BURLINGTON, IOWA, January 13, 2021 — When the Burlington Bees announced their release from Minor League Baseball, they made a promise. That promise, that baseball would go on at Community Field in Burlington, Iowa, has been fulfilled. Today, the Burlington Baseball Association has announced that the Burlington Bees are joining
BURLINGTON, IOWA, January 13, 2021 — When the Burlington Bees announced their release from Minor League Baseball, they made a promise. That promise, that baseball would go on at Community Field in Burlington, Iowa, has been fulfilled. Today, the Burlington Baseball Association has announced that the Burlington Bees are joining the Prospect League, a top collegiate wood bat baseball league with teams spanning across the Midwest and into Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Southeast Iowa and Western Illinois fans can rest easy knowing that the long-held summer tradition of Burlington Bees baseball will once again play at Community Field. Collegiate wood bat leagues feature talented players from colleges all across the United States looking to continue to develop their skills, to gain experience and provide opportunities for scouts to see them in a competitive setting. Just like Minor League Baseball, collegiate wood bat leagues have a history of producing players that go on to play in the major leagues.
The Bees are grateful to the community for the outstanding fan support over the years and look forward to providing the same affordable, family friendly atmosphere fans have grown accustomed to. “We are ecstatic to make this announcement for our fans and community who have really stepped up to the plate for us during these trying times. Baseball and community events are what we do best and this new partnership will allow us to continue to do both. Our staff strives to make the ballpark a place where fun is had and memories are made. We are overjoyed to continue that family tradition here at Community Field,” said Kim Parker, Burlington Bees General Manager.
“The Greater Burlington Partnership is beyond excited that the long standing history of Bees baseball will continue in Greater Burlington. Community Field will remain a destination for regional sports fans and families to experience summer fun and high quality baseball. We look forward to promoting the new league while building it into a strong economic driver for the community,” said Chelsea Lerud, Executive Director, Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“The City of Burlington is thrilled to learn that the Burlington Bees will once again grace Community Field! The Bees have been part of the traditions of our community for decades as generations have learned to love "The Game" in Burlington at Community Field. There is nothing better than to catch a Bees game on a sunny day; chatter in the stands, the crack of a bat, umps calling strikes, and the taste of a good ol' hotdog. Traditions remain as the Bees now, still remain. We appreciate the hard work and effort the Bees organization has put in to ensure Bees Baseball continues,” said Jon D. Billups, Mayor of the City of Burlington.
The Burlington Bees, along with the Clinton LumberKings, will join 14 other teams in the well-established college wood bat league. “We are truly happy to be welcomed into the Prospect League,” stated Parker. “It has a great reputation for quality baseball and we are looking forward to showing our community what it has to offer.”
“Ensuring the continuation of baseball in the community of Burlington has always been an important priority for Major League Baseball. We thank all of the Bees executives and elected leaders in Iowa for their assistance in reaching this important goal together,” said Morgan Sword, MLB’s Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations.
The Bees are looking ahead to the upcoming 2021 season and will release more details including the game schedule in the near future.