The California Winter League Announces Two-Year Extension with the Frontier League
Contact: Josh Fathollahi (Marketing Director)
Phone: (760) 778-4487
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2016
PALM SPRINGS, CA – The California Winter League and Frontier League are proud to announce that they will be extended the two-year agreement through the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
For the past two years the California Winter League has the Official Winter League of the Frontier League. The Frontier League will have a presence in the California Winter League by having their managers and coaches provide instruction while also having the rights to sign players out of the CWL. The Frontier League will continue to reserve spots on their spring training rosters for players specifically out of the CWL. Despite having the minimum requirement, the Frontier League has exceeded those totals and has signed 94 players from the CWL through the first two years of the agreement.
The California Winter League’s General Manager, Pete Wagoner had this to say about the agreement, “The California Winter League (CWL) is excited to continue our working relationship with the Frontier League. The success achieved in the first two years of the agreement made this an easy decision. We look forward to continuing to grow with the longest-running independent professional baseball league while providing the best opportunity for players to advance their careers.”
The California Winter League will enter its eighth season in 2017, and the league has seen exponential growth every year since its inception in 2010. The league had 297 players participate in 2016 with that number likely to grow with the Frontier League’s affiliation. Through six seasons, the CWL has helped over 500 players get signed to professional contracts. Many of those players ended up playing professionally for Frontier League teams. Additionally, 16 Major League Baseball teams have picked up players from the California Winter League.
Players coming out of the CWL have already made an impact within the Frontier League. CWL alum, Michael Hur, won the Frontier League’s All-Star Game MVP honors in 2015. Another CWL Alum, Brandon Tierney, won 2015 Frontier League Rookie of the Year honors as well.
Frontier League’s commissioner, Bill Lee, had this to say about the renewal of the agreement, “The Frontier League is extremely pleased to extend the working agreement with the California Winter League. The CWL is a first class organization and we are proud to be partners with them.”
The continued relationship between the California Winter League and the Frontier League will strengthen both brands and provide more opportunities for players and fans to both participate in and enjoy professional baseball. The agreement also makes the California Winter League the only instructional showcase league with this level of professional affiliation.
Players interesting in participating in the California Winter League can contact Pete Wagoner at (760)778-4487 or e-mail him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.