Futures Collegiate Baseball League Commissioner Chris Hall has released the 2017 Futures League regular season schedule. The Futures League’s seventh season is set to open on Thursday, June 1.
The 2017 Futures League will feature nine teams split into two divisions. The East Division will consist of the 2016 League Champion Nashua Silver Knights, Seacoast Mavericks, North Shore Navigators, Brockton Rox and Martha’s Vineyard Sharks.
The West Division will consist of the Bristol Blues, Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Pittsfield Suns, and the Worcester Bravehearts. Each team will play a 56-game regular season schedule split evenly with 28 home games and 28 road games.
“Our franchises continue to work year-round to be an integral part of their communities,” said Hall. “That hard work has paid dividends as we surpassed the 300,000 mark in attendance in 2016 and raised thousands of dollars for local non-profits. With the release of the 2017 schedule, we are now poised to eclipse those marks next summer.”
The regular season runs from Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, August 6 and will be immediately followed by the Futures League playoffs.
The playoffs will mirror the 2016 format, which will feature six teams in a three-round format. The winner of each division will have a bye in round one. The next four teams with the best overall records will play in winner-take-all play-in games.
The play-in games will feature the #3 vs. #6 seed and the #4 vs. #5 seed. Teams will be seeded 1 through 6 based on overall records.
Round two will feature a 3-game series between the league’s #1 seed and the lowest remaining seed from round one, while the league’s #2 seed will match up against the highest remaining seed from round one. The Futures League championship will be determined by a final 3-game series between the two winners of the semi-final round.
On July 18th, the Bristol Blues will host the 6th Annual Futures League All-Star Game at Muzzy Field.
The Bristol Blues are owned and operated by Grammy Award-winner Elliot Scheiner, Dave and Steve Lindland, and local Bristol businessman Bob Dabkowski.
“The Futures League far and away runs the best Scout Day and All-Star Game in the country,” said one Major League Scout. “I always look forward to attending their All-Star Games.”
To see full 2017 schedule, click here.
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