MINERS BRANDON CUMMINS SIGNS WITH CHICAGO CUBS

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that Brandon Cummins has been picked up by the Chicago Cubs. The outfielder, who made his pro debut with the Miners in 2016, becomes the 47th former Miner to join a Major League organization and second this offseason after 2016 Frontier League Rookie of the Year Shane Kennedy.

Coming to the Miners after concluding his stellar college career at Delta State University in his home state of Mississippi, Cummins initially struggled, but then got his footing and proceeded to tear up the Frontier League, batting .340 in his final 19 games in 2016. Overall, Cummins batted .269 in 25 games with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs and six stolen bases with Southern Illinois last year. Memorably, his first professional home run was an inside-the-park shot on August 17th against the Gateway Grizzlies at Rent One Park.

“This is such a great opportunity for Brandon and we are very excited for him,” Miners manager Mike Pinto said. “He plays the game with great intensity to win and has worked extremely hard this entire offseason to make this his best season yet. We wish him great success with the Cubs, but will always consider him a Miner and part of the Miners Family.”

Be sure to follow the Miners on Facebook, Twitter (@SIMiners) and Instagram as well as Snapchat this offeseason as they prepare for 2017!

The Southern Illinois Miners are the 2016 Frontier League West Division Champions, the 2014 and 2015 Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

BOOMERS ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT RETURNS ON APRIL 15

Coop the Boomer invites you to bring your basket and come on out to the ballpark for one of the most popular family events of the year as the Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, host the sixth annual Easter Egg Hunt at Boomers Stadium on Saturday, April 15th at 10 a.m.

The first Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m., with gates opening for the event at 9:30 a.m. The day’s Egg Hunts will be broken down into three different age groups, occurring consecutively on the field.

Admittance for the Easter Egg Hunt will be $2 per person (both participants and spectators), and includes a voucher for a FREE ticket for any May Boomers game (a $11 value!). Only cash will be accepted. Day of event purchase only.

The Boomers Box Office will be open for business throughout the event, so stop by to pick the best seats for Opening Night, one of our 22 Fireworks Dates, or any of the other 48 home games on the 2017 Boomers schedule!

The 2017 season kicks off on Friday, May 12th as the Schaumburg Boomers begin their 2017 journey with two straight days of Fireworks. The Boomers will host the Traverse City Beach Bums at 6:30 p.m. Season Tickets, Group Outings, and Boomer Bundle ticket packages are all available now by calling (847)461-3695.

More Info: The 2013 & 2014 Frontier League Champions and 2013 & 2016 Organization of the Year, the Schaumburg Boomers are an independent professional baseball franchise based in Schaumburg, IL. Named after the Greater Prairie Chicken, which once roamed throughout Schaumburg and the surrounding areas in the 19th century, the Boomers excel in providing fun, affordable family entertainment and the best customer service in the business. For more information, visit www.boomersbaseball.com.

METS PURCHASE CONTRACT OF BOOMERS’ DANIEL HOY

The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, are pleased to announce that Boomers’ outfielder, Daniel Hoy, has been signed by the New York Mets organization.

Hoy, 23, spent the final four games of the 2016 season with the Boomers after finishing his collegiate career at Princeton University. Hoy finished in the top ten in Tigers history in hits, doubles, runs, and stolen bases. The Princeton, NJ native posted .306/.373./.477 during his four-year collegiate career. During his senior season, Hoy tallied a career high 55 hits and 28 RBIs.

“As an organization we are glad to see Daniel get this opportunity with the Mets,” Boomers General Manager Pete Laven said. “These signings validate the type of talent that is coming through Schaumburg and the Frontier League as a whole. The Boomers are becoming a pipeline to major league affiliated baseball.”

The 2017 season kicks off on Friday, May 12th as the Schaumburg Boomers begin their 2017 journey with two straight days of Fireworks. The Boomers will host the Traverse City Beach Bums at 6:30 p.m. Season Tickets, Group Outings, and Boomer Bundle ticket packages are all available now by calling (847)461-3695.

More Info: The 2013 & 2014 Frontier League Champions and 2013 & 2016 Organization of the Year, the Schaumburg Boomers are an independent professional baseball franchise based in Schaumburg, IL. Named after the Greater Prairie Chicken, which once roamed throughout Schaumburg and the surrounding areas in the 19th century, the Boomers excel in providing fun, affordable family entertainment and the best customer service in the business. For more information, visit www.boomersbaseball.com.

WILD THINGS PROMO SCHEDULE A BIG HIT

The Washington Wild Things kick off their 15th year of Frontier League Baseball on Friday, May 19th but today we unveil our promotional schedule for the upcoming season. With a full schedule of promotions, fans should plan on making many memories at the ballpark with the Tri-State’s premier Minor League team. Starting Monday, March 20th individual game tickets will go on sale! Mark your calendars and reserve your seats closest to the action.

“Of course some of the fan favorites will remain intact for our #Celebrate15 season.” said Wild Things’ General Manager Steven Zavacky. “We also have added a few new aspects to our weekly promotions, which should increase the overall fan experience at the ballpark.”

As a daily promotion, the Wild Things are introducing their first ever Happy Half-Hour. Fans are encouraged to arrive to the ballpark early, as Domestic Drafts will be 50% off for 30 minutes after gates open. Take advantage of these 24 ounce Domestic Drafts for only $3 before Happy Half-Hour ends! Additionally, families will be able to take advantage of our Family 4 Pack on a daily basis. This package must be purchased prior to day of game and includes; 4 reserved tickets, 4 hotdogs and 4 small sodas for only $44.

Our four-legged friends will be the focus of our two scheduled Tuesday games, as we invite dogs and their owners to enjoy America’s Pastime together on June 27th and August 22nd.

Every Wednesday, the PA Lottery will select a lucky family or group of four in the ballpark to win special prize packs. Plus, senior citizens (55+) can join our Silver Sluggers Club to take advantage of a special Wednesday ticket package and a collection of club benefits.

As the Wild Things #Celebrate15 this year, Thursdays will be of the Throwback variety. The team will don throwback jerseys that will be designed to pay homage to original 2002 Wild Things. Additionally, Thirsty Thursday drink specials of $2 Domestic Draft pints will accompany the throwback look.

Every Friday will be a special one with the Wild Things, as Free T-Shirts and Fireworks headline the night. Arrive early to be 1 of the first 500 fans in the park to walk away with custom designed Wild Things shirt and stick around for a postgame Firework Show. T-Shirt designs will change every Friday, so mark your calendar for the 9 dates.

Select Saturdays will provide the first 1000 fans in the ballpark with unique Giveaway items. Be sure to follow our Facebook page to see these giveaways and when they will be handed out before anyone else.

Sundays will be full of fun for Kids Club members and families! Post-game kids Run the Bases and enjoy an Autograph Session with the entire team.

Specialty Nights are nothing new to Washington, but here are a few of our unique dates we look to celebrate;

June 3rd: Scout Night- The ballpark packed with nearly 1000 Boys Scouts, and we pledge you will have a blast!
June 15th: Education Night: Teachers are provided a FREE ticket and appreciated for all their hard work.
June 18th: Domestic Violence Awareness Night Presented by Precision Marshall.
July 7th: Military Night- Current and former Military members are encouraged to celebrate with a FREE night of baseball with us.
July 9th: Faith Night (special appearance by MLB star and former Pittsburgh Pirate Sid Bream).
July 15th: Breast Cancer Awareness Night Presented by Mylan (including custom jersey auction).
August 4th: Autism Awareness Night- Benefitting the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.
August 10th: Wrestling Night (special appearance by former WWE star Billy Gunn).
August 20th-31st: Back to School Week- Before you get back to the classroom, enjoy a FREE student ticket.

The Wild Things will also continue with Community Days for the 2017 season. Come out to the ballpark, support your local community and the local business that make it special. Don’t see your community? Follow our Facebook, as more communities will be added throughout the spring.

May 19th: Burgettstown Community Night
May 20th: Collier Community Night
May 21st: South Franklin Community Night
June 2nd: Follansbee Community Night
June 3rd: Chartiers-Houston Community Night
June 4th: Marshall County Community Night
July 8th: Wheeling Community Night
July 14th: Mon Valley Community Night
August 20th: Bethel Park Community Night

Individual Tickets go on sale Monday, March 20th! For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 724-250-9555 or visit www.washingtonwildthings.com

BOOMERS SINGLE GAME TICKETS AVAILABLE MARCH 24

Baseball is back! The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, announced today that individual game tickets will go on sale next Friday, March 24th, at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available for all 48 Boomers 2017 home games.

The best seats for the best dates are sure to go fast, so be sure to get yours early. There are three ways to purchase Boomers tickets: online at www.boomersbaseball.com, over the phone at 847.461.3695, or in person at the Boomers Box Office from 9 AM to 5 PM MondayFriday.

With FREE PARKING and the ability for EVERY FAN to run the bases after the EVERY GAME, the Schaumburg Boomers have established a unique brand of affordable, family entertainment after an incredible 2016 season that ended in a Frontier League Organization of the Year Award for the franchise!

Grab your seats now for the always popular Fireworks Nights on Friday and Saturdays with an unprecedented twenty-two dates in 2017! The Boomers home opener is slated for Friday, May 12nd at 6:30 PM against the Traverse City Beach Bums. That kicks off two nights of post-game fireworks, as the Boomers will illuminate the sky following the games on Friday and Saturday, May 13th (game time 6:00 PM) as well. And don’t forget about Family Sundays, when you can grab a Family Four Pack consisting of 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas for only $44!

Other schedule highlights include: three Day Camp Days on Wednesday, June 21st, Thursday, June 22rd, and Wednesday, July 19th, all starting at 11:00 AM; 21 and Over Night on Thursday, May 25th at 7:30 PM; Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14th at 1:00 PM; two Boy Scout Sleepovers on Friday, June 23rd and August 4th, plus a Girl Scout Sleepover on Friday, July 21st, all beginning at 6:30 PM.

Beginning Friday, March 24th, call the Boomers at 847.461.3695, visit tickets.boomersbaseball.com, or stop by Boomers Stadium to purchase your individual game tickets. The Box Office hours are MondayFriday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Beginning in May, the box office will be open on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The box office will be open on Saturday, April 15th during the Easter Egg Hunt.

Season Tickets, Group Outings, and Boomer Bundle ticket packages are all available now! Call 847.461.3695 to speak with a ticket representative to ensure you have the best seats for all the most popular games!

More Info: The 2013 & 2014 Frontier League Champions and 2013 & 2016 Organization of the Year, the Schaumburg Boomers are an independent professional baseball franchise based in Schaumburg, IL. Named after the Greater Prairie Chicken, which once roamed throughout Schaumburg and the surrounding areas in the 19th century, the Boomers excel in providing fun, affordable family entertainment and the best customer service in the business. For more information, visit www.boomersbaseball.com.

CORNBELTERS RELEASE 2017 PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE

The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, has released their 2017 promotional schedule!

MLB spring training is in full swing and Mother Nature has blessed us with some beautiful weather, did anyone expect green grass in March? We didn’t. Warm weather, green grass and spring training means only one thing, CornBelters Baseball is just around the corner.

“We’ve had a very busy off season,” Stated newly appointed General Manager Mike Petrini. “Our staff has been working their tails off to put together some fun, exciting and unique entertainment for this season.”  In addition to the new promotions, the CornBelters are introducing new party areas for fans to enjoy, including the Bauer Crops and Cattle outdoor suite, the new tailgate area (which replaced picnics) and upgrading the Goose Island Patio.

Currently the hometown Professional Baseball team is looking for Emcees to host the on field promotions, which have also had a makeover. “After speaking with several community groups this off season we’ve decided to make a major change in our game atmosphere and delivery. Each game will be unique from the next, we will continue to have our sumo’s but they won’t be wrestling every night, instead contestants may be asked to run relays, perform simple tasks or even go through an obstacle course. Trivia, is huge here, people love it! So, we will have fans go through a series of questions versus, players, coaches and staff. The goal is to have fun” explained Petrini.

When asked how the play on the field will be Petrini said “I have faith that Brooks will put together a great team for us. They all look pretty good on paper but, we’ll just have to wait and see.” CornBelters’ fans won’t have to wait too long, as Opening Day is May 16th when your boys of summer take on the Grizzlies from Gateway.

The CornBelters plan on making opening day a great celebration, filled with bubbles, balloon artists and face painters. There will even be a special guest appearance from actor Dwier Brown, best known as playing John Kinsella, father of Ray Kinsella played by Kevin Costner in the classic Baseball movie, Field of Dreams. Brown will be available for autographs and will invite parents and their children onto the field for a pre-game catch.

The food and beverage department has made another major overhaul, partnering with Red Hot Chicago, Johnsonville and local farm Bauer Crops and Cattle. They will be rolling out new items like, poutine (Fries mixed with melted cheese curds topped with brown gravy), made to order burgers, and BBQ parfaits, just to name a few.

There is certainly a lot of new and exciting things going on at The Corn Crib this summer. For a full list of the summer promotions visit www.normalbaseball.com, everything will be available for viewing next week.

2017 Nightly Promotions

Busey Tuesday Night – Busey Bank Reading Progam: Kids enrolled in the program receive tickets to Tuesday Night Game Courtesy of Busey Bank, Pre-game book reading by a CornBelter player.

Mid Illini Credit Union Wine & Wingin’ Wednesday Night – One local Vineyards will be showcased each Wednesday. In addition Smoked BBQ wings will be on special, only a limited amount available. It’s also bark in the park nights, purchase a ticket for your dog and you get in free! Dogs seats are limited to the lawn only!

Budweiser Thirst Quenching Thursday – Serving $1 Beer and Margarita specials until the 7th inning. In addition a live DJ will be performing in the Aloha Construction Biergarten on third base party deck. College Student Tickets only $5 with ID.

CEFCU Entertaining Friday’s – Each Friday will feature an guest Celebrity or entertainment act courtesy of CEFCU. It’s a Black Friday, local animal shelters will be out looking for fans who are wanting to adapt a black furried friend. In addition its Salute to our Armed Forces Night.

State Farm Saturday Night Special – State Farm employees and policy holders receive ½ priced Tickets. Every Saturday home game will feature a special Celebrity guest or special performer, courtesy of State Farm.

CornBelters Family FUNday Sunday’s – Each Sunday home game the CornBelters will open the gates post game for kids to run the bases and get to autographs from their favorite CornBelters Player(s). All fans that arrive to the park early can enjoy a pre-game catch on the field with their family & friends. Sunday is also Dog Day, purchase a ticket for yourself your dog gets in for free. Dog Seats are limited to the lawn only.

2017 Weekly Promotions

Game Day
Time
Promotion
Details
Tuesday May 9
6:35 PM
Education Day
School Day Discounted tickets for registered schools
Tuesday May 16
6:35 PM
Opening Day
Pre-game catch on the field with Dwier Brown appearance. Field of Dreams Movie Site giveaway.
Thursday May 18
6:35 PM
Live DJ In the Aloha Biergarten
$1 Beer & Margarita Specials
DJ playing all game
Friday May 19
6:35 PM
Fireworks
Dance center for post-game show
Saturday May 20
6:35 PM
Star Wars Night
Star Wars. Jersey auction.
Saturday May 27
6:35 PM
Fredbird Redbird Appearance
St. Louis Cardinals mascot present. Come in STL Cards apparel for 1/2 ticket.
Sunday May 28
4:35 PM
Ryne Sandberg Night
Ryne Sandberg honorary 3rd base coach. 500 meet and greets announced night of.
Friday June 2
6:35 PM
Hot Dog Green Cash Giveaway
Buy a hot dog for a chance to win Cash!
Saturday June 3
6:35 PM
Superhero Night
Characters present. Boy Scouts Night- sleepover at the ballpark.
Sunday June 4
4:35 PM
Youth Baseball Night
Youth baseball Players Free admission. Call for information
Thursday June 15
6:35 PM
ISU Alumni Night
Reggie Redbird Appearance
Group tickets for Alumni
Call for information
Friday June 16
6:35 PM
NASCAR Night Feat. HOF Bobby Allison
NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison will be available for pictures and autographs
Saturday June 17
6:35 PM
Princess Night
Princesses present. Girl Scouts Night- sleepover at the ballpark.
Tuesday June 20
6:35 PM
Home Depot Father’s Day
Project with your kids
Wednesday June 21
6:35 PM
Ladies Night
Ticket discount with black dress. Beauty Salon raffle items and player auction.
Wednesday June 28
1:35 PM
Day Game
BBQ wings Special
Skip out early and enjoy a afternoon classic
Friday July 7
6:35 PM
Extreme Pogo
Pogo stick stunt performers
Saturday July 8
6:35 PM
Extreme Pogo
Pogo stick stunt performers
Friday July 21
6:35 PM
WWE Superstar
To Be Later Named WWE Superstar appearance available for autographs and pictures
Saturday July 22
6:35 PM
Carly Patterson Night
Olympic gold medalist appearance.
Friday August 4
6:35 PM
Dan Brady Bobble “Hand” Night
1,000 fans will receive a Dan Brady Bobble “hand” featuring, Dan Brady with an out stretched hand.
Saturday August 5
6:35 PM
Tommy Hawk Appearance
BlackHawks’ mascot signing autographs
Sunday August 6
4:35 PM
MC Strong Faith & Family Night
First 1000 fans receive Michael Collins bobblehead.
Friday August 11
6:35 PM
Jesse White Tumblers
811 Julie Jersey Auction
Jesse white tumblers perform between innings
Saturday August 12
6:35 PM
Win The Bosses Money
Sign-up and compete against our GM. Winners earn cash prizes
Thursday August 17
6:35 PM
Midget Wrestlers
Post-Game Wrestling contest. Extended beer sales. College Discount
Friday August 25
6:35 PM
Fireworks
post-game Fireworks show
Saturday August 26
6:35 PM
Inflatamaniacs
Inflatable characters dance between innings
Sunday August 27
4:35 PM
Infatamaniacs
Inflatable characters dance between innings
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WIZ KHALIFA COMING TO WILD THINGS’ PARK IN JUNE

Lil Uzi Vert & Friends, featuring Wiz Khalifa will headline a concert at the Washington Wild Things Park on Saturday, June 10th.  This concert is the first of several which will be held at the facility formerly known as CONSOL Energy Park during the 2017 season.

Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public Friday March 10th at 10:00 a.m. exclusively through ticketmaster.com.  Ticket prices range from $40.00-$150.00.   The facility, which seats 3200 for baseball can handle over 7,000 concert goers.  The Wild Things Park, located just off Interstate 70, is easily accessible and offers an intimate venue for concerts.

For tickets and more information, log on to www.ticketmaster.com.

OTTERS’ BILL BUSSING ENSHRINED INTO EVANSVILLE BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

Evansville Otters owner Wilfred C. “Bill” Bussing III was inducted into the Evansville Regional Business Hall of Fame Thursday for his outstanding contributions to free enterprise in the community.

Bussing was inducted in a morning ceremony alongside Richard W. “Dick” Shymanski and John C. Schroeder.

Business excellence, inspiring leadership, social responsibility, vision and innovation are among the criteria for induction and Bussing joins past laureates that include the namesake of Bosse Field, Benjamin Bosse.

Bussing and his family have owned the Evansville Otters since 2001 and he has served in a variety of roles outside of the franchise.

His roles in the community have included president of the Bussing-Koch Foundation, Cecil A. and Mabel Lene Hamman Foundation and Notre Dame Club of the Tri-State.

In addition, he has been the director of the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation, a University of Evansville trustee and board member for the Catholic Education Foundation among other responsibilities.

Under Bussing’s leadership, the Otters have won two Frontier League championships in 2006 and 2016.

“I feel strongly that we’re all responsible for the community in which we live,” Bussing told the Evansville Business Journal. “When people come to the ballpark, it’s like having people in our home.

“We want to treat every night like it’s opening night.”

Evansville will open the regular season in Marion, Ill. May 12 against the Southern Illinois Miners at 7:05 p.m. and will celebrate Bosse Field’s Opening Night May 19 against the Gateway Grizzlies at 6:35 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and season tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

BOOMERS RETURNING MABRY FOR 2017, ADD DODGERS PROSPECT McDONNELL

Introductions will not be necessary when Boomers manager Jamie Bennett welcomes his latest acquisition to Schaumburg for spring training in April.

Brett Mabry, 26, an anchor for the Boomers starting rotation in 2016 has signed a contract to return to Schaumburg for the 2017 season.

Originally acquired by the Boomers from fellow Frontier League Gateway Grizzlies before the 2015 season, Mabry’s continued success has been an asset for Bennett and the Boomers. The righty from Shelby, North Carolina, went 2-5 with a 6.30 ERA over 10 starts in 2016, striking out 39 and posting one of three shutouts for the franchise during the season against the Evansville Otters. Following the trade of Seth Webster earlier in 2017, Mabry now leads the team in career innings pitched with 167 and career starts (28).

The East Carolina University product went 8-3 with a 3.07 ERA over 18 starts in 2015, striking out 82 and allowing only one home run in 111 innings pitched. Mabry was dominant in his two seasons for the ECU pirates, recording a 2.35 ERA in 2013 and a 2.24 ERA in 2014.

“I am excited to be back with the Boomers for the 2017 season! I expect nothing short of a winning season for the organization this year,” Mabry said. “I am thrilled to continue to work with Tony Smith as our pitching coach this season as well. He is already preparing our arms with a preseason throwing/workout regime.”

Bennett also announced the signing of experienced left-handed pitcher Rob McDonnell.

McDonnell, 25, comes to Schaumburg after spending the previous season with the Great Lakes Loons and Ogden Raptors, both a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, McDonnell posted a perfect 4-0 W-L record in 2016 with a 3.93 ERA.

Mabry and McDonnell join twenty-seven fellow players under contract for Bennett’s 2017 roster. Up to 34 players will be on the roster when Spring Training begins at Boomers Stadium in late April as Schaumburg looks to once again bring home the Frontier League Championship.

The 2017 season kicks off on Friday, May 12th as the Schaumburg Boomers begin their 2017 journey with two straight days of Fireworks. The Boomers will host the Traverse City Beach Bums at 6:30 p.m. Season Tickets, Group Outings, and Boomer Bundle ticket packages are all available now by calling (847)461-3695.

GRIZZLIES ROUND OUT COACHING STAFF WITH HIRING OF BARRETT

The Gateway Grizzlies will round out their coaching staff for the 2017 season by hiring former Grizzlies pitcher Richard Barrett as the assistant pitching coach.

The former closer spent six years in independent baseball and holds two franchise records for the Grizzlies, including most games pitched (153) and most saves in a career (51).

“When I signed as a player, I always had one goal: Win a championship,” Barrett said. That goal hasn’t changed with his transition into coaching as he is prepared to train this year’s players to “go out there and compete to win every night.”

In 2013, Barrett had an All-Star season where he collected a team-high 14 saves in 35 games pitched and a posted 3.15 ERA. In 2014, he improved to 19 saves with a 2.89 ERA.

Despite successful seasons in the league, Barrett only saw the postseason once in the 2012 season.

“I only got a small taste of the playoffs, and it left a bitter taste in my mouth,” Barrett said.

With both playing and now coaching experience within the Grizzlies organization, Barrett appears to have a great history with Grizzlies’ manager Phil Warren.

“I am very thankful that Richard is a part of our staff again,” the Grizzlies’ skipper said. “His playing experience will certainly become a big benefit for our pitching staff.”

The Grizzlies’ Opening Day will be on May 12 against Florence Freedom. First pitch will come at 7:05 pm. Season and group tickets are now on sale! For more information, call the Grizzlies’ box office at 618-337-3000.

ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in a comfortable ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000.

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is celebrating its 25th year as a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 12 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year. 

 

OTTERS ACQUIRE TASIN FROM WINNIPEG

The Evansville Otters have acquired right-handed pitcher Rob Tasin in a trade with the American Association’s Winnipeg Goldeyes for a player to be named later.

Tasin played college baseball at the University of Oklahoma before being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 19th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft.

After spending 2015 with the Williamsport Crosscutters, Tasin split time in 2016 with the Lakewood BlueClaws and Winnipeg. In 19 games with the Goldeyes, Tasin threw 22 innings, struck out 17 batters and finished with a 4.50 ERA.

“Rob has been a proven back of the bullpen arm throughout his career,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said. “We look for him to follow in a long line of great closers for the Otters.”

Tasin arrives in Evansville with a 3.77 ERA in two seasons of professional baseball. His best stint came in Williamsport when he collected 17 saves in 29.1 innings.

Evansville will open the regular season in Marion, Ill. May 12 against the Southern Illinois Miners at 7:05 p.m. and will celebrate Bosse Field’s Opening Night May 19 against the Gateway Grizzlies at 6:35 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and season tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

MINERS’ STEVE MARINO RETIRES FROM BASEBALL

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that third baseman Steve Marino has decided to retire from professional baseball, ending a five-year Frontier League career, the last three years of which were spent with the Miners.

The Lake Grove, New York native joined the Miners as a free agent in 2014 after playing two seasons for the Evansville Otters. He would start nearly every game at third base for the next three years, missing just six total regular season games in that span while not missing a single game in his last two years in a Southern Illinois uniform. His best professional season came in 2016 for the Miners, batting .288 with career-best totals of 23 doubles, 16 home runs and 79 RBIs, earning him both midseason and postseason all-star honors at third base.

An outstanding defender at the “hot corner,” Marino was also a leader in the clubhouse, and was named the Miners’ first-ever captain this past season. He finishes his career ranking in the Miners’ career top-10 in 12 different statistical categories, including second in games played (282) and RBIs (174), third in at-bats (1,048), doubles (59), homers (30) and extra-base hits (94), and fourth in total hits (278).

“Steve Marino will be remembered not only as a tremendous Miners player, but as one of the great character guys to put on our uniform,” Miners manager Mike Pinto said. “He certainly had some big hits for us as a player, including a walk off home run to win the 2015 Division Championship. His leadership in the clubhouse has also been critical to our success the last few years. More importantly, his representation of the Miners organization in the community will be remembered by the people he met and the children he connected to. He will be a tremendous coach in college and will always be considered part of the Miners Family.”

“Playing for the Miners was the best experience of my entire life,” Marino said. “I want to thank John and Jayne Simmons, and especially Mike Pinto for giving me the opportunity to play for such a classy and professional organization. Being able to play baseball in such a wonderful ballpark and city is a privilege I will never take for granted. I have memories and relationships that will last a lifetime and will always consider the Miners coaches and front office family.”

“I can’t thank every single Miners fan enough for their endless support over the three seasons I played in Marion, Marino added. “Their kindness, passion and loyalty were more than I could have asked for. The friendships I’ve made with so many of them mean so much to me. They all welcomed me into their families and community from day one and I am truly honored to have played in front of such amazing people. I will certainly be back to enjoy some Miners baseball in the future, but this time I’ll just have a little bit different view of Rent One Park.”

Be sure to follow the Miners on Facebook, Twitter (@SIMiners) and Instagram as well as Snapchat this offseason as they prepare for 2017!

The Southern Illinois Miners are the 2016 Frontier League West Division Champions, the 2014 and 2015 Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

ISRINGHAUSEN TO JOIN STL LEGENDS GAME ROSTER

The River City Rascals have added another Cardinal great to the 2017 Saint Louis Legends Game roster. Jason Isringhausen will join the illustrious roster which includes Rick Ankiel, Skip Schumaker, Jim Edmonds, and Fernando Tatis as well as several local celebrities and former Cardinal players.

The Legends game is taking place on Saturday, August 19th, at CarShield Field. The gates will open at 10:45 AM for the sold out pre-game autograph meet and greet. At noon, the gates will open for general public entry. The seven-inning game will begin at 1 PM.

Tickets to the Saint Louis Legends Game are still available for $20. Game tickets are selling fast! Ensure your spot to see this unique event by purchasing your ticket today. You can purchase your ticket by calling (636) 240-2287, or by going online atwww.rivercityrascals.com.

Being one of 27 men in MLB history to be a part of the exclusive “300 Saves Club”, Jason Isringhausen was one of the most efficient closers in the game during his sixteen-year professional career. Isringhausen was drafted in the 44th round of the 1991 MLB Amateur Draft. He began his career in 1995 with the New York Mets as a starting pitcher, finishing fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Jason was converted to the closer position after being traded to the Oakland A’s where he made his first All-Star appearance during his first full year playing the position. In 2002, Isringhausen joined the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen experiencing tremendous success with St. Louis for the next 7 years. It was during this time he collected 217 of his 300 career saves. From 1995 to 2012, Isringhausen pitched over 1,000 innings and tallied 830 strikeouts in the show, eventually joining the “300 Saves Club” on August 15, 2011. Whenever “Black Betty” comes on, Cardinals’ fans think back to the Cardinals’ all-time saves leader. Jason has stayed around the game, by doing instructing work with the Cardinals’ farm system. Isringhausen was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

For more information or to order your tickets click here or call (636) 240-2287 or visit www.rivercityrascals.com. Stay up to date with everything happening with the Rascals by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat.

FLORENCE FREEDOM RELEASE 2017 PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE

The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, are proud to release their 2017 promotional schedule, with single game tickets now currently available.

The summer will include nine fireworks shows and post-game concerts, seven dollar beer nights and a whole host of new single game promotional themes.
Marquee promotional dates include appearances by members of the 1990 World Series champion Reds on opening night, a Derek Anderson appearance on UK Night in August, a Kyle Schwarber Middletown Middies bobblehead giveaway in June, and a whole host of character themed nights with your favorite superheroes, princesses and more.

On Wednesday nights, the Roehr Insurance group will make sure the Freedom win or fans can come back for free on the final game of the 2017 season. Kentucky Proud will also keep fans happy that support local agriculture as select Kentucky Proud products will be $1 off in the concession stands.

Fans will continue to enjoy $1 Hudepohl and Hudy Delight on Thursdays presented by Hollywood Casino, as well as $4 craft 20oz pours.

Each Friday Elite Pyrotechnics will light up the sky with an incredible fireworks show presented by Arlinghaus Heating and Air.

On Saturdays fans will still be treated to some of the best area bands performing post-game with kickball on the field for kids.

Family Sundays, presented by Heritage Bank, include kids running the bases presented by Gold Star Chili, and enjoying a team autograph session post-game presented by Jack Lillie/Cornerstone Insurance.

Promotional dates are subject to change and additional promotions could be added in the near future. For up to date promo info, log on to FlorenceFreedom.com or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Nightly 2017 promotions include:
May 17 – Opening Night with 1990 World Series Champion Reds
 Chris Sabo, Glenn Braggs, Herm Winningham and Tom Browning presented by Hollywood Casino & Jack Lillie/Cornerstone Insurance
May 18 – Boone County School Spirit Night
 Magnet Schedule Giveaway
May 24 – Kenton County School Spirit Night
 Magnet Schedule Giveaway
May 25 – Campbell County, Cincinnati & Beechwood School Spirit Night
June 2 – Superhero: Girl Power Night
 Drawstring Cape Backpack giveaway presented by Aire Serv Heating and Cooling
June 3 – Fantastic Feasts Night
June 4 – Bark in the Park: Paw Patrol
June 7 – Military Appreciation Night
June 9 – Animation Night / Boy Scout Sleepover
June 10 – Freedom Beer Fest
June 11 – PBS Kids Night
Father Day weekend presented by Denny’s
June 16 – Star Wars Night presented by Metzger Eye Care
 Light Saber giveaway presented by Reinhart Food Service
June 17 – Middletown Middies Night
 Kyle Schwarber Bobblehead giveaway presented by JTM
June 18 – Father’s Day Celebration & Catch on the Field
June 27 – NKB Night
June 28 – NKB Night
July 14 – Superhero Night: DC
July 15 – Martial Arts Night presented by Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy
July 16 – Youth Sports Day
July 21 – Princess Night
July 22 – Irish Heritage Night
July 23 – Youth Football Night
July 25 – Stand Up for Red, White & Blue presented by White Castle
July 26 – Splash Day
July 27 – Beer Olympics
Aug 4 – Better in a Book Night
Aug 5 – Diamond Hunt
Aug 6 – UK Night
Aug 11 – Lego Night
Aug 12 – Gamer Night / Bourbon & Tequilla Fest
Aug 13 – Volunteer Appreciation Night
 Freedom Trading Card Giveaway presented by Union Pediatric Denistry
Aug 16 – NKB Fall Ball Night
Aug 23 – Striking Out Cancer presented by Heritage Bank
Aug 25 – Superhero Night: Marvel
Aug 26 – Fall Beer Fest
Aug 27 – Night of Worship w/ Jordan Feliz presented by Budget Blinds & Star 93.3
Sep 1 – Princess Night
Sep 2 – Catholic Faith Night
Sep 3 – Grandparents Day presented by Florence Park Nursing & Rehab Center
The Freedom are members of the independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, Kentucky. The Freedom can be reached at 859-594-4487 or online at FlorenceFreedom.com.

THUNDERBOLTS ANNOUNCE PRINCESSES FOR JUNE 17 GAME

Come be our guest for the most magical night of the season as Windy City announces the lineup for our 3rd annual Princess Night! The ThunderBolts will welcome five princesses at Standard Bank Stadium on Saturday, June 17th including Anna (from Frozen), Belle (from Beauty and the Beast), Elena (of Avalor), Elsa (from Frozen) and Jasmine (from Aladdin) provided by Premier Princess Parties! This night will include a pre-game costume parade, your favorite princesses throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, meet and greets, face painting, a princess sing-a-long on our videoboard, lots of your favorite Disney music and a post-game fireworks show! 

Here is what you need to know…

What:  3rd annual Princess Night with Fireworks

Who:  Windy City ThunderBolts vs. River City Rascals

When:  Saturday, June 17th at 6:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5 p.m.)

Where:  Standard Bank Stadium, Crestwood

Advance Ticket Prices:  Lower Deck is $9 and Upper Deck is $7 (on-sale April 3rd)
Day-of-Game Prices:  Lower Deck is $11 and Upper Deck is $9

Group Tickets:  Box seats for groups of 20 or more are available for $8 in-advance on-sale NOW!

Some Group Areas are still available and are on-sale NOW!

Costume Parade: All children dressed in their favorite Disney/Princess costumes may walk in a pre-game parade around the field starting at 5:30 p.m.  Please have them lined up by the home plate gate no later than 5:20 p.m..

Meet and Greet: All princesses will be available for a meet and greet after the first inning.

Don’t wait ’til the clock strikes midnight to get your tickets!

Single game tickets go on-sale Monday, April 3rd at 10 AM.  You can purchase your tickets to Princess Night online at wcthunderbolts.com, by phone at 708-489-2255, or at the Standard Bank Stadium Box Office.

For more information on Premier Princess Parties or to book your party today visit their official website at…

http://premierprincessparties.com/