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Frontier League Designated as Partner to Major League Baseball

The independent Frontier League announced last week that it was named a Partner League of Major League Baseball.

The Florence Y'alls, and previously the Florence Freedom, compete in the Frontier League which did not conduct a formal season this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Florence team has developed twenty players who have gone on to sign Minor League Baseball contracts since 2015, and forty-six overall since moving to Florence in 2003.

During the 2019 offseason, the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball merged with the Frontier League, stretching the footprint of the largest Independent  Professional Baseball League internationally. As Partner Leagues, the Frontier League will  collaborate with MLB on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the  United States and Canada, including implementing MLB youth programs. 

As a MLB Partner League, the Y’alls will be able to collaborate with the MLB to jointly discuss  marketing and promotional initiatives to enhance the game of baseball, as well as, statistical  services to share analytical data. At the core of this partnership, will be the desire of both sides  to dig deeper in the development of players of all ages to grow the game and the talent therein, a news release said. 

“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," said Morgan Sword, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball economics & operations.  

"The Frontier League is honored to become a Partner League with Major League Baseball," said Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee. "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." 

The Florence Y'alls rebranded themselves from the Florence Freedom back in January, but the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the traditional season. Instead, Florence split its teams to compete against each other as the Y'alls and the Freedom, along with a split team from Lexington.

-Staff report