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FRONTIER LEAGUE WELCOMES TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS

By New York Boulders Baseball 01/07/2021, 10:15am EST

The Frontier League has unanimously accepted the Tri-City ValleyCats as the league’s 16th member. The ValleyCats had been members of the New York-Penn League and were an affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Tri-City began play at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in the 2002 season. Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is located on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. Over the past five seasons the ValleyCats have averaged over 4,100 fans per game. They won the New York-Penn League championship in 2010, 2013, and 2018 and hosted the NYPL All-Star Game in both 2008 and 2017. The Tri-City ValleyCats franchise has been recognized with a variety of awards throughout the baseball industry to go along with personal accolades for key officials, including Rick Murphy (President), Matt Callahan (General Manager), and Michelle Skinner (Assistant General Manager). In 2015, ValleyCats founder, Bill Gladstone, was named King of Baseball in recognition for his longtime dedication and service to baseball.

Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee says, “We are honored and excited to welcome the Tri-City ValleyCats to our League. They enjoy a tremendous reputation in professional baseball for their strong ownership and exemplary management. The ValleyCats also have a great fan base. We are anxious for their fans to see Frontier League baseball. 2021 could not start better for the Frontier League than to have the ValleyCats join our family.”

“We are excited to join the Frontier League and eager to start this new chapter in ValleyCats baseball.We feel that this opportunity is the best fit for our fans, franchise, and facility as we look forward,” said ValleyCats President, Rick Murphy. “We would also like to thank Commissioner Bill Lee, the entireleadership of the Frontier League, and the fifteen other teams for welcoming us as new members.”

“The Boulders are thrilled with the addition of the ValleyCats to the Frontier League,” commented Shawn Reilly, President of the New York Boulders. “The Gladstone family runs one of the best organizations in all of minor league baseball. To have them join our League is very exciting and reinforces our league as the premier Major League Baseball Partner League. We look forward to many years of spirited competition to win the title as the best Frontier League team in New York State.”

T.J. STANTON NAMED MANAGER OF NEW YORK BOULDERS

By New York Boulders Baseball 10/01/2020, 11:00am EDT

2019 CAN-AM LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR BRINGS CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE

The New York Boulders have named T.J. Stanton as the team’s new manager for the 2021 season. Stanton brings a wealth of experience as both a manager and a player to Rockland. 

Stanton replaces Kevin Baez, who took over as manager of the Boulders prior to the 2019 season. Stanton will lead the Boulders as they enter a new chapter in franchise history in their inaugural season in the Frontier League.

Stanton managed the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the Can-Am League over the last three-plus seasons and was named the CanAm League’s Manager of the Year in 2019.

“I am very excited to name T.J. Stanton the new manager of the New York Boulders,” Boulders Team President Shawn Reilly said. “I’ve always been impressed with T.J. and the quality teams he fielded in Trois-Rivieres.”

He continued, “Frankly, I was tired of losing to him over the last few seasons, so we hired him to bring that winning culture back to the Boulders.”

Reilly added, “I am very confident he will quickly create championship caliber teams and reestablish the Boulders as the premier team in the Frontier League.  We expect nothing less for our fans and supporters.  That is our goal each and every season.  I am very confident T.J. will get us there.”

A righthanded pitcher, Stanton was a 27thround draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2002 out of Lake City Community College (Gateway College) in Florida. Two years later, in 2004, he was named an All-American at the University of North Florida. His professional playing career lasted from 2004 to 2014, suiting up with six independent teams, as well as minor league affiliates of the Los Angeles Angels. 

Stanton, 39, becomes the fourth manager in the Boulders history, following Dave LaPoint (2011-12), Jamie Keefe (2013-18) and Baez (2019-20). Keefe remains the lone manager to bring a championship to Rockland County, winning the Can-Am League crown in 2014.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to manage for the finest organization in the Frontier League,” Stanton said. “With such a beautiful stadium and amazing fanbase, I hope to continue the tradition of great success that we all have grown accustomed to.”

Stanton’s coaching career began with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League in 2011 when he served as a player-coach. He assumed the reins as manager of the Garden State Grays (Can-Am League) in 2015 but returned to Quebec as their pitching coach the following year.

In the second half of the 2016 season, he was tabbed to manage the Aigles, going 12-27 down the stretch. He remained in Trois-Rivieres through the end of the 2019 season, posting marks of 53-49 and 58-36 in his final two years, placing fourth and second and losing in the first-round of the playoffs in each year.

His work in 2019 earned him the league’s Manager of the Year award. That season, the Aigles’ offense led the Can-Am League in nearly every offensive category, including runs, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, slugging, and OPS.

Over his final two years at Trois-Rivieres, he posted a .555 winning percentage (115-92). The 115 wins are a record for a two-year span in Aigles’ history.

In his baseball career, Stanton has been a part of six championships as either a player or coach.

More information about the New York Boulders can be found by sliding to www.nyboulders.com; while information on the Frontier League can be located at www.frontierleague.com.

MLB DESIGNATES FRONTIER LEAGUE AS OFFICIAL PARTNER LEAGUE

By New York Boulders Baseball 09/24/2020, 12:10pm EDT

The Frontier League and the New York Boulders announced today that a “historic agreement” has been reached between Major League Baseball and the Frontier League, designating the Frontier League as a “Partner League.”

As a “Partner League,” the Frontier League will meet on a regular basis with MLB representatives to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities, as well as collaborate on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the United States and Canada.

“This historic agreement will allow all professional baseball teams to collaborate with MLB to help grow our great game across the country,” Boulders President Shawn Reilly said. “Independent baseball has been an important, but unsung part of the fabric of professional baseball since its inception nearly 30 years ago.”

He added, “I am excited to work with MLB so they can see what our fans and players have known for years…that independent baseball is a thriving industry with many excellent facilities, players  and an extraordinary connection with our communities."

The 2021 season will be the 10th season of play for the Boulders and the franchise’s first in the new-look expanded Frontier League.

"The Frontier League is honored to become a Partner League with Major League Baseball. This partnership will be beneficial in growing our great game of Baseball in all of our United States and Canadian markets. Our teams and fans will all be excited to see the League grow in years to come. The Frontier League began in 1993, to have a relationship with Major League Baseball, is one of the greatest moments in League history," Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee said.

The American Association, as well as the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, were also tabbed as Partner Leagues.

“We welcome the American Association and Frontier Leagues as Partner Leagues and look forward to working with them toward our shared goal of expanding the geographic reach of baseball,” Morgan Sword, MLB’s Executive Vice-President of Baseball Economics and Operations, said.

More information about the New York Boulders can be found by sliding to www.nyboulders.com; while information on the Frontier League can be located at www.frontierleague.com.