Yellow Jackets Announce New Partnership

The Saskatoon YellowJackets today announced the signing of a partnership agreement with the Joplin Blasters, an expansion team with the independent professional American Association.

Under the terms of the agreement, YellowJackets who have completed their senior college year and who have the ability to play at a professional level will be able to move to the Blasters once the WMBL season has been completed. They will also be available for promotion to the professional club for injury replacement.

“The YellowJackets have always been successful in helping groom professional baseball players. This year, three of our alumni were selected in the MLB draft,” said YellowJackets President Rye Pothakos. “The partnership agreement with the Joplin Blasters will give our players another pathway to professional baseball and assist us in recruiting top-quality players.”

“This partnership arrangement with a professional baseball club help the YellowJackets in recruiting high-end graduating college players,” Pothakos said. “Many players have moved from independent leagues to major league organizations. We’re creating another pathway to success for players while improving the quality of baseball for Saskatoon fans.”

The Joplin Blasters are an expansion team that will begin play in the American Association in the 2015 season. The American Association is the continent’s premier independent league and includes the Winnipeg Goldeyes as its sole Canadian team.

The Saskatoon Yellowjackets are a member of the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL), Canada’s Premier Collegiate Summer League.

The WMBL consists of 11 teams in Saskatchewan and Alberta. It provides prairie baseball fans with the opportunity to watch a high level of baseball while giving college baseball players the opportunity to compete and develop their skills outside of the academic year.

One Response to Yellow Jackets Announce New Partnership

  1. Scott says:

    Joplin, Missouri. Straight south of Kansas City, about halfway between Oklahoma City and St. Louis.

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