Though it’s not a totally done deal, we’re told, it appears likely the Pat Salvi-owned Schaumburg team will be playing in the independent Frontier League next season, as he honors a deal struck by former owner Alan Oremus.
We reported on this earlier this month, raising the potential that a Frontier League team, and not an American Association team, would be playing at Alexian Field. The American Association had been a player in Schaumburg’s decision to grant Alan Oremus the lease to Alexian Field last offseason after the collapse of the Schaumburg Flyers (independent; Northern League). But there was never a legal agreement tying Oremus to the American Association, and Oremus made the decision to go to the Frontier League — a move that will probaby take place with the new ownership, according to multiple sources.
The American Association and Frontier League, though both successful, are run in different manners. The Frontier League is structured as a development league, focusing on younger players who may have slipped through the cracks come draft time. The American Association, on the other hand, puts more emphasis on veterans, plays a longer season and is considered to have a higher level of play. As we said, both are successful and stable circuits, and most fans would be happy with either league.
We’ll be watching for some sort of official announcement in coming days.
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