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Prospect League Announces 2021 Schedule

Opening Day Is Thursday, May 27

ELKVILLE, Ill. - The Prospect League, home to elite collegiate baseball players from across the country, released its 2021 game schedule Monday. Each team will play a 60-game regular-season in the summer collegiate wood-bat league, opening Thursday, May 27.
The schedule is designed to give players a taste of what it’s like to play minor league baseball. Traveling by charter bus and playing 60 games in just under 70 days in high-quality venues and in front of enthusiastic crowds provides a truly professional experience. 
Having last played in 2019, the Prospect League lineup looks a bit different in 2021 with the addition of four new members and six new markets with the Alton River Dragons (Alton, Ill.), Johnstown Mill Rats (Johnstown, Pa.), Burlington Bees (Burlington, Iowa), and Clinton LumberKings (Clinton, Iowa). The O’Fallon Hoots will get to play their first season in the Prospect League after moving to O’Fallon, Mo., following the 2019 season. Additionally, the DuPage Pistol Shrimp will play in Peru, Ill., as the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp.
“For the first time in league history, 16 teams will take the field on Opening Night,” said Prospect League commissioner Dennis Bastien. “We look forward to providing all of our fans, in all 16 cities, with the finest in summer collegiate baseball and family entertainment.”
For the purposes of playoffs, Prospect League teams are divided into two conferences with two divisions within each conference. The Eastern Conference includes the Champion City Kings (Springfield, Ohio), Chillicothe Paints (Chillicothe, Ohio), Johnstown Mill Rats, and West Virginia Miners (Beckley, W.Va.) in one division and the Danville Dans (Danville, Ill.), Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp (Peru, Ill.), Lafayette Aviators (Lafayette, Ind.), and REX Baseball (Terre Haute, Ind.) in the other. The Western Conference includes the Burlington Bees, Clinton LumberKings, Normal CornBelters (Normal, Ill.), and Quincy Gems (Quincy, Ill.) in one division and the Alton River DragonsCape Catfish (Cape Girardeau, Mo.),O'Fallon Hoots, and Springfield Sliders (Springfield, Ill.) in the other.
The 2021 season also brings a return to split-season play, with division winners at the end of the first half of the season advancing to a one-game divisional championship August 5. Divisional champions advance to play a one-game conference championship August 7. Both conference champions advance to play one another in the best-of-three Prospect League Championship Series. Game one is August 9 and, after a travel day, game two and, if necessary, game three are August 11 and 12.
“Every fan should look forward to watching their team’s season unfold this summer," Bastien added. "See you at the ballpark!"
Individual teams will be releasing their schedules in the immediate future. To view the complete Prospect League master schedule, click here.


Sliders open online store with Addix

Sliders open online store with Addix

The Sliders are happy to announce a new partner for 2021.  The focus at ADDIX is in serving the sports community by providing custom team uniform apparel. The ADDIX factory* is located in Lowell, Michigan, where we design, print, transfer, cut, and sew all of our sublimated garments, along with in house screen printing & embroidery. We currently offer apparel for over 17 sports, spirit wear and corporate wear.  Follow the link by copying and pasting in your address bar to go to order your Sliders aparel for the 2021 season.  https://sportsaddix.tuosystems.com/stores/sliders

Sliders Announce Terry McDevitt as 2021 Field Manager

2021 Field Manager Terry McDevitt


For Immediate Release


The Springfield Sliders officially announce the hiring of Terry McDevitt as the Field Manager for the 2021 season.


“We are really excited to have Terry coming in as our new Field Manager for 2021 and beyond. We feel he is a great fit for what we are trying to do here in Springfield. His knowledge of baseball will make him a great mentor to our players and help develop them to become better baseball players which is what we are all about.”


Terry has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s in technology where he is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. He played college baseball for the EIU Panthers prior to being a 1986 draft selection by the San Diego Padres.


He played 5 years of minor league baseball as an infielder for the Padres and Phillies organizations and coached one year with the Padres Midwest League class A affiliate. 


In 1994 he signed a contract to be a player-manager in Australia, where he led the league in hitting and was named ACT Baseball Coach of the Year.  Upon returning to the United States, McDevitt was an Assistant baseball coach at Eastern Illinois University for two years. 


He has been an employee with the Chatham-Glenwood School District and recently retired from teaching in June 2020.


While his days as a pro are behind him, McDevitt’s passion for the game remains. Terry stated, “I’m very excited that I get to stay local and looking forward to joining the Springfield Sliders and the Prospect League as the Field Manager.”


Terry said, “The Springfield area has always been very passionate about their baseball and I know everyone is looking forward to being able to come out to the stadium and watch live baseball again.  There are a lot of talented players on the roster this year and I am looking forward to helping the Sliders compete for a championship.” The Sliders family is thrilled to have Terry on the staff for the upcoming season and we believe he will be a great fit for the organization and our community.”


Mike Williams partners w/ Sliders for 2021-2023 Seasons!

Mike Williams partners w/ Sliders for 2021-2023 Seasons!

Sliders would like to welcome Mike Williams back as a partner for the 2021-2023 seasons!  

Interns wanted for 2021 Season

Interns wanted for 2020 season


If you love baseball and need credits for college. We have the opportunity for you to intern this summer with the Sliders! If you are interested or know someone who is please send resumes to [email protected]

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