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Sox Announce 2016 Schedule

November 6, 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

The Prospect League and the Butler BlueSox have announced their schedule for the 2016 summer. Opening Day will be on Thursday, May 26 and each team will once again play a 60-game schedule over eleven weeks through early August.

The BlueSox eighth campaign will kick off with nine games at the KAP in the season's first 12 days. It will feature at least one Friday, Saturday, or Sunday home game every week of the season.

"Coaches have told our field managers and teams that sixty games is the right length of season. With our 28-man roster, we carry enough pitchers to work that number of games safely, and hitters always want another at-bat," said Bryan Wickline, Commissioner of the Prospect League. "We pride ourselves on developing our players and accomplishing the mission given to us by the college coaches."

Both Lafayette and Kokomo, IN will join the east division along with standing members Chillicothe and Springfield, OH, Beckley, WV, and Butler. The West Division will include Danville, Hannibal, Lisle, Terre Haute, Quincy, and Springfield.

Kokomo will host the League's All-Star Game in mid-July. The post-season will begin on August 7 and conclude on the 14th.

The full schedule can be seen on the schedule page, a PDF version for easy printing can be found here, game times and a full promotional schedule will be announced in the upcoming months.

League to Add Two New Teams in 2016

November 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

The Prospect League will expand to Lafayette, Indiana and Lisle, Illinois in 2016, adding two as-yet-unnamed teams to the circuit.

The of Lafayette and their home ballpark of Loeb Stadium have formerly hosted a team in the Frontier League and has been on the League's radar for the past few years. "The Greater Lafayette area is a great fit inside our footprint and compliments nicely with Kokomo as well as our other Indiana and eastern Illinois territories," League commissioner Bryan Wickline told the League website.

Loeb Stadium holds 3,500 people and was built in 1940, a year after Pullman Park.

MKE Sports and Entertainment, which brought the Jamestown and Kokomo teams into the league last season, will be the owners of the Lafayette team as well. Kokomo will host the 2016 League All-Star Game in July.

The Village of Lisle's new team will play their home games at the Benedictine University Sports Complex. "Our players have told us our stadiums set us apart," said Wickline. "Adding BenU and their fabulous facilities department personnel will strengthen the satisfaction of not only our players, but our coaching staffs as well. Josh Schaub and his staff will ensure that the Lisle area will have a first-class fan experience and add to the quality of life to its residents and surrounding region."

The team has named Joe Lincoln, a former assistant in the well-known Cape Cod League, as their manager.

Both teams are holding contests to determine the names of their teams. The addition of the teams will offset the departutre of the Richmond RiverRats and Jamestown Jammers. The Leagues divisional layout is yet to be determined.

Both cities are about a seven and a half hour drive from Butler.

More info on the team is available at LafayetteBaseball.com and @Lafayette_BSB. The Lisle team will have a site soon at LisleBaseball.com.

Next Game

Thursday, May 26, 2016