The Shoreland League held its Annual meeting on February 4 in Two Rivers.
For the 2019 season, the league will maintain the same number of teams as the previous two seasons but some of those teams will change. At the final league meeting of 2018, the Manitowoc Heat requested and were granted a one-year leave of absence and will not play in 2019. The Two Rivers Polar Bears franchise will be moving to Manitowoc and playing under the Manitowoc Bandits organization, formerly of the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League. Finally, the Green Bay Storm, also formerly of the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League, will be joining the Shoreland League. They will play their home games at VandenPlas Field behind Green Bay Southwest High School.
The league setup will remain the same with each team playing a home and home series against every other team for a 12 game season. All teams will qualify for the playoffs, with the top three seeds receiving byes in the in the first two rounds. There will be a one game playoff on July 31 with the #4 seed hosting the #7 seed and the #5 seed hosting the #6 seed. The winners of each of these games will play on August 2 with the team with the best seed hosting the game. The winner of this game will advance to play the #1 seed in a best of three series while the #2 and #3 seed will also play a best of three series with both series scheduled to start on August 7. The Championship series will also be a best of three series starting August 14, featuring the winners of the previous series.
Also, discussed at the meeting was the 2019 Shoreland League Hall of Fame class. Three names were settled on and voted in by the league: Jim Doden, Kevin Konkol, and Dale Wagner. Jim Doden was the Kewaunee Chiefs Manager and General Manager in the 1960's and 70's. Kevin Konkol played for the Branch Blaze and Maribel franchises before starting the Denmark Devilbears in 1999. Dale Wagner has been running the Cleveland Wildcats since 1960's. Cleveland is now a member of the East Shore League. These men will be honored at a ceremony during the season with the date and location to be determined.
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