November 20, 2006 - SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Minor league baseball will return to Butler County for the first time in 55 years as the Frontier League is bringing an expansion team to Jack Critchfield Park on the campus of Slippery Rock University for the 2007 season.
The association between the Slippery Rock University and the Frontier League will be unique in that it will allow the students of Slippery Rock University to receive hands-on experience in all aspects of setting up and running a professional baseball team.
"We are very pleased and very excited to be in Slippery Rock and to have such a unique opportunity to work directly with the university on this summer's project," said Frontier League commissioner Bill Lee. “"The co-operation from the President and the athletic department has be great and we hope to make this a win-win arrangement for all involved."
Slippery Rock Professional Baseball will be overseen by Steve Tahsler, who is entering his 11th season in the Frontier League. Tahsler was most recently the vice president/general manager for the Evansville Otters, and was voted the Frontier League’s Executive of the Year in both 2005 and 2006.
“I’m excited to be part this partnership and for the opportunity to work with students at Slippery Rock University as we prepare for the return of professional baseball to Butler County,” said.