Today, the independent Frontier League announced it will merge with the independent CanAm League. The Canam League will cease to exist and five of its teams will move to the Frontier League.
The merger is with immediate effect. When you google on Canamleague.com, you are directed to the website of the Frontier League.
In times in which several indy teams are struggling to stay afloat, the move does not come as a surprise. With the merger, a fourteen-team circuit is created. The name CanAm will remain but not as a league but as a division as the former CanAm League teams New Jersey Jackals, Trois Rivières Aigles, Quebec Capitales, Sussex County Miners and Rockland Boulders will play in that division. They will be joined by the Washington Wild Things and Lake Erie Crushers. The other seven teams, the Evansville Otters, Florence Freedom, Gateway Grizzlies, Joliet Slammers, Schaumburg Boomers, Southern Illinois Miners and the Windy City ThunderBolts, will play in the Midwestern Division.
The merger will create the biggest independent baseball league. Frontier League Commissioner, Bill Lee stated: “I am extremely excited and privileged to be able to make this announcement. These discussions have been ongoing for almost 2 years. The 2019 Frontier League/Can-Am League All-Star Game was the first major step in the Leagues working together. We believe this merger strengthens Independent Professional Baseball as a whole. I want to thank everyone from both Leagues that have worked so hard to make this happen.”
According to its website, the Frontier League will be looking at all potential expansion opportunities from the east coast to the Mississippi River in the United States and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Marketing, sponsorship and promotional efforts will also be areas of focus.