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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.

Palisades Credit Union Park to host All-American Baseball Challenge

By Palisades Credit Union Park 07/14/2020, 4:00pm EDT

Weekend schedule to begin July 23

While minor and independent professional baseball leagues have been canceled across the country this summer, professional-caliber baseball will return to Rockland County at the Palisades Credit Union Park on July 23rd  as part of the 6-team,  All- American Baseball Challenge presented by Good Samaritan Hospital.. 

The 32-game schedule will feature the Rockland Boulders (not affiliated with the New York Boulders) and New York Brave playing at Palisades Credit Union Park; Sussex County Miners and Skylands Cardinals at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ; and the New Jersey Jackals and the Jersey Wise Guys will play at Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair, NJ.  All games will be held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This all-star caliber, recreation league will feature top-level talent from both minor league and college baseball  as part of the  outdoor family fun series at Palisades Credit Union Park. “With Minor and Independent leagues shuttering for this season, we’ve had tremendous interest from very high level players who are anxious for a place to perform,” noted Shawn Reilly, President of NY BB, LLC.  Players from the 2019 Jackals, Miners and Boulders are expected to participate. ‘We know there are many fans and families having baseball withdrawal this summer and this will allow them to watch America’s pastime in the safety of the fresh air and social distanced atmosphere of our beautiful ballpark.”

Palisades Credit Union Park, Rockland County’s premier outdoor family entertainment center, features drive in fireworks, movies and baseball and more this summer.  A full promotion schedule for the baseball games will be announced shortly. In accordance with NYS guidelines, crowds will be extremely limited and masks required as part of the ballpark social distancing safety protocol. Schedule information and tickets will go on sale this week at www.palisadescreditunionpark.com.

The Boulders and Brave will hold an open tryout for players on Saturday, July 18that 8am.  Registration is limited must be done in advance at PalisadesCreditUnionPark.com.