12/05/2016 7:20 AM
CAPE COD, Ma. (December 5, 2016) – As Cape League officials prepare for the upcoming season, the League’s Executive Committee has approved two big changes to the 2017 schedule.
The 2017 season will begin a week later than in previous years to better accommodate incoming players’ transition between the end of their college season and the start of the Cape League’s summer schedule. Opening Day for the 2017 season will be June 14 with a full slate of five games. Last year the season began on June 9.
The second schedule change is the return of doubleheaders. Each team will play two double-headers – one home, one away – during the 44-game regular season. The double-headers will be played on the first two Sundays in June.
“Our Executive Committee approved these changes to improve the Cape League experience for players and fans. Starting the season on June 14 will allow players more time to wrap up their college season and be ready to play when the season starts here,” said Cape Cod Baseball League Commissioner Paul Galop.
“The doubleheaders are an added bonus for fans. This summer, fans will be able to spend an entire day watching the cream of the college crop compete for a shot at making it to the Big Leagues,” Galop said. “This fall we saw 13 former Cape Leaguers play a major part in an epic World Series. It will be exciting to try and guess which Cape League players of 2017 will be the superstars of tomorrow.”
In releasing the upcoming season schedule, League officials also announced that the 2017 Friendly’s All-Star Game and Home Run Hitting Contest will be played on July 22 at Clem Spillane Field, home of the Wareham Gatemen since the 1960s.
The final games of the regular season will be on August 3 with the playoffs set to begin on August 5.
While the League has changed certain aspects of the schedule, many of the fan-pleasing features will remain the same. Each of the 10 teams will still play a 44-game regular season schedule and the popular eight-team playoff format will also remain.
About Cape Cod Baseball League:
The premier collegiate summer league in the nation, Cape Cod Baseball League attracts players from across the country, representing all college divisions to play in the 10-team loop. Tracing its roots back to 1885, the Cape League embarks this June on one of its most exciting slates to date, featuring a 44-game regular-season schedule and an action-packed postseason. Among the highlights will be the 2016 Cape League All-Star game on Saturday, July 23 at Veterans Field, home of the Chatham Anglers, and the induction of the 16th Hall of Fame class during a ceremony at the Chatham Bars Inn in November. As the league celebrated its 131st year, it counted more than 1,100 all-time alumni performing at all levels of professional baseball with a record number (292) former Cape Leaguers on Major League rosters, including 13 who performed in the 2016 World Series. For more information visit www.capecodbaseball.org
For a copy of the 2017 schedule, download the schedule attached to this news release or go to the Cape League website > Schedule > Calendar view
Sean Gonsalves, Regan Communications
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