MLB Draft League announces schedule for 2021
The Williamsport Crosscutters, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, have announced the 2021 schedule for the all-new MLB Draft League. The league will be the first in the country focused on top prospects eligible to be drafted during the season while giving them the unique opportunity to showcase their abilities and gain exposure to MLB clubs and fans each year.
The Williamsport Crosscutters are joined by the Trenton Thunder (formerly of the Double-A Eastern League) and Frederick Keys (formerly of the Class-A Carolina League) along with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, State College Spikes and West Virginia Black Bears (all formerly of the New York-Penn League) as founding members of the MLB Draft League.
“We are incredibly excited to be able to announce our 2021 schedule. It gives us and our fans some hope that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Williamsport Crosscutters vice president of marketing and public relations Gabe Sinicropi said. “It seems like it’s been an eternity since baseball was played at Historic Bowman Field, but all that changes on May 25 when we hold our home opener in the new MLB Draft League. We can’t wait.”
The six-team league will play a 68-game regular season consisting of 34 home games and 34 road games. The season begins May 24 and concludes Aug. 13 with a break in mid-July for the MLB All-Star Game and Draft. The top two teams will qualify for the league championship in a winner take-all game.
The Cutters open the season on the road Monday, May 24, against the State College Spikes with the home opener to follow on Tuesday, May 25, at 7:05 against State College. Other highlights of the schedule include seven fireworks shows and appearances by Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act and the Inflatamaniacs.
Home game times remain the same as in past seasons with Monday through Saturday games starting at 7:05 p.m., and Sundays at 5:05 p.m. with the only exception being a 1:05 p.m. first-pitch on Memorial Day.