touring international teams such as those of Cuba or Japan, who were returning on an annual basis in the League and Can-Am are eliminated by 2020. As explained by Bill Lee, commissioner of the League of the Frontier, all the teams will receive 11 teams at least once at home and compete against the other two only on the road.

The season will be launched on may 14, 2020 to finish the end of the week of Labor day and the official calendar will be announced Friday. The top two teams from each division will participate next in the series of the end of the season with a made three to five both for the semi-final to the grand final.

The case of Ottawa

“This project began two years ago and the discussions have intensified this summer with the all-star game interligues,” said Bill Lee at the press conference. Lee will retain his position as the commissioner of the League, Can-Am and owner of Champions of Ottawa, Miles Wolff, will attempt to find a new league for his team to sell the assets.

“Ottawa was part of the conversation at the start, but they did not have a lease,” said Lee. “Ottawa remains a city that wants to add to the league in 2021”, he stressed. The day before, Miles Wolff had rather told the Sun that the Champions had been “shown the door” of the League of the Frontier simply because the leaders of the circuit did not want to be forced to line up a team travelling to have an even number of courses.

Bill Lee has also touted the great potential of the new league. “We are very excited for the future and potential of marketing and expansion. We ask this gesture for the growth and strength of each of us, for the value that we can bring to each of our teams and to our fans.”

Salary cap and age limit

The issue of the salary cap and age limits, however, is not yet completely settled, since the two circuits were quite different rules about this. “We are working currently on it to consolidate it all. It should give you the news quickly,” said Lee.

During the last season, each team in the League Frontier had to align at least 11 players, recruits, that is to say, with less than two years of experience at the professional level, and a maximum of 13 players with unlimited professional experience. No player, however, had to be 27 years old prior to January 1, with the exception of one player designated as a veteran who may have reached the age of 30 years on the 1st January.

In the League, Can-Am, there is no age limit, and five-to-eight players per team should be made up of recruits, up to four players could have the veteran status, that is to say, players of 26 years and more with more than six years of service with the professionals, and at least five had to be between four and five years of service in the professionals. Among the other players, only six can have between three and four years of service in the pros, and only two of them, between five and six years. The Can-Am was also a year of service as 75 attendance official at bat or 30 innings pitched in a season in an independent circuit or two years spent in a league of recruits or short-season.

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